Dance the summer days away in L.A.
And though concerts under the stars may hold abundant pleasures for audiences, they occasionally present challenges for performers. The Ford, for example, has terraced steps, lush trees and vegetation, and a bi-level performance area that includes a raked stage.
Jacob “Kujo” Lyons is artistic director of Lux Aeterna, a local troupe that fuses break dancing and contemporary dance. Together with Antics’ Amy “Catfox” Campion, they’re on a bill of 10 troupes appearing in J.U.I.C.E., the third annual hip-hop dance festival at the Ford, on Oct. 2.
Says Lyons: “The slanted stage has made it near impossible for our b-boys or b-girls to successfully pull off a decent head-spin without falling, but the oddly-shaped upper stage has offered all kinds of creative possibilities. Every piece I’ve done at the Ford has been tailored to that stage.”
Adds Campion: “Both Kujo and I fell off the stage doing a back spin. The physics of the raked stage means there is less of you in contact with the ground. But,” says Campion, “we love the Ford and I will forever be grateful to them for putting us on that first year, 2007. I was fresh out of grad school and had never done anything on that scale before. They took a chance on us, and we got a standing ovation.”
-- Victoria Looseleaf
Photo: Jacob "Kujo" Lyons of Lux Aeterna
Credit: Yuri Hasegawa