Category Archives: Dance

Take FLIGHT at Exchange LA Saturday, September 6th

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A new fitness brand has hit the Los Angeles area as the world’s first high energy fitness and electronic dance music collaboration premiering at Exchange LA nightclub on Saturday, September 6th from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. : FLIGHT!

 GET FIT * FEEL THE MUSIC * TAKE FLIGHT

Flight instructor Sydney Benner (Benner Fit) infuses her signature high-energy dance, sculpt and flow to the custom live beats of DJ Ryan Fontana (of Sex Panther) who will be spinning for an unforgettable fitness experience. As the bass booms through the club you will be taken on a workout of a lifetime leaving you soaring on a natural high. Move over SoulCycle, Crossfit, Barre and more.

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Tickets are available now for only $20 and must be purchased in advance. Doors open at 12:30pm with class beginning promptly at 1pm.

Buy your tickets now and be there first to receive a very special Flight gift bag (limited numbers apply). Yoga mat, sneakers and your favorite fitness attire will be needed for your journey. Ages 18 and up only, please.

***This event will be filmed so be prepared to smile for the camera!

Be one of the 200 club-goers to embark on this journey of electronic music euphoria. Get ready to take Flight!

WHEN:
September 6th, 2014
Doors open at 12:30, Class 1-2pm
WHERE: 
EXCHANGE LA
618 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
 
WEBSITEhttp://www.weareflight.com/
FACEBOOKhttp://www.facebook.com/weareflight
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Lost in Lvov: A Los Angeles Encore Presentation

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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Sandy Simona is a woman filled with introspective, exuberant joy that when voiced and sung aloud is infectious from the moment you walk into the house.

Lost in Lvov is a melodic slow burn of biographical remembrances and collective memories of things long awaited and yet to be fulfilled, suddenly exploded and turned wildly upside down and inside out.  Imbued with immersive sadness, longing, bliss, ecstasy the stories of love are embroiled into a single, poetic and passionate affair of the heart.

Ms. Simona guides us through sensuality, sexual awakening, terrible loss, dreams of three sisters and above all the twists and turns of the real woman who is her feisty, bold, but secretly broken-hearted mother, exposing the deepest cavities of her soul and revealing her most inner emotions and truths.

This over-the-top, story is inventive and filled with abandon. From her mother’s description of her fat neighbor returning home from the army as the now transformed “not fat anymore” man who becomes Sandy’s father, and who writes poetry to her (mother) like Pushkin, to the desperate woman waiting for the vacuum cleaner salesman who takes the train from Manhattan to Brooklyn, to walks on the boardwalk in Brighton Beach, Sandy offers a high-spirited, strung together, account of her family, emigrated from the Soviet Union, “where the moon came out to dance with the sun before it came down”, now settled in America.

Watch the trailer here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm7eowAXMSU

A hilarious array of personalities including Sandy herself, (not so coincidentally named after Olivia Newton John’s character in Grease), Ms. Simona challenges us and invites us in through comedy, dance, gorgeous live music and word, divulging piece by piece her experiences growing up as a first generation Russian Jew, dating failures, artistic discoveries and the shame of watching her father, a former scientist in his home country, having to work as a greasy mechanic. Most of all she boils down the truth of her mother’s obsession to have Sandy succeed, in love and life: the dream of an academically brilliant student to become an Engineer but deliberately failed by the school for being a woman and a Jew.

This entire show thrives completely in the moment, is hot to the touch and exciting without relief.  An exquisite experience.

Lost in Lvov  was mounted for the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2014 and has been part of the combined artform Producer’s Award ENCORE extended presentations. There are however, no more encore performances left in Los Angeles.  And so we tearfully send this production on its way to New York City for the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row Studios.  If you are an East Coaster you can catch this phenomenal experience in November 2014.  Check the website for tickets.

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Written, Directed, Choreographed and Performed by Sandy Simona

Live music by: Jacob & Julia Kanter, Endre Balgoh from Paris Chansons and Kassandra Kochoshis, Agrenta Walther

Please visit:  www.LostinLvov and www.sandysimona.com

#ArtSetFree: Global Arts Showcase

It’s time you went public!

art-set-freeArts Brookfield, the cultural arm of Brookfield Property Partners acclaimed for presenting hundreds of exciting cultural experiences for free worldwide, just announced a recent dramatic growth of Art Set Free, the organization’s unprecedented global arts showcase that raises awareness about the importance of free public art.

