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

Saturday
Oct142017

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? 

Abumrad has been called a “master of the radio craft” for his unique ability to combine cutting edge sound-design, cinematic storytelling, and a personal approach to explaining complex topics, from the stochasticity of tumor cells to the mathematics of morality.  

Jad Abumrad studied creative writing and music composition at Oberlin College in Ohio. He composes much of the music for Radiolab, and in the past has composed music for film, theater, and dance. In 2011, Radiolab received a Peabody Award, the highest honor in broadcasting, and Jad received the prestigious MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.

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)

Saturday
Oct072017

BODYTRAFFIC

 

Experience one the world’s most cutting-edge contemporary dance groups, with their warm energy, athleticism, and eye toward aesthetic innovation as they showcase works that uniquely reflect the diverse landscape of Los Angeles, where they are based.

This exciting ensemble comes to the Luckman with their celebrated works The Green Bride Floated Through The Village Square by Barak Marshall, Once Again, Before You Go by Victor Quijada, and o2Joy by Richard Siegal.  

BODYTRAFFIC is helping establish Los Angeles as a major center for contemporary dance. Founded in 2007 by Juilliard alums Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, the company has surged to the forefront of the dance world. Named “the company of the future” by the Joyce Theater Foundation, Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” and Best of Culture by the Los Angeles Times, BODYTRAFFIC is already internationally recognized for their high quality of work and their dancers’ abilities to fulfill the distinct tenor of each movement language they employ. BODYTRAFFIC’s ever-growing repertory represents many distinctive choreographic voices that are accessible, challenging, versatile, and inspiring. 

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
Sep272017

world arts day

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. 

All activities are hands-on and interactive. We encourage people of all ages to take part and learn more about different cultures that make our city, country, and world beautiful. 

Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Scheduled workshops include: 

Senegalese drumming and dancing

Malian mask making

Indian henna art

Gambian jewelry making 

Indian rangoli sand art

Bollywood dance class

Wednesday
Sep272017

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. 

Life skills workshops, one of the various sessions throughout the day, are modeled after the Native American communion circles and encourage participants to approach dance from a new perspective and to gain empathetic understanding. 

Dates: September 27 & October 4

Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 

Saturday
Aug122017

Raiford Rogers modern ballet

The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA will present the Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet and the Jacaranda Chamber Orchestra in the world premiere ballet Joshua Tree Symphony by Czech composer Zbynek Mateju. Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto in D for Strings and Zbynek Mateju’s Still Life will complete the program.

Joshua Tree Symphony is the second ballet from Mateju and Rogers. A tour to the Czech Republic is planned for 2018 including a performance at the prestigious international festival Forum: Hradec Kralove with full orchestra, and at the National Theatre in Prague. Jacaranda will give the first U.S. performance of Still Life for strings and percussion that opened the Prague Festival at the National Theatre in 2015.

Zbynek Mateju is one of the most prolific Czech composers of his generation, known mainly for his collaborative works in ballet, opera and film. His extensive repertoire includes major works for orchestra and chamber music. Mateju is the recipient of numerous international honors for composition including the UNESCO Prize, the Donauballet International Composers’ Competition, and the Prix Radio Bohemia. He is celebrated for his wide-ranging musical oeuvre.

General: $40, $50, $60
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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