Six Dance Premieres, World City and More Set for The Music Center's 2013-14 Season


Exemplifying its commitment to provide Los Angeles with inspiring, immersive entertainment for all ages, The Music Center announced its 2013-2014 Season, which includes major dance premieres, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary performances for families and its nationally recognized series of free "do-it-yourself" arts events. According to The Music Center, this extensive group of performances and arts-making opportunities - which includes engagements at all four of its venues and Grand Park - is The Music Center's most comprehensive, diverse season to date.

At the same time, The Music Center announced that Renae Williams Niles has been named vice president of programming for The Music Center. Niles was most recently The Music Center's director of programming and responsible for leading The Music Center's highly successful dance series, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center.

Stephen D. Rountree, president and CEO of The Music Center said, "This season truly defines The Music Center's role here in Los Angeles as the place where the community can enjoy distinctive yet relevant performing arts experiences. Our presentations of dance, world arts traditions and participatory performing arts activities complement those presented by our resident companies in theatre, opera, classical and choral music. Together, we ensure the community that a visit to a Music Center venue or to Grand Park means the opportunity to experience the best in the performing arts."

"I am delighted that Renae Williams Niles, who has so effectively grown our dance programming, will now lead programming for The Music Center as a whole. Her success has transformed The Music Center into one of the great destinations in the world for ballet and contemporary dance - evidenced by the artists and companies that have made The Music Center and Los Angeles an important place for their work to be seen. Her vision and expertise will be very valuable to the development of new initiatives, as we lead up to the fiftieth anniversary of The Music Center in 2014," Rountree added.

Niles said, "Programming at The Music Center is about creating distinctive and inspirational experiences for the greater Los Angeles community. Working with our resident companies- the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale and Center Theatre Group- and our Grand Park team, The Music Center celebrates the creative spirit through exceptional offerings and collaborations with internationally renowned artists and the opportunity for individuals to engage with the performing arts in ways that make them smile."

The 2013-2014 Music Center season includes the eleventh season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center with six major premieres from renowned choreographers, including Matthew Bourne, Alexei Ratmansky, Ethan Stiefel/Johan Kobborg, Angelin Preljocaj, Medhi Walerski, and Otis Sallid; plus performances by the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

World City at The Music Center, also now in its eleventh season, includes presentations by renowned performing artists from Poland, Ireland, Tuva, the American West, Hip-Hop culture, and the Tex-Mex Conjunto tradition - all presented for free at the W.M. Keck Foundation Children's Amphitheatre at The Music Center's Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The ninth season of Active Arts at The Music Center will have people dancing, singing, telling stories, and playing music with more than 25 free do-it-yourself arts events offered throughout the summer and into the holiday season.

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2013-2014 Season Details:

Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center

In its eleventh season, the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center series presents new works from six of the most important choreographers working today, beginning with Alexei Ratmansky, artist in residence at American Ballet Theatre and former director of the Bolshoi Ballet, who has created a new "Romeo and Juliet" (July 10-13, 2014) to the Prokofiev score, for The National Ballet of Canada, led by artistic director Karen Kain. The company brought its exciting Christopher Wheeldon "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" to The Music Center in October, 2012. Ratmansky was represented in the 2010-2011 season with "The Bright Stream" from American Ballet Theatre, and his work will also be part of the Opening Night mixed repertory program of American Ballet Theatre's engagement this July. The National Post in Canada said "Romeo and Juliet" is "a new modern classic ... dazzling combat choreography, constantly soaring, and elevated passion putting each member of the company through a jam-packed workout."

Matthew Bourne returns to The Music Center with "Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty" (November 21-December 1, 2013, co-presented with Center Theatre Group), the long awaited completion of his Tchaikovsky ballet series. The New York Times said, "His dances are simply right for the moment ... this 'Sleeping Beauty' looks set for a lengthy reign." "Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty" follows his "Edward Scissorhands" from the 2006-2007 Dance at The Music Center season.

Two of the most known international male dancers of our time, Royal Ballet star Johan Kobborg, and Ethan Stiefel, have teamed to create a new "Giselle" (January 31-February 2, 2014) for Royal New Zealand Ballet. Stiefel, now artistic director of Royal New Zealand Ballet, and Kobborg were stellar Albrechts throughout their performing careers, and with this engagement Stiefel is returning to The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage in a new capacity, having made many previous appearances as a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. TheDominion Post said, "Pitch perfect. The stage is throbbing with talented dancers." Radio New Zealand Arts said, "A triumph for the company in every way."

France's best-known modern dance company, Ballet Preljocaj, made a striking impression with The Music Center audiences in the 2011-2012 season with "Blanche Neige" ("Snow White") at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Now, Angelin Preljocaj, who has been compared to Diaghilev, is bringing his "The Nights," inspired by "One Thousand and One Nights" (June 20-22, 2014).

A unique offering, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center is presenting "James Brown: Get on the Good Foot, a Celebration in Dance," co-presented by The Music Center and The Apollo Theater (February 14-16, 2014) and conceived by artistic director/choreographer Otis Sallid, whose credits include "Smokey's Joe's Cafe" on Broadway, Spike Lee's films "School Daze," "Do the Right Thing," "Malcolm X," and the 2006 Super Bowl half time show. "Get on the Good Foot" will be performed by the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) and will feature new dances from choreographers including Souleymane Badolo (Burkina Faso), Ronald K. Brown (United States), Thang Dao (Vietnam),

Derick K. Grant (United States), Aakash Odedra (United Kingdom), and Abdel Salaam (United States). Tango and Hip Hop will also be featured in the work.

Joby Talbot, who composed the critically acclaimed original score for The National Ballet of Canada's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," has provided another new score for Nederlands Dans Theater 1's "Chamber" (October 18-20, 2013), choreographed by NDT1 dancer Medhi Walerski. The work, which is inspired by Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," concludes LA's RITE, The Music Center's festival, which is a tribute to the centennial of "The Rite of Spring" and its composer Igor Stravinsky that began in February. Nederlands Dans Theater 1 is led by artistic director Paul Lightfoot.

The season's offerings also include the first visit in 10 years of the Paul Taylor Dance Company (April 11-13, 2014) to The Music Center with a program including "Airs" (1978, music by Handel), "Banquet of Vultures" (2005, music by Morton Feldman), and "Gossamer Gallants" (2011, music by Bedrich Smetana.) The Paul Taylor Dance Company will also be a part of The Music Center's 2014 Blue Ribbon Children's Festival, where it will be enjoyed by more than 18,000 5(th) graders.

World City at The Music Center

World City at The Music Center will present performing artists from around the globe in six events from October 5, 2013 to May 17, 2014 at the W.M. Keck Foundation Children's Amphitheatre at The Music Center's Walt Disney Concert Hall. This free live performance and visual arts workshop series for families, also now in its eleventh year, celebrates cultures from countries worldwide, as well as from indigenous peoples of the Americas. The 2010 Grammy Award- winning Los Texmaniacs (Saturday, October 5, 2013) honor their roots from Tex-Mex Conjunto, founded by Max Baca, a legendary bajo sexto (12-stringed-guitar-like rhythmic instrument) performer. Conjunto bands pair button accordions, which were introduced to Texas by German immigrants, with the baja sexto, and the Texmaniacs add blues and R&B to the mix. Los Texmaniacs are paired with Pacifico Dance Company, California's premier folklorico company, a vibrant ensemble of dancers preserving Mexican dance through the reconstruction of traditional choreographies, incorporating Mexican folklore and religions.