Artists in all 50 U.S. states, over 100 countries and over 800 cities have shared their work with Art Set Free, the user-generated campaign that is sweeping the nation and the world and will run through the end of the year.

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Participate in Art Set Free.  See below.

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Recent Art Set Free highlights include:

  • The Art Set Free digital art collection currently includes 20,618 artworks from2,612 artists worldwide.
  • Participation in Art Set Free has expanded to 110 countries in 809 cities with submissions from all 50 U.S. states.
  • Art Set Free saw its largest growth to date during the month of July, with more than 500 artists submitting sound, visual and performing art.
  • Top locations submitting art include New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Houston.

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“When we launched Art Set Free in October 2014, we hoped to engage the global arts community and encourage artists working in all genres to make the world their stage and set their own art free,” said Debra Simon, Vice President and Artistic Director of Arts Brookfield. “We have been extremely impressed with the quality of art submitted toArt Set Free and look forward to seeing more amazing works from artists throughout the world!”

Among the thousands of unique and inspiring artists from across the globe who have set their art free by sharing their work on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag #artsetfree are:

  • Sara Abid, a self-taught artist from Pakistan who sells her paintings worldwide and donates 100% of her earnings to various charities. An impressionistic painter, Abid specializes in palette knife technique and produces great textures on canvas using oils and mixed media elements.
  • Maliha Abidi, an 18-year-old self-taught painter and photographer based in San Francisco. Abidi was previously selected to represent the United States as the youngest artist of 20 from around the world for a meditation artistic retreat, and she is currently a youth director for Wake Up, a drug abuse organization that educates teens about the danger of prescription drugs.
  • Michael Hafftka, a Brooklyn-based painter whose work can be found in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Museum, New York Public Library and the National Gallery. Much of Hafftka’s understanding of the world comes from his perception of his parents’ wartime experiences as refugees from Europe and survivors of the Holocaust.
  • Victor Haskins, a world-class trumpet player, improviser, composer, bandleader and educator. Based in Richmond, Va., Haskins, who lived in Asia and Africa until the age of 10, released his own original album The Truth in 2013.
  • Ron Haviv, an award-winning photojournalist based in New York whose images of conflict and humanitarian crises have made headlines around the world. Haviv is the co-founder of the photo agency VII, which is dedicated to the truthful documentation of conflict.

Established artists who assisted in launching Art Set Free include Broadway star and Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell; Executive Artistic Director of New York Live Arts and Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones; Action Architect Elizabeth Streb; and the acclaimed vocal ensemble, The Tenors.

participateTo participate in Art Set Free, artists should capture their work in a photo, video or audio recording; and then share it on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag #ArtSetFree. Entries are welcome from any genre, including dance/movement, music/sound, painting, sculpture, photography and street art. Arts Brookfield reviews submissions on a rolling basis and curates the best pieces for display at select Brookfield buildings around the world and on ArtsBrookfield25.com, potentially reaching an audience of millions.

Images, videos and sound recordings of artwork for Art Set Free may be submitted by individuals or organizations. Submissions should be creative, innovative and inspiring, and all entries must follow the Art Set Free Terms and Conditions available atArtsBrookfield25.com.

To learn more about Arts Brookfield and Art Set Free, visit ArtsBrookfield25.com.

 

Eat.Drink.Art Los Angeles on September 13th

About to happen at Barnsdall Art Park on September 13th is a sensational evening for locals, visitors, art lovers and foodies alike.

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EAT.DRINK.ART. A Kaleidoscope of the Senses, The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery’s multifaceted fundraiser (sponsored by Los Angeles Magazine) invites Angelenos to tempt their palettes with delectable food, artisanal spirits and a stimulating celebration of art in all its forms on Saturday, September 13 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. with a VIP reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 

All to the backdrop of KCRW’s DJ Dan Wilcox spinning tunes, the evening will showcase a vast array of visual and performing art including live painting, performance artists, giant puppets, nude sketch models, and more. Live music will be preformed by musicians from “The Voice,” “American Idol,” and “The X Factor” and the annual happening boasts top-notch food trucks such as The Urban Oven, Let’s Be Frank, Postcards Central American Soul Fusion and Coolhaus.

