Ready to Fall? Art Of Falling Fun Facts

10/15/14 8:32:16 PM Hubbard Street Dance Chicago & Second City The Art of Falling © Todd Rosenberg Photography

© Todd Rosenberg Photography

The Art of Falling is making its West Coast Premiere on November 6th at The Music Center and we could not be more thrilled to have this innovative collaboration between two of our favorite companies – The Second City and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago – on our Ahmanson Theatre stage!   The brainchild of five choreographers, four writers and more than 30 dancers and actors, this show takes dance and sketch comedy to a whole new level.

To give you a better sense of just what it is to fall into this delightfully charming show, here’s a list of Fun Facts to know and share…

  1. This engagement will be the first time The Art of Falling is being seen outside of Chicago and the first time it has been performed since it’s initial debut!QBW_MG_07

2. The show is an interesting mashup of concert dance, musical theater, comedy, improv, and film.  So you should expect the unexpected!

3. The playlist of  songs throughout the show range from classical works to songs by REM and David Bowie!  Definitely a soundtrack we think you’ll dig.

4. The show includes live musicians.

10/15/14 7:43:13 PM Hubbard Street Dance Chicago & Second City The Art of Falling © Todd Rosenberg Photography

© Todd Rosenberg Photography

5. The Art of Falling truly incorporates the essence of improvization, so you may be asked for suggestions and asked questions.  Those comments from the audience then inspire some of the choreography, making each performance totally unique and fresh!

6. For our Swan Lake lovers out there, there’s a special interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet music that we think you’ll especially enjoy!

10/15/14 3:49:39 PM Hubbard Street Dance Chicago & Second City The Art of Falling © Todd Rosenberg Photography

© Todd Rosenberg Photography

7. There is some adult content and language in The Art of Falling, so best to leave your littles with a sitter.

8.  Finally and the most important fact: The show is hilarious, so be prepared to laugh out loud.

Get your tickets and we’ll see you at the show!

This Weekend @ The Music Center

Today has been an inspiring Friday as we celebrated our 37th Annual Very Special Arts Festival and began setting up for Dia De Los Muertos and Grand Ave Arts: All Access… It has also been a busy Friday, so here’s a quick rundown of all the many things happening at The Music Center this weekend…

Tonight

Center Theatre Group continues it’s run of Appropriate in the Mark Taper Forum.  They’ve also got a performance of The Sound of Music in the Ahmanson Theatre.  The LA Philharmonic meanwhile have a performance of works by Mozart & Haydn in the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the REDCAT theater hosts a performance of John Fleck’s darkly hilarious one-man show, Blacktop Highway.  

Appropriate

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Photo by Craig Schwartz

Saturday

Get a major dose of cultural awesomeness by joining us and 10 of our neighboring arts organizations on Grand Ave for the 1st Grand Ave Arts: All Access event, with open rehearsals, performances, exhibits, installations, tours and more!  Free and perfect for all ages, from 10am to 5pm, spanning 5th street to Temple!

Also, be sure to check out all the beautiful alters on display for Dia De Los Muertos throughout Grand Park and The Music Center’s plaza as part of Downtown Dia!  Stick around for Grand Park’s Noche de Ofrenda ceremony from 7-9pm.

Plus check out the Hotel Theory exhibition at REDCAT, and more performances of Appropriate, The Sound of Music and Mozart & Haydn.

Hotel Theaory

Sunday

Another chance to see Appropriate in the Taper, The Sound of Music in the Ahmanson and Blacktop Highway and Hotel Theory in REDCAT.

Additionally, you can catch the Bach Collegium Japan performing a suburb program of classical favorites in the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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For the full rundown of everything at The Music Center, check out our main calendar, and have an excellent weekend Los Angeles!

Our Very Special Arts Festival

The Music Center's Very Special Arts Festival

The Very Special Arts Festival is one of our absolute favorites events.  It’s our annual event celebrating the artistic achievements of students with disabilities and their mainstream peers.  This year marks the  37th year of the festival and tomorrow, Friday, October 23, our plaza is going to be packed with children, teachers, and performers partaking.

The festival features student and professional performances on two stages, visual and performing arts workshops, and a student art exhibit created around a central theme of Making Connections.  Presented in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the Very Special Arts Festival is free to the public and open to all grade levels.

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If you’re in the area, come by and check it out from 9:30am to 1pm.  It is guaranteed to warm your heart and bring a smile to your face!  You can also catch pics and videos on our social channels by searching #VSAF15.

