Harem Girls and Femme Fatales
Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 7:30pm
Tickets – $20 presale; $25 at the door
Vintage Hollywood showgirls meet the Middle East! Orientalist paintings come to life through Classical and Modern Bellydance pieces inspired by paintings, costume design sketches, and cheesecake art from the Industrial Age up to the Golden Age of Classical Bellydance (late 1800s – 1960s). Harem Girls and Femme Fatales presents fantasy images created during this time that portray dancers/models as mythically dangerous, sexy femme fatales. Each costume is an exact replica from the painting handcrafted and designed by artistic director Melanie Lane. Featured soloists/guest choreographers include Janelle Issis, a top contestant and first Bellydance competitor from hit show So You Think You Can Dance, and Jayna Kouzouyan touring dancer with Bellydance Superstars.
Live paintings done during the show by Ninyshka Designs!
Artistic Director/Choreographer – Melanie Lane
Dancers – Melanie Lane, Nar, Stephanie Bernhard, Stevena Jackson, Katrina Gourley
Luck, Hope and Semi-Madness
July 13 and 14 at 8 pm
Live Arts Los Angeles
Tickets: $15 advance purchase / $20 at the door
Order advance tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/401648
Luck, Hope and Semi-Madness explores the complexities of “being there” for someone – attempts, successes, failures – from small gestures to grand displays. Recognizing both vulnerability and absurdity, it deals with how we take care of one another, what stands in our way when we cannot, and ultimately where we find hope.
Choreography by Sarri Sanchez, Ally Voye and Maya Zellman, in collaboration with the dancers.
Performance by Diana Delcambre, Megan Fowler-Hurst, Mackenzey Franklin, Carlos Medina and Manuel Meza
Original music by Derrick Spiva Jr.
May 25th, 2013 | 8:00PM
LIVE ARTS LOS ANGELES
DatuganDanceTheatre is ready to show its 3rd solo production – BEING HUMAN – with support from the Puffin Foundation.
Featuring LESLIE CURTIS, KRISTEN HOLLEYMAN, KELLY KERASTAS, JACQUELINE NII, ROBYN O’DELL, ERICA LYN PEÑA, ERICALYNN PRIOLO, ELI WEINBERG, WEN-CHU YANG, with guest artists MONA-JEAN CEDAR, JEFF BOYNTON, AND ANGELICO TOLENTINO
Check out DatuganDanceTheatre’s promotional video for BEING HUMAN: http://youtu.be/zFxb8T3783Y
For more information about DatuganDanceTheatre, visit http://www.DatuganDanceTheatre.com.
Saturday, May 18 at 7 pm
$15 general, $12 students and seniors
Musician and essayist, Jason Luckett brings an evening of song, story and movement to the boulevard, Saturday, May 18, when he performs at Live Arts Los Angeles. A singer and guitarist, Jason’s work celebrates the cultural richness of Los Angeles, and this performance continues his effort to bring music out of clubs and into venues where a more intimate dialogue may occur. Recently, Jason has performed at Highways in Santa Monica, the Los Angeles Central Library as part of the ALOUD series, and locally in a residency at the Left Coast Wine Bar in which he and his invited guest artists create a musical salon. Percussionist Ossie Mair and dancer Haize Hawkins will accompany Jason at LALA.
Supporting six albums and three independently released EPs, Jason regularly tours the United States and Europe. He’s performed at South by Southwest in Austin, TX and Glastonbury Festival (UK), and has shared the stage or recorded with Tracy Chapman, the Indigo Girls, Melissa Etheridge, Jeff Buckley, jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell and members of Bauhaus and Red Hot Chili Peppers. His latest disc, The Second Half of the Bet (Hope Again), moves organically through folk, jazz, rock and world influences, while retaining the strong personality of what Jason calls “miscegenated soul.”
At LALA, Jason will perform selections from his recent releases, preview new material and will incorporate pieces excerpted from recent shows exploring the lives of Emmett Till, Gil Scott-Heron and others.
