Arts & Ideas

Arts and Ideas is a LuckmanPlus program that bridges the arts and sciences through creative learning. Through film, dance, and visual art workshops, the program offers participants the opportunity to explore these art forms in new ways. The 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.

This event brings people from our surrounding communities together to share different perspectives and to connect through artistic expression. Past participants of the program will be performing their own dances.

This event is free of charge.

In celebration of it's sixth year, Dance & Dialogue will also have their fundraising event on Sunday, April 28. For more information, please click here.



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.

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