Scottish Ballet, Diavolo to highlight new season of Dance at the Music Center
The new season of Dance at the Music Center will feature performances by six groups, including the Scottish Ballet and France's Ballet Preljocaj, as well as a residency of L.A.'s own Diavolo Dance Theater. Other visiting groups will include the Joffrey Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet and the dance company Evidence.
Two recent works by Benjamin Millepied -- the New York City Ballet principal and "Black Swan" choreographer -- will also be part of the new season.
The series -- whose full title is Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center -- will begin its new season with the U.S. debut of the Scottish Ballet (Oct. 14 to 16) under its current artistic direction of former Royal Ballet dancer and choreographer Ashley Page. The program will include Kenneth MacMillan's "Song of the Earth" and a North American premiere by Jorma Elo set to music by Mozart and Steve Reich.
Chicago's Joffrey Ballet will present its version of "The Nutcracker" (Dec. 2 to 4) with the L.A. Opera Orchestra.
Diavolo is scheduled to begin its residency at the Music Center in October. Jacques Heim, the artistic director of the modern dance group, said that his team will be working on a new project inspired by skateboard culture that is a co-commission with the Music Center. Heim said the residency will include outdoor rehearsals open to the public during which he will seek viewer feedback to be incorporated into the production.
The work-in-progress will be presented at the auditorium of LAUSD's High School No. 9. Details of Diavolo's residency are still in the works, though the Music Center said that there will be activities through January. The residency is part of the region-wide festival Pacific Standard Time.
France's Ballet Preljocaj will make its Music Center debut (March 23 to 25) with "Snow White," a production based on the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale set to the music of Mahler. Switzerland's Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (April 13 to 15) will present the North American premieres of works choreographed by Millepied -- "Les Sylphides" and "Spectre de la Rose."
Rounding out the season will be the Bolshoi Ballet's production of "Swan Lake" (June 7 to 12, 2012).
All performances will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, except the production by Evidence, which will take place at the Ahmanson Theatre.
-- David Ng
Photo (top): Dancers from the group Evidence perform ""On Earth Together." Credit: Julieta Cervantes
Photo (bottom): Members of Diavolo Dance Theater. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times