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Luckman Fine Arts Complex
at Cal State L.A. 5151 State University Drive Los Angeles, CA 90032
323-343-6600
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Review from Ben W.
Red Velvet 146 events 128 reviews

This was a first-class performance in every way and was very enjoyable. I appreciated the classical music that allowed for a connection with the past while presenting some more modern choreography.

reviewed Jun 20 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Marc
103 events 55 reviews

Beethoven music was great. Choreography was lame, uninspired. We left during intermission. Not worth the time.

reviewed Jun 20 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Dena Jackson
17 events 12 reviews

This event was spectacular and culturally enriching. I would recommend this dance company to everyone. The best part was all the male dancers who showed their ballet skills and grand flexibity.LOVE IT!!!!!!

reviewed Jun 20 2009 report as inappropriate
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A favorite of the Luckman stage, Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet returns for it’s eleventh season at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex.

Using a movement strongly rooted in classical ballet but still moving boldly forward into new territory, Raiford Rogers’ choreography has been described by the LA Times as “bracingly contemporary and superbly aware of how much ballet can express without descending to desperate crossover strategies or hard sell hyper-athleticism.”

The Los Angeles based company will present the Last Songs of Beethoven and the Birth of the Avant-garde_ including the ballet premiere of Heiliger Dankgesang. _The Dankgesang (Song of Thanks) is considered to be one of the most rapturous creations in 19th-century music and was written by Beethoven after recovering from a serious illness that he had feared was fatal.  It is said that with these complex works Beethoven invented the avant-garde.

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