2017

Marat Daukayev’s: The Nutcracker

The Marat Daukayev Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker features dancers whose artistry and poise belie their young ages. This full-length ballet complete with battling mice and soldiers, an enchanting snowy forest, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score is an audience favorite.

With more than 150 dancers and 500 costumes, acclaimed former Kirov ballet star Marat Daukayev dances the role of Drosselmeyer alongside his amazingly accomplished students in this iconic and magically festive holiday classic.

Marat Daukayev received his professional training at the Vaganova and Perm Ballet Schools. During his 20 year career, he danced the leading male roles in the complete repertoire of classical ballets with numerous international ballet companies. He has also performed in both film and television. St. Petersburg audiences loved him for the brilliant technique and exceptional dramatic ability that he brought to his roles. Daukayev founded his ballet academy in 2001.

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Jad Abumrad

Jad Abumrad, the host and creator of Radiolab, which reaches roughly two million people per month, makes his debut at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA with his new program, Gut Churn. The evening begins with two simple questions: What does it mean to “innovate?” How does it feel to make something new in the world? On one level, it’s the personal story of how Abumrad invented a new aesthetic. On another, it is a clinic in the art of storytelling. And on a more profound level, the journey is the result of a three-year investigation into the science, philosophy, and art of uncertainty, which all began with the two words that are the title of this presentation: gut churn. What use do negative feelings have during the creative process?  Do those feelings get in the way, or do they propel us forward?

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Dance & Dialogue

The Dance & Dialogue series at the Luckman is a program that allows teens from all over the city with a shared interest in dance to come together and connect. This program is an opportunity for students to put dance in a context beyond performance-based skills alone. It is a chance to appreciate the expression of emotional honesty through movement, and so to grow as an individual.

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World Arts Day: West Africa & India

World Arts Day is designed to give the community an opportunity to experience and interact with various art forms from around the world. 

This year, we celebrate the music, dance, and visual art traditions of West Africa and India. From Senegalese drumming to Bollywood dancing, participants will be immersed in a day of cultural discovery. 

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Pacific Standard Time: La/LA

How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney’s Latin America and Latin America’s Disney is an attempt to engage with the idea that there are no clean boundaries in art, culture, and geography, and to deconstruct how such notions are formed and disputed. For over seventy-five years, the Walt Disney Company has continuously looked to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America for content, narratives, and characters, beginning with Donald Duck’s first role in the Mexican-themed Don Donald (1937). The 1971 text by Chilean scholars Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart—Para leer al Pato Donald—considered Disney comic books as a form of cultural imperialism, and the curators have used its arguments as a starting point to show that Disney cannot be seen as something simply exported to the rest of the Americas, and passively received. Like any other cultural force or mythology in Latin America, Disney imagery has always been quickly reinterpreted, assimilated, adapted, cannibalized, syncretized, and subverted in popular culture and the fine arts.

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Romeo & Juliet

This premiere of “Romeo and Juliet”, seeks, through dynamic choreography, high fashion costumes, vanguard sets and creative lighting, to breathe freshness into a time honored story, rendering its universal theme relative and relatable to today’s social and political scene while reaching out to a diversity of ages and backgrounds.

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Photo Credit: Benjo Arwas

Idan Raichel: Piano Songs

After 15 years as leader of The Idan Raichel Project, international music icon Idan Raichel is focusing on the basic essence of his songs with the solo piano concert entitled Idan Raichel – Piano – Songs. Raichel will be presenting his melodies, lyrics and the stories behind them in their pure, stripped down form, as they were originally written at home or in the studio. This intimate and inspiring show allows Raichel to demonstrate his gifts as a singer-songwriter and endearing solo stage presence. Discover anew the songs that have earned him fans such as American pop stars India.Arie and Alicia Keys, Portugal’s Ana Moura, France’s Patrick Bruel, Italy’s Ornella Vanoni, Germany’s Andreas Scholl, and Mali’s Vieux Farka Touré to name but a few.

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