“I’ve participated in LALA’s holiday programs the past couple years and love the energy that Karen and Jennifer have created, so I’m very excited to put together this evening of new music and collaborations with their support.”
For more information, please visit jasonluckett.com.
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE/DAY OF HEALING
featuring Francis Awe and the Nigerian Talking Drum Ensemble
Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 8 pm
Live Arts Angeles
$15 advance purchase (click here)
This show, which is normally performed in November, is returning again, by popular demand, to the LALA stage. The Nigerian Talking Drum Ensemble is a cultural group that educates its audience about Nigerian tradition and culture through the use of music, song, and dance. Though the performances are entertaining, there is always a moral message intertwined in each individual piece.
The show consist of the Master Nigerian drummer Francis Awe and dancer Omowale Orisayomi leading their group and students in the drumming and dancing of Nigeria that they have learned over the past years. This is also a performance about growth, rebirth, and the evolution of the human Spirit to always rise above adversity and to soar. In the show you will see traditional dances like Sango and Sabada, as well as riveting personal performances by different members of the class, revealing their triumph over adversity in their lives.
Francis Awe states, “I feel that my mission in life is not only to make the Dundun (Talking Drum) a universal instrument, but also to transmit the family aspect of African life to all people of the universe. My music goes beyond entertainment. I am interested in using this medium to unify people of all races and colors.”
There will also be vendors selling their wares.
Advance purchase tickets available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/368469
Friday, March 15, 1 pm-midnight
Live Arts Los Angeles
$10 with RSVP, $15 at the door
We are welcoming spring with a full day of live art, live music, poetry, fashion and creative minds finding expression through collaboration. All artists featured at ENGAGE are upcoming talents that truly deserve recognition. There will be a silent auction for all art exhibited and music heard will be available for purchase at the event.
There will be an open to the public Art Exhibition featuring the artwork of Paulie Nassar (www.nassart.com) among local artists.
There will be a multitude of performances including live music from some of LA’s up an coming talent as well as LIVE ART BATTLES.
Admission will be $10 w/ RSVP or $15 at the door.
Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 7 pm
Live Arts Los Angeles
FREE to the public
Please join the 2012 CHIME artists as they share their insights into mentorship and choreography, and present showings of the work developed during their CHIME year. Hosted by Margaret Jenkins, a Q&A with the audience will follow.
Stacy Dawson Stearns (Mentor) is Bessie Award-winning interdisciplinary performance artist, teacher and scholar investigating symbolic language and the sensory experience of subjective reality. Her work has been presented nationally at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Yard, PS 122 (NYC), Town Hall (NYC), MassMoCA, The Dance Place (D.C.), The Southern Theater (Minneapolis), RedCat (LA) and The Getty Villa (LA). A principal member of Big Dance Theater from 1993 – 2001, Stacy continues to collaborate with the company through video performance in their internationally acclaimed Commes Toujours Here I Stand, and choreography/ movement consultation for Supernatural Wife (premiered in December at BAM). Other creative collaborations include duet project, “The Outsiders” with Tim Cummings, David Neumann and his Advanced Beginner Group, and Blacklips Performance Cult. In 2012, Stacy is choreographing the finale for the National Theater of the United States of America’s piece, Chautauqua! at the Segerstrom Art Center’s Off-Center Festival, Jan 12 – 14.
