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  • Board of Directors | Los Angeles Ballet

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS LOS ANGELES BALLET 2023/2024 Season This season includes exciting works by master choreographers Justin Peck, Hans van Manen, Yuri Possokhov and George Balanchine, and another world premiere by LAB Artistic Director, Melissa Barak. Plus, LA's holiday favorite, The Nutcracker . Subscriptions and Single Tickets Sale Now! DOWNLOAD SEASON BROCHURE PARTICIPATE Become a Member Membership to the Los Angeles Ballet Guild provides a vital link between LAB leadership and the broader Southern California community. LAB Guild is philanthropic, creative, entrepreneurial, and industrious. We invite you to become involved. LAB supporters Bari Milken Bernstein and Tara Lipinski ; Photo : Capture Imaging MEMBERSHIP 2023/2024 Season > Board of Directors For more information, please email Julia Rivera , Interim Executive Director Los Angeles Ballet Board of Directors Jennifer Bellah Maguire Board Chair Roberta K. Dahl ​ Sharon Davis ​ Sybil Grieb ​ Elizabeth Fowler ​ Peter Gross ​ Ghada Irani ​ Sandra Kanengiser ​ Aradhna Kelsey ​ Maral Stephanie Kradjian ​ Dina Leeds ​ Debbie Lustig ​ Tamar Manoukian ​ Lori Milken ​ Bari Milken Bernstein ​ Erica Min ​ John Peters ​ Koni Rich ​ Corrine Sands ​ Kirsten Sarkisian ​ Johnese Spisso ​ Matilda Sung ​ Anne Titus Hilby ​ Rachel Weber ​ Founding Board Members and Years of Service Thordal Christensen (2004 - 2022) Catherine Kanner (2004 - 2022) Colleen Neary (2004 - 2022) Julie Whittaker (2004 - 2019)

  • About | Los Angeles Ballet

    ABOUT LAB 2023/2024 Season > About LAB As Los Angeles Ballet embarks on a new era, we embrace what has always made the city of Los Angeles so special — the place to dream big. Los Angeles Ballet signifies LA's imaginative spirit of what is possible, what is unique, and what is the future. Ballet is an exceptional craft that flourishes through the talents of a broader creative network. It is a transcendent art form that we believe should be shared with, and enjoyed by, as many people as possible. ​ LAB is committed to the Mission of: ​ Presenting bold new works and staging existing works by many of today’s most innovative dance-makers. Collaborating with a diverse array of movement creation artists across the dance spectrum, and artists of all different genres and design worlds. Expanding people’s knowledge of and appreciation for ballet by providing access to the widest audiences possible through community engagement, education, and outreach programs. Celebrating our dancers’ individuality and cultivating a company culture that prioritizes their well-being both emotionally and physically. About the Company Los Angeles Ballet (LAB) is the leading ballet company in Los Angeles known for staging classical, contemporary, romantic and neoclassical ballets, for pioneering new works and for presenting relevant works by many of today’s most innovative dance-makers. LAB’s original production of The Nutcracker is an annual holiday favorite for Los Angeles residents and delights regional, national and international visitors. ​ Led by Artistic Director Melissa Barak and Interim Executive Director Julia Rivera, LAB performs in multiple theater venues across LA County including The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Royce Hall at UCLA, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Pasadena Civic Auditorium and Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. ​ As part of its mission to expand people’s knowledge of and nurture a love for ballet, LAB gives access to performances to the widest audiences possible by providing free tickets for thousands of residents in underserved communities in Los Angeles County through its arts education program, Power of Performance (POP!). In 2012, LAB launched a hands-on outreach program called A Chance to Dance (ACTD) that provides free ballet and movement instruction for all ages. Los Angeles Ballet was founded in 2004 by Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, Artistic Directors Emeriti and Julie Whittaker, Executive Director, Emerita . LOS ANGELES BALLET Repertoire Learn about the comprehensive and varied seasons of Los Angeles Ballet since its debut in 2006. Repertoire includes stunning classical ballets, exceptional stagings of Balanchine repertory, and relevant works by many of today’s most innovative dance-makers. VIEW REPERTOIRE LOS ANGELES BALLET History Read the history of the Company and learn about LAB’s Leadership, Mission, and Community Outreach initiatives. LAB HISTORY About LAB

