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MOV E BE YON D.

15 TH SE A S ON OF PR E SE N T I N G Journey through a sweeping dance season of storybook of expression beyond our walls and your expectations.

DA NCE AT T H E M U SIC CE N T ER classics, flipped perspectives and contemporized storylines to discover realms

Front Cover: Akram Khan Company's Until the Lions. Photo by Jean-Louis Fernandez. Above: Complexions Contemporary Dance. Photo by Bill Herbert.

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M AT T H E W B OU R N E ’ S Production of

“Matthew Bourne works his magic. Blissful.” — D A I LY T E L E G R A P H

“A feast for the eye. The Red Shoes will be dancing for years to come.” — T H E OBSERV ER

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Based on the film by MICH AEL POW ELL and EMER IC PR ESSBURGER

Music by BE R N A R D H E R R M A N N

Co-presentation with CENTER THEATRE GROUP The Music Center’s A H M A N S O N T H E AT R E S E P T. 1 5 — O C T. 1 , 2 0 1 7

Matthew Bourne’s magical double Olivier Award-winning (2017)

adaptation of the classic Powell and Pressburger film is set to a new

score arranged by Terry Davies using the mesmerizing music of golden-

age Hollywood composer, Bernard Herrmann. A beloved fairytale and Academy

Award-winning movie, this enthralling story has seduced audiences and fascinated generations of dancers with its tale of obsession, desire and one girl’s dream to

be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance, but her ambitions become entangled with two men who pull her career in opposite directions. The result is an enthralling tribute to the tumultuous life of an artist.

Bourne’s magical new adaptation reunites the team who brought you New Adventures’ worldwide hit, Sleeping Beauty. The Red Shoes features sumptuous designs by Lez

Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound). An intoxicating drama where life imitates art with fateful consequences, The Red Shoes will dazzle your senses and break your heart.

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Left: The Red Shoes. Ashley Shaw ‘Victoria Page’ and Sam Archer ‘Boris Lermontov’. Photo by Johan Persson.

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Presented by T H E M U S I C C E N T E R O N L O C AT I O N ™ * T H E C U LV E R S T U D I O S , C U LV E R C I T Y, C A O C T. 1 8 — 2 1 , 2 0 1 7

Performed by A K R A M K H A N C O M PA N Y An ancient Indian epic reimagined through the eyes of women,

Until the Lions is award-winning choreographer and dancer Akram Khan’s powerful take of poet Karthika Naïr’s book Until the Lions: Echoes from the

Mahabharata. The title of the piece borrows from a popular African proverb, “Until the lions have their own historian, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”

The story explores the notion and physical expression of gender with the tale of Princess Amba, who, after being abducted on her wedding day and stripped of her honor, invokes

the gods to seek revenge. Using kathak, a classical Indian dance, as well as contemporary dance forms, Khan electrifies the stage with raw, powerful emotions balanced by moments of sublime tenderness.

Khan performs alongside two remarkable female dancers, Ching-Ying Chien and

Joy Alpuerto Ritter, and four live musicians: singers Sohini Alam and David Azurza, percussionist Yaron Engler and musician Joseph Ashwin. Visual artist Tim Yip,

lighting designer Michael Hulls and dramaturg Ruth Little help bring to life this epic theatrical piece.

Reimagine history with this primal tale of the strength and endurance of the female spirit. * This presentation of Until the Lions by The Music Center On Location™ takes audiences offsite beyond

The Music Center’s campus for the first time in the history of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center. This production will be held in the round at The Culver Studios in Culver City, CA, where many of Hollywood’s golden age classics were filmed.

“Khan captures both the intimacy of the moment and its cosmic scale.” — T H E GUA R DI A N

“Thrilling and beautiful .” — T H E OBSERV ER

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Photos by Jean-Louis Fernandez.

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WO R L D P R E M I E R E The Music Center’s

D O R OT H Y C H A N D L E R PAV I L I O N D EC. 7 — 10, 2 017 LIVE ORCHESTRA

Performed by M I A M I C I T Y B A L L E T A M U S I C C E N T E R Co-Commission

Delight in the storybook holiday fairytale that captures the spirit of

the season through the magic of a child’s imagination. It is Christmas Eve. A blanket of snow covers the ground, a bright Christmas star

glows in the sky, and Marie and her Nutcracker Prince are about to embark on an unexpected journey to a winter wonderland of enchantment!

