Wallis Center for the Performing Arts logo Since its opening in Fall 2013, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (The Wallis) has presented several of the world’s top dance companies including Martha Graham, Matthew Bourne, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Jessica Lange, José Limón, Daniel Ezralow and many more. This season, The Wallis welcomes the return of L.A. Dance Project and adds four more dance companies to this illustrious roster as The Wallis’ reputation as a prime West Coast home for dance continues to flourish. Dorrance Dance, South Africa’s Dada Masilo and Los Angeles’ Lula Washington Dance Theatre, BODYTRAFFIC and L.A. Dance Project will bring a wide range of innovative dance programs during the 2017/18 season.

“Our dance programming showcases local, national, and international artists, bringing remarkable performances to our stages,” said Paul Crewes, the institution’s Artistic Director. “The Wallis is a home for artists and audiences alike who want to explore, celebrate and embrace creativity, and we strive to attract and reflect the diversity of the city of Los Angeles. I am extremely proud to welcome these new dance companies and extend a warm welcome to Benjamin Millepied and L.A. Dance Project as our first Company-in-Residence.”

Dance @ The Wallis Programs:

October 12 – 14, 2017 
Dorrance Dance

Under the guidance of artistic director Michelle Dorrance, a 2015 MacArthur “Genius” and Alpert Award fellow, Dorrance Dance is known for connecting tap’s history to contemporary urban culture and infusing the art form with brilliant theatricality that is laced with cutting-edge humor. Dorrance Dance honors tap dance’s unique and powerful history in a new and dynamic context by upholding its tradition while simultaneously pushing it rhythmically, technically and conceptually. Myelination premiered at New York City Center’s 2015 Fall for Dance Festival. In October, Dorrance Dance brings a new, fully extended version of Myelination with original live music to The Wallis, along with the rarely-seen Bessie Award-winning Three to One, and a revival of the whimsical Jungle Blues, illustrating the great range for which the company is known.

November 2 – 4, 2017 and April 5 – 7, 2018
L.A. Dance Project

Collaborating with the company’s Artistic Director Benjamin Millepied, The Wallis welcomes L.A. Dance Project, the institution’s first Company-in-Residence, in a series of programs in both the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018, as well as other education and outreach activities.

Fall Program:
MinEvent, choreography by Merce Cunningham
Closer, choreography by Benjamin Millepied (L.A. Dance Project Los Angeles Premiere)
Orpheus Highway, choreography by Benjamin Millepied (West Coast Premiere)
In Silence We Speak, choreography by Benjamin Millepied (West Coast Premiere)

January 11 – 13, 2018
Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Los Angeles-based company Lula Washington Dance Theatre celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by offering Wallis audiences three different programs of dance over the holiday weekend. Not to be missed, all programs are performed with Marcus L. Miller and his Freedom Jazz Movement.

Program Schedule:
January 11: Program A: African-American Male Voices
January 12: Program B: Dave, Live Jazz & Social Meaning
January 13: Program C: Movement For The Soul Of It

April 12 – 14, 2018
Dada Masilo’s Giselle

Co-commissioned by The Joyce Theater’s Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New Work; the Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College; la Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2018, and Sadler’s Wells, with music composed by Philip Miller.

A young girl dies after having been betrayed by a man. She cannot rest in peace and is transformed into a wili, a ghost with a desire for dance—and revenge. Acclaimed South African choreographer Dada Masilo, who stunned audiences around the world with her feminist revisions of Carmen, Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake, takes on another classic in her distinctive style of African dance and classical ballet performed at astonishing speed. Mature content, language and nudity. Recommended for ages 14+.

May 31 – June 2, 2018

For the past 10 years, BODYTRAFFIC has traveled the globe as Los Angeles’ most invigorating dance ambassadors. To celebrate its 10th Anniversary Season, BODYTRAFFIC comes home for its anticipated debut at The Wallis.

Education and Free Programming @ The Wallis:
In addition to its mainstage programming, The Wallis presents the third year of Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen & Friends, beginning October 8 and running through August 12, 2018 a series of free outdoor dance events with Emmy Award-winning choreographer/director Debbie Allen.

GRoW @ The Wallis offers opportunities for participants to engage with visiting artists via Master Classes, a variety of choreography courses for young artists and several different musical theater programs.