Jessica Lang Dance

We are very excited to welcome Jessica Lang Dance to The Music Center for the very first time this February 17-19!

Jessica Lang Dance was founded in 2011 as a company dedicated to creating and performing the works of Jessica Lang, choreographer and artistic director.

Jessica Lang has created more than 95 works so far for companies worldwide, including American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet (2013 Manchester Theatre Award nominee), the National Ballet of Japan and Joffrey Ballet, among many others.

The program at The Music Center’s Ahmanson Theatre, which is part of the 16/17 Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center season, includes the West Coast premiere of Tesseracts of Time, created in collaboration with world renowned architect Steven Holl plus the Thousand Yard Stare, a new work created by Jessica Lang in 2015 that sheds light on the theme of war, mixed-media audience favorite, i.n.k. and Lang’s iconic gem, The Calling.

Fun fact: Project Runway Season 12 finalist and Lang’s fellow Julliard classmate, Bradon McDonald designed costumes for both Tesseracts of Time and Thousand Yard Stare. Bradon and Jessica worked together to create costumes inspired by the choreography and subject matter of each dance.

Learn more about Jessica Lang and her company in our podcast, Offstage + Unbound then come see the performance for yourself!

Offstage + Unbound | The New Music Center Podcast

We are excited to launch our first ever Music Center podcast, Offstage + Unbound,™ hosted by Rachel Moore, president and CEO of The Music Center. As L.A.’s premier performing arts destination, The Music Center provides the platform for local, national and international artists in a broad range of genres, including music, dance, theatre and more.

In this series, Rachel will chat with these innovative performers, artists and creative minds. The first episode features William Forsythe, the American choreographer who changed ballet forever.

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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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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.”


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.  

We fell hard for ‘The Art of Falling’

If you were among the lucky folks who saw one of Hubbard Street Dance + The Second City’s three performance of their new collaboration “The Art of Falling,”  you know what were talking about.  This show was beyond charming.  It was clever, original, funny, poignant and perfect.  We wish we could have another week of performances because it was just that good!

Here’s a look back at a few of the shenanigans from our week with these two incredible companies….

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The Second City Arriving The Second city actors arriving at the artists’ entrance of our Ahmanson Theatre.

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AOF ladies backstage

Photo via @cinderisa

During the performances, the actors were having almost as much fun backstage as onstage!

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Jack McBrayer

photo via @adrlipson

t8Tcy1xMcYTvSz87s6zG05oe43wec57Or6OzxiVkd_Y And we had some Second City Alumni stop by too – Catherine O’Hara and Jack McBrayer!

As you can see, it was quite the week!  Thank you to everyone who came out to see this remarkable show.  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!  And a special thank you to Hubbard Street + The Second City for bringing this delightful show to The Music Center!

We miss you already!


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

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

post opening night reception Post show cheers

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!