April 15, 2012 |
Renae Williams Niles is a name that stirs little recognition, but she is the most powerful person in dance in Los Angeles. It is her job, as director of programming, to select the companies and repertory for each season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center. But that description sells short her impact and influences in this city's dance life. Niles is highly regarded for her business acumen and knowledge of the art. Her unpretentiousness and sunny disposition have also won her fans.
December 29, 2012 |
"There's no there there" is how Gertrude Stein famously summed up and put down Oakland, her old hometown. For the Music Center, which manages much of the prime cultural real estate in downtown Los Angeles, the problem has long been the opposite: There's too much "there" there. To the public, by and large, the glamorous hilltop place known as the Music Center overshadows the identically named but ill-defined organization that's been in charge of venue logistics since it opened as the city's performing arts hub 48 years ago. The glory at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theatre and REDCAT accrues mainly to the impresarios who put on the shows.
April 11, 2013 |
Jodie Gates - a former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet who has since become one of Southern California's most prominent dance leaders - will become the director of the new USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Gates is a professor of dance at the University of California, Irvine. USC announced the appointment Thursday, saying that the school will admit its first students in fall 2015. "Jodie Gates is the perfect person for the job," Kaufman said in a statement. "She is keenly aware of the unique needs of a dancer and the importance of a first-rate curriculum.
December 15, 2012 |
A bit of déjà vu in Los Angeles during 2012. Like 2011 - which ended with the announcement that Benjamin Millepied was moving here to start his own arts collective, L.A. Dance Project - this year has drawn to a close with a big announcement that is touted as a major step forward for dance in Los Angeles. Philanthropist Glorya Kaufman has made an undisclosed, but apparently multi-million dollar donation to USC, to help build and endow a top-tier school of dance for the Trojans. It's a boon for USC, but let's call this what it really is: a great lost opportunity for the city's dance community and a sorry misdirection of enormous and valuable resources.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1988
I wish the other members of the Los Angeles City Council would accelerate Gloria Molina's on-the-job training program to include a badly needed crash course in remedial common sense. When you represent both a constituency of city residents and the City of Los Angeles you don't stir the pot by suggesting that the patrons of the Cypress Park branch library sue the city in an infantile show of sour grapes. Glorya Kaufman's pledge of $600,000 for the proposed Donald Kaufman Branch Library and coupled with an additional contributions to the Friends of the Brentwood Library is the sort of community spirit that Los Angeles should encourage.
December 9, 2005 |
The American Institute of Architects has given its 2006 AIA Architecture Firm Award to Moore Ruble Yudell, a Santa Monica firm. The Washington, D.C.-based professional association praised the firm, with a staff of about 60, for its "deep commitment to humanistic architecture ... its respect for people, context and place," in the words of Michael Franklin Ross, AIA design committee chairman.
July 21, 2006 |
The idea behind UCLA's enterprising Asia Pacific Performance Exchange is to bring together Asian and American musicians, dancers and performance artists in a six-week workshop so new pieces, ideas and relationships can emerge. The hope is to synthesize cultures rather than co-opt them. But that goal proved illusive when 10 works by this summer's 18 artists were presented Wednesday in the first of four programs at the Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater. The others are tonight, Aug. 9 and 11.