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Media ADVISORY: CalArts Presents 2018 Winter Dance Concert

Media ADVISORY: CalArts Presents 2018 Winter Dance Concert
CalArts Dance presents Open House Dance Concert, 2018 
Photo: Rafael Hernandez, Courtesy of CalArts


MEDIA ADVISORY: CalArts Presents 2018 Winter Dance Concert

Featuring the work of contemporary masters at REDCAT, CalArts, and a special version for children at LA Dance Project

The concert includes compositions by iconic choreographers Trisha Brown, Rennie Harris, Merce Cunningham, and others.

Valencia, Calif. (Nov. 12, 2018) – California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) will celebrate the work of contemporary dance masters at its annual Winter Dance Concert, presented this year at three venues: Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in Downtown Los Angeles, Sharon Disney Lund Theater on the CalArts campus, and a special version for children and families at Los Angeles Dance Project’s (LADP) creative headquarters in LA’s Warehouse District.

From modern to postmodern, hip hop to contemporary to ballet, each concert will present repertory of iconic choreographers, including Trisha Brown, Rennie Harris, Merce Cunningham, and others – staged by CalArts faculty and guest artists who served as originating members of each featured company or production:

  • Canfield, original choreography by Merce Cunningham (1969)

    Staged by Holley Farmer, formerly of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company

  • Solo Olos, original choreography by Trisha Brown (1976)

    Staged by CalArts faculty Samuel Wentz, formerly of the Trisha Brown Dance Company

  • Shelter, original choreography by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (1988)

    Originally created for Urban Bush Women, Staged by Marjani Forté-Saunders

  • Falling Angels, original choreography by Jiri Kylián (1989)

    Staged by Fiona Lummis, an originating member of the cast

  • Facing Mekka, original choreography by Rennie Harris (2003)
    Staged by CalArts faculty member Nina Flagg, formerly of Rennie Harris Puremovement and originating member of the cast.

While the CalArts and REDCAT performances are intended for adult audiences, the LADP concert will be a shortened version for children, a first for the CalArts Winter Dance Concert.

“So often at dance and fine-art events in Los Angeles, I find that mine are the only children in attendance. Why is that? How else will the youngest generation have access to the legacy of arts and dance?” asked CalArts School of Dance Dean Dimitri Chamblas. “I feel a responsibility to educate kids about the arts, and I’m thrilled that on Dec. 9, CalArts will be able to introduce a young audience to the magic of dance and its greatest revolutionaries.”

Each Winter Dance Concert event is open to the public. Ticketing and performance details are available on the CalArts, REDCAT, and LADP websites.

WHEN: Thursday and Friday, Nov. 29 and 30, 2018, 8 pm (CalArts)

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, 2018, 8:30 pm (REDCAT)

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, 2 pm (Los Angeles Dance Project)


WHERE: CalArts // 24700 McBean Parkway // Valencia, CA 91355

REDCAT // 631 West 2nd Street // Los Angeles, CA 90012

LADP // 2245 E Washington Blvd // Los Angeles, CA 90021 


The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts’s mission is to educate the complete dance artist—agile, intelligent, and in command of an expanded skill-set to meet the fast-evolving demands of professional dance. The comprehensive BFA and MFA programs build high-level proficiencies in performance technique, choreography, dance production technology, and critical understanding of the art form, all within a global cultural context. Concentrated production seasons of aesthetically diverse work thrive in an atmosphere of creative exchange between professionally motivated students and a faculty of practicing artists.

California Institute of the Arts has set the pace for educating professional artists since 1970. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions. As successive generations of faculty and alumni have helped shape the landscape of contemporary arts, the Institute first envisioned by Walt Disney encompasses a vibrant, eclectic community with global reach, inviting experimentation, independent inquiry, and active collaboration and exchange among artists, artistic disciplines and cultural traditions.