There is a moment in What Problem? Bill T. Jones’ newest dance/theater piece (which will have its Los Angeles premiere at CAP UCLA in November), when Bill, his company of dancers, four inspirational singers and 24 local participants achieve a kind of exquisite harmony – 30 plus bodies on stage moving, speaking, singing, all separate individuals who achieve cohesion.
One of the great joys of programming a season is putting these sublime moments in front of our community.
We sit together and are moved; we laugh, ask questions, we are awed.
There are some amazing moments in the months ahead:
- A Thousand Ways: An Assembly by 600 Highwaymen asks an audience of strangers to create a script, exploring the line between isolation and kinship.
- The pianist Tigran Hamasyan fuses jazz improvisation with the music of his native Armenia.
- Cellist Seth Parker Woods and choreographer Roderick George collaborate on Difficult Grace, a dance/music/theater piece exploring migration and belonging.
- Cécile McLorin Salvant, a composer, visual artist and singer uses her versatile and evocative voice to unearth the connections between vaudeville, blues, global folk traditions, and jazz.
- We continue our Artist Residency Program with Los Angeles–based artists Dan Froot, Annie Saunders and Edgar Arceneaux, who are each developing highly personal work around family, individual narrative and community.
- Dancer, choreographer and filmmaker, Eiko Otake is back with us this fall, teaching master classes and developing a new piece that explores how bodies engage with place and landscape.
- Our K-12 arts education program, Design for Sharing introduces thousands of public-school students to live performance, and Art in Action, our free community engagement program, returns with art-making activities, workshops, master classes, discussions, and collaborations with students and departments across campus.
The theater is a place where we come together and discover each other. There is joy in being together. The act of gathering is an act of hope. We hope you’ll join us, and we look forward to seeing you.
Meryl Friedman and Fred Frumberg, Co-Interim Directors