The Butoh Dance Company, Sankai Juku, Performs “Umusuna” in a CAP UCLA Program at Royce Hall October 16-17

By Jane Rosenberg Ushio Amagatsu, the founder of the singular dance company, Sankai Juku, is not simply a choreographer; he is, as his creation Umusuna illustrates, a visual artist, a poet, and a philosopher. On a set of starkly modern, sculptural beauty, located at the intersection of Earthworks and Minimalism, Amagatsu grapples with questions of… Read More The Butoh Dance Company, Sankai Juku, Performs “Umusuna” in a CAP UCLA Program at Royce Hall October 16-17

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Live Music: “Crosscurrents” (Zakir Hussain, Dave Holland, Shankar Mahadevan et al) at Royce Hall

    By Mike Finkelstein On Tuesday night the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA presented Crosscurrents, a truly special ensemble of legendary Western and Indian virtuoso musicians, to a full house. The group members are Zakir Hussain (tablas), Louiz Banks (piano/keyboards), Dave Holland (bass), Shankar Mahadevan (vocals), Sanjay Divecha (guitar), Vikku “V”… Read More Live Music: “Crosscurrents” (Zakir Hussain, Dave Holland, Shankar Mahadevan et al) at Royce Hall

Live Music: Snarky Puppy and Kneebody in a CAP UCLA Concert at Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein On Thursday night in a Center for the Art of Performance concert at Royce Hall, Snarky Puppy and Kneebody played a sold out show of what might best be called jazz fusion or simply eclectic music, though trying to label music is probably not a great idea. Still, both units had a… Read More Live Music: Snarky Puppy and Kneebody in a CAP UCLA Concert at Royce Hall

Ballet: Alberta Ballet’s “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy” at Royce Hall

By Jane Rosenberg Sarah McLachlan’s fans turned out in vast numbers last night for Alberta Ballet’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, a ballet by company director, Jean Grand-Maître, set to McLachlan’s folk-pop songs. McLachlan also provided the art for the vast backdrop of video projections. The result: an entertainment more conducive to a Grammy awards night stage… Read More Ballet: Alberta Ballet’s “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy” at Royce Hall

Live Theatre: Robert Wilson’s staging of “The Old Woman” with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe at Royce Hall

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles, CA.  Whether dancing and crooning like a Dadaist Bob Hope and Bing Crosby or wailing like dying coyotes, Baryshnikov and Dafoe bring a scorching vitality to the stage as they interpret through spoken word, dance, and song the absurdist universe of the Russian poet, Daniil Kharms, as seen through the… Read More Live Theatre: Robert Wilson’s staging of “The Old Woman” with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe at Royce Hall

Live Jazz: Fred Hersch and Julian Lage at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall

By Don Heckman There were only two musicians on stage Saturday night in a CAP UCLA performance at the University’s cozy Schoenberg Hall. But no more were needed. The musical encounter between pianist Fred Hersch and guitarist Julian Lage offered a definitive display of jazz improvisation at its finest. Hersch’s long, musically rich career has… Read More Live Jazz: Fred Hersch and Julian Lage at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall

Live Jazz: Charles Lloyd and Bill Frisell in a CAP UCLA concert at Royce Hall

By Don Heckman Charles Lloyd made one of his rare Southland appearances Saturday night a Royce Hall in a CAP UCLA (Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA) concert. And, as often happens with the iconic jazz saxophonist and flutist, one couldn’t help but wish that Lloyd would leave his Santa Barbara home for… Read More Live Jazz: Charles Lloyd and Bill Frisell in a CAP UCLA concert at Royce Hall

Live Music: Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby at Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby brought their bluegrass collaboration to a CAP UCLA concert at Royce Hall on Friday night, playing to a very appreciative if not overflowing crowd. Backed by the amazing six-piece Kentucky Thunder bluegrass band, Skaggs and Hornsby took on music ranging from Bill Monroe to Rick James. At… Read More Live Music: Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby at Royce Hall