Gregory Barnett (Mentee) is a performance and visual artist in Los Angeles, California. Utilizing encoded imagery and gesture through mimetic choreography, comprehensive objectively ritualized criticisms of contemporary sex practices, and inherently kitschy americana-centered idealizations of suburban archetypes, Gregory and his interdisciplinary performing experiment, “DANCEGOOD.DAMNIT!!!”, have created various acclaimed works since 2006. His works include the evening neo-musical, DIE MUTHAFUCKAH DIE!!! (a eulogy) – an inevitably failed attempt towards accepting love’s relentless persistence through the embodiment of pop culture love songs and amateur pornography; and I Will Reapply This Lipstick Until You Give Me A Reason Not To/(going to put a bow on it) – BUT I DON’T UNDERSTAND – YOU LOOKED SO HAPPY., Barnett’s five-hour solo exploiting Betty Hutton’s biography and insufficient parameters. As a visual artist, Gregory is currently touring WHORACLE, a propaganda bomb focused on re-assimilating the Sacred Whore into Christianity.
Julie Tolentino‘s (Mentor) performance work is instigated by activism, care-giving, high profile organizing, and movement/installation/dance/endurance. Tolentino’s projects have been presented since 1998 – including commissions and notable support from Tramway/QueerUpNorth, On The Boards, The Kitchen, Participant Inc., Spill Festival, In Transit, Pact Zollverein, L.A.C.E., amongst others. She leads international workshops in solo-making, yoga and alignment. She is a co-creator of PRAXIS Mohave Bootcamp for Performance Artists and initiated the Feral Gallery, and an annual performance series in Joshua Tree, California. She has worked with artists including David Rousseve/Reality, Ron Athey, Vaginal Davis, Ibrahim Quarishi, Catherine Opie/Rodarte, Meg Stuart, Amy Pivar, Sondra Loring, Margarita Guergue, Barbara Hammer, Stosh Fila, Tom Kalin, Art Positive, Gran Fury, Diamanda Galas. She is certified in Thai, Watsu, Eastern and integrated aquatic bodywork. Her work points to key inquiries around loss, relationship, sexuality, age, intimacy, love and longing. www.julietolentino.com
Jmy James Kidd (Mentee) works out of Pieter, her dance studio and performance space in Los Angeles (opened January 2010). She lived in NY for ten years where she danced for luciana achugar, Walter Dundervill, Neil Greenberg, Stanley Love, Nancy Meehan and Sarah Michelson. She started MGM Grand, a dance trio with Biba Bell and Paige Martin; AUNTS, a performance platform; and CLASSCLASSCLASS, an independent dance pedagogy organization.
Cheng-Chieh Yu (Mentor) began her performance career touring with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. Then residing in NYC from 1989 to 2001, she performed in the companies of Gus Solomons, Jose Limon, Bebe Miller, and as a guest artist for the Ralph Lemon Dance Project. Her choreography has been produced by numerous venues in NYC and LA, as well as internationally in China, Singapore, Germany and Taiwan. Choreographic commissions include from Movement Research, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church (NYC), The Yard (Massachusetts), Beijing Modern Dance Co. and Guangdong Modern Dance Co. (China), Sun Shier Dance Theatre and Creative Society (Taiwan), and the Jumping Frames Dance Video Festival, (Hong Kong). She has received funding from City of LA/Cultural Affairs, the James Irvine Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Durfee Foundation, DTW Suitcase Fund, and the Cultural Council as well as the Arts and Culture Foundation of Taiwan. She is an Associate Professor of the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, UCLA. www.yudancetheatre.com
Sheetal Gandhi (Mentee) is an intercultural, multidisciplinary choreographer and performer. She creates work that is reflective of a life that embraces diversity, observes human experience, and yearns to tell a story. Gandhi’s career has spanned genres and disciplines for the last 16 years and includes her work as a creator and performer in Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion, and a leading role in the Broadway production of Bombay Dreams. She is currently touring her solo tour-de-force dance-theater work, Bahu-Beti-Biwi (Daughter-in-law, Daughter, Wife), which is being supported by an NDP Touring Award for 2012 – 2013. Recent honors include a 2011 L.A. Dance Advance Grant and the 2010 COLA Grant from the L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs. Her work has been presented at The Painted Bride (Philadelphia), The Maui Cultural Center and Kahilu Theater (Maui and Kona, HI), Grand Performances (Los Angeles), The Lab Theater (Minneapolis), Bijlmer ParkTheater (Amsterdam), Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), The Joyce Soho (NYC), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Erasing Borders Festival (NYC), National Asian American Theater Festival (NYC), and more. www.sheetalgandhi.com
A project of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, CHIME is an innovative mentorship program for professional choreographers of all dance styles and disciplines.