 

Going All Out on Grand Ave

It’s no secret that downtown LA’s Grand Avenue has been a cultural hub for some time now.  But with the addition of The Broad Museum this past month, along with the slew of new restaurants, events and apartments opening up, Grand Avenue is brimming over with vibrancy right now.  So it seemed only fitting that all of the artistic organizations on the avenue take a moment to collectively open all our doors and celebrate all the incredible art and culture happening on Grand Ave all the time!

This Saturday, join us for Grand Ave Arts: All Access – Los Angeles’ home for world-class arts and culture turns inside out with open rehearsals, architecture tours, museum exhibitions, performances, food and drink, and kids film screenings.   It’s all free, open to all ages, and includes all the arts organizations from 5th Street to Temple.

Grand Ave Arts: All Access

Activities for The Music Center include …

+  Performances on our plaza by Xoyocote Azteca dance company.

+  Día de los Muertos art installations as part of a wide-scale project that includes Grand Park.

+  Día de los Muertos-themed face painting and Papel Picado workshops featuring guest            artists Alvaro Asturias and Xochitl Palomera in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion lobby.

+  Tours of our oldest theater, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, every 30 minutes beginning at     11:00 a.m. Last tour leaves at 1:30 p.m.

Visit the Grand Ave Arts: All Access website for a full rundown of activities for the day, and be sure to grab your friends and family to take in all the amazing things happening in the heart of Los Angeles’ cultural scene!

Mariinsky Behind the Scenes!

This week, we’ve played hosts to the legendary and remarkable Mariinsky Ballet as they performed Alexei Ratmansky’s charming version of Cinderella in our Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  The company simply dazzles on stage, and if you managed to see one of the performances, we’re sure you’ll agree that having such a world-renowned company come to LA is a real treat!  But now here’s a behind the scene glance at all the other things these brilliant dancers were up to during their stay with us at The Music Center…

Costumes, pointe shoes, bobby pins and boxes.  All backstage essentials!

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Rehearsals and company class are just part of the routine!

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Prima Ballerina Diana Vishneva found time to help us out with our security rounds….

The Mariinsky Ballet Behind the Scenes

Image via @ardanig

Company director Yuri Fateyev gave a master ballet class for the BFA students for the new USC Kaufman School of Dance…

The Mariinsky Ballet Behind the Scenes

Photo Credit: Carolyn DiLoreto

See more pics on our Facebook page!

We celebrated with the dancers at our post-opening night reception…

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And on days off, the dancers took in a few of LA’s fabulous sights….

The Mariinsky Ballet Behind the Scenes

Huge thank you to all the dancers, musicians, and artistic staff of The Mariinsky Ballet for bringing a bit of your magic to us!  Come back soon!

This Weekend @ The Music Center

Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend? Join Center Theatre Group for The Sound Of Music Kids Night at the Ahmanson Theatre on Sunday!

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Buy one full price adult ticket and get one child ticket free—use code KIDSNIGHT. Pre-show lobby activities including arts & crafts begin at 5:30pm. For tickets or more information, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/SoundOfMusic or call 213.972.4400.

Additionally, CTG has performances of the Rogers & Hammerstein classic tonight and Saturday, or you can catch Appropriate, playing all weekend in the Mark Taper Forum.

Meanwhile in Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil has a weekend of Beethoven – Symphonies 3 & 4 tonight, 5 & 6 tomorrow, and closing out the weekend with the 9th symphony on Sunday.  

And LA Opera has their final performance of Gianni Schicchi / Pagliacci , starring Plácido Domingo,  on Saturday night in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  Don’t miss this epic double bill!

And last, but not least, the Gallery at REDCAT launches Hotel  Theory on Sunday – a platform for performances, screenings, concerts, philosophical meditations, conversations and other events throughout the three-month exhibition, which explores the possibilities of theory as an art form.

It’s another amazing weekend here at The Music Center – We hope to see you around!

#Cinderella DTLA

If you follow The Music Center on Instagram, you’ve probably seen our #CinderellaDTLA photos…

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We’ve been following our little Cinderella as she dances around Downtown Los Angeles on her way to The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to see The Mariinsky Ballet & Orchestra in Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella.  

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Since the shows are next week, little Cindy has finally made it to The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and is waiting patiently for opening night next Thursday!

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The dancer, Matisse Love, is one of our former Spotlight Awards semi-finalists in ballet, as well as the current model for our friends at The Pointe Shop.  If you’re coming to one of the performances, you may just spot her hanging out in our lobby.  Feel free to snap a selfie with her and be sure to post it with the hashtag #CinderellaDTLA to add your photo to our campaign story!

And if you still need tickets, be sure to snag them soon – seats are going fast!

Photos by Heather Toner for The Music Center