  • Bergamot Station Hosts Art for the Arts | Los Angeles Ballet

    Bergamot Station Hosts Art for the Arts November 1, 2006 The event, with Honorary Chair Anjelica Huston, offered works by celebrity artists Tony Bennett, Orlando Bloom, Jeff Bridges, Tommy Chong, Leonard Cohen, David Cowles, Tony Curtis, Gil Garcetti, Joel Gray, Buck Henry, Dennis Hopper, Anjelica Huston, Steve Martin, Joni Mitchell, Viggo Mortensen, Martin Mull, Jane Seymour, Richard Schiff, and Yoko Ono, among others. The auction was conducted live by Santa Monica Auction House auctioneer, Robert Berman. The evening included fine food and wine, live music, and a first glimpse of Los Angeles Ballet! Exhibits of the new sets and costumes for Los Angeles Ballet’s The Nutcracker were also on display. Company News from the Staff at LAB 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • Jake Ray – Company Dancer | Los Angeles Ballet

    2023/2024 Season > Dancers > Jake Ray Hometown Orange County, California Seasons with LAB 2022/2023, 203/2024 Jacob Ray is a professional ballet dancer and actor born in Irvine, California. He began his ballet training at the age of 11 at the Grand Rapids Ballet with artistic director, Patricia Barker. While there, Jacob joined the junior company under the mentorship of Attila Mosolygo. A favorite memory of his is dancing the role of Fritz in The Nutcracker at DeVos Performance Hall. Jacob continued his training with Dmitri Kulev at the Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy in Laguna Hills, California. In addition to this Jacob trained in New York at the Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive in 2017 and 2018 on full scholarship, where he was invited to train year-round at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. Jacob also competed at Youth American Grand Prix in Los Angeles winning 1st place in the Men’s Classical Division (2017) and 2nd place for his contemporary piece, “The Highest Flood” in Denver, Colorado (2018). His Professional Ballet career began with the Colorado Ballet Studio Company in 2019. Jacob was promoted to Apprentice in the same year and was then promoted to Corps de Ballet. Jacob joined the Los Angeles Ballet in 2022. During his first year with the company, he performed various roles including, Arabian and Dr. Stahlbaum in The Nutcracker , Main Pas in Christopher Wheeldon’s, A Fool’s Paradise , and the Dream Pas in Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellia’s . Beyond Ballet, Jacob is an actor. He’s currently studying at the Baron Brown Studio, training in the Meisner technique, with acting teacher Anne Dremann. With his love of dance, film, and writing, Jacob is embarking on a career that will combine his many passions for the arts. He’s excited to be with the Los Angeles Ballet under the Artistic Direction of Melissa Barak and the new vision she has for the company. MEET THE DANCERS LOS ANGELES BALLET Repertoire Learn about the comprehensive and varied seasons of Los Angeles Ballet since its debut in 2006. Repertoire includes stunning classical ballets, exceptional stagings of Balanchine repertory, and relevant works by many of today’s most innovative dance-makers. VIEW REPERTOIRE LOS ANGELES BALLET 2023/2024 Season This season includes exciting works by master choreographers Justin Peck, Hans van Manen, Yuri Possokhov and George Balanchine, and another world premiere by LAB Artistic Director, Melissa Barak. Plus, LA's holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. Subscriptions and Single Tickets on Sale Now! DOWNLOAD SEASON BROCHURE

