Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet

The Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet presents original dance pieces that reflect Los Angeles’ unique civic identification. Created in 2002, the classical ballet company performs annually at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA. The company emphasizes on producing contemporary work, often in collaboration with local artists.  Collaborated ballets includes Where Are You My Love and Merge with jazz legend Charlie Haden; Cocktails With Joey with Joey Altruda and his Mambo Orchestra; Cabin Fever with Sandra Tsing Loh; and Ex Machina with L.A. Phil composer Carlos Rodriguez. Other unique projects include Dmitri, set to a synopsis by Woody Allen; In C to music of Terry Riley; Orpheus: a Ballet-OperaThe Little Prince with composer Lloyd Rodgers.

The performance begins with Joshua Tree Symphony, the second ballet Zbynek Mateju for Rogers. Following an intermission, the program ends with the world premiere of Naivete of Flowers with music by Lloyd Rodgers.

This performance is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the County Arts Commision.



Rodriguez, the lost legend who unknowingly became an international folk hero and anti-apartheid protest icon — famously documented in the Acadamy Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugarman — makes his triumphant return to the Luckman stage. Rodriguez began his music career in the 60's, but without any enthusiastic response, he was ultimately let go by his label and forced to work outside the music industry. Unbeknownst to him, and to the rest of the world, his songs were the inspiration for millions struggling against apartheid in South Africa where he was regarded as a superstar. With his new-found celebrity status, Rodriguez has finally found commercial success for the album he produced four decades ago. 

Rodriguez returns to the Luckman performing his classic hits and the songs that helped shape his fascinating life. 

"Musical genius and committed to social justice"  - RJ Cubarrubia , Rolling Stone

Special Guest - Vera Sola 

 Vera Sola is a poet, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist.

A drifter performing her own songs alone in and out of dark bars under various pseudonyms, Vera Sola toured and recorded with a variety of artists, for a long while accompanying singer-songwriter Elvis Perkins on the road. She has in turn collaborated on film scores and provided original music for theater and performance art.

General: $60, $70, $80

Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.



In 2018, Ballet Folklórico de México will return to the United States for an extended multi-city tour featuring renewed performances of the company’s classic choreography. Founded in 1952 by dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández, Ballet Folklórico brings together the music, dance and costume of Mexican folklore from pre-Colombian civilizations through the modern era. With its permanent home at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, one of Mexico City’s most historic venues, the company has developed choreography for 40 ballets, composed of 76 folk dancers who have performed extensively across Mexico and abroad. 


Diego El Cigala

Regarded by Paco de Lucia as "one of the most beautiful flamenco voices of our time, a voice of sweetness that flows over everything,” Diego El Cigala returns to the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA. Three-time Grammy winner Diego el Cigala has captivated audiences all over the world with his gravelly voice and passionate interpretation of flamenco. Born in Madrid, he has often been touted as "The Sinatra of Flamenco.” His various collaborations with world-renowned Latin American artists have earned him a reputation for seamlessly melding the rhythms and melodies of his Spanish Gitano heritage with styles ranging from bolero to tango, Cuban son and Afro-Caribbean jazz.

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