Legendary Spanish flamenco composer and guitarist, Paco Peña has brought new life to the archetypal Spanish art form of flamenco. Peña’s newest show ¡Flamencura! studies the elusive state at the core of the art of flamenco while showcasing the mesmerizing musical genre that has captivated audiences. Paco Peña and his passionate dancers offer a fiery and timeless performance with incredible passion and precision.
The iconic Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández returns to the Luckman with a highly-anticipated repertory performance! Hernández founded the company in 1952, having embarked at a very early age on a never-ending quest to rescue the dancing traditions of Mexico. Six decades later, the company continues to celebrate the diverse cultures of Mexico and is admired by audiences as the best of its kind.
Renowned Israeli choreographer and dancer Ido Tadmor is joined by celebrated Polish dancer Elwira Piorun for the Los Angeles premiere of two recent works produced in collaboration with choreographer Rachel Erdos. Ido Tadmor is the artistic director of the prestigious Israel Ballet and is the recipient of the Landau Prize for life achievement. Elwira Piorun is known for her unparalleled grace and elegance and was for many years the soloist at the Teatr Wielki – the Polish National Opera in Warsaw. Ido Tadmor and Elwira Piorun join forces to perform two duets entitled ‘Engage’ and ‘Rust.’ The works follow two lovers as they mature together as a couple.
Brigitte’s hippie-chic sound combines influences from retro-folk, lounge-pop to French cabaret in this throwback ‘60s revivalist performance. In 2011, Brigitte released their first album Et vous, tu m’aimes? (Mister, Do You Love Me?)- selling over 200,000 copies and introduced us to their masterful blend of brass, strings and burning aloof chants. Aurélie Saada and Sylvie Hoarau explore elements of desire and drive with colorful words and whispering trills in this lavish Luckman debut.
This exhibition highlights the extensive career of Los Angeles-based artist Walter Askin whose multi-faceted work ranges from sardonic graphic works, large painterly abstractions, to vibrant figurative sculptures. In each of these respective mediums he creates imaginative yet satirical images whose eclectic imagery resist being defined by any distinct movement.
Bharat Caravan brings together a unique take on the Indian classical tradition with contemporary musical elements. Ajay Jha’s vocal styling blends gracefully with classic Indian rhythm drumming cycles for a multi-dimensional and sensational sound. Jha’s ensemble, Hind Tarana, produce arousing tracks that express a depth of passionate influences beautifully seamed together. The Bharat Caravan program brings classical and contemporary sounds of India to the Luckman stage.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s bold vision – top global choreographers, distinctive revolutionary works, and virtuoso dancers – has fostered a jewel of a dance company in the American West. The company’s pioneering spirit arises from a dual set of home cities: Aspen, nestled in the Rocky Mountains, and Santa Fe, gracing the Southwestern plateau. Now nearly two decades old, the company has been shaping the cultural landscape of these communities and influencing the dance field at large. A European sensibility glossed with American ebullience forges ASFB’s aesthetic, as the company has come to epitomize the contemporary-classical genre.
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