Dance Camera West’s 13th Annual Dance Media Festival

Dance Camera West Restructure

Photo by Erich Koyama

June 6-8 at The Music Center, Grand Park, REDCAT and MOCA

We can hardly wait for Dance Camera West’s annual Film Festival featuring screenings of new films, live performances and art installations that focus on the theme “Restructure.”  And the best part?  This year, the three day event takes place in our neck of the woods – Grand Avenue in Downtown LA!

The festival kicks off with performances by LA-based dance company BODYTRAFFIC on The Music Center Plaza around a specially commissioned Architectural Art installation by Gustavo Godoy on June 6 at 7:30pm, followed by screenings of dance shorts in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

The festival continues the following afternoon, June 7, with another performance from BODYTRAFFIC and screenings immediately following down the street at MOCA.

Next the festival hits Grand Park with a live performance from the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company at 7:00 p.m., followed by more screenings under the stars.

The weekend concludes on June 8 with BODYTRAFFIC’s final performance at 2:00 p.m. on the plaza before more screenings, talks and discussions at REDCAT.

The live performances are free and open to the public and tickets for the film screenings are a bargin and a half!  With so much great artistry and creativity in one weekend, you won’t want to miss any of the fun!

Tickets and more information can be found by visiting the Dance Camera West website.  Follow all the weekend activities on Twitter & Instagram with #DCWfest and #GrandAveLove!


Throwback Thursday – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Throwback Thursday The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

For today’s ThrowBack Theatre Thursday we thought we’d share this gem from The Music Center archives.  It’s the inside of  the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with guests with some very fashionable guests, we think you’ll agree.  We just love the 1960’s clothes and hairstyles – So glam!

Happy Thursday!

This Week @ MusicCenterLA

It may be a short week after the long holiday weekend, but our calendar is jam packed with amazing shows and events you don’t want to miss.  Here’s the rundown…

This week at The Music Center

It’s the last week to see Center Theatre Group‘s production of The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess.   Showing every night this week, see it and start your own Summertime off right!

Seeing Plácido Domingo in LA Opera‘s Thais is an absolute MUST and there are just a few performances left!  See it this Thursday! 

Catch the grand finale of LA Phil‘s Mozart/Da Ponte Trilogy with Gustavo Dudamel conducting on Saturday afternoon.

Celebrate LA’s next generation of artists at REDCAT’s Studio series.  This Saturday night, see six intriguing investigations in dance, theater, music and multimedia performance.

And shimmy yourself over to Cumbia Night this Friday at a special Dance Downtown in Grand Park

See you at The Center! 

Photo Booth Fun @ Dance Downtown

For our very first Dance Downtown of the summer last friday (which also happened to be the 100th Dance Downtown ever) we added an element of fun with a make-shift photo booth using our banner and a slew of props and costumes.

Dance Downtown Photo Booth Props

The result?  Shenanigans!  Just see for yourself…

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Be sure to check out our photo booth at future Dance Downtowns, to get a free snap of your own to cherish and share!


LA Designers and Les Nuits

We were so excited to hear that the costumes for Ballet Preljocaj’s Les Nuits were designed by Azzedine Alaïa, (a favorite of Michelle Obama, Victoria Beckham and Cher Horowitz)  that we decided to open up a fashion challenge to two up and coming local designers – Bri Seeley and Michelle Hébert.  Their mission?  Create 3 looks inspired by the A Thousand and One Nights tales on which the Les Nuits vignettes are based upon.  The looks will be on display in the lobby of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion before each of the three performances, with the two designers on site to talk about their work and the role fashion continues to play in the dance world, whether creating looks for the stage, or for the people in the seats.

Here’s a sneak peek at the sketches each designer is working to bring to life on June 20th for opening night….

Michelle Hebert Sketches for  Ballet Preljocaj Bri Seeley Sketches for Ballet Preljocaj

Experience the looks first hand, then experience the perfect combination of contemporary movement, story-telling and fashion at Ballet Preljocaj’s performances at the Music Center June 20th-22nd.

More information and tickets on our website.

Grand Rounds Gets People Talking

As part of our collaboration with Machine Project to create a series of pop-up performances, installations and interactive art in Grand Park, artist Elana Mann and facilitator Camilo Cruz have been leading a collection of Los Angeles County and City employees in a series of informal discussions. These conversations, called Grand Rounds, center on the many voices, ears, and roles both public officials and citizens use to invigorate communities.

The Music Center's Machine Project Field Guide to Grand Park Grand Rounds View

Each Tuesday in May, the group (which varies in participants) meets in a grassy area of Grand Park.  They sit in a circle on a brightly colored blanket, enjoy some delicious eats donated by the collectively-run restaurant Thank You For Coming, while they talk about issues of communication and community.  The vibe is friendly, inclusive and documented through courtroom sketches by Mona Edwards – Perfectly fitting in this oasis among the court rooms.

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But the conversations don’t end there.  In the month of June, look out for the installation of pink ear horns throughout the park. These sonic artworks will play original sounds inspired by the Grand Rounds lunch time conversations and further put the emphasis of the work on the value of listening in our sometimes noisy lives.

Keep an eye out for more thought-provoking and entertaining events as part of The Music Center Presents The Machine Project’s Field Guide to Grand Park in the weeks to come!