Often, words cannot fully do justice to a choreographed work. So in this blog we are letting movement and music do the the talking for us. Here is a taste of the dance performances that will be presented during the Festival’s 40th-season:

 

Aakash Odedra Company brings us a 4-part solo performance including Constellation by internationally-fêted Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. This piece is about the relationship between dance and light; it highlights the sources of light and sound that work simultaneously to create a constellation. This clip by filmmaker Jason Elberts provides a preview.

Find tickets to Aakash Odedra Company’s performance of Rising June 1-June 5 HERE

 

Opposing Forces is a mashup of breakdancing, live beats, and hip hop choreographed by Amy O’Neal and performed by 5 world-class B-boys. This work, set inside a geometric landscape, explores feminine ideas and fears through masculine dance styles.

Find tickets to Opposing Forces June 8-12 HERE

 

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is bringing D-man in the Waters and Story/ to the Festival this year. Story/ further explores the use of John Cage’s 1959 album Indeterminancy as a choreographic tool. Using their acclaimed Story/Time as a model, this piece uses a random menu of movement that is accompanied by a live performance of Franz Schubert’s String Quartet in D minor, D. 810 (“Death and the Maiden”) to craft a conversation between the music and movement.

Find tickets to Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company May 27-May 29 HERE

 

In L.A. Dance Project’s Hearts & Arrows, choreographer and company co-founder Benjamin Millepied, revisits the concept and structure of George Balanchine’s Jewels through a contemporary lens; this work is part of a trilogy called GEMS and blends traditional ballet with a modern style to express different emotions. This work is set to Phillip Glass’ String Quartet No. 3.

Find tickets to L.A. Dance Project June 4-June 5 HERE

 

What better way to celebrate the recently restored diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba than through dance? Havana Rakatan, by Cuban choreographer and Ballet Rakatan founder Nilda Guerra, honors 500 years of Cuban history through salsa, mambo, jazz, bolero, son, cha-cha-cha, and rumba.

Find tickets for Havana Rakatan June 9-June 11 HERE