The Center’s Fall for Dance audiences will enjoy amazing performances –
all for just $10. Two unique programs showcase five diverse companies
in an unbelievable range of dance styles. On sale September 7.
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View Fall for Dance Press Release
OCTOBER 2 & 3 at 7:30pm
BEIJINGDANCE / LDTX
Artistic Director: Willy Tsao
Cold Dagger (excerpts)
Choreography:Li Hanzhong and Ma Bo
Formed in 2005, BeijingDance/LDTX (short for Lei Dong Tian Xia, meaning "thunder moves under the sky") is the first dance company in China to be established independent of government affiliation.
The Cold Dagger (excerpt) is an explosive adaptation of an evening-length work, in which the dancers act as life-sized pieces in an intricately choreographed match of a traditional Chinese board game. The work is a mesmerizing look at the "game of life" –in which piece and player, strategy and sacrifice, and cause and effect are shown to be one and the same.
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Trisha Brown Dance Company
Artistic Director: Trisha Brown
Choreography: Trisha Brown
Music: Bob Dylan
The Trisha Brown Dance Company has presented the work of itslegendary artistic director for more than 35 years. From its beginnings in NewYork's experimental and avant garde dance scene, the company has grown to internationalstatus, performing regularly on the world's great stages. SpanishDance (1973)is a work for five women, set to Bob Dylan's rendition of "Early Morning Rain" by Gordon Lightfoot.
Choreography: Madhavi Mudgal
Madhavi Mudgal epitomizes the elegance and sophisticationof the lyrical dance form known as Odissi, which originated in the ancient templedances of northern India. Her command over the purely ornamental aspect of Odissi is striking, with her delicate postures and strong rhythmic footwork coming together in an appealing flow of sculpturesque movements. The subtle expressions, musical knowledge and aesthetic sense that Madhavi Mudgal brings to each performance add to the highly distinctive character of her recitals.
Compañía Nacional de Danza
Artistic Director: Nacho Duato
Choreography: Nacho Duato
Music: Maria del Mar Bonet
Under the leadership of renowned choreographer NachoDuato, this dazzling Spanish company has become an international phenomenon.Combining dynamic contemporary ballet with technical mastery and the intoxicatingrhythms that are characteristic of Duato's work, Compañia Nacional de Danza has been acclaimed by audiences and critics around the world. Cor Perdut,dedicated to Duato's Valencian homeland, is a sensual and fiery duet.
The National Ballet ofCanada
Artistic Director: Karen Kain
Choreography: Jirí Kilián
Music: Bohuslav Martinu
The National Ballet of Canada ranks as one of the world'stop international dance companies. Established as a classical company in 1951,it is the only Canadian company to present a full range of traditional full-lengthclassics while also embracing contemporary works and encouraging the creationof new ballets and the development of Canadian choreographers.
Jirí Kylián'sSoldiers' Mass, a work of both intense sorrow and profound hope, is a tributeto and remembrance of the young soldiers of all wars who died so that othersmight live in peace.
OCTOBER 4 at 7:30pm & OCTOBER 5 at 3pm
Shen Wei Dance Arts
ArtisticDirector: Shen Wei
Concept and Choreography: Shen Wei
Music: Steve Reich (from The Desert Music)
Shen Wei Dance Arts has been hailedfor its interdisciplinary, cross-cultural performance style. Each work createdby Artistic Director Shen Wei features an original dance "vocabulary " ofsteps that incorporate diverse elements from theater, Chinese opera, Easternphilosophy and even visual art and sculpture.
For Map, Shen Wei creates an abstract dance of raw and pure movement to explore the concepts of rotation, bouncing, internal isolationand individual motion.
Keigwin + Company
ArtisticDirector: Larry Keigwin
Choreography: Larry Keigwin
Music: Aretha Franklin, Roy Orbison, Nina Simone
Keigwin & Company lives tocreate provocative, witty and engaging dances. Utilizing a collaborative process,the company samples a variety of mediums to produce works of great physicalityand theatrical impact. The company's commitment to variety encourages harmonybetween diverse audiences while maintaining a vision of dance that is both artisticallydriven and entertaining to watch.
In Love Songs, three couples perform six duetsto the soulful sounds of Aretha Franklin, Roy Orbison and Nina Simone, takingthe audience on a romantic and playful journey of falling in and out of love.
Evidence, A Dance Company
Artistic Director: Ronald K. Brown
Choreography: Ronald K. Brown
Music: Oumou Sangare and Fela Kuti
Founded in 1985, Evidence's focus on the seamlessfusion of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spokenword provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies and triumphs. RonaldK. Brown's choreography reacquaints the audiences with the beauty of traditionalmovement and rhythms, and provides a new method of dance communication.
UpsideDown is an excerpt from the evening-length work, Destiny, created in 1998in collaboration with Rokiya Kone of the Ivory Coast and her company, Jeune Balletd'Afrique. Focused on the idea that corruption, outside forces and lack of consciousnessresult in everything being "upside down," the power, energy and African sensibility of the work reflect the intensity behindthe company's vision.
Artistic Director: Jennifer Backhaus
Choreography: Jennifer Backhaus
Music: Erik Lekrone
Orange County's Backhausdance celebrates modern themes throughathletic yet lyrical contemporary movement. The company is a unique mix ofbeautifully trained, physically powerful dancers who create riveting performancesfull of passion, physical beauty, and a breathtaking execution of movement.
eXit, an athletic trio, explores the relationship of three dancers as they interact with each other and their environment. The integration of a live percussionist on stage creates tension and builds intensity as the three dancers are propelledthrough boxes of light, desperately attempting to find a way out.
ArtisticDirector: Adriana Astorga-Gainey
Choreography: Adriana Astorga-Gainey
Pacífico Dance Company is dedicated to the preservation andreconstruction of Mexican dance, as well as developing original and innovativechoreographies that test the boundaries of folk dance.
¡Ajumala Calentano! is a grouping of four dances that reflect the cultural fusion and tropical surroundings of Guerrero, Mexico. Danza de Diablos was originally performed to honor Dios Ruja who was to liberate the people from the harsh conditions of colonial slavery and later was used to honor the saints and the dead. Las amarillas, El son del diablo and La iguana show the influencesof nature using the rhythms and music of South America and Africa.
FREEFALL FOR DANCE EXTRAS
Free Public Exhibition
SlowDancing by David Michalek - ViewPress Release
October 1–11 Every evening, dusk to midnight
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall east Façade
at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Created and directed by David Michalek
Slow Dancing offers a riveting new way to experience dance, aslarger-than-life video portraits of dancers and choreographers from around theworld are projected onto the east façade of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom ConcertHall at hyper-slow speeds. The mesmerizing beauty of human movement is revealedin this unique celebration of dance.
Official representative of the artist: Sunny Artist Management
One hour before each performance*.
Come early and gain valuable insight into the performance with these informative discussions.
BeijingDance/ LDTX Master Class Observation
followed by Lecture and Demonstration [GET YOUR FREE TICKETS ]
Sunday, September 28 | 11 a.m., studio performance space
Local students and company members in a master classwith Artistic Director Willy Tsao followed by a lecture and demonstration byArtistic Director Willy Tsao and members of the company.
Featuring dancers from the Trisha Brown Dance Company [GET YOUR FREE TICKETS ]
Thursday, October 2 | 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., studio performance space
Wendy Perron, Editor in Chief, Dance Magazine and Iréne Hultman, Rehearsal Director,Trisha Brown Dance Company, lead a lively discussion on the choreography of TrishaBrown. Her past and present work will be explored, and excerpts will be performedby members of the company.
Talk Back – Post-Performance Discussion*
Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4
The audience is invited to engage in an informal conversation and ask questions of Fall for Dance artists following the Friday and Saturday performances
Inside the Choreographer's Studio [GET YOUR FREE TICKETS ]
Sunday, October 5 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm, studio performance space
Conversations with Fall for Dance choreographers with Editor in Chief of DanceMagazine, Wendy Perron
*Ticket to Fall for Dance performance required.
Talk About Dance Programs are Free. Seating is limited and tickets are required – Advance orders are encouraged.