Cherise Richards of Riptide Dance, Composer Brendan Byrnes and Video Artist Kerstin Hovland present an evening of dance, live music and video at Live Arts Los Angeles. The works in this production all revolve around modern day forms of escapism and how we condition ourselves to dissociate, fantasize, project, and avert.
Featured Performers include,
We hope to see you at the performance! Please also consider supporting the fundraising campaign for the performers at http://www.indiegogo.com/dreamofafixedescape
We’re really excited about our first choreography showcase: Live@LALA!
Join us this Saturday, October 20th, for new work by L.A. choreographers! Tickets are just $10. Performance starts at 8 p.m., reception with the artists immediately after.
We’ve got a great line up. See new work from:
- Ingrid Graham
- Carol Guidry
- Laura Laser
- Beth Megill
- Cherise Richards
- Jordan Saenz
- Laura Smyth
- Mark Tomasic
- Taryn Wayne
- Shoji Yamasaki
- Chelsea Yarnell
- Stephanie Zaletel
If you’re interested in participating in future Live@LALA showcases, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 323-739-0804.
We hope this showcase becomes a regular thing around here, so tell your friends!
Josie Walsh presents Urban Angels
Friday & Saturday, June 29th & 30th
Doors open at 7:30pm SHOW at 8pm!
INTERSECTION2 “URBAN ANGELS”, an evening of innovative cutting-edge choreography by Josie Walsh featuring stellar professional dancers and an intoxicating original composition by Paul Rivera Jr. at the intimate cool space of Live Arts LA (LALA).
Artists: AJ Abrams, Ashley Hoffman, Kris Jobson, Sara Silkin, Michael Waldrop, Season Winquest
$20 limited seating, pre-paid tickets guarantee admission-highly recommended! Stay for wine and Q&A afterwards
ALL proceeds go directly to the dancers!
Friday, May 25, 2012
Live Arts Los Angeles
$15.50 advance purchase
$20 at the door
Choreographer Cid Pearlman returns to Los Angeles, accompanied by five dance artists from Estonia and U.S.A., for an evening of intelligent and deeply embodied dancing. Los Angeles is the third stop on a mini-tour of California, including events in San Francisco and Santa Cruz. Los Angeles performances are Thursday, May 24th, 12:00PM, at UCLA’s Glorya Kaufmann Hall, Amber Dance Studio, and Friday, May 25th at Live Arts Los Angeles, 8:00PM. The UCLA event is an informal showing and is free; tickets for the Live Arts Los Angeles event are $15.50-$20.
Click here to purchase tickets for Friday, May 25th. (Link will take you to our secure online store at mindbodyonline.com. Just enter the number of tickets you want and hit “check out”.)
Cid Pearlman’s This is what we do in winter features dancers from Estonia and the United States, performing to an original score by composer Jonathan Segel (Camper Van Beethoven). Starting as strangers – foreign bodies in the same room – this international collaboration reflects on the process of getting to know each other during the long dark Estonian winter. Pearlman’s “…intelligent, sensual choreography…” (SF Bay Guardian, 2011) foregrounds the individuality of the performer. Estonian dance critic Tiit Tuumalu writes: …This is what we do in winter continue(s) to haunt me…the simplicity of its culmination, brightness, impressionistic mood, soft humor, unconstrained-ness and dynamics were in beautiful harmony with the music by Jonathan Segel. (Postimees, 2010)
During the 2009-10 academic year Pearlman was a Fulbright Scholar in Estonia, teaching at Tallinn University and collaborating with Estonian dance artists. One of the highlights was working with an extraordinary group of dancers – Rain Saukas, Tiina Mölder, Helen Reitsnik, Alexis Steeves and David King. Together they experimented with performance and embodiment, thinking about how to create environments in which the dancers could be wholly themselves, while simultaneously working with the choreography that they created together. Out of these experiments came This is what we do in winter.
