The Ford Blog
June 27, 2018
When you think of bolero, you might imagine the sweet, sweet sounds of Stanley Jordan’s classic jazz reimagining of Ravel’s Bolero. Bolero (boleros) music is considered to be the one of the most romantic musical genres in Latin America with origins dating all the way back to the 19th century. In fact, its history can be traced to traditional Cuban trova, a style of music which was popular in eastern Cuba during the 1880s. This romantic, poetic and heartfelt music gained international popularity when it reached Mexico in 1940s and ‘50s during the country’s Golden Age of Cinema. And, it was Mexican artists who solidified the art form as one of the most important traditions of the trio. When Latin music superstar Luis Miguel recorded Romance in 1991, the album sparked a renewed interest in boleros and introduced it to a new generation of music lovers.
June 21, 2018
If your nose is tingling that could be because Big World Fun is back! Bring your curiosity and your sense of adventure and explore the world’s diverse cultures right here at the Ford. No plane required! These one-hour dance and music performances are designed with our youngest audience members in mind but are perfect for the entire family. The 2018 Big World Fun series begins Saturday, June 30 with LA-based West African dance and drum company Le Ballet Dembaya.
June 13, 2018 | Behind the Scenes
When I last caught up with TAIKOPROJECT in 2016, they were in the midst of a collaboration with Chicano rock band Quetzal. At the time, TAIKOPROJECT’s Executive Director Bryan Yamami talked about “honoring tradition by turning it on its head.” What TAIKOPROJECT does in each performance is remind us that even an art form as ancient and culturally rooted as Japanese taiko drumming can be fiercely and unapologetically contemporary. To keep it fresh for their show later this month, the group has been working with Blue13 Dance Company, a contemporary Indian dance group that blends traditional Bhangra, Kathak and Bollywood dancing with everything from ballet to hip-hop. “We’ve done music collaborations but never a dance collaboration,” Yamami tells me over the phone from Germany, where his company is on tour. “Blue13 seemed like a perfect fit because they are based in tradition, but they’re really modern.”
May 16, 2018
What hath Lula and Erwin Washington wrought? This eminent Los Angeles arts couple, married since 1970, shares nearly four decades as influential artists and educators; they are beloved figures, community leaders and role models, cornerstones of Los Angeles dance. The boy-girl couple who first started dating in the 11th grade are joint recipients of the 2018 Dance/USA Champion Award. The award, which recognizes outstanding dance leadership in the Annual Conference’s host city, will be bestowed at the conference opening dinner on June 6, 2018 in Los Angeles. It fits the Washingtons to a T.
April 04, 2018 | Announcements
2018 and the Ford is back for its first full five-month season since 2013. If you didn’t get a chance to check out our new digs last year, 2018 is the year to swing by. With so much outstanding work by so many stellar artists, the Ford Theatres’ season celebrates Los Angeles as a major cultural capital of the world. The 2018 season is packed to the gills with contemporary dance, jazz greats, film festivals, folklorico dance, rock ‘n’ roll, romantic trios, opera, spoken word and so much more.