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Landing The New Normal

Texas emancipation celebrated in Crenshaw, Mid-City, and the Hollywood Hills, a sold-out preview extends in the Arts District, pandemic-delayed contemporary dance in Culver City, Persian myth retold in Santa Monica, cutting edge dancemakers in a downtown gallery and West LA, more So Cal dance this week and a peek at next week.

Live This Week

Here for now

When LA Dance Project announced an April preview of choreographer Benjamin Millepied’s latest, Be Here Now, the shows quickly sold out. These shows, still being described as “previews,” offer additional opportunities to view LADP’s powerful dancers in the artistic director’s new work. LA Dance Project, 2245 E. Washington Blvd., Arts District; Tues.-Fri., thru June 24, 8pm, $30, $15 under 30 years. LA Dance Project.

A dancer in red lifts one leg

LA Dance Project. Photo by Rose Eichenbaum

Parsing Partch

Known as much for creating musical instruments as for his innovative compositions exploring unequal intervals and microtonal scales, the enduring allure of the music of Harry Partch is captured by his grammy-award winning namesake PARTCH Ensemble. The musical group teams with choreographer Sarah Swenson and her Vox Dance Theatre for a live performance of Plectra & Percussion Dances. Composed 70 years ago and described as “an evening of dance theatre,” the 45-minute composition had never been choreographed in its entirety, until now. REDCAT at Walt Disney Hall, 631 W. 2nd St., downtown; Fri.-Sat., June 17-18, 8:30pm, $25, $20 students. REDCAT.

The messy places

Next up at the Dance at the Odyssey festival, Primavera Generatión Dance Collective brings its distinctive perspective on “mexicanidad(es)” in Nepanthla. Described as an exploration of “nepantla,” Gloria Anzaldúa’s theory of a messy in-between space, the subject seems appropriate as part of continuing efforts to create a new normal after two years of pandemic. The collective’s tone ranges from the serious to the affectionately wry, their oeuvre including a tribute to the lowrider car culture. The Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West LA; Thurs.-Sat., June 17-18, 8pm, Sun., June 19, 2pm, $25, $15 students. Odyssey Theatre.

Four masked figures in long fancy dresses

Primera Generacion Dance Collective. Photo by Gabriel-Gutierrez

Juneteenth #1 (And Texas is still at it)

Joining an array of musicians and singers, Debbie Allen Dance Academy provides a dance component for Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom. A joyful occasion marking the post-Civil War date in 1865 that federal troupes were sent to compel hold-out Texas to accept the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery. The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood; Sun., June 19, 4:30pm, $20-$260. Hollywood Bowl.

A stage full of dancer against a colorful backdrop

JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble. Photo courtesy of the artists

Juneteenth #2

For those unable to travel east for the famed Jacob’s Pillow summer dance festival, JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble offers a free preview as part of this weekend’s Juneteenth festivities. New works and repertoire favorites are scheduled with a Q&A to follow. A lovely chance to give a nice send-off to one of two LA-based companies (BODYTRAFFIC is the other) invited to the prestigious east coast festival. Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd., Mid-City; Sun., June 18, 3pm, free. Ebony Repertory Theatre.

Juneteenth #3

This community celebration combines Juneteenth and Father’s Day festivities in an afternoon of outdoor performances and barbecue. For the occasion, host Lula Washington Dance Theater premieres Pages from Negro History to music by William Grant Still. Other participating performers include The Fernando Pullum Youth Jazz Orchestra, music from Dwight Trible and special guests. The event is limited to 300 guests and advance reservation is required. Lula Washington Contemporary Dance Studios, 3773 Crenshaw Blvd., Crenshaw; Sun., June 19, noon-5pm, free with reservation at Eventbrite.

A group of dancers pose looking up

Lula Washington Dance Theater. Photo courtesy of the artists

Live return

After two years constrained to livestream, LA Choreographers & Dancers/Louise Reichlin & Dancers return to live performance. Reichlin’s Urban and Tribal Dances boasts a reworking of all six of its segments. Other announced works include Brandenburg from Tap Dance Widows Club and Reboot! Reboot! The Culver City Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City; Fri., June 17, 7pm, Sat.-Sun., June 18-19, 2pm, $25. Eventbrite.

dancers in beige dress stand in star shape

Louise Reichlin & Dancers. Photo courtesy of the artists

Dealer’s choice

This two week assemblage of installation and performance is augmented by workshops and lectures by a dozen LA-based contemporary choreographers. It could be called a festival, instead curators by Jennie MaryTai Liu and Alana Frey dubbed it Exhibition: Knees, Schools, Urges. Cooperatively produced by Pieter and the host venue, the participant line-up includes Neha Choksi, Alison D’Amato, Milka Djordjevich, devika Wickremesinghe, Jacqueline Shea Murphy, Peter Hernàndez, Jmy James Kidd, Tara Jane O’Neil, Sebastian Hernandez, taisha paggett, Perin Hailey McNelis, and Ajani Brannum. The Box Gallery, 805 Traction Ave., Little Tokyo; thru Sat., June 18, Gallery is open 11am to 6pm, schedule of performers at the website; free with donations encouraged. The Box Gallery.

a woman in a brown jumpsuit on her hands and heels

taisha paggett. Photo by Justin Sullivan

Something in the way she moves

Set in a shadowy underworld overseen by night watchmen, performance artist Marta Carrasco wrote, produced and performs her latest, Perra de Nadie (Nobody’s Bitch). Latino Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., downtown; Wed.-Sat., June 15-25, 8pm, Sun., June 19 & 26, 4pm, $10-$58Latino Theater Co.

A woman with her head in gauze

Marta Corrasco. Photo by David Ruano

Salsa season

The popular summer series continues with the Latin flavors of salsa. Dance DTLA Salsa  offers a free lesson followed by open dancing. Come to dance or to enjoy the music and free show. Music Center, Jerry Moss Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown; Fri., June 17, 7-11pm, free. Music Center.

couples dancing with city hall in the background

Dance DTLA. Photo courtesy of the Music Center.

Bound only by dance

With dancers from professional to aspirational and dance styles ranging from contemporary to ballet to tap to street dance, LA Unbound is known for presenting an eclectic and entertaining showcase for dance. Glendale Community College, 1601 E. Mountain St., Glendale Sat., June 18, 7pm, $18-$26. LA Unbound.

A circle of dances with hands over their faces

Hex Ensemble in “Conference of the Birds.” Photo by Sarah M Golonka.

Soulful birds

Dancers from the Hex Ensemble join musicians, soloist singers, and the C3LA (Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles) in the premiere of The Conference of the Birds. Based on Persian myth and Sufi poet Attar’s text about the soul’s journey seeking the divine, this new oratorio has music by Fahad Siadat, libretto by Sholeh Wolpé, and choreographed/directed by André Megerdichian. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica; Sat., June 18, 7:30pm, Sun., June 19, 2pm, $35-$60. The Broad Stage.

A Peek at Next Week

Heidi Duckler Dance hosts Ebb & Flow at LA State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., Chinatown; Sat.-Sun., June 25-26, 3pm, free with reservation at Eventbrite.

Vida Flamenca XIa Festival Cumbre Flamenca The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica; Sun., June 26, 6:30pm, $25-$90 (includes pre-show paella & hors d’oeuvres). itsmyseat.com.

Teresa Toogie Barcelo Dance at the Odyssey Festival The Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West LA; Thurs.-Sat., June 23-25, 8pm, Sun., June 26, 2pm, $25, $15 students. Odyssey Theatre.

a group of dancers leaning on each other

Dance at the Odyssey. Photo courtesy of the artists

SW!NG OUT at the Music Center, Ahmanson Theatre & Jerry Moss Plaza (dance party after the performance), 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown; Fri.-Sat., June 24, 7:30pm, Sun., June 26, 2pm. $15-$40. Music Center.

Getty Festival at Pacoima at Pacoima City Hall, 13520 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima; Sat.-Sun., June 25-26, 11am-5pm, free Pacoima Beautiful.

Two men in soaked shirts face each other

Oguri & Andrés Corchero. Photo by Pep Daudé

Oguri Andrés Corchero in Flower of the Season 2022 at Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice; Fri-Sat., June 24-25, 8pm, Sun., June 26, 4pm, free. Eventbrite.

South Bay Festival of the Arts Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance; Sat., June 25, 11am-5pm, free to $150. Eventbrite.

LA Dance Moves Back to the Heart Online from August 2021 live performance; June 25-26, $37.50 (viewable for 24 hours) LA Dance Moves.


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