MUSIC THEATER DANCE CINEMA FALL 2021
Nothing compares to the human connection we experience through live performance.
Sharing a fleeting moment of awe with fellow audience members around a dynamic performance—a moment that often leaves an indelible mark on our hearts and minds—is unlike anything else. Collective cultural experiences make up the fabric that keeps us connected as individuals. The Wallis is more than a performing arts center. The Wallis is a vibrant community-gathering space, an incubator for new ideas, a crossroads for dialogue and artistry, a hub for arts education and learning. The Wallis is a sanctuary for artists, arts activists, thought leaders, and advocates. The exquisite creativity that takes place on our stages reflects the present and the past, but most importantly, it invites us all to dream of a better tomorrow. We are thrilled to re-open for in-person performances and we warmly invite you back to our beloved Bram Goldsmith Theater to witness world-class performing arts experiences. Together, as hopeful participants, we will envision and create a greater future for The Wallis and for our community. Please find in the pages ahead our hopes for Fall 2021 at The Wallis!
Rachel Fine EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Paul Crewes ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
THEWALLIS.ORG Photo by Luke Fontana
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin with Fabio Bidini, piano On This Shining Night: An Evening of Premieres OCT 2 | 7:30 PM
The acclaimed violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, accompanied by Fabio Bidini on piano, returns to The Wallis for the world premiere of a new arrangement of Archangelo Corelli’s Sonata in D minor, created especially for Meyers by Andy Poxon. Other pieces in the program include the Meyers’ premieres of Arvo Pärt’s “Estonian Lullaby,” Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure on This Shining Night” and “Dirait-On,” as well as Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 5, “Spring” and Astor Piazzolla’s “Histoire du Tango.”
“Meyers’ playing is what it always has been: a national treasure.” - The San Diego Union Tribune
“Boldly individualistic.” - The New York Times
Ory Shihor, piano Beethoven: Darkness and Light OCT 7 | 7:30 PM PROGRAM Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90 Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 Moonlight Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, Appassionata This concert is made possible by generous support from Camille and Arnon Adar, and Marilyn Ziering.
Within each of the evening’s four compositions, Beethoven counteracts an inevitable darkness with luminous light. Shihor’s intent to present these sonatas in pairs—a celebrated work with a lesser known one—further accentuates this metaphoric and musical chasm. Join internationally acclaimed pianist Ory Shihor as he returns to The Wallis to perform these masterful sonatas. THEWALLIS.ORG
Sandra Bernhard: Madness and Mayhem OCT 8 | 7:30 PM
Join comedian and actress Sandra Bernhard for a night of standup comedy as she looks back over the madness and mayhem and predicts the future. She’ll lift you up and soothe your frazzled nerves, with her one-of-akind mix of social commentary, music and a glimpse into her world.
“What makes Bernhard’s comedy so rare is that within every keenly observed pop-culture rant, there’s an element of truth.” - Variety
“Like the sound of thunder rolling off a mountain, its echoes cascading for miles, Ms. Holliday’s voice resounded with a power that combined the range of Sarah Vaughan with the fervor of Aretha Franklin.” - The New York Times
Jennifer Holliday: Here’s To Life OCT 9 | 7:30 PM The Tony and Grammy Award-winning Jennifer Holliday of Dreamgirls fame returns to The Wallis for a joyous performance to celebrate the iconic Broadway show’s 40th anniversary, as well as Holliday’s birthday month. Accompanied by a sextet of amazingly talented local musicians, Holliday will perform a selection of Broadway showtunes, jazz standards and some of her personal favorite songs. THEWALLIS.ORG
Three internationally acclaimed L A-based dance companies led by prominent female choreographers are being presented over a four-week period, beginning with BODY TRAFFIC, which returns to conclude last season’s COVID-19-interrupted Wallis residency. ATE9 Dance Company also returns with a world premiere featurelength work choreographed by Artistic Director Danielle Agami. The fall dance programming concludes with The Wallis debut of noted dancer/choreographer Micaela Taylor’s The TL Collective, fusing theatrical hip-hop and contemporary dance.
