Celebrate Forsythe | Meet the Companies

As part of Celebrate Forsythe, three major U.S. ballet companies –  San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Houston Ballet – will all perform on The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage. This distinctive program is devoted entirely to the work of acclaimed American choreographer, William Forsythe, who hand-picked the three companies.

Find out more about each of them and the piece they will be performing at The Music Center October 21-23, 2016 below.


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Why we #CelebrateForsythe

This fall, the University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, The Music Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art came together for Fall for Forsythe, a monthlong celebration of acclaimed American choreographer William Forsythe.

The events all culminate in Celebrate Forsythe at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion October 21-23, 2016, featuring three major U.S. ballet companies – Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, all hand-picked by Forsythe.

So why do we #CelebrateForsythe?


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Guest Blog by Mike the Poet: Dance Door Opens for Compagnie Käfig

Above the eastern steps of The Music Center, directly across from Grand Park is one of the most iconic sculptures of both Downtown Los Angeles and the city itself. “Dance Door,” is the bronze frame and doorway sculpture originally created by the celebrated late sculptor Robert Graham in 1978. As writer Michael Several wrote in 1998, “The work consists of three sections: small fragments of dancing figures appear in relief in the bottom half; larger fragments of dancers in relief in the next quarter; and a cutout frieze of silhouetted dancing figures on the top.” This elegant artwork frames City Hall on the eastern horizon and has been the site of countless photos for over a generation of Angelenos.

“Dance Door,” is a meaningful sculpture for many reasons. The most obvious is that its’ beauty pays tribute to the many dance events that The Music Center hosts every year. The work was so successful that it also led to Graham creating many more sculptures throughout the city including his “Olympic Gateway” piece at the Memorial Coliseum for the 1984 Olympics and his “Source Figure,” sculpture above the Bunker Hill Steps next to the Library Tower. Graham has also created equally significant works that remain standing in New York City and Washington D.C.

“Dance Door,” was commissioned by the late Frederick Weisman, who was one of the America’s best known art collectors, for installation near his swimming pool at his Beverly Hills home. Weisman donated the monumental sculpture to The Music Center in 1982 where it still stands, greeting pedestrians walking up the steps to enjoy another Music Center production.

On Friday June 17th through Sunday June 19th, Dance Door will be open for three ticketed performances of one of the most dynamic dancing events to ever appear in Los Angeles: Compagnie Käfig.

Choreographed by Artistic Director Mourad Merzouki, this event features the confluence of Hip-Hop, Capoeira, Samba, electronic music and Bossa Nova.  Performed by an all-male cast of 10 Brazilian dancers, the show will fuse martial arts, street dance, acrobatic skills and high energy into an interdisciplinary show that transcends tradition and usual expectations.

Merzouki founded his company in 1996 and the French choreographer has won international acclaim because his Dance Company presents performances that unite South American, European and North American movement into an aesthetic vocabulary that utilizes Hip-Hop and dance culture to bring worlds together and make sociopolitical statements that can be felt on the visceral level.

Walk through “Dance Door,” to witness a new world of movement with Compagnie Käfig.

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Mike Sonksen aka Mike the Poet is a 3rd-generation Los Angeles native that grew up in the LA underground. After graduating from high school shortly after the 1992 Rodney King Rebellion, Mike started at UCLA in the fall of 1992 and from this time he has spent thousands of hours attending Hip-Hop events, performing spoken word poetry and writing record reviews for a wide range of magazines and websites.

Summer is Here

We’re calling it – with the first Dance DTLA event this Friday night (Dance Downtown: Bollywood), Los Angeles is officially in summer mode!


Back for the 12th year, The Music Center’s Dance DTLA kicks off THIS Friday night, June 3! Head downtown for an evening of dancing under the stars on most Friday nights from June-September, 2016. Plus, grab some yummy specials for your picnic basket at Grand Central Market’s extended Summer Nights hours and hop on the free Downtown Concierge Shuttle over to The Music Center!

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New Favorite Los Angeles Couple

Our new favorite Los Angeles couple is a pair of ducks that has been frequenting The Music Center campus this week.

Most recently they came out of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion parking lot elevator and strolled on the plaza…

Only to become understandably intrigued by the upcoming production of American Ballet Theatre’s Firebird.


Minds made up, they waddled over to the box office to get their tickets for the show in July, proving that the arts are, indeed, for everyone!


Some bonus shots below:

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