  • Los Angeles Ballet Center Opens | Los Angeles Ballet

    Los Angeles Ballet Center Opens June 1, 2008 Los Angeles Ballet announces the opening of the Los Angeles Ballet Center, the new home of LAB and the Los Angeles Ballet School. Company News from the Staff at LAB 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • La Sylphide plus George Balanchine’s Serenade | Los Angeles Ballet

    La Sylphide plus George Balanchine’s Serenade May 1, 2014 Performances to include: The full-length romantic story ballet La Sylphide, choreographed by Thordal Christensen after August Bournonville George Balanchine’s Serenade Los Angeles Ballet co-artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary are excited to be reviving their production of La Sylphide, choreographed by Christensen after the original 19th century ballet by Danish choreographer August Bournonville. Having debuted La Sylphide in 2009, this will be the second time Los Angeles Ballet has brought the production to Los Angeles audiences. “Los Angeles Ballet’s performances in 2009 were exemplary, among the finest achievements in the company’s history,” said Lewis Segal in his recent LA Times article, ‘Faces to Watch 2014.’ Continuing LAB’s mission to offer world-class professional ballet to greater LA, the program will be performed at four of LAB’s home venues: UCLA’s Royce Hall, The Alex Theatre in Glendale, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, and Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge. Los Angeles Ballet is also excited to announce that it will be touring out of California for the first time, presenting La Sylphide and Serenade to Seattle, Washington audiences June 27, 2014, at McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. Beginning May 31st, with performances through June 21st in Los Angeles, the two-act story ballet La Sylphide will be paired with George Balanchine’s romantic Serenade. La Sylphide, recounts the tale of a Scotsman enamored of an entrancing woodland sprite (a sylph) and the poisonous interference of a witch, with tragic results. Serenade is unquestionably one of Balanchine’s most popular and beloved ballets. Set to Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, the ballet evokes a moonlit world of romantic attraction and betrayal. Colleen Neary says, “La Sylphide and Serenade are two of the most romantic and, some say, most tragic ballets choreographed – the former with a story and the other without a literal one. There is a deep spiritualism to both.” About Los Angeles Ballet Founded in 2004 by Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, and Executive Director Julie Whittaker, Los Angeles Ballet is known for its superb stagings of the Balanchine repertory, stylistically meticulous classical ballets, and its commitment to new works. LAB has become recognized as a world-class ballet company, in eight seasons presenting 24 productions encompassing 50 works, including 15 commissioned world premieres. Los Angeles Ballet ‘tours’ throughout LA County, regularly appearing at four venues. This past summer the Los Angeles Music Center presented Los Angeles Ballet at Grand Park, with more than 3,000 attending the outdoor performance. Since its inception in 2006, LAB’s Power of Performance (POP!) program has provided thousands of free tickets to underserved or disadvantaged children, seniors, veterans, and their families. LAB's A Chance to Dance Community Days outreach program was launched in October 2012. About Thordal Christensen Among Thordal Christensen’s many credentials are an impressive performing career, successful leadership of one of the world's major ballet companies, critically applauded original choreography, and a proven commitment to dance education. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Christensen received his ballet training at The Royal Danish Ballet School and at the School of American Ballet in New York City before a performance career that included the Royal Danish Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Christensen then returned to Denmark where he was Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Ballet. This blend of Bournonville and Balanchine tradition is one of the defining themes of his career, and has shaped the unique artistic vision that Christensen, along with his wife Colleen Neary, bring to Los Angeles Ballet. In 2002, he was made Knight of the Dannebrog by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. About Colleen Neary Colleen Neary brings to Los Angeles Ballet the benefits of her vast experience as one of George Balanchine's quintessential ballerinas. In her experience as a dancer, teacher, and ballet mistress, she also worked closely with other luminaries of 20th century dance, including Rudolf Nureyev, Maurice Béjart, and Jiří Kylián. Born in Miami, Florida and trained at The School of American Ballet, Neary danced in New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine, then for Maurice Béjart's Ballet du XXième Siecle, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Neary was personally selected by Balanchine to teach his choreography to major companies all over the world as a repetiteur for The George Balanchine Trust. ​ LAB Public Relations DOWNLOAD PDF 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • The new company's diverse dancers form a robust whole in a program of Balanchine and Bournonville. | Los Angeles Ballet