LA Dance Luminaries
TINA FINKELMAN BERKETT
Dance @ The Wallis is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
BODYTRAFFIC OCT 14-16 | 7:30 PM
“There is no doubt, BODYTRAFFIC puts its all into each performance with its incredible facility, cleverness and outstanding performers.” - LA Dance Chronicle
As The Wallis’ former resident dance company, the internationally acclaimed BODYTRAFFIC has been chosen to launch its dance series and is proud to be the first dance company to appear in the 2021 Fall Season. The mesmerizing program includes Kyle Abraham’s Kollide, a 2013 BODYTRAFFIC commission made for five dancers that combines elements of ballet and hip-hop to explore the emotional complexity of connection. Also on tap is the world premiere of Recurrence, a duet created by Ethan Colangelo. Rounding out the program is Micaela Taylor’s engaging SNAP, a piece capturing her take on the Los Angeles experience that urges us to “snap out of” the social pressure to conform.
“ATHLETIC AND GRACEFUL.
Precise and fluid. Micaela Taylor’s choreography settles in the dichotomies.”
- Los Angeles Times
The TL Collective OCT 29-30 | 7:30 PM
Micaela Taylor’s The TL Collective is excited to make its Wallis debut this season! The LA-based dance company is known for its fusion of contemporary dance and theatrical hip-hop, including elements of groove accompanied by high-level athleticism, that has received rave reviews. Micaela was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” and has received choreographic commissions from Rambert2, BODYTRAFFIC, and Carlos Acosta’s Acosta Danza, among others. The TL Collective is now on the rise as one of L.A.’s emerging dance companies.
ATE9 Dance Company Joy (World Premiere) NOV 4-6 | 7:30 PM A humorous and poignant reflection on human habits and addictions, Joy (world premiere) examines humanity’s yearning for moments of elation amidst despair, and offers intimate flashes into the mental and physical states of each cast member. Joy is choreographed by Ate9’s Artistic Director Danielle Agami with music composed by Isaiah Gage.
“The dancing is the show, and it commands attention.” - The New York Times
L.A.’S MOST LOVE-ABLE HOLIDAY TRADITION RETURNS! The Wallis & For The Record presents
“PITCH PERFECT!” - Entertainment Weekly
Love Actually Live NOV 27-DEC 31 TUES-SAT 7:30 PM SAT/SUN MATINEES 2:00 PM SUN 7:00 PM
L.A.'s Most Love-Able Holiday Tradition Returns! The team behind Los Angeles’ award-winning For The Record series and The Wallis present a multimedia concert celebration of the soundtrack to one of the most beloved holiday movies of all time, Love Actually. Inspired by the Universal Pictures/ Working Title motion picture written by Richard Curtis, this return engagement is presented by special arrangement with Universal Theatrical Group and transforms The Wallis’ Bram Goldsmith Theater into a giant, immersive cinema for the modern day.
It’s quality listening for the entire family!
A 24th Street Theatre Production In Association with The Wallis RAPUNZEL ALONE A Radio Play
October, 2021 FREE | On-Demand HEAR it! Then SEE it! As a prelude to the upcoming Spring 2022 World Premiere live performance of Rapunzel Alone, written by celebrated Olivier Award-winning UK writer Mike Kenny, LA’s acclaimed 24th Street Theatre has created an on-demand radio play as a prequel to their upcoming stage production of the same title. 24th Street Theatre is known for creating sophisticated theatre that appeals to kids and adults alike. Recorded in New York, London, Atlanta, and LA, Mike Kenny narrates this audio version of Rapunzel Alone as it follows the story of Lettie, a young mixedrace girl from London, sent to the countryside for her own safety during the daily bombings of WW2. On an isolated country farm, she faces her own battles with a strict new guardian and a very fowl goose. FALL 2021
Cinema @ The Wallis In Partnership with Film Independent Presents A Week of Events for Film Lovers November 9-13 The Wallis and Film Independent have presented two seasons of star-studded and unique performances. Stay tuned for show information and further announcements.
Jacob Jonas The Company in Associaton with The Wallis presents ACTIVATE LA
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Dates and Location Information COMING SOON Jacob Jonas The Company activates non-traditional outdoor spaces in the fall premiering new work accompanied by live music. In association with The Wallis, JJTC will perform in Santa Monica, Century City and Downtown L.A.
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SUNDAY FUNDAY FREE @ THE WALLIS FAMILY ACTIVITIES
The Wallis continues its beloved free monthly outdoor Sunday Funday family events with a variety of engaging programming that includes Debbie Allen & Friends’ Dance Sundays, Story Pirates and Parker Bent
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2021 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Parker Bent, Story Pirates and Dance Sunday with Debbie Allen & Friends SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2021 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Dance Sunday with Debbie Allen & Friends
Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen
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