The evening features a silent auction of more than 45 emerging + renowned artists including Claire Falkenstein, Alice Fellows, Joy Feuer, John Frame, Mark Steven Greenfield, Heather Lembcke, Leonel Matheu, Ed Ruscha, Gregory Siff, and Wayne White.

General Admission tickets cost $30 in advance ($40 at the door) and provide access to the event beginning at 7 pm along with 3 drink tickets.

VIP Admission tickets cost $100 in advance ($110 at the door) and provide access to a special reception and silent auction preview starting at 5:30 p.m.

Dance, drink and be artistically inspired—all while supporting a true kaleidoscope of exhibits and programs at LAMAG, LA’s only municipal art gallery and the City’s primary exhibition venue offering free admission to all.

Please visit lamag.org for more information.

LOS ANGELES MUNICIPAL ART GALLERY
LOCATED AT BARNSDALL PARK
4800 HOLLYWOOD BLVD.
LOS ANGELES, CA 90027
323.644.6269

Wild Up: Los Angeles Choreographer Daniel Ezralow Debuts New Company

Daniel Ezralow debuts his new company, ‘Ezralow Dance,’” with a commissioned, site-specific world premiere accompanied live by adventurous chamber orchestra ‘wild Up’

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Winding up the Zev Yaroslavsky Signature Series and bringing the Ford Theatres 2014 summer season to a close, Ezralow Dance takes the stage at the Ford Amphitheatre on Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.

EZ2The commissioned, site-specific world premiere from world-renowned director/choreographer Daniel Ezralow will be accompanied by live music from contemporary classical ensemble wild Up, marking the debut of Ezralow’s new, Los Angeles-based company.

“Daniel is a visionary who creates grand pieces on a scale not usually seen at the Ford,” says Ford managing director of productions Adam Davis.

Hailed as “unforgettably gutsy” by The New York Times and “one of the best American dancer-choreographers now working on an international scale” by the Chicago Tribune, Ezralow most recently choreographed the opening ceremonies at the Sochi Olympics. He has created choreography and aerial choreography for theater, film, opera and television around the world, including The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, the film Across the Universeand for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Batsheva Dance Company and Paris Opera Ballet. Ezralow is a co-founder of ISO Dance and an original dancer/choreographer of MOMIX.

ez3“I try to break traditions, to look at something we may have all viewed many times before and see it completely differently,” Ezralow explains. “With this new company of 9 dancers, I want to build a creative home for the huge amount of repertory I’ve developed around the world. Being an eclectic artist means that I’ve been lucky enough to jump from film to TV to stage, but there’s been no way until now to collect everything into a single body of work.”

According to Ezralow, the evening will begin with the “Awakening” of the Ford’s historic outdoor amphitheater, which is set against a backdrop of cypresses and chaparral in the Hollywood Hills, and close with a sequence tentatively titled “DEconstruxion.”

ez4According to Ezralow, the choreography will be intimately linked to the music, and wild Up artistic director Christopher Rountree is enthusiastic about the collaboration. He is particularly passionate about the planned premiere of a new Bach deconstruction by Chris Kallmeyer (composer of theBach As A Lens series) and a performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3 played by a completely different set of instruments than those Bach would have used, which will make the familiar piece sound wildly different and virtuosic. The two Bach pieces will “bookend” the evening. Also on the program will be dances choreographed to various 19th century composers as well as to the music of contemporary composer David Lang.

“This type of collaboration happens very rarely,” Rountree says. “We’re going to take old world music and adapt it to become something completely new. We define a concert as anything that draws people together to have a shared experience of listening, so this experiment is very exciting for us.”

wu1Since its start in 2010, wild Up has been Orchestra in Residence at the Hammer Museum, Ensemble in Residence with American Composers Orchestra and Education Ensemble in Residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.  The group has been featured at a number of Los Angeles’ prominent cultural spaces including the Edye at the Broad Stage, Zipper Hall, REDCAT, Beyond Baroque, the Armory Center for the Arts and the Jensen Rec. Center Studio. Their recordings of Shostakovich, Rzewski and Messiaen have been featured on KUSC, KPFK and American Public Media’s Performance Today.

