IN THE STUDIO
18-19 NEW COMMISSIONS + WORK
Kinaesonata by Bella Lewitzky
"To exist merely to exist is stupidity. To exist to make art is a pretty grand act." - Bella Lewitzky
The work of dancer, choreographer, educator, caring humanitarian and champion of freedom of expression, Bella Lewitzky, returns to Los Angeles. Born while her parents were members of the socialist Llano Del Rio Colony in 1916, Lewitzky became the star of the Lester Horton Dance Group, the first American interracial dance company, based in Los Angeles in the 1930’s and 40’s where she was the primary developer of the Horton technique.
PREMIERE Spring 2019
As the first iteration of a forthcoming full-length experience, L.A. Dance Project presents scenes from Romeo and Juliet. In collaboration with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil, Artistic Director Benjamin Millepied fuses the live event with a cinematic exploration of Walt Disney Concert Hall. With Millepied behind the camera, audiences follow the star-crossed lovers as they seamlessly transition from stage to screen, with the action projected live as the story plays out in unexpected locations throughout the building.
NEW WORK from Tino Sehgal
Known for constructing situations that challenge conventional art-and-spectator relationships, Sehgal has created a site-responsive solo work to be performed in public spaces of theaters. Developed in 2018 while in residency with LADP at LUMA Foundation in Arles, France.
NEW WORK from Emily Mast
Artist Emily Mast is working with choreographer Zack Winokur and composer Evan Mast on a new performance commission with 10 LADP dancers that revolves around ideas pertaining to crowd psychology, power structures and insidious strategies of persuasion. The work draws inspiration from authoritarian aesthetics such as synchronized swimming routines, assembly line gestures and paramilitary gymnastics and questions how virtuosic technique can reveal human vulnerability. By experimenting with both synchronicity and independence, this piece asks what does it mean to be alone together? And also, more broadly, but still relating to technique: What do we know? How did we learn what we know? And how do we know what we think we know? Developed in 2018 while in residency with LADP at LUMA Foundation in Arles, France.
NEW WORK from Gianna Reisen
In addition to performing with the company, up-and-coming choreographer Gianna Reisen has been commissioned to develop a new ballet to premiere in 2019. At 19 years old, Gianna is the youngest artist to create work for the company.
Mad Patient by Jacob Jonas
Choreographer and cutting-edge content creator, Jacob Jonas brings his signature mix of contemporary ballet and acrobatic movement to LADP this season with a new quartet premiering in 2019.