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  • Performances Casts | Los Angeles Ballet

    Casts Choose a Theater/Date to view cast listings Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center Dolby Theatre Saturday, December 10 - 12pm & 5pm Alex Theatre Saturday, December 3 - 6pm Sunday, December 4 - 2pm Friday, December 16 - 8pm Saturday, December 17 - 12pm & 5pm Sunday, December 18 - 12pm & 5pm Royce Hall, UCLA Sunday, December 11 - 12pm Thursday, December 22 - 2pm Friday, December 23 - 2pm & 8pm Saturday, December 24 - 12pm Monday, December 26 - 2pm

  • Dancers | Los Angeles Ballet

    Dancers Joyce and Aubrey Chernick & Richard J. Riordan Character Artist Character Artist & Rehearsal Assistant James Zhenghua Li ​ Character Artist David Renaud Character Artists Shintaro Akana Ryo Araki McKenzie Byrne Marcos Ramirez Castellano Cesar Ramirez Castellano Cassidy Cocke Poppy Coleman Brigitte Edwards Lilly Fife Mark Hardin Kate Inoue Anna Jacobs Mikiya Kakehashi Hannah Keene Julianne Kinasiewicz Tate Lee Lilly Leech Leah McCall Madeline McMillin Santiago Paniagua Brittany Rand Jacob Ray Jacob Soltero Cleo Taneja Jonas Tutaj Shelby Whallon Company Dancers Laura Chachich Jasmine Perry Soloists Jimmy & Debbie Lustig Principal Dancer Petra Conti Ray & Ghada Irani Principal Dancer Tigran Sargsyan Lori & Michael Milken Principal Dancer Kenta Shimizu ​ Akimitsu Yahata Principal Dancers 2022/2023 Season > Dancers LOS ANGELES BALLET Repertoire Learn about the comprehensive and varied seasons of Los Angeles Ballet since its debut in 2006. Repertoire includes superb stagings of Balanchine repertory, stylistically meticulous classical ballets, and commissioned contemporary works by renowned local and international choreographers. VIEW REPERTOIRE LOS ANGELES BALLET 2022/2023 Season Los Angeles Ballet is delighted to offer a season of breathtaking contemporary masterworks, Los Angeles and LAB Premieres, a World Premiere from Melissa Barak - LAB’s new Artistic Director, and LA’s holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. Subscriptions On Sale Now. DOWNLOAD SEASON BROCHURE

  • LA Times Previews the Balanchine Festival | Los Angeles Ballet

    LA Times Previews the Balanchine Festival March 8, 2013 L.A. Ballet's Balanchine Festival follows in master's steps "Company co-founder Colleen Neary brings a first-person familiarity with George Balanchine's exacting methods as a former dancer with New York City Ballet." Read Susan Joseph's full story on Los Angeles Ballet's Balanchine Festival. Los Angeles Times ​ DOWNLOAD PDF 2021/2022 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • Los Angeles Ballet teams with LA Magazine, Wachovia Bank, LA’s Best & Warner Brothers Studios for a Holiday Extravaganza | Los Angeles Ballet

    Los Angeles Ballet teams with LA Magazine, Wachovia Bank, LA’s Best & Warner Brothers Studios for a Holiday Extravaganza December 1, 2007 In other roles, Grace McLoughlin danced Effie with sweet innocence. James Li was Gurn, James’ best friend, a naïf who winds up marrying Effie after James’ disappearance. (Peter Snow will take over the role in two of the three remaining performances.) Andrew Brader and Drew Grant were the friends. Company News from the Staff at LAB 2021/2022 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • Employment | Los Angeles Ballet

    Employment LOS ANGELES BALLET Repertoire Learn about the comprehensive and varied seasons of Los Angeles Ballet since its debut in 2006. Repertoire includes superb stagings of Balanchine repertory, stylistically meticulous classical ballets, and commissioned contemporary works by renowned local and international choreographers. VIEW REPERTOIRE 2022/2023 SEASON Dancers Los Angeles Ballet presents a company of outstanding dancers from local communities and around the world. Learn about each of LAB’s dance artists. LEARN MORE 2022/2023 Season > Employment Employment 2023/2024 Season Company Audition Los Angeles Ballet is holding in-person dancer auditions at Los Angeles Ballet Center. Pre-Registration is required . Please click 'Apply' to send in your application form along with resume and full body dance shot to be considered. When: January 21, 2023 Where: Los Angeles Ballet Center APPLY

