July 12, 2013 |
Sometimes an ambitious failure can be more interesting than the same artist's easy successes. Consider “Chamber Symphony,” the centerpiece of the three-part bill that opened the engagement by American Ballet Theatre at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday. Choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky -- best known for slick, empty remakes of solid-gold titles -- it attempted to harness the intense melancholy of a score by Dmitri Shostakovich (arranged by Rudolph Barshai) and impose on it a complex pseudo-narrative agenda.
April 28, 2013 |
Installing the subversive, off-Broadway theatrical circus “Traces” on the deep proscenium stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion tossed some extra challenges at this high-flying production. The 90-minute acrobatic work by Montreal-based 7 Fingers was featured as part of the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance series. Seen in 2011 at Hollywood's smaller Ricardo Montalban Theater, “Traces” couldn't help but sacrifice some of its accidental, downtown flavor in the Music Center's 3,000-plus-seat hall.
April 24, 2013 |
The Music Center announced on Wednesday that its board has elected Lisa Specht to become the new chair, succeeding Kent Kresa who took on the post in 2011. Specht is expected to assume the role immediately. Specht is a partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and has served as chair of the L.A. Memorial Coliseum Commission. She joined the Music Center board in 2007 and most recently served as vice chair. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times A spokeswoman for the Music Center said that Kresa is stepping down because he is moving with his family to Oregon.
April 11, 2013 |
The new 2013-14 season of Dance at the Music Center will feature works by choreographers Matthew Bourne, Ethan Stiefel and Alexei Ratmansky. The season, which the Music Center announced this week, will also include return appearances by Ballet Preljocaj and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. The dance series -- whose full title is Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center -- will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, unless otherwise noted. As previously announced, Nederlands Dans Theater will present "Chamber" (Oct.
April 5, 2013 |
Seven dancers with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba reportedly have defected while traveling last month in Mexico, with some of them resurfacing in the past week seeking asylum in the United States. The website Cafe Fuerte , dedicated to Cuban American affairs, has run an interview with some of the dancers, who said they defected because they are seeking a better life. "It's the hardest decision I've made in my life," dancer Annie Ruiz Diaz, 24, told the site. "We were determined to find a better life, artistic and economic well-being for our families.
January 31, 2013 |
[This post has been updated.] The Bolshoi Ballet in Russia has called off its new production of Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," citing the recent acid attack on the company's artistic director, Sergei Filin. The production, which was to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Russian composer's work, had been scheduled to debut in late March in Moscow and would have been broadcast to cinemas around the world. Organizers at the Bolshoi said in a statement Thursday that the production will be postponed until "the artistic director of the ballet returns back to the theatre.