Celebrate Forsythe featuring San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Houston Ballet October 21-23, 2015 The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Dance at The Music Center opens the season with a “dance first” in a special salute to the acclaimed American choreographer, William Forsythe, with Celebrate Forsythe. Active in the field of choreography for more than 45 years, and one of the most prolific and influential choreographers of this era, Forsythe has been recognized for revolutionizing the practice of ballet from its traditional association with classical repertoire to a dynamic 21st Century art form. Many consider him the greatest innovator in ballet since George Balanchine. His interest in the principles of organization led him to produce a wide range of projects, including installations, films and web-based knowledge creation. Forsythe was appointed the associate choreographer of the Paris Opera Ballet in 2015 and is also professor of dance and artistic advisor to the Choreographic Institute at the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California. In this distinctive engagement, three major U.S. ballet companies – San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Houston Ballet, which were personally chosen by Forsythe – will each perform one of the famed choreographer’s significant works.
San Francisco Ballet Returning to The Music Center, San Francisco Ballet will perform Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2016, which was originally choreographed for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1999 and re-choreographed for the San Francisco Ballet. In Pas/Parts 2016, Forsythe uses stylistic differences – visible in the steps, but also in the ballet’s structure – to enhance the counterpoint. Founded in 1933, the San Francisco Ballet is America’s oldest professional ballet company and one of the three largest in the nation. The company performed the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker. Led by Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, the San Francisco Ballet is considered one of the pre-eminent ballet companies in the world.
Pas/Parts 2016 Choreography: William Forsythe Music: Thom Willems Scenic and Lighting Design: William Forsythe Costume Design: Stephen Galloway
Pacific Northwest Ballet (*The Music Center Debut)
Making its Music Center debut, Pacific Northwest Ballet will perform Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude set to the final movement from Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 9. The piece, which displays all of the traditional accoutrements of classical dance, including tutus, point shoes, virtuosity, lyricism and a friendly display of formal manners between the sexes, premiered in a 1996 performance by the Ballet Frankfurt and was first performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2015. Founded in 1972, Pacific Northwest Ballet is one of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Peter Boal, the company of nearly 50 dancers presents more than 100 performances each year of full-length and mixed repertory ballets. Boal also leads PNB School, which is recognized as one of the top three ballet training institutions in the United States.
The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude Choreography: William Forsythe Music: Franz Schubert (Allegro molto vivace from Symphony No. 9 in C Major) Scenic and Lighting Design: William Forsythe Costume Design: Stephen Galloway
Houston Ballet will perform Forsythe’s Artifact Suite, an edited version of an evening-length ballet, Artifact, created in 1984 for Ballet Frankfurt. Forsythe has shortened the ballet into a stunning piece that preserves all of the original choreography’s striving innovation and power. Artifact Suite deconstructs and reconstructs the rules of traditional ballet without denying its traditional technique. From its roots of a troupe of 15 young dancers in 1969 to a company of 59 dancers, Houston Ballet is the fifth largest ballet company (by number of dancers) in the United States. Led by Australian choreographer Stanton Welch, Houston Ballet has toured extensively both nationally and internationally. The company is complemented by Houston Ballet Orchestra, which consists of 61 professional musicians who play all ballet performances at the company’s home at Wortham Theater Center.
Artifact Suite Choreography: William Forsythe Music: Johann Sebastian Bach, Eva Crossman-Hecht Lighting Design: William Forsythe Costume Design: William Forsythe
Jessica Lang Dance – Mixed Repertoire (The Music Center Debut including a West Coast Premiere) February 17-19, 2017 The Music Center’s Ahmanson Theatre
In an example of the transformation of classical ballet language into artfully crafted, emotionally engaging contemporary work, Dance at The Music Center presents Jessica Lang Dance. The program highlights two new works by Lang created in 2015: Thousand Yard Stare, which sheds light on the theme of war and those who have been affected by it, most specifically veterans; and the West Coast premiere of Tesseracts of Time, created in collaboration with world renowned architect Steven Holl. These monumental works are joined on the program with audience favorites, Droplet, an intimate excerpt from i.n.k., and Lang’s iconic gem, The Calling, which stuns audiences with its delicate grace and impactful beauty.
