PROFESSIONAL ARTS ON THE CAMPUS OF
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES

Saturday
Feb032018

peking acrobats

The talented ensemble is world-renowned for their daring maneuvers, trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of flexibility, contortion, and control. They push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats. 

Records of these acrobatic acts can be found as early as the Ch’in Dynasty (221 B.C. - 207 B.C.) and Chinese acrobats through the ages have continued to perfect what has become an evolving folk art form.

The Peking Acrobats set the Guinness World Record for the human chair stack when they astounded audiences with their bravery and dexterity as they balanced six people precariously atop six chairs 21 feet up in the air without safety lines.

A performance by the Peking Acrobats brings with it the opportunity to view the epitome of a rich and ancient folk art tradition, highlighted by today’s technology melding the ancient and traditional with the modern wonders of the 21st Century.

General: $30, $40, $50
Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.

Cal State L.A. students: $20
Other students: $25
(in-person only at the Luckman Box Office)

Wednesday
Jan242018

dance film fest

A celebration of the best in recent cinematic triumphs that focus on the art of dance. 

Time: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Pina 

Germany, 2011, 1 hour 43 minutes 

Directed by Wim Wenders   

A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations. 

First Position 

USA, 2011, 1 hour 35 minutes 

Directed by Bess Kargman 

A documentary that follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world.

STEP 

USA, 2011, 1 hour 23 minutes 

Directed by Amanda Lipitz  

STEP documents the senior year of a girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore.

Dancing Across Borders 

USA, 2010, 1 hour 28 minutes 

Directed by Anne Bass 

On a trip to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia in January 2000, filmmaker Anne Bass came across a 16 year old boy who moved her immensely with his amazing and seemingly natural charms and grace as a dancer. Having been a longtime devotee to the world of dance herself back in the United States, Anne felt compelled to give this young boy the opportunity to leave his home and follow a dream that she felt he hadn't even yet seen for himself. From the serene countryside of Southeast Asia to the halls of the New York's School of American Ballet to the stage of the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, DANCING ACROSS BORDERS peeks behind the scenes into the world of dance and chronicles the intimate and triumphant story of a boy who was discovered, and who only much later discovered all that he had in himself.

 Dancing in Jaffa 

Israel, 2013, 1 hour 30 minutes 

Directed by Hilla Medalia 

Renowned ball-room dancer Pierre Dulaine takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa, to teach Jewish and Palestinian Israelis to dance and compete together.

Wednesday
Jan242018

arts & ideas

Arts & Ideas is a cultural engagement program that promotes creativity through  interactive application of artistic processes. We bring people together from surrounding communities to share different perspectives during these dynamic exchanges.  

Through film, dance, and visual art workshops we offer participants the opportunity to engage with the arts on visual, auditory, and kinesthetic levels. Imagination sparks creativity and creativity births art; one of the distinct endeavors unique to the human race. Our mission is to fulfill the minds of our community members creatively and give them a platform for success in the future. 

Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Scheduled workshops include:

Silk screening

Indigenous basket weaving

Poetry writing sessions

Watercolor technique

Paper mache 

Block printing 

Slam poetry open mic 

Saturday
Jan202018

yemen blues

Ravid Kahalani leads this roaring group of improvising brass, string, and percussion players. Yemen Blues’ intoxicating music merges West African rhythms and ancient Jewish Yemeni melodies with mambo and funk to help you feel a connection to places you may have never visited. The group paints a musical canvas printed with deep laments and jubilations. From rasping vocals that tear open the heavens to instrumentations that interweave in a harmonious dance that is complex and resolutely modern, their music is evocative and poignant. 

From the start, Yemen Blues created an original sound that became a new language in contemporary music. In addition to Kahalani, the group includes core members Rony Iwryn, Itamar Doari, and Shanir Blumenkranz. Each member comes from a different background and brings their own unique sounds and arrangements to the compositions. The result of this amazing group is a powerful energy they like to call “New Age Culture Music.”

The group has been making huge waves as of late, appearing in Paste Magazine’s list of “10 International Acts to Watch” and performing a captivating, star-making set at globalFEST, the most prestigious world music festival in the United States. 

General: $30, $40, $50
Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.

Cal State L.A. students: $20
Other students: $25
(in-person only at the Luckman Box Office)

Friday
Dec012017

aaron neville duo

One of the most inspirational and distinctive voices in music today, Aaron Neville is a master of many styles. The audience can expect to hear doo-wop and gospel from his recent albums, as well as blues, jazz, soul, pop, country, and even reggae. It is a playlist that reprises and celebrates one of the greatest success stories in American music.  

During his career, which spans more than 50 years, he has been nominated for 12 Grammy Awards and won four times in the categories of gospel, country, and pop. His albums have consistently topped the charts, earning him four platinum records and multiple #1 hits. 

In 1993, Rolling Stone Magazine’s critics’ poll named him the best male singer in the world. Neville was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010. 

Aaron Neville will perform on the Luckman stage and connect with the audience to share inspirational stories about his family and the influences that shaped his life.

This rare and intimate performance is certain to be a memorable evening of music that transcends the traditional boundaries of genres. 

General: $30, $40, $50
Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.

Cal State L.A. students: $20
Other students: $25
(in-person only at the Luckman Box Office)

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