WHERE:
Ford Theatres
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, CA  90068
(just off the 101, between Hollywood Blvd. and Barham Blvd. in the Cahuenga Pass)

HOW:
(323) GO 1-FORD (461-3673) or www.FordTheatres.org

TICKET PRICES:
Reserved seating: $80, $65, $50
Purchase by Sept. 6 and save $5
VIP Package: $100 (includes premium seating, choice of wine or beer and on site parking)

PARKING:
On-site, stacked parking: $5 per vehicle. FREE satellite (non-stacked) parking and FREE shuttle to the Ford available at Universal City/Studio City Metro Station lot at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga. Shuttle stops in the “kiss and ride” area and cycles every 15-20 minutes. Please allow an extra 30 minutes if taking the shuttle.

OTHER:
Dress warmly for outdoor seating.  **The grounds open two hours before showtime for picnicking. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be ordered in advance. Patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink. ** The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request.

Photo credit: Angelo Redailli

 

Bellydance Evolution: “Alice in Wonderland” World Fusion Dance

The Magical Tale ReImagined Through Theatrical World Fusion Dance

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Step into the world of Alice in Wonderland as Bellydance Evolution brings this classic tale to life through world fusion and Middle Eastern dance. Under the artistic direction of international belly dance sensation Jillina, the cast will meld Middle Eastern dance and music, break dance, theatrical hip hop, contemporary dance, fusion and tribal dance, for a journey into wonderland. The storyline will unfold to the sounds of an original score composed by Paul Dinletir and the live beats of Ozzy Ashkenazi.

Friday, August 1 @ 8:30 p.m.
John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068

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Uniting Eastern and Western Culture with Middle Eastern,
Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tribal, and Acrobatic Dance

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Founded in 2009 by world renowned choreographer Jillina Carlano, the company presents a revolutionary approach to the whimsical and magical tale, reimagining the colorful, iconic and – dare we say – “mad” characters through the language of world fusion dance. The dance company takes a revolutionary approach to the art of belly dance, presenting theatrical dance shows with a storyline, much like a ballet. The show features a cast of 20 international artists from diverse backgrounds in Middle Eastern dance and music, break dance, theatrical hip hop, contemporary, tribal and fusion dance, each bringing their own unique vision to the production.

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Bellydance Evolution has performed to sold out crowds in over twenty different countries spanning North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. The company was featured at the 2012 Mawazine festival in Morocco, where it performed for the Queen of Morocco. With the success of its residency program, Bellydance Evolution has established ensemble company members in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Bellydance Evolution’s “Alice in Wonderland” takes you on a magical journey filled with spinning mushrooms, dancing caterpillars and a charismatically acrobatic rabbit all set to an original and theatrical soundtrack. Based on Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, the performance is appropriate for all ages.

Ticket prices start at $18; discount tickets available for full-time students with ID and children 12 and under. Purchase by July 26 and save! Tickets are available at FordTheatres.org or 323 461-3673 (for non-visual media 323 GO 1-FORD). To learn about discounts for groups of 8 or more, please call 323 461-3673.

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ABOUT THE FORD THEATRES

The Ford Theatres are located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068, just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway between Hollywood Blvd and Barham Blvd in the Cahuenga Pass. The grounds open two hours before showtime for picnicking. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be ordered in advance. Patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink.

The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request. On site, stacked parking costs $5 per vehicle for evening shows and $1 per vehicle for morning family shows. FREE nonstacked parking serviced by a FREE shuttle to the Ford, for evening amphitheatre performances only, is available at the Universal City/Studio City Metro Station parking lot at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga. The shuttle, which cycles every 15-20 minutes, stops in the “kiss and ride” area. Please allow an extra 30 minutes if taking the shuttle.

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This event is part of the Ford Theatres 2014 summer amphitheatre season, a multidisciplinary arts series produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in cooperation with Los Angeles County based arts organizations. A complete season schedule, directions to the amphitheatre and parking information can be found at FordTheatres.org.