how quickly these accidents is a first-time collaboration between Alexis Steeves (USA) & Rain Saukas (Estonia). As artists nurtured in different nations, cultures and movement styles, an essential aspect of this dance is the illumination of their own clichés and assumptions in both physical and dramatic contexts. In dedication to discovery the choreographers have allowed their aesthetic tendencies and preferences to be corrupted by the process. What began as an experiment in translation has become a game of serious play initiated between two naive yet driven characters. The narrative of the ‘love duet’ is neither avoided nor relied upon. As movement artists Steeves and Saukas believe that the fluctuations of the intellect and the body are inseparable. As our pigeon-aesthetic falters towards fluency we celebrate conflict as much as consensus and search for the barely graspable moments of becoming something new.
Tiina Mölder & Helen Reitsnik (Estonia) present the premiere of Facing Forest. We are going over the open field. In front of us you can see huge sea of moss – the bog. In the remote distance there emerge detached copses – islands in the middle of the bog pool, full of water. A single fox is skulking in the reeds, he yelps. And then a couple of elks: huge and somehow restless. It is as if they are talking to each other, nodding their heads, rubbing noses, and stomping with their feet, while exchanging views. An owl takes wing. An adder flashes through the thicket.
Tiina Mölder & Helen Reitsnik are doing together two things: dancing and hiking. Their dance piece gets inspiration from the forest, swamps and bogs, from walking in different tracks. They are dancing independently and separately in different dance projects, and together in the Estonian dance company “United dancers of ZUGA” (established 1999). Both of them graduated from the choreography department in Tallinn University. In the last few years they have also choreographed dance pieces for children. Facing Forest is drawn from the ZUGA’s performance Old Buddies (2010)
These performances are made possible in part by Eesti Kultuurkapital, the Fulbright Program of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Embassy/Estonia, UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, Show Box LA, and the many donors who contributed to our USA Projects campaign.
Homestretch / IS
Carmela Hermann, Terrence Luke Johnson, and Jmy James Kidd
Saturday, December 10 @ 8pm (doors open at 7:30)
Live Arts Los Angeles
$20 – Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/210414 or at the door
Homestretch is a hysterical, poignant, ridiculous & heartbreaking look at real life through the lens of choreographer/new mother, Carmela Hermann & gay retiree & accidental dad/grandfather, Terence Luke Johnson. This non-linear, post-modern soap opera layers vignettes of pregnancy-obsession, parenthood, daddy issues, retirement, homosexuality, late-life sex & death. Lines become blurred as the two play games with identity; the relationship seemingly morphs from friendship to father/daughter, lovers, & at times, becoming one another in the ultimate act of empathy.
IS formed from “Inner Sunset,” a piece for 5 dancers choreographed by Jmy James Kidd that then became a solo-duet version and is now just a solo. 99% of the choreography is gone in this new version, replaced with, in Jmy’s words, “the weirdo that I am. I have yet to figure out how to reconcile the structure and strangeness that I feel inside, the trained dancer person and the mountain man.”
a collaborative dance show
November 5, 2011
8 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)
Music and drinks until 11 pm
$15 advance purchase at brownpapertickets
$20 at the door (cash only)
Transient Truths is an evening of modern and contemporary dance brought to you by Donna Cicchesi and Mallory Russo. The show focuses on the representation and appreciation of art, in forms different from the physical art of dance. Live music, photography, and film are integral parts of the evening’s program.
Choreography by Chelsea Asman, Donna Cicchesi, Michael Crotty, Mallory Russo, Paula Present, Sara Silkin, and Lydia Zimmer.