  • ‘New Wave LA’...is heavily influenced by 'So You Think You Can Dance’ choreographers. | Los Angeles Ballet

    ‘New Wave LA’...is heavily influenced by 'So You Think You Can Dance’ choreographers. May 9, 2010 Three couples are negotiating a series of head-to-head moves, rapid-fi re turns and daring leaps to cranked-up tango music of Astor Piazzolla. At fi rst glance they could be contestants in a postmodern dance marathon. In reality, they are rehearsing a new piece for Los Angeles Ballet’s fi nal program of its fourth season. The benefi cent task mistress calling the shots is choreographer Sonya Tayeh, the heavily tattooed 33-year-old known for her work on Fox’s hit television show “So You Think You Can Dance.” “I want you to feel the energy in your temples,” says Tayeh, her rhinestone-dotted ponytail sprouting beneath a purple-streaked neo-Mohawk. “I need to see that connection.” Tayeh’s piece is one of four world premieres commissioned by LAB’s husband-and-wife co-artistic directors, Colleen Neary and Thordal Christensen. Premiering Saturday at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, the program has been dubbed “New Wave LA “ and features numbers by “So You Think” choreographers Travis Wall and Mandy Moore and a work by Josie Walsh, an erstwhile ballerina who danced with Joffrey Ballet and Zurich Ballet and who made a work for LAB’s fi rst choreographic workshop last year. The program represents a departure from the young troupe’s usual mix of George Balanchine and story ballets such as “La Sylphide.” “These choreographers are young, they’re new, they’re exciting,” says Neary from her offi ce in LAB’s 4,000- square-foot Westside studios. A former New York City Ballet dancer, her svelte body still Balanchine-worthy at 57, Neary says she intended to showcase young choreographers from the start. “We’re building this company from a creative place, where L.A. people who are in the arts can come and create.” Christensen says: “Some of the choreographers haven’t really worked on pointe before, but that’s the uniqueness of a ballet company — the pointe shoes. How wonderful to be able to bring some of these more commercial choreographers in to classically trained dancers and also give the dancers a chance to do something different.” Straddling the commercial and concert world is not totally foreign to Los Angeles Ballet. A pair of its dancers performed on Fox’s dance show in 2008. And Christensen, who danced with Royal Danish Ballet and was also artistic director of that company before landing in L.A. in 2002 with Neary, choreographed a number for Melissa Sandvig, the show’s “naughty ballerina,” last season. “So You Think You Can Dance” creator, producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe (the new season begins May 27), says it’s win-win. “It’s important for Los Angeles Ballet to be seen on the cutting edge and show they are not elitist. And working with L.A. Ballet certainly benefi ts the choreographers from the opposite direction — they’re going to have to adapt their styles to a certain degree, to make the dancers look good.” With the exception of Walsh, the choreographers are accustomed to making three- to fi ve-minute works instead of meatier 20-minute fare. Detroit-born Tayeh, who graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor’s degree in dance, relishes the challenge. “We only have two days of rehearsal for ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ which makes us have to get the point across right away. Working with L.A. Ballet is a nice change, but I’m trying to maintain that same sense of the way I move by being athletic with the pointe shoes.” At 22, Wall, who grew up in his mother’s Virginia Beach dance studio and won the Capezio A.C.E. Award as choreographer of the year 2009, is the baby of the bunch. Having danced on the recent Oscars’ telecast, as well as assisting producer-choreographer Adam Shankman, the tattooed dynamo with the bleached hair also choreographed a number for NYCB principal Tiler Peck for a recent appearance on “Dancing With the Stars.” Wall’s work is set to a pastiche of music, including a string version of U2’s “With or Without You.” His eight dancers are swaying to an elegiac violin melody before they begin a sequence of canon-like moves. Scrutinizing his charges and correcting a misplaced arm, Wall instructs them: “You’re telling a story. It’s a broken picture that then gets back to the way it was.” Wall says he’s used to working with contemporary dancers, but having the luxury to expand an idea is a welcome assignment. “Sometimes choreographers get wrapped up in ideas and average viewers won’t get it. I’m making sure my ideas will be visible to the naked eye.” A native Coloradan, Moore, 33, has performed on television shows as well as having made dances for “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Her work for Los Angeles Ballet, set to music by Cirque Eloize, features four couples executing whimsical unisons, with the girls in soft ballet slippers. “We have a tendency as dancers to compartmentalize,” says a bubbly Moore, “but movement is movement. It doesn’t matter if you stand at the barre or put on tap shoes. I think of somebody who’s used to only going to ballet performances, to see the work of Travis, Josie and me, it’s going to be thought-provoking.” As for the company’s dancers, they seem to thrive on the new movement vocabularies. Andrew Brader, 24, has been with L.A. Ballet since its inception and is in works by Walsh and Tayeh. “Sonya’s movement is not as familiar as what we’re used to. There’s a rawness to it, and getting it into the body is at fi rst uncomfortable, but she keeps pushing and it becomes ingrained. Josie’s movement is more accented. There’s more intention behind it.” Walsh, 38, has her own company, MYOKYO. She’s produced several full-evening works that are a mash-up of pointe shoes, aerial dances and industrial rock music, composed by her husband, Paul Rivera. She calls it “renegade ballet.” Walsh’s premiere for six dancers, “Transmutation,” while making use of classical technique, also features thrusting tango gyrations, huge grand plies on pointe and sexy split leg lifts — all to Rivera’s pulsating score. Says Walsh: “I’m constantly breaking my own barriers and exploring new movement, new dynamics. When it comes to my work with a ballet company, it’s defi nitely harder-hitting.” Los Angeles Ballet continues to dial up the heat. Of their recent all-Balanchine program, the Los Angeles Times wrote that the troupe “entered a new phase ... its dancers showing increasing mastery with a repertory that, while familiar, is unforgiving.” How they ultimately handle unfamiliar choreography, albeit works tailor-made for their bodies, will prove revealing, as will the dances themselves. “You want a choreographer to have ideas,” says Christensen, “and to be able to give them to the dancers. These choreographers are inventive and a good mix. We also like their moods in transition with each other.” “So You Think You Can Dance” notwithstanding, “We’re not here to do reality shows,” Christensen says. “We’re here to produce art.” calendar@latimes.com Los Angeles Times by Victoria Looseleaf – Special to the Los Angeles Times DOWNLOAD PDF 2021/2022 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

