Clairobscur Dance Presents “Supremacy Ride” at The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center:
With extraordinary dancers and eloquent choreography, Los Angeles based, Clairobscur Dance presents it’s evening: Supremacy Ride. Featuring world premieres and repertory works by Choreographer Laurie Sefton with guest collaborator Hip-Hop poet/spoken word artist Jason Chu.
“Laurie Sefton is one of Los Angeles’ finest and strongest choreographers …. beautiful artistry….extraordinary choreography and dancing….”– Jeff Slayton, SeeDance.com
“The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center is a facility of the City of Los Angeles and operated by the Ebony Repertory Theater.”
With DJs Daz, Culture D, Jun, Tomas, King Cokni, Aaron Paar and Monalisa.
Two rooms of music: Soul, reggae, house, Afrobeat, dancehall, club classics, future beatz and more! 21+
“Never, until I saw Santangelo’s ensemble, their heels stamping, their arms cutting through the air, had I seen a chorus whose physical force could support the fate-heavy songs that Sophocles wrote for his plays. As for Barrio, though she spoke rarely, dancing seemed better than words: no rhetoric, no explanations, but just passion, majesty, absorption.”
—The New Yorker
Don’t miss Antigona, Martín Santangelo’s stunning flamenco interpretation of Sophocles’ Antigone, performed by Noche Flamenca and starring flamenco superstar Soledad Barrio as a disenfranchised woman struggling against patriarchal authority. At its heart, the story of Antigone resonates with the roots of flamenco, which is based not in any one culture or religion, but on the strength of family. Antigone’s story is her humanity and her quest to bury her brother regardless of the circumstances.
Admission is free and open to everyone.
Photo: Chris Bennion
Water is life. It sustains us, and everything around us. It’s the original “highway,” linking us together. And it inspires us—the subject of poems, songs and dances.
VPAC celebrates water on February 25. A daytime performance festival in the VPAC Courtyard features six Los Angeles ensembles with origins in six regions of the world. These traditional artists have one thing in common — music and dance that honors and evokes water.
VPAC honors arts and culture from around the globe, and uplifts the artists who honor what is most elemental to all of us — H2O.
Six Los Angeles Ensembles Representing Six Regions of the World
BRAZIL — Ballet Folclorico do Brasil
WEST AFRICA — Futa Toro West African Drummers & Dancers
HAWAII — Halau Keali’i O Nalani
MEXICO —Las Colibri
JAPAN — On Ensemble
MIDDLE EAST — Yuval Ron Ensemble
Special Appearance by The Nile Project
Wendy Whelan, who spent 30 years with the New York City Ballet, is widely considered one of the world’s leading dancers. Brian Brooks is an award-winning choreographer and director of the acclaimed Brian Brooks Moving Company. They will come together to perform their tour-de-force duet First Fall along with luminous new work they have created with string quartet Brooklyn Rider, “one of the wonders of contemporary music” (Los Angeles Times).
The stunning First Fall bears testament to Whelan and Brooks’ friendship and effervescent artistic chemistry. Their new collaboration with Brooklyn Rider, Some of a Thousand Words, illuminates the intimate relationship between music and dance, featuring music by John Luther Adams, Tyondai Braxton, Philip Glass, Evan Ziporyn, and Brooklyn Rider’s own Colin Jacobsen.
This production was co‐commissioned by the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, The Joyce Theater, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, and the Modlin Center for The Arts at the University of Richmond.
Admission is free and open to everyone.
Photos: Erin Baiano
Autarcie (….) by Compagnie Par Terre a 60 min performance by Anne Nguyen with 4 female dancers and a 5min extract by Lux Aeterna company.
Offering a different and original vision of contemporary dance, this work features four jumpsuit-clad dancers facing off in a frantic, ritual warrior dance. They deliver an astonishing performance by transforming their respective dance specialties of breakdance, popping and waacking into an abstract vocabulary.
Punctum Saliens by Lux Aeterna, a 60 min choreographic creation by Jacob “Kujo” Lyons with 4 dancers and a 5 min extract of Autarcie (….) by Compagnie Par Terre.
Known for an eclectic and powerful movement vocabulary, which fuses various art forms such as breaking, contemporary dance, and circus arts, the award-winning company transforms urban techniques into something transcendent, geometric and radiant.