LA Dance Festival

Los Angeles Dance Festival is a multi-day celebration of the  vibrant contemporary dance creations in our city.

The festival features locally, nationally, and internationally recognized dancers and choreographers. Their work is frequently presented on stages around the world and seen in feature films, tv shows, music videos, and commercials.

Los Angeles Dance Festival brings these talented creators together at the Luckman Theater for three amazing days of extraordinary works.

Preshow performances & visual art gallery will take place on the Luckman Street of the Arts prior to each performance.

Tickets: $25, $45 available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office at 323-343-6600
VIP tickets: $55 available only via the Luckman Box Office at 323-343-6600 (in-person or by phone).
Student tickets: $15 available only via the Luckman Box Office at 323-343-6600 (in-person, with valid student ID). 


DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion®
String Theory
Ido Tadmor

preshow - San Pedro Ballet

April 13 at 8:30 PM

Invertigo Dance Theatre
Kybele Dance Theatre
Arrogant Elbow/Sarah Elgart
HD Theater

preshow - Chapman University

April 14 at 6:30 PM

Acts of Matter
Kevin Willamson+Company
Bryn Cohan + Artists
Rosanna Tavarez/ LA DANSA DANSA
Iris Company

preshow - Cal State Long Beach

Dance Photography Exhibit

Gilberto Godoy
Cheryl Mann
Denise Leitner
Taso Papadakis
Joelle Martinec
Marie Elena Martingano



Havana Cuba All-Stars

The Havana Cuba All Stars are among their country’s greatest musicians. Mixing tantalizing rhythms and melodies - from cha cha, to rumba, to son cubano, to salsa - the All Stars are loved for their enthusiastic and energetically refreshing approach to this wide variety of Cuban beats. The group is inspired by and dedicated to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music through an innovative and contemporary lens.

In their upcoming “Asere” tour, the All Stars are joined by three of Cuba’s finest dancing couples. With the greatest dancers and musicians of Cuba working in tandem, the US encore of the Havana Cuba All Stars’ tour is certain to be a spirited spectacle of song and dance, exemplifying Cuba’s greatest musical traditions. 

Tickets: $35, $45, $55

Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.



jackbenny. Photo by Cliff Lipson.

 Twin brothers Jack and Benny Lipson, aka the critically acclaimed jackbenny, have announced their special guests for It’s National See-a-Show Day! at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex Intimate Theatre on Saturday, March 16, at 8pm. Along with jackbenny’s longtime percussionist Theo Seidmon, the show will feature the Baritone Bombshell Jonnie Reinhart, fiery songstress Bella Hicks, guitarist Chili Corder, violinist Miyuki Miyagi, and musical theatre legend Valerie Perri.

It’s National See-a-Show Day! spotlights the musical and lyrical prowess of Jack and Benny Lipson aka jackbenny, Los Angeles-native twin composers, songsters, and multi-instrumentalists who inject musical theater storytelling into the gamut of artistic styles. Heralded as “a testament to their generation,” their progressive and fresh harmonic language informed by jazz and classical roots complements their progressive, savvy lyrics that explore queer identity, consensual conduct, healthcare bureaucracy, and myriad other contemporary social/cultural phenomena. In two acts of iconically provocative originals served with a healthy heaping of sibling shtick, jackbenny guides audiences on a candid tour through the fragile, well-curated millennial mind.

After years of studying, performing, and writing a wide range of music separately, Jack and Benny Lipson united to birth the award-winning project jackbenny. They shared their debut show in 2016 with musician-comedian Reggie Watts, and have since played their "sensational, clever and astute" originals in Los Angeles (in residency at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre), New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Sheridan, Wyoming, where they presented their “musicalette,” Miranda, Please! through the Wyoming Theater Festival—even in Falam, Myanmar. jackbenny serves as house band for both For Good: a monthly night of showtunes to save the world and Jonnie Reinhart’s A Queer Cabaret, where the Lipsons have collaborated with artists including Darren Criss and Michael Arden. Jack and Benny are developing Brainstorm, a three-character song cycle of their music.

Tickets: $25

Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.


Diego El Cigala

Diego El Cigala is, quite simply, the most exciting and innovative flamenco singer in the world today. Passionate, profound, and immensely proud of his Spanish Romani heritage, El Cigala has been called “the Sinatra of flamenco.” 

His earthy, exultant, and richly emotive voice marks him as one of the great singers of the last century. El Cigala’s various collaborations with world-renowned artists have earned him a reputation for seamlessly blending bolero, tango, son cubano, and Afro-Caribbean jazz into his signature musical style.

On stage, alone with his pianist, Cigala’s timeless voice creates an irresistible atmosphere—intimate, soulful and beguilingly seductive.

“He radiates a magnetic mix of winking charm and unpredictable vitriol reminiscent of a singer from an entirely different milieu.” — The New York Times

Tickets: $45, $55, $65

Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.


The Lyris Quartet

photo credit: Nikolaj Lund

Described as "radiant... exquisite... and powerfully engaged" by Mark Swed of the LA Times, the Lyris Quartet is Los Angeles' most acclaimed and innovative string ensemble. They have collaborated closely with world-renowned artists Natalia Gutman, David Geringas, Martha Gerhardt, Myung-Whun Chung, Richard Stotlzman, as well as composers Krystof Penderecki, Andrew Norman, Steven Mackey, Paquito D'Rivera, and Gerard Schurmanand, to name a few.

The Quartet performed alongside composer/pianist Billy Childs as part of the LA Phil’s Jazz and World music series at Disney Hall and with Steve Reich at LACMA’s Bing Hall. This season, the Lyris Quartet was invited by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra to perform in their Green Umbrella series and in their tribute concert to composer Steven Stucky. New projects include innovative multimedia concerts with artists Andrew Burke and Ana Prvacki as well as opening for Kraftwerk and Ben Harper. They also gave the west coast premiere of David Lang's The Difficulty of Crossing a Field

The Lyris Quartet is the founding resident ensemble of the Hear Now Music Festival which focuses on the music of living Los Angeles composers. As part of this series, they have collaborated with and premiered works by Stephen Hartke, Don Davis, Arturo Cardélus, and Veronika Krausas, among others. The Lyris Quartet has recorded for Toccata Classics, ARS, and Naxos.

Tickets: $25

Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.




Franz Joseph Haydn 
String Quartet Op. 76 No. 2 in d minor  “Fifths”
I.  Allegro
II.  Andante o pìu tosto allegretto 
III.  Menuetto & Trio
IV.  Finale. Vivace assai 

Philip Glass 
String Quartet No. 5 
*presented with video clips from “Koyaanisqatsi” directed by Godfrey Reggio


Ludwig Beethoven 
String Quartet Op. 95 No. 11 in f minor “Serioso”
I.  Allegro con brio
II.  Allegretto ma non troppo 
III.  Allegro assai vivace ma serioso 
IV.  Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato

Benjamin Johnston
Quartet No. 4 “Amazing Grace”



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