Bellydance Evolution was created with a mission to unite Eastern and Western culture through dance and this intention is evident in the works of the company through their education and residency programs. Together, these initiatives celebrate the dynamic aesthetics of world fusion dance, culture and creativity, by sharing the joy of dance with all communities.
With the success of a residency program, Bellydance Evolution has established ensemble company members in the USA, Europe, Asia and Latin America.  In addition to this specialized performance program, principal cast members offer seminars that are open to all people in the community, giving dancers and non-dancers alike an opportunity to learn about this diverse and important cultural art form from accomplished masters in the field.

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Jillina Carlano, Founder, Executive/Artistic Director (The Queen of Hearts) is a performer, master instructor, choreographer, director and producer, Jillina has devoted her life to dance.  Jillina pulls from a strong dance background in Middle Eastern, folklore, jazz, ballet, and hip hop to create a colorful Middle Eastern fusion repertoire. She travels extensively, teaching seminars and performing in concerts worldwide.  Jillina has co-produced 12 instructional DVDs, which are now offered in five different languages and distributed by Universal Records. In the summer of 2009 and 2010, Jillina was the first American to be invited as a featured performer in the prestigious closing gala at the Ahlan Wa Sahlan festival in Egypt.  Jillina is the owner of Evolution Dance Studios, located in Universal City, California, USA.

Paul Dinletir, Music Composer, is the co-founder of and lead composer for “audiomachine”, a boutique motion picture music production house, specializing in original music and sound design for the high-end trailer market. To create his signature sound, Paul records with the world’s top orchestras and musicians in exclusive spaces such as Skywalker Ranch and Air Studios of London. He has composed exclusive music for blockbuster campaigns such as The Hobbit, Avatar, Life of Pi, Hunger Games, 300 and Snow White and the Huntsman.  In creating original scores for Bellydance Evolution, Paul composes and records an emotional, dramatic soundtrack. He works side by side with the artistic director to bring the show to life and is an integral part of the creative process.

 

Dance In A Room On Broad Street This Saturday

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 5.38.21 AMJACOB JONAS THE COMPANY is premiering its first full-length work, In A Room On Broad St., in Los Angeles co-presented with Highways, a non-profit performance space, located at 1651 18 Street in Santa Monica on Friday, July 25th & Saturday, July 26th 8:30PM.

TicketsTickets are $25 and are available by going to http://www.highwaysperformance.org or calling 310-315-1459.

In A Room On Broad St. is Jacob Jonas’s view on society’s competitive nature; how it hurts relationships, creates our work ethic, and brings certain qualities out of each individual including balance, patience and strength.

Jacob Jonas The Company (JJTC) explores the relationship of man vs. self, man vs. man, man vs. society, and man vs. time while combining the techniques of breakdancing, contemporary ballet, and circus arts.

This is a world premiere opening in Los Angeles first, then heads to New York City at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in August.

In August 2013, Jacob united a group of dancers from across the country to participate in the Capezio ACE Awards (Award for Choreographic Excellence). The Capezio ACE Awards is an international choreography competition held in New York City where over 500 of the best choreographers submit and only 16 are chosen to perform. Out of the 16, Jacob placed third. And from that experience, Jacob Jonas The Company was born.

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The artists in Jacob Jonas The Company are alumni from the most prestigious companies such as Cirque Du Soliel, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Diavolo Dance Theater, and Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre and have been seen on television and film including: The MTV Movie Awards, The Emmys, Jimmy Kimmel Live, You Got Served, So You Think You Can Dance, and in commercials for Nike, Coke, and iPod. They also worked with such artists as Beyonce, Rhianna, Justin Timberlake, Shakira and Eminem to name a few.

Jacob has gained support by the likes of Donald Byrd, a Bessie award winner, choreographer of Broadway’s “The Color Purple” and Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater; Jacque Hiem, Artistic Director of Diavolo Dance Theater and choreographer of Cirque du Soliel’s “Ka;” Paula Abdul, and Daniel Ezralow, choreographer of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Opening Ceremonies and Sony Picture’s “Across the Universe.”

Jacob Jonas The Company is a Los Angeles based creative company that specializes in dance, production, and arts education. JJTC is committed to building a community of like- minded collaborative artists that will push creative thinking and produce emotionally charged work with the intensions to encourage and not compete.

For more information, visit www.JacobJonas.com

 

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