Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “bracingly contemporary,”Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet is an inspiring ensemble of dancers that breaks the traditional mold and reinvigorates this classic medium by presenting original dance pieces that reflect Los Angeles' unique civic identification. Created in 2002, the cutting-edge company returns to the Luckman Fine Arts Complex to perform new and classic works from their lauded repertoire. 

The program begins with Joshua Tree Symphony, the acclaimed second collaboration between Raiford Rogers and composer Zbynek Mateju. Following an intermission, the program concludes with the world premiere of Naivete of Flowers with music by Lloyd Rodgers.

Creator and two-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant for choreography, Raiford Rogers produces contemporary work, often in collaboration with local artists, which include: 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, Ex Machina with Los Angeles Philharmonic composer Carlos Rodriguez, and The Little Prince with composer Lloyd Rodgers.

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

General: $25, $35, $45

Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.



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.


Gabriel Royal

It takes a while for Gabriel Royal’s musical style to strike you. His songs build up slowly, the arrangements between his singing and cello playing pull you in and… you are hooked. You might think that's too long of a time to pay attention to music nowadays, then think about how it took Gabriel five years busking on the New York city subway to finally get noticed and have his first album recorded.

Influenced by Stevie Wonder’s groove to Burt Bacharach's relaxed, jazzy yet poppy sensitivities, including outcast contemporary artists such as John Legend, Hiatus Kaiyote, Flying Lotus, James Blake, Janelle Monae and Thundercat, Gabriel’s trademark sound is his singing over a cello, the result being an easy listening modern chamber pop.

Ballet Hispánico

Photo Credit: Paula Lobo

Cal State LA is proud to host Ballet Hispánico as a company-in-residence.  For more than 45 years, Ballet Hispánico has brought communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures and the shared human experience through dance. Their works are inspired by the dynamic aesthetics of the Hispanic diaspora, building new avenues of cultural dialogue and sharing the joy of dance with all communities.

Ballet Hispánico returns to the Luckman stage to showcase their acclaimed artistic creations: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Linea Recta, Michelle Manzanales’ Con Brazos Abiertos, and Tania Pérez-Salas’ 3. Catorce Dieciséis.

Tickets: $28, $38, $48

Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.

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