DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION REMIXED

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Even from a distance, you could tell something special was happening at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Streams of green and blue light darted off the chandeliers and through the Mondrian windows, inviting you to enter the peculiar world of Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours (Sleepless).

This past weekend we celebrated the third installment of the Sleepless series, and it did not disappoint. Flocks of fans braved a warm February night in Los Angeles for a taste of The Music Center after hours. From the Founder’s Room to deep below the stairs, the pavilion was alive with sounds and beats, lights and imagery, puppets and pillows. The pavilion was decked out for a luxurious good time.

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We had the opportunity to collaborate with dublab again, helping us tap into the pulse of LA’s unique music scene. Things kicked off with DJ crew Mas Exitos, along with their expertly curated assortment of tropical classics and rare oddities.

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In true Sleepless fashion, the arrival of each guest was announced aloud by our cheery staff. Flanking either side of the Grand Staircase were a few newcomers to the affair. Boyle Height’s own Self Help Graphics & Art brought their workshop directly to the party. Guests and their DIY shadow puppets danced the night away atop cityscapes by Self Help’s own Daniel Gonzalez and Martha Carillo.

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On the other side of the lobby, guests became the puppets themselves. Fresh off of their epic projections at N.Y.E.L.A., yU+Co graced the Grand Lounge with an interactive video installation alongside the audio works of composer John Wiese.

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Touch, the London-based imprint, burrowed themselves deep below the stairs, creating a truly 360º installation. Eight speakers surrounded you, blending together pieces from their artist roster in real time.

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Past the bronze Plazzotas statues and up the Grand Staircase, Stern Grand Hall was transformed into a space of futuristic leisure. The video and sound synthesized with the mid-century design of the hall in a way that was both nostalgic and innovative. The audience listened intently as they reclined below the chandeliers, gazing upwards as animated light reflected back down towards them. Leaving Records provided a diverse soundtrack including worldly, spiritual songs from Carlos Niño, the undulating synthesis of M. Geddes Gengras, and frantic juke-inspired beats from Ahnnu.

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Meanwhile around the corner, in the illustrious Founder’s Room, wide-eyed dancers shuffled and stepped under the watchful gaze of Dorothy Chandler herself. As the disco-ball spun and the records revolved, the ESP Institute put on a clinic of their own. Straight from Amsterdam, Tako joined a cast of his label-mates including Cooper Saver and Lovefingers.

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It didn’t matter where your personal experience took you that night, the experience of Sleepless is as exclusive to every individual as it is universal to the whole. Because of these unique factors, no two Sleepless nights can ever be the same. Surrendering themselves to the spectacle and the allure of the night, each artist created for the collective. With open minds, the audience was able to check their preconceptions at the door and revel in the moment. Combined they were able to tap into the heartbeat of the city at night.

 

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.  

Our halls are decked for the holidays!

The Music Center campus is fully decked out for the holidays and as such we’re feeling extra festive over here in DTLA!  Of course, our theatres are beautiful all year round, but during December they have an extra special sparkle!  They are literally singing with holiday cheer…. Just check out our SnapChat story to see what I mean.  You can find us snapping as musiccenterla.

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Come over one evening to stroll the campus and take in all the festive decor… It’s also a perfect backdrop for your holiday family photo!

This Week @MusicCenterLA

Another week of exciting openings this week at The Music Center!

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LA Opera opens and runs for this week only Hercules VS. Vampires. Check out this video teaser, and yes there will be popcorn and drinks in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion!

Center Theatre Group opens Immediate Family tonight at the Mark Taper Forum, and continues its run of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Ahmanson with only this week left to catch it if you haven’t!

LA Phil presents the Colburn Orchestra with Salonen on Friday featuring the talented young players of The Colburn Orchestra playing Stravinsky. Come early on Saturday for interactive art projects prior to Toyota Symphonies for Youth: Peter and the Wolf. Then later on Saturday night experience Gracias a la Vida: The Rebel Spirit of Violeta Parra as generations of musicians pay homage to the most important singer-songwriter-storyteller in the history of Chile. On Sunday catch Grammy®-winner Esperanza Spalding, performing the music from her recent studio albums.

