This Weekend at The Music Center

Happy Friday friends!  This weekend we’ve got a very cool assortment of shows, including Music Center debuts and opening nights!  You won’t want to miss a thing this weekend at The Music Center…

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre RICE

Tonight

Catch the 1st of 3 performances of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in our Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  Known as Taiwan’s premiere contemporary dance company, Cloud Gate blends a unique and mesmerizing style influenced by Tai-Chi, martial arts and modern dance.  Their production, Rice, tells the cyclical story of the staple crop, set against a backdrop of stunning photography from the region.

Meanwhile in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the LA Phil in a program of Beethoven and Mahler.  And in the CalArts REDCAT theatre, check out Meg Wolfe’s new lushly physical movement workNew Faithful Disco , for a very different kind of dance show!

New Faithful Disco

Saturday

Along with additional performances of Cloud Gate Dance, Beethoven and Mahler, and  New Faithful Disco, treat yourself to the opening night of Center Theatre Group’s hilarious new engagement of  An Act of God, starring Sean Hayes in our Ahmanson Theatre.   Plus, the Los Angeles Master Chorale will be performing a matinee of Verdi’s Requiem in the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Looking for something for the kiddos?  Take them to the latest performance in the LA Phil’s mid-morning series, Toyota’s Symphonies for Youth, at 11 am in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and enjoy a short performance of Debussy’s La Mer.  

An Act of God

Sunday

It’s the final day to see Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, as well as additional performance of Beethoven and Mahler, Verdi’s Requiem, and  An Act of God.

Have a wonderful weekend Los Angeles!

 

Meet the man behind cloud gate dance

We’re just two weeks away from welcoming Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan to The Music Center for the very first time and we thought we’d take some time to introduce you to the man behind the movement, Artistic Director & Founder Lin Hwai-min  Here’s an excerpt from his bio….Lin Hwai-min

In his homeland, Taiwan, Lin Hwai-min was first known as a critically acclaimed writer. In 1969, at the age of 22 and with two books of fiction published, he went to study in the States and obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa. He also studied modern dance at the University and in New York.

Lin Hwai-min founded Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in 1973, the Dance Department at the Taipei National University of the Arts in 1983, and Cloud Gate 2 in 1999. Heralded as “the most important choreographer in Asia, Lin often draws his inspiration from traditional Asian culture and aesthetics to create original works with contemporary resonance, which have made Dance Europe acclaim: “No company in the world dances like Cloud Gate. It presents a distinct and mature Chinese choreographic language. The importance of this evolution in Asian dance is no less profound than the impact of Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt on European classical ballet.”

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Among the honors Lin Hwai-min has received are honorary doctorates from six universities in Taiwan and Hong Kong, the Taiwan National Award for Arts, the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award, the award for ‘Best Choreographer’ at the Lyon Biennial Dance Festival, “Distinguished Artist Award” presented by International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), and the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Ministry of Culture. In 2005, he was honored by Time Magazine as one of the “Asia’s Heroes.” In 2013, he was awarded by President Ma Ying Jeou with the First Rank Order of Brilliant Star with Special Grand Cordon. He is the second artist, after film director Ang Lee, to have been bestowed the highest honor from the government of Taiwan.

Honoring Lin Hwai-min with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, the jury of the International Movimentos Dance Prize, Germany, hails him as “a foremost innovator of dance” and said that “Lin Hwai-min ranks among artists of the century such as William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Birgit Cullberg….”

*************************************************************************************************So you can see why we can hardly wait for Cloud Gate to arrive!  See Lin Hwai-min’s work in action January 29-31st in our Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  Tickets and more information on our website.  

Where Were You on New Year’s Eve?

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We gathered together with thousands of our friends, neighbors, and fellow Angelenos this past New Year’s Eve at the ultimate LA celebration – N.Y.E.L.A!  For the 3rd year, Grand Park (which is managed and programmed by The Music Center) hosted an evening of music, food, art-installations and fun culminating in the coolest countdown of 3D projections on our city’s iconic City Hall.

This year, our own Music Center plaza was part of the mix too, and our Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was also treated to some pretty impressive projections across its front Mondrian windows.  The end result was one of the most memorable New Year’s Eves and the perfect start to 2016.  Here’s a recap in pictures in case you missed it…

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