Photography by Charlie Cho and Deeanna Williams. Media by Julian Grant.
Oct 22 – ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Dance Concert to Benefit LALA
produced by KEN DATUGAN
Reception 8:00 pm Show time 8:30 pm
$20 suggested donation
All Funds will be used to help refinish our Dance Floor!
Enlightened Theater presents THE WOMAN’S COLLECTIVE
Imagine a Woman
A night of Theater & Dance
August 20, 2011
pre-show: 7:30 pm
show time: 8:15 pm
“Imagine a Woman” is a dynamic evening of theater and dance summer, produced by playwright/choreographer Ashlee Katrice Thomas. This Women’s Collective brings together national and international women from the US, Brasil, Israel, and Jamaica, who are using art as a tool for social awareness on issues that impact our community and humanity. “Imagine A Woman” is the culminating event of the Enlightened Theater Summer Series. Presenting organizations will be hosting workshops throughout the summer that are open to the community. “Imagine A Woman” is an interactive show where the audience has an opportunity to participate in creating–one of the greatest gifts to humanity. The audience will leave with an enlightened view of themselves in relation to the female experience.
Live Arts Los Angeles (LALA)
4210 Panamint Street
Los Angeles, CA 90065
$20 (pre-sale – on sale now at brownpapertickets)
$25 at the door
For more information, contact Ashlee at 818-823-0985
Don’t miss Josie Walsh’s “INTERSECTION” premiering at Live Arts Los Angeles this Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2, at 8:00 pm.
Here’s a little taste:
Josie Walsh presents “INTERSECTION”, July 1 & 2
“INTERSECTION”, an evening of innovative cutting-edge choreography by Josie Walsh featuring stellar professional dancers and an intoxicating original composition by Paul Rivera Jr. in the hot new space, Live Arts LA (LALA).
Artists: AJ Abrams, Ashley Hoffman, Kris Jobson, Heather Phillips, Donte Phillips, Sara Silkin, Michael Waldrop, Season Winquest
Friday, July 1st at 8:00pm
Saturday, July 2nd at 8:00pm
Doors open at 7:30pm
$15 limited seating, pre-paid tickets guarantee admission — highly recommended!
Perception, memory & the shifting sands of reality…
Saturday, May 7, 2011 – 8:30 pm
Live Arts Los Angeles
4210 Panamint Street (at Eagle Rock Blvd)
Los Angeles, CA 90065
$20 general, $15 students/seniors/DRC
Buy tickets online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/168384
DIS-ILLUSIONS II is the second in a series of performances exploring the concept of perception and memory that is based on scientific evidence that what and how we construct our sense of reality may differ radically from one another. Our expectations, beliefs and memories all affect our perception. Interspersing stories from the dancer’s pasts with shifting movement patterns and dynamics, the dance flows with its own stream of consciousness logic where the sands of reality are constantly changing. Musician Ken Christianson creates a live aural landscape that riffs off of the emotional and kinetic tones in the dance. Working within adjustable space of the fabulous new venue LA Live Arts, stairs, balconies, internal windows and doors offer multiple opportunities to alter the performing and audience space. The room itself becomes an element in the examination of perception and how we view and interpret external information. Dis-Illusions is a continuation of Donna Sternberg & Dancers science series, which seeks to build a bridge between dance and science through the artistic interpretation of scientific principles.
For reservations or more information, call 310-260-1198.
The Pin Down Girls Present: “Sexy Slogans” with Special Guests: Dakaboom
WHEN: Friday, February 25 and Saturday, February 26 – both shows start at 8 pm
WHERE: Live Arts Los Angeles (LALA) at 4210 Panamint Street, Los Angeles CA 90065
WHAT: A super sexy, sometimes silly dance company, who will knock your socks off! With influences of all styles of dance, it features 10 hot classically trained dancers with extensive stage and screen experience. This show is sure to have you shimmying in your seat!
$20. Tickets and information at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/143702