REDCAT presents the much awaited Poor Dog Group: The Murder Ballad (1938) with a Friday through Sunday run gives forceful physical life to Jelly Roll Morton’s legendary 1938 recording. On Monday see Spencer Williams and The Blood of Jesus, one of the very first African American independent filmmakers, and his great cultural morality tale. Then on Tuesday enjoy Los Angeles-based concerto soloist and chamber musician for Piano Spheres: Nic Gerpe | Ces Espaces Infinis.

Almost time for Ailey

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We’ve been talking about it for months (and can you blame us?) One of America’s most beloved dance companies is returning to LA this April and we can hardly wait!  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will take our Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage April 15-19th and, whether you’ve seen them a dozen times or never before, this is one Ailey engagement you won’t want to miss… In fact you may want to come to a few shows because there are 3 completely different programs among the six performances!

How do you know which show to see?  Well, we’ve created this handy dandy quiz to help you figure out which program best fits your personality and likes, but here’s a more general breakdown of how the shows are divided up and why each program totally rocks….

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Power of Ailey – April 15th @7:30pm & 18th @7:30pm

This program is the only one of the 3 that does not include Alvin Ailey’s beloved work Revelations.  So if that’s a must see for you, then consider one of the other performances.  Power of Ailey packs a powerful punch of new and exciting works from Ulysses Dove, David Parsons, Hofesh Shechter and Ohad Naharin.  Each piece is brimming with athleticism, strength and innovative choreography that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.

Dove’s Episodes dramatically exposes the eternal dilemma’s between men and women through explosive choreography. And Parsons’ signature solo Caught is a breathtaking fusion of art and technology, with the dancer executing a continual series of over 100 leaps synchronized to the flashes of a strobe light, creating a stunning suspension of weight.  Schechter’s Uprising uses an all male cast and is set to some of the choreographer’s own music.  While Naharin’s Minus 16 has been creating a buzz in the dance world for sometime now and if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to asap!  Get ready to be amazed!

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AAADT’S Hope Boykin in Matthew Rushing’s ODETTA Photo by Steve Wilson

Soul of Ailey – April 16th @7:30 & 19th @2pm

If you’re literally looking for something a bit more soulful, this is the program for you.  Soul features the west coast premiere of Matthew Rushing’s ODETTA – a ballet based on the life of the activist singer Odetta Holmes – as well as classic works from Ulysses Dove and Alvin Ailey himself.  The program has some of THE BEST music of the engagement, and promises to be a truly moving production.

Matthew Rushing is actually an LA native – having attended LACHSA and performed as a finalist in our own Spotlight Awards – so we are especially proud to host the west coast premiere of his ODETTA.  Dove’s Bad Blood depicts a desperate and futile search for connection through physical impact, and was actually a precursor to Episodes.  And Alvin Ailey’s signature work, Revelations, closes out this program.  If you’ve never seen it, now is the time.  It is one of the most moving works ever to grace the stage!

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AAADT in Aszure Barton’s LIFT. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Joy of Ailey – April 17th @7:30 & 18th @2pm

And finally, our Joy of Ailey program brings together a beautiful mix of moving, and high energy pieces guaranteed to put a smile on your face! With in-demand choreographer Aszure Barton’s Lift getting things started, this program takes an energetic bend.  Barton’s work has been described by Dance Magazine as “vulnerable and feisty, brightly adept yet peculiar, witty and impetuously wild.”  Who doesn’t want some of that?

And Hans van Manen’s Polish Pieces continues the mood by creating a brilliant kaleidoscope of energy through the shapes and movement of 12 colorfully clad dancers.  Then Christopher Wheeldon’s masterpiece After The Rain adds a touch of elegant calmness to the fold, before the show closes again with Ailey’s Revelations.  If you want to leave the theater in the best mood ever, opt for the Joy of Ailey program.  It’s a dead lock!

Hope to see you at one, two, or all three of our Ailey programs!  Tickets have been going fast so be sure to snag your seats asap!

Red Carpet Photo Challenge!

Happy Friday Los Angeles!  We’ve cooked up another fun photo challenge just for this weekend….

Music Center Red Carpet Steps

Have you noticed how our new steps decals kind of look like a red carpet entrance to The Music Center? Well, in honor of The Academy Awards this Sunday, (which were held for decades at our Dorothy Chandler Pavilion) we want to see YOU on our red carpet!

Snap a pic of yourself on the steps and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag ‪#‎MusicCenterOscars‬ and well select one entry to win tickets to one of our upcoming shows!

Best of luck!