    The new company's diverse dancers form a robust whole in a program of Balanchine and Bournonville. March 17, 2007 Los Angeles Ballet's diverse program forms a robust whole. It's hard enough for dancers trained in different styles of ballet — sometimes in different countries — to form a unified ensemble. It's harder still to display that unity in the distinctive dance languages of two choreographic masters. Born just four months ago, Los Angeles Ballet passed that test in its first repertory program Thursday at UCLA's Freud Playhouse — maybe not perfectly, maybe not without a pervasive sense of effort, but splendidly enough to make three challenging pieces come alive for a large, enthusiastic audience. Classical Balanchine, contemporary Balanchine and buoyant, Romantic Bournonville all received scrupulous performances in stagings by company artistic directors Colleen Neary (a Balanchine specialist) and Thordal Christensen (an alumnus of Bournonville's Royal Danish Ballet). Whether or not it can survive in our traditionally inhospitable dance landscape, their Los Angeles Ballet is the real thing, a force for many kinds of excellence that deserves the community's attention and support. One could wish that as the company moves from Westwood to Redondo Beach and then to Glendale this month, the dancers might relax into their roles and enjoy their dancing as much as the audience does. It's not a matter of smiles (of which there were plenty Thursday) but of the sense of interpretive freedom within the choreography that only Melissa Barak and a very few others showed opening night. Barak's individual and often spontaneous attacks came in Balanchine's "Concerto Barocco," which always seems to be a showcase for conservative classical purity until you look more closely and see the innovative body-foldings, partnering experiments and other creative wonders that Balanchine devised in 1941 to music by Bach. Mirroring Barak in the outer sections and becoming the work's focus in the central duet, Corina Gill gave a rapt, secure performance, partnered with great nobility by Oleg Gorboulev. Gill and Gorboulev also brought their remarkable ability to deliver a string of choreographic fireworks as one brilliantly sustained phrase to Balanchine's "Agon," an inspired 1957 game of neoclassic one-upmanship played with and against Igor Stravinsky. All fire and ice, whimsical forays into off-balance balance and a modernistic milestone, the choreography can look a lot jauntier than it did Thursday, but Neary's deadpan staging did allow all the non sequiturs to take you by surprise. As with "Concerto Barocco," the company as a whole often managed the complex passages more artfully than the simplest steps, but Lauren Toole endowed both with a serene confidence in her technical control. Sergey Kheylik threw himself into his solo with complete abandon, but neatness definitely counted here, and his wild vivacity proved far more useful in the divertissements from Bournonville's "Napoli." With music by Helsted and Paulli, the celebratory "Napoli" pas de six and tarantella date from 1842, before classical bravura acquired the edge of aggression it gained, for better or worse, in Russia. If "Agon" is consummately spiky and "Concerto Barocco" supremely flowing, this quasi-Italianate showpiece is indomitably fluffy, marked by major shifts in tempo and pressure (to which the company needs greater attention) but always light and genial. On Thursday, exposed balances in extension sometimes proved shaky and terminations not always ideally clean. But it was fascinating to see what elements of Bournonville style attracted the individual soloists and dominated their performances. Guest Rainer Krenstetter of the Berlin Staatsballett had the sparkle, Masahiro Suehara the precision, Gill the sweetness and Toole the calm center. Kheylik, as always, brought invigorating energy to the party. The excerpt also displayed the talents of Peter Snow, Kelly Ann Sloan, Alexandra Blacker, Nancy Richer and Erin RiveraBrennand. Everyone looked yummy in Soren Frandsen's prismatic abstractions of folk costumes and behaved as if an L.A. company dancing a Danish interpretation of Italian folklore was, somehow, natural casting. Taped music accompanied all the pieces on the program. lewis.segal@latimes.com Los Angeles Times by Lewis Segal DOWNLOAD PDF 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • Los Angeles Ballet meets “The Evangelist” | Los Angeles Ballet