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    2022/2023 Season > Our Apologies! The page you have requested has either been moved or no longer exists. Please select the menu or search tool at top right of this page to help you find the content you may be looking for. We welcome you to visit the new home page and enjoy Los Angeles Ballet's presentation of the 2021/2022 Season . VISIT NEW HOME PAGE

  • Mikiya Kakehashi – Company Dancer | Los Angeles Ballet

    2021/2022 Season > Dancers > ​ Mikiya Kakehashi Hometown Ibaraki, Japan Schools Ballettschule Theater Basel, Switzerland Companies Ballet de Barcelona Los Angeles Ballet 1st Next Dancer Previous Dancer

  • 2021-2022 Photo Gallery | The Los Angeles Ballet

    2021/2022 Photo Gallery The Nutcracker Bloom 2022/2023 Season > Photo Gallery > 2021/2022

  • Commentary - Los Angeles Ballet on upswing in its fifth year | Los Angeles Ballet

    Commentary - Los Angeles Ballet on upswing in its fifth year December 5, 2010 Giselle’s character is straightforward, but that of Prince Albrecht is ambiguous. Is he merely dallying, really in love, torn between court and country? Unfortunately, Christopher Revels gave no clear take on the prince’s motives, although his repentance and sense of loss at the end looked genuine. Revels danced with princely bearing, partnered with consideration, and executed his second act marathon challenges with strength, though he looked more on the edge of real rather than dramatic exhaustion. Los Angeles Times by Lewis Segal 2021/2022 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • Balanchine Festival Red 2013 | Los Angeles Ballet

    2021/2022 Season > Video Gallery > Balanchine Festival Red 2013 Los Angeles Ballet's Balanchine Festival RED, part 2 of the 2-part festival, was performed in May and June 2013. The program included George Balanchine's 'La Valse', 'Agon', and 'Rubies'. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust Previous Video Next Videos

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