The Music Center brings back a holiday tradition to Los Angeles with a world premiere of the new George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® by Miami City Ballet. The holiday classic, with Balanchine’s iconic choreography, features all-new

sets and costumes by Cuban-American artist/designer power couple Isabel and Ruben Toledo. Strengthening The Music Center’s ties with L.A.-based artists, performances will include, for the first time, student dancers from two L.A.

arts academies — The Colburn School and The Gabriella Foundation’s everybody dance! — while the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus will provide live vocals. A live orchestra will play Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky’s timeless score.

Make Dance at The Music Center part of your holiday traditions. The new George

Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is the perfect winter celebration for the entire family.

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Artwork by Ruben Toledo.

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“Pastor’s work is a marvel, and the Joffrey dancers seem to be catapulted to the moon by it…. A masterful achievement on every level.” — C H I C A G O S U N -T I M E S The Music Center’s D O R OT H Y C H A N D L E R PAV I L I O N M A R . 9 — 1 7, 2 0 1 8 LIVE ORCHESTRA

Performed by T H E J O F F R E Y B A L L E T The Joffrey Ballet returns to Los Angeles with a stunning take on the

perennial classic, Romeo & Juliet. Much more than the archetypal tragic story of forbidden love, this reimagined tale takes place amid the tumult of 20th

century Italian politics and sets Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers against a backdrop of politics and war.

The ballet begins in Mussolini-era 1930s Italy and spans three decades of political strife, illustrating that generations of families can be affected by the decisions of

their forefathers — a lesson especially relevant to modern audiences. The Joffrey Ballet’s magnificent dancers are propelled by Sergei Prokofiev’s lushly dramatic 1935 score and the strikingly modern costumes of Tatyana Van Walsum.

Surrender to Krzysztof Pastor’s critically-acclaimed retelling of Shakespeare’s iconic

tale for modern times. Blurring the lines of dance and violence, this is impossible love at its most defiant.

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Above: Yoshihisa Arai and Temur Suluashvili. Photo by Cheryl Mann. Left: Christine Rocas and Rory Hohenstein. Photo by Cheryl Mann.

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“Musicality, innovation, purpose, consistency…A brilliant use of stage space and the ability to tell a story.” — LOS A NGEL ES TIMES

The Music Center’s D O R OT H Y C H A N D L E R PAV I L I O N APR. 20 — 22, 2018

Break the boundaries of dance with the innovative company that transcends tradition, Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Founded in 1994 by master

choreographer Dwight Rhoden and the legendary Desmond Richardson,

Complexions’ foremost innovation is to remove any barriers to creative expression,

not reinforce them. This singular approach mixes methods, styles and cultures to create groundbreaking movement that embodies the company’s historical moment, while simultaneously building its future.

Today, Complexions represents one of the most recognized and respected performing arts brands in the world. In the 23 years since its inception, the company has born

witness to a world that is becoming more fluid, more changeable and more culturally

interconnected than ever before — continuing its mission of bringing unity to the world, one dance at a time.

Along with other repertory pieces, Complexions’ performances will celebrate the life

and music of David Bowie in its new work Star Dust, featuring many of the singer’s most beloved hits and glam rock-inspired costumes by Christine Darch. Open your eyes to the possibilities of movement without restraint.

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Above: Jennie Begley and Andrew Brader. Photo by Ani Collier. Left: Photo by Breeann Birr.

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“One of the most beautiful sights in dance is American Ballet Theatre in full flight.” — N EW YOR K P OST

The Music Center’s D O R OT H Y C H A N D L E R PAV I L I O N JUL. 13 — 15, 2018

Performed by A M E R I C A N B A L L E T T H E AT R E One of the world’s great dance companies, American Ballet Theatre (ABT) has built a repertoire unmatched by any other ensemble. On its 11th visit to The Music Center, ABT will present three performances of the classic

19 century ballet, La Bayadère, highlighting its stellar roster of international th

ballet stars.

