Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center Announces 10th Anniversary 2012-2013 Season

Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center Announces 10th Anniversary 2012-2013 Season

Celebrating the significant history of dance at the Music Center with presentations by three enduring partners - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre and The Joffrey Ballet - whose local presence spans the past five decades.

A World Premiere and a U.S. Debut by two of the most influential choreographers of the 21st century - Benjamin Millepied(L.A. Dance Project) and Christopher Wheeldon(The National Ballet of Canada), set to new music by two acclaimed young composers - Nico Muhly (L.A. Dance Project) and Joby Talbot (The National Ballet of Canada). 

April 16, 2012 – Los Angeles. Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center announces the tenth anniversary season of its internationally known dance series, which will kick off September 22 at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the World Premiere of the inaugural full-length program by L.A. Dance Project, (LADP), founded by celebrated choreographer Benjamin Millepied and commissioned by Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center. Millepied, in addition to creating a World Premiere for the stage of the Music Center, will present “Quintett” by William Forsythe (1993), and “Winterbranch” by Merce Cunningham (1964). 

The 2012-2013 season continues at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with the U.S. debut of The National Ballet of Canada’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon(October 19-21, 2012), followed by the return of The Joffrey Ballet dancing two programs, both of which will include the 100th anniversary (and 25th anniversary of Joffrey premiere of this reconstruction at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion) of “Le Sacre du Printemps/Rite of Spring” (February 1-3, 2013).  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (April 17-21, 2013) will appear at the Music Center for the first time under the direction of Robert Battle with 3 different programs of mixed repertory, followed by a 3 performance engagement of the Off-Broadway hit fusing circus, dance, music, and street performance, Traces (April 26-28, 2013) which is also presented as part of the Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival for over 18,000 5th graders. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Alonzo King LINES Ballet will follow as they share the stage to present a new work by LINES Ballet Artistic Director Alonzo King (June 21-23, 2013).  American Ballet Theatre will close the season with both an opening night of mixed repertory and 4 performances of the company’s new production of “Le Corsaire” (July 11-14, 2013). 

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“We are thrilled to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center,” said Renae Williams Niles, Director of Programming for the Music Center. “It is our hope that this season will not only celebrate the future of dance and creation of new masterworks through the many debuts and premieres, but we look to honor the Music Center’s legacy and significant history in dance. Highlights include new works by some of the most loved dance companies in the world, as well as the launching of Benjamin Millepied’s first Los Angeles based collaboration, L.A. Dance Project.”  

“The National Ballet of Canada’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, a monumental hit with critics and audiences alike, is already being called a ballet classic, and it could not be more fitting to have the production make its U.S. debut in our anniversary season. The Joffrey Ballet is celebrating an extraordinary anniversary of a different kind, the 100th anniversary of “Le Sacre du Printemps/The Rite of Spring” with a restoration of the original 1913 Nijinsky/Stravinsky masterpiece. It was here on the Chandler stage while in residence at the Music Center, that the Joffrey premiered their reconstruction in 1987, 25 years ago.”
“We are delighted to welcome back Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater under the artistic leadership of Robert Battle,” Williams Niles added.  “Robert’s vision for the Company has been met with great acclaim and I’m excited for our audience to see how he is extending Ailey’s cherished legacy in dynamic new directions.” 

“In the spring of 2013 the Center will also celebrate the debut of two intriguing new programs in our season. “Traces,” created by Montreal based 7 Fingers, brings the worlds of dance, physical theater and circus together to the excitement of audiences the world over, will make its Music Center debut next April, and for the first time, we will present two of the country’s leading contemporary dance companies together when Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Alonzo King LINES Ballet share the stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in June. American Ballet Theatre, a company that has a long history with the Music Center will complete the season in July, when they present not only four performances of their new production of “Le Corsaire,” but the much anticipated return of a star-studded opening night performance of mixed repertory.”