Ballet Hispánico

photo credit: Línea Recta © Paula Lobo

Cal State LA is proud to host Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s premier Latino dance organization, as a company-in-residence. For nearly 50 years, Ballet Hispánico has been bringing communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative productions, transformative dance training, and community engagement. Representing a multitude of nationalities, the Company’s artists reflect the ever-changing face of our nation.  

Ballet Hispánico returns to the Luckman stage to showcase their all-Latina choreographers program: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Sombrerísimo, Michelle Manzanales’ Con Brazos Abiertos, and Tania Pérez-Salas’ 3. Catorce Dieciséis.


Tickets: $28, $38, $48

Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.


Gabriel Royal

Oklahoma-born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and cellist, Gabriel Royal has been heard playing his “grown up lullabies” in the subway stations of New York City. That’s where he found his lawyer, his manager, and his cello - and where he continues to find a genuine connection with his inspiration: the commuters of the city. From captivating travelers on the L and G trains to headlining international music festivals, Gabriel Royal has developed a perfect musical anecdote to calm the busy rush of the world.

Influenced by Stevie Wonder’s groove and Burt Bacharach’s jazzy yet poppy sensitivities, along with other contemporary artists such as John Legend, Royal’s trademark sound is all his own. Gabriel Royal released his self titled album in 2016, along with his single and music video for “Say It’s Right,” directed by Blake Farber. 

General: $25

Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.



Rodriguez, the lost legend who unknowingly became an international folk hero and anti-apartheid protest icon  and who was famously documented in the Academy Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man, 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 will perform 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.


Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet

Creator and two-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant for choreography, the Los Angeles Times hails Raiford Rogers 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.

The cutting-edge company returns to the Luckman with Joshua Tree Symphony, the acclaimed second collaboration between Raiford Rogers and composer Zbynek Mateju, and concludes 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 Los Angeles County Arts Commission.



General: $25, $35, $45

Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.

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