Fall under the spell of the bewitching story of eternal love, mystery, fate and

justice set in the high courts of Royal India. La Bayadère portrays the love story of the temple dancer Nikiya, her lover Solor and the vengeance that keeps them apart. With gilded set designs and lavish costumes that conjure up exotic locales,

La Bayadère unveils a world of noble warriors, royal deceit and beautiful dancers. This groundbreaking production by Natalia Makarova, after Marius Petipa, includes music by Ludwig Minkus, specially arranged by John Lanchbery.

La Bayadère will be presented for the first time on The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage.

Experience one of the most mesmerizing classical performances in all of ballet.

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Above: Misty Copeland in La Bayadère. Photo by Gene Schiavone. Left: Marcelo Gomes in La Bayadère. Photo by Rosalie O’Connor.

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S U PP OR T T H E M USIC CEN T ER BECOME A MEMBER Join us to support the transformative power of the arts. The Music Center Annual Fund Members promote excellence in the performing arts for our community and help provide arts education programs to more than 130,000 students, teachers and families each year! M E M B E R S H I P B E G I N S AT $75 A N D I N C L U DE S B E N E F I T S SUCH A S: Priority member handling of dance subscriptions. Advance notice and special discounts for select programs. Passes to member-exclusive technical rehearsals. Complimentary parking passes. Your gift directly supports arts education in schools, community programs and The Music Center’s dance programming. To make a gift or for more information about Annual Fund membership, contact (213) 972-4349 or visit musiccenter.org/support.

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CENTER DANCE ARTS As founding supporter of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, Center Dance Arts (CDA) is a community of dance lovers dedicated to making Los Angeles a vibrant center for world class dance. Your gift to CDA helps bring the world’s most illustrious dance companies to Los Angeles and makes it possible for The Music Center to welcome younger and more diverse audiences to experience the beauty and passion of dance. M E M BER SH I P BEGI NS AT $1,0 0 0 A N D I NCLU DE S BEN EF I T S SUCH A S: Receptions with visiting dancers and artistic leadership. Student performances, rehearsals and backstage tours. Intimate Dance Salons in private homes. Past guest artists have included Diana Vishneva, Paloma Herrera and Benjamin Millepied, among others. To become a CDA member or for more information, contact (213) 972-3359 or visit musiccenter.org/centerdancearts.

Romeo & Juliet. Photo by Cheryl Mann.

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DA N C E 101 S U B S CR I P T IONS

F U L L S U B S CR I P T IONS Celebrate your passion for dance by becoming a part of the Dance at The Music Center family for this incredible season. As a full subscriber, you’ll enjoy access to the best seats at the best prices, free* exchanges, special offers at local restaurants and much more!

BENEFITS

TICKET E XCHANGE

B E H I N D -T H E - S C E N E S A C C E S S

Enjoy peace of mind. If something comes up, you can easily exchange your tickets for ANY ^ performance in the season free* of charge— you pay only for any difference in ticket price.

Once a season, you’ll be invited to a technical rehearsal of one of our productions for an inside look into the process.

B E YO N D DA N C E

Purchase your parking passes for the entire season in advance and have them mailed with your season tickets.

Our monthly e-newsletter Beyond Dance gives you the latest on dance in L.A. with exclusive features, information on special events, special offers and everything you need to know about what’s happening in the dance world. Make sure you include your email address when booking your package. P R I O R I T Y S E AT I N G

Full subscribers receive the best seats in the house at the best prices of the season. ADDITIONAL SINGLE TICKETS

Would you like to share your dance experience with family and friends? Looking for a great gift idea? Or just want to come back to see a different program? As a full subscriber, you’ll receive a 10% discount off the lowest price when booking additional single tickets.

R E N E W AT A D I S C O U N T

Once you become a full subscriber, you have the opportunity to renew at a discounted rate for the next season. F R E E B I N O C U L A R R E N TA L S

Want to get a better look at the gorgeous dancers on stage? Pick up your free binocular rental in the lobby before you head to your seat (while supplies last). O N E -T I M E U P G R A D E O R B R I N G A FRIEND

Once a season, you’ll have the opportunity to upgrade your seats OR get an extra ticket at $25 so you can bring a friend.†

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The December 7, 2017 performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is part of The Music Center’s Winter Soirée. Subscriber exchanges are not available into this special performance.