    Los Angeles Ballet meets “The Evangelist” April 1, 2008 Los Angeles Ballet artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary watch dancers rehearse "The Evangelist," which the company will be begin performing later this month. The 2-year-old company readies a program that includes a piece first danced by its artistic directors and inspired by the life of Aimee Semple McPherson. In a warehouse space on a no-frills Westside industrial street, Thordal Christensen, co-artistic director of Los Angeles Ballet, points to a rickety little table. "Welcome to my office," he jokes. "We've been in here four months, so it's still a work in progress." The unfinished but spacious digs are another step forward for 2-year-old LAB, the city's latest hope for home-based premier classical ballet. Half of the interior is a jumble of racks of costumes, stacks of Marley flooring -- a special sprung surface carted to venues for the dancers' use -- and utilitarian furniture. But in the expansive, mirrored studio space on the other side of a partition, with loading dock doors rolled open for ventilation, several of the company's 26 young dancers are warming up in motley practice gear. Christensen and Colleen Neary, his wife and fellow artistic director, are about to revisit a work that was choreographed for them 16 years ago: "The Evangelist," a spiritual duet inspired by 1920s charismatic preacher Aimee Semple McPherson, set to the music of Charles Ives. It will tour to four venues in April and May, beginning Friday and Saturday at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, as part of a varied program that includes "he said/she said," a world premiere by Jennifer Backhaus of the Orange County-based Backhausdance; George Balanchine's "Allegro Brillante"; and August Bournonville's "Napoli/Pas de Six" and "Tarantella." Balanchine's "Who Cares?" will replace the Bournonville pieces for the company's Irvine Barclay Theatre performance May 17. Appearing with the company as guest artist will be Orlando Ballet’s Eddy Tovar. 'The Evangelist' Created by choreographer Lar Lubovitch when Christensen and Neary were principals with Pacific Northwest Ballet, "The Evangelist" was the critical highlight of Lubovitch's ballet "American Gesture" at its 1992 Kennedy Center premiere. A meld of classical form and Grahamesque force, it depicts a male penitent's struggle toward redemption, guided by a powerful female figure. "It's always nice to work on something that you've done yourself," Christensen says. "At the same time, you have to make sure it becomes the dancer's piece, because it's really about getting them to find . . . " "Themselves in it," interjects Neary. "And the spirit of the piece," Christensen finishes. For the next 30 minutes, the couple, dancer-fit themselves, take to the floor by turns to demonstrate a lift or position, coaching the pairs who will alternate in the work (and wear Christensen and Neary's original costumes): Peter Snow and Melissa Barak, and Andrew Brader and Kelly Ann Sloan. The intensity of emotion the dancers must express in arching bends and high lifts, extreme gestures and moments of muscular rigidity is clear when they take a break, panting and dripping with sweat. Christensen and Neary next take five couples through Balanchine's demanding and lyrical "Allegro Brillante," set to Tchaikovsky, correcting a step here, a line there. "We call it a dancer's ballet," Neary says later, "because dancers love to do it. It's a full-length ballet in 17 minutes -- there are that many steps." "Is it fun, or is it death?" Neary asks the breathless company when rehearsal ends. The consensus: "It's fun." Taking the next step With their international careers as dancers behind them, Christensen, former artistic director of the Royal Danish Ballet, and Neary, a New York City Ballet alumna and authoritative Balanchine choreographer, say they don't mind being out of the spotlight. "When you're onstage, it's such an incredible feeling, but being offstage and seeing somebody else do what you're giving them is even more fulfilling," Neary says. Dancing is a short-lived career, Christensen adds, "and we're fortunate to have the opportunity to give it to the next generation." New work is key to the growth of Los Angeles Ballet, he says. The company launched with a familiar repertoire that included Balanchine masterworks and its own "Nutcracker" in order to "excite the audience and create a company style. Now it's important to bring in outside choreographers to show the dancers' range." "In the end, that's going to define who we are," says Neary, noting that the piece commissioned from Backhaus, a Lester Horton Award-winning, cutting-edge contemporary choreographer, is "extremely different" from anything the dancers have done. In the work, created for the full ensemble, "there's more gravity, more weight, more things that are off-balance," Backhaus explains later by phone. "I was toying with the idea of making the dance on pointe, but I wanted to challenge their dynamic sensibility a bit. They're a great group of dancers, and they've been really open to trying new things." Backhaus is enthusiastic about LAB's chances for success in a city where others on the same mission have failed. "They're on the right track," she says. "I think this is the best shot we've had." lynne.heffley@latimes.com Los Angeles Times by Lynne Heffley DOWNLOAD ARTICLE (PDF) 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • Los Angeles Ballet Announces Quartet | Los Angeles Ballet

    Los Angeles Ballet Announces Quartet February 1, 2014 Performances to include: World premieres from Sonya Tayeh and Christopher Stowell Commissioned score from Noah Agruss LAB premiere of Jiří Kylián’s Return to a Strange Land LAB premiere of George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes Los Angeles Ballet co-artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary are excited to unveil the ballets selected for LAB’s upcoming mixed program, QUARTET. This production adheres strongly to a main component of LAB’s mission: to passionately pursue innovation and creativity in performances by preserving the best choreographic work of the past and to become the impetus for the best choreography yet to come. Also continuing LAB’s mission to bring great, professional ballet to greater LA, each program will be performed at LAB’s four home venues: UCLA’s Royce Hall, The Alex Theatre in Glendale, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, and Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge. From March 1 to 22, 2014, QUARTET combines masterworks from George Balanchine and Jiří Kylián with new works from rising choreographers Sonya Tayeh and Christopher Stowell. Known for her work on television’s So You Think You Can Dance as well as on several celebrity concert tours and Broadway touring productions, Beneath One’s Dignity will mark Tayeh’s fourth commission for Los Angeles Ballet. Her ferocious, emotional style, blended with ballet, has brought audiences and critics to their feet. Former Artistic Director of Oregon Ballet Theater and noted choreographer Christopher Stowell will be working with LAB dancers for the first time, creating Cipher specifically for the company. This piece also marks the first commissioned composition for LAB, titled Modules by local composer Noah Agruss. QUARTET will also include the company premiere of Return to a Strange Land, from master choreographer Jiří Kylián to music by Leoš Janáček, and Stars and Stripes by George Balanchine set to the rousing marches of John Philip Sousa. “The dancers always look forward to working with Sonya. And having seen Christopher’s work in Oregon, we are excited to see what he will be creating on our dancers”, Mr. Christensen explained. “We think works from these two young dancemakers will fit well with Jiří Kylián’s beautiful, elegiac ballet and Balanchine’s stirring valentine to his adopted country.” Los Angeles Ballet’s production of QUARTET promises four extraordinary pieces, with something for every audience member. About Los Angeles Ballet Founded in 2004 by Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, and Executive Director Julie Whittaker, Los Angeles Ballet is known for its superb stagings of the Balanchine repertory, stylistically meticulous classical ballets, and its commitment to new works. LAB has become recognized as a world-class ballet company, in eight seasons presenting 24 productions encompassing 50 works, including 15 commissioned world premieres. Los Angeles Ballet ‘tours’ throughout LA County, regularly appearing at four venues. This past summer the Los Angeles Music Center presented Los Angeles Ballet at Grand Park, with more than 3,000 attending the outdoor performance. Since its inception in 2006, LAB’s Power of Performance (POP!) program has provided thousands of free tickets to underserved or disadvantaged children, seniors, veterans, and their families. LