The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is pleased to announce the 2018 DCA LA Dance Platform, a community-curated selection of programming that will run concurrently with the Dance USA Conference taking place on Wednesday, June 6 through Saturday, June 9, 2018.
Led by DCA, the platform will provide an immersive and educational experience, which pays homage to the city’s rich history of dance. Talented dance professionals, curators, educators, funders, and presenters have been invited to learn and engage with the city’s compelling dance scene, showcasing its breadth, excellence, and diversity.
DCA LA Dance Platform events will give dance practitioners opportunities to connect, dialogue, and showcase new and in-progress works. All artists were pre-selected, vetted, and invited by DCA in consultation with an informed group of LA Dance Professionals. The artists who were selected represent a cross-section of the established, emerging, and commercial dance artists in the city’s vibrant dance community.
Image credit: LA DANSA DANSA, photo by David Gordin.
PUBLIC PROGRAMMING (IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER)
* Programs and performance times subject to change, please consult with the venue directly for updates.*
Wednesday, June 6, 8:30 p.m.
Grand Performances and Los Angeles Performance Practice
Presenting LA DANCE PARTY/USA
300 & 350 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071
TICKETS: Open to General Public – Free http://
It’s a nightcap of music, dancing and interactive fun designed to capture the energy and creativity of
dance makers, movers and shakers in celebration of LA’s vibrant dance scene. We’re extending an open invitation to share the floor and make your mark at the start of Dance/USA’s historic LA gathering. Produced by Grand Performances in collaboration with Los Angeles Performance Practice.
• DJ Muñeka of Rail Up and DJs Arshia Haq and David Gomez of Discostan
• Dance activations from d. Sabela grimes and Mecca Vazie Andrews
• Christine Marie’s interactive 3-D shadow-dance generator
Friday, June 8, 8:30 p.m.
IGNITE @ The Ford
Presenting Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd E, Los Angeles, CA 90068
For this joyous evening of dance, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, one of LA’s most beloved
contemporary dance companies, will perform work from three renowned choreographers: Kyle Abraham, Rennie Harris and David Roussève, alongside works by Lula Washington and Tamica Washington-Miller.
Lula Washington – OPEN YOUR EYES (2016) – Music by Earth Wind & Fire
Tamica Washington-Miller – There Is Always Tomorrow (2016) Music by Marcus Lamar Miller
Kyle Abraham – Hallowed (2014) Music by Cleo Kennedy and Bertha Gober
Rennie Harris – Reign (2010) Music by James “JT” Wilconson
David Roussève – Enough? (2016) Music by Aretha Franklin
Saturday, June 9, 8:00 p.m.
Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA
Presenting Syncopated Ladies, Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Versa-Style Dance Company, and CONTRA-TIEMPO | Urban Latin Dance Theater
5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032
This spectacular event will feature four of LA’s leading dance companies. Syncopated Ladies – Chloe Arnold, artistic director
Performing an excerpt from “Syncopated Ladies: Live” (2017)
Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company –Genevieve Carson, artist director
Performing “EBBA” (2016) choreographed by Genevieve Carson with music by Robert Amjärv.
Versa-Style Dance Company – Jackie “Miss Funk” Lopez & Leigh “Breeze-Lee” Foaad, artistic
directors and choreographers. Performing excerpts from their full-length production, “Box of Hope,” (2016) featuring Barrio Mundial, Curios, and Alone. Music includes original remixes and
additional music by PolyRhythm, Tipper, and The Temptations.
CONTRA-TIEMPO | Urban Latin Dance Theater – Ana Maria Alvarez, artistic director
Performing a staged, work-in-progress showing of “joyUS” which is set to premiere in Fall 2018.
Tuesday, June 5 through Saturday, June 9, 8:00 p.m.
LA Dance Project presents LIVE from 2245
Benjamin Millepied, artistic director
LA Dance Project Studios, 2245 East Washington Blvd, LA CA 90021
Ticket Link: https://www.artful.ly/
For more information: www.ladanceproject.org – 213.622.5995
LIVE from 2245 features two rotating programs that highlight the company’s ongoing mission to promote the work of emerging and established choreographers, and to introduce new audiences to iconic modern works.
Program A: (Tuesday, June 5 and Friday, June 8)
Noé Soulier – Second Quartet
Benjamin Millepied – Bach Studies (Part 1) [LA Premiere]
Program B: (Wednesday, June 6 and Saturday, June 9)
Martha Graham – Duets
Benjamin Millepied – Hearts & Arrows and On the Other Side
Thursday, June 7, 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 9, 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 10, 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Performance Practice
Presenting Milka Djordjevich
Ghebaly Gallery, East Washington Boulevard, LA CA 90021 – located adjacent to LA Dance Project
Milka Djordjevich’s ANTHEM (2017)
Questioning contemporary dance’s predisposition towards neutrality, authenticity and the de-sexualization of the female body, ANTHEM embraces theatricality, virtuosity and sass. The work weaves together existing and imagined vernacular dance styles to explore labor, play, and feminine-posturing.
Four women execute a repetitive yet complex movement vocabulary that evolves as they rotate hypnotically within the confines of a square. Over time, the meditative rigor of their steps dissolves into a tangle of commotion, blurring the distinction between the mundane and the glamorous.
Saturday, June 9, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
DCA Presents International Dance Scene Panel
Diavolo Dance Studio
616 Moulton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Free and open to the public. Seating limited to capacity.
DCA Presents a panel of international dance curators who will discuss their curatorial practice, how they view American dance, and what they are experiencing in Los Angeles. Panelists are from Bulgaria, Poland, Uruguay, Brazil, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico, Germany, and Tunisia. Moderated by Andrea Synder and Carolelinda Dickey of American Dance Abroad.
Anna Cheng, West Kowloon Cultural District (Hong Kong)
Chema Gargouri, Tunisian Association for Management and Social Stability (Tunis, Tunisia)
Jadwiga Majewska Grabowska, Krakow International Festival Of Contemporary Dance (Krakow, Poland)
Eleno Guitierrez, Centro de Producción de Danza Contemporánea (Mexico City, Mexico)
Lassaad Jamoussi, Tunisian Higher Institute of Cinema & Audiovisual Art (Tunis, Tunisia)
Atanas Maev, Derida Dance Center (Sofia, Bulgaria)
Kirsten Seeligmüller, Dock 11 (Berlin, Germany)
Natalia Sobrera, Montevideo Sitiada (Montevideo, Uruguay)
Dr. Danny Tan, Odyssey Dance Theatre (Singapore)