Flex subscriptions are a great way to curate your own subscription when you select three or more engagements that fit your taste and schedule.

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

F  or $336, you will receive six Dance 101 vouchers.

E  ach voucher is redeemable for one seat (best available) at any* performance during the 17/18 Dance at The Music Center season. Restrictions apply. Details below.

R  eservations ^ for your Dance 101 voucher(s) can be made starting the Monday before your desired performance by calling the box office at (213) 972-0711. Seating selection will be based on best available for the desired performance(s).

BENEFITS

SAV E

You pay only $336. That’s a savings of up to 57% off single ticket prices. Plus, we waive the single ticket handling fees when you redeem your vouchers. SHARE

Vouchers can be shared with family and friends. CONVENIENCE

Use your vouchers all at once for a single performance or spread them out by engagement. LEARN

Prior to each engagement, you’ll receive specially designed study guides with interesting facts and insider details about what you’ll see on stage.

For more information or to purchase Dance 101 Subscriptions, please call the box office at (213) 972-0711. *Dance 101 vouchers are not redeemable for add-ons, the co-presentation of Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes and the December 7, 2017 performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® as part of The Music Center’s Winter Soirée. ^

Dance 101 vouchers do not guarantee seating to every performance and redemption depends on availability. Dance 101 subscribers are encouraged to check availability of all performances the Monday prior to the desired performance(s) and up to 24 hours before the day of the desired performance(s). Seating selection will be based on best available for the desired performance(s). Reservations for Dance 101 voucher can be made by calling the Box Office at (213) 972-0711.

 e one-time upgrade or get an extra ticket at $25 is not redeemable for add-ons, the co-presentation of Matthew Bourne’s The Red Th Shoes and the December 7, 2017 performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® as part of The Music Center’s Winter Soirée.

F L E X S U B S CR I P T IONS BENEFITS

Enjoy dance the way you want! Our Dance 101 Subscription provides an easy way to learn and enjoy Dance at The Music Center, when you want and at a discount. This introductory subscription comes with six vouchers. You can split your vouchers up to see six different engagements yourself or combine them to see dance with friends or family.

PR E- PA I D PA R K I N G

* E xchanges are free anytime up until 48 hours prior to your original ticketed performance. The emergency exchange fee is $25 per ticket beginning 48 hours and up to two hours before the original date and time on your tickets. Other restrictions apply.

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TICKET E XCHANGE

B E YO N D DA N C E

Enjoy peace of mind. If something comes up, you can easily exchange your tickets for another performance within the same engagement for $5/ticket and any difference in ticket price.

Our monthly e-newsletter Beyond Dance gives you the latest on dance in L.A. with exclusive features, information on special events, special offers and everything you need to know about what’s happening in the dance world. Make sure you include your email address when booking your package.

B A LCON Y CLU B Unwind and relax! Enjoy the performance from a perfect perch in the balcony and get some sweet perks to go with it. $25 Balcony tickets.

Enjoy your drinks inside the theatre.

Complimentary binocular rentals

Dedicated cash bar.

(while supplies last).

Sign up today at musiccenter.org/balconyclub to receive notification when these tickets go on sale.

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A SEASON TH AT MOV ES BEYOND.

2017 — 2018 S E AS O N

M AT T H E W B O U R N E ’ S Production of T H E R E D S H O E S S E P T. 1 5 — O C T. 1 , 2 0 1 7

U N T I L THE L IONS Performed by A K R A M K H A N COM PA N Y O C T. 1 8 — 2 1 , 2 0 1 7

G E O RG E B A L A N C H I N E ’ S T H E N U T CR ACK ER® Performed by M I A M I C I T Y B A L L E T D EC. 7 — 10, 2 017

ROM EO & J U L I E T Performed by T H E J O F F R E Y B A L L E T COM PLE X IONS CON T EM POR A RY BA LLE T

APR. 20 — 22, 2018

L A B A YA DÈR E Performed by A M E R I C A N B A L L E T T H E AT R E JUL. 13 — 15, 2018

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The Red Shoes. Ashley Shaw ‘Victoria Page’. Photo by Johan Persson.

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