The Calling Choreography: Jessica Lang Music: Trio Mediaeval Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce Costume Design: Jessica Lang
The Droplet Choreography: Jessica Lang Music: Jakub Ciupinski (Commissioned Score) Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce Thousand Yard Stare Choreography: Jessica Lang Music: Ludwig van Beethoven Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce Costume Design: Bradon McDonald
Tesseracts of Time Choreography: Jessica Lang Music: David Lang, Morton Feldman, John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Arvo Pärt Set Design: Steven Holl Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce Costume Design: Bradon McDonald
Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater – Complete Program TBA/All Programs Include Revelations (With a Premiere of a New Work Co-Commissioned by Dance at The Music Center) March 8-12, 2017
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to The Music Center with a powerful repertoire that includes its signature American masterpiece, Revelations, along with the West Coast premiere of a new work commissioned by Dance at the Music Center. The company continues Ailey’s mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones. In all, more than 240 works by over 95 choreographers are part of the Ailey company’s diverse repertory. Today, under the direction of Robert Battle, Ailey’s extraordinary dancers bring to life an expanding variety of premieres, new productions and repertory favorites in performances that inspire, educate and enlighten audiences of all backgrounds. Ailey II, which embodies Mr. Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training and community programs for all people, will perform at The Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from February 28 – March 2, 2017.
Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater – Program TBD
Scottish Ballet – A Streetcar Named Desire (West Coast Premiere) May 19-21, 2017
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Dance at The Music Center presents the west coast premiere of Scottish Ballet’s multi-award winning A Streetcar Named Desire. This classic play is transformed into an emotional ballet that tackles important issues of sexual violence and identity. With the choreography set to a specially commissioned jazz-inspired score, Scottish Ballet pushes the boundaries of narrative ballet through a range of styles that accentuate the sensuality of the dancers. As Scotland’s national dance company, Scottish Ballet presents a wide range of high-quality dance to audiences across Scotland, the UK and around the world. With strong classical technique at the root of all of its work, the company presents new versions of classic titles, as well as seminal works from 20th century choreographers, significant pieces from living choreographers and new commissions.
A Streetcar Named Desire Choreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa Director: Nancy Meckler
Music and Sound: Peter Salem Lighting Design: Tim Mitchell
Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg – Tchaikovsky June 23-25, 2017
Exploring the personal life of the great romantic composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg presents the grand artistic ballet, Tchaikovsky. Boris Eifman’s enigmatic contemporary choreography explores the composer’s complicated sexuality, his inner break-up and personality dissociation, and his journey through the creative process. Set to a score of Tchaikovsky’s most popular compositions, the ballet showcases characters from his work, who materialize as demons, fairies and the like; they push and pull him from torment to the brink of ecstasy. Currently the only Russian contemporary ballet company touring outside of Russia, Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg was founded by Boris Eifman in 1977 as the Leningrad New Ballet.
Tchaikovsky Choreography: Boris Eifman Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Lighting Design: Gleb Filshtinsky
Set and Costume Design: Vyacheslav Okunev
The Music Center’s BalletNow™ – Mixed Repertory Curated by Tiler Peck July 28-30, 2017
Dance at The Music Center presented the world premiere of BalletNow™ in 2015, presenting some of the most talented internationally renowned ballet dancers and providing them a platform to showcase their curatorial skills along with the passion and expertise of many of their peers. With the second BalletNow, Dance at The Music Center will spotlight New York City Principal Ballerina Tiler Peck, who will create three new evenings of mixed repertory with performances by an international roster of leading principal dancers. The repertory is expected to include a mix of iconic ballets and new pieces, including choreography by Christopher Wheeldon, George Balanchine, Justin Peck and Jerome Robbins. BalletNow will feature a live orchestra.
The Music Center’s BalletNow™ – Program TBD
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