Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet at the Luckman
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Now in its 60th year, the pioneering Paul Taylor Dance Company stages several of its acclaimed pieces at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Dubbed the "naughty boy" of dance by Martha Graham, Taylor's not only one of the greatest modern choreographers of the 20th century, he's also one of the 21st century's most daring innovators, still creating well into his 80s. His 16-member company embodies his continuing genius and nurtures new talent -- Tony winners Twyla Tharp and David Parsons are among its many distinguished alumni. Expect a wonderful show of kinetic movement, enthralling storytelling and surprising humor from one of the true legends of the form. Learn More
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- "Both bracingly contemporary and superbly aware of how much ballet can express without descending to desperate crossover strategies or hard-sell hyper-athleticism." --L.A. Times
- "Los Angeles-based choreographer Raiford Rogers has discarded the pointe shoe and invented a distinctly original style of modern ballet." --BackStage NY
As the final presentation of its 2004-05 performance season, the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State L.A. will offer premieres of two original works by Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet: Concertante, set to Frank Martin's 1944 "Petite Symphonie Concertante"; and Prelude, set to the Prelude from Corelli's "Sonata for Violin and Cello, Op.5 No.9" on Saturday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m.
The program by Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet (formerly LA Chamber Ballet) will also feature a reprise of Wishes and Turns, set to Martinu's "Piano Quartet No. 1," the seminal 1942 chamber piece popularized by Jim Svejda as the opening music for his nightly radio show on classical station KUSC FM 91.5.
The Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet's engagement at the Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre in London garnered the company rave reviews as a "vital and major new dance voice from Los Angeles."
This success prompted an invitation to the new DTW Schonberg Theatre in New York as the first L.A.-based troupe to appear at the theatre. Now, Raiford Rogers returns to the Luckman with the premiere of Concertante, set to Frank Martin's Petite Symphonie Concertante for harpsichord, harp, piano, and two string orchestras.
Rogers' award-winning Wishes and Turns, described in its 1985 incarnation as "a dance of refreshing verve and provocative intent" (Dance Magazine) and completely revised to great accolades for its 2004 revival, will also be presented.