The sound of water gushing forms an infectious beat, as a group of male dancers sways their hips. The dancers seem to encompass all and no genders, evoking both an ancient ritual and the sass of 90s vogueing culture. This is the delicious world of renowned choreographer and dancer Aszure Barton. Her show Awáa will make its Los Angeles (and outdoor) debut at the Ford on August 18, presented in partnership with The Music Center On Location.
Behind the Scenes
Israeli architect-turned-filmmaker Amos Gitai knows a thing or two about art’s potential to spark powerful compassion in the face of extremism. His 1980 documentary Bayit (The House), about Israelis and Palestinians that occupied the same Jerusalem house at different times, was censored. Two years later, his film Field Diary, which showed images of Israel’s invasion of Lebanon, resulted in a temporary exile.
“La locura, cura,” Ric Salinas tells me. The craziness cures.
So when the Ford asked Culture Clash, Salinas’ comedy trio, if they’d be interested in making a Chicano 4th of July show, they jumped at the chance.
In his inimitable and electrifying way, Savion Glover’s role in helping the art of tap dance continue to thrive for future generations cannot be understated.
You know that feeling you get when you accomplish something huge? That’s kind of how we feel right now. After being closed for nearly two years for some pretty serious renovations to the Ford’s historic stage and artist areas, we opened our doors and hoped that you still cared. You did. Thank you.
“Africa is the drum.”
I couldn’t get that phrase put of my head after talking with Grammy-nominated Afro Roots star Rocky Dawuni, who is headlining the Ford’s season finale Africa Rising on October 15.
"In an age of digital noise and distraction, improv is a growth industry," Impro Theatre's Producing Artistic Director Dan O'Connor says. "It's about teaching people how to really listen instead of just waiting to talk."
When I was asked to interview O-lan Jones I have to admit I geeked out. Like a lot. In the theatre world, she is a bit of a legend. She originated countless roles in plays by the likes of Sam Shepard and Beth Henley. Plus, as any true 90s kid can tell you, she played a host of iconic characters in films like Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attacks and The Truman Show. I had no idea she also wrote operas...
“Invertigo means flipping things inside out and upside down,” Laura Karlin tells me. “It’s about finding new perspectives.” Laura is the Artistic Director of Invertigo Dance Theatre and she’s setting out to challenge the paradigm of how dance is presented with her evening-length work After It Happened.
The beauty of classical Indian music is that it is entirely improvised.
This is one of the many things that I learned while speaking with Vinod (V.R.) Venkataraman, producer and mridangam performer for the upcoming Divine Vibrations of India: Melody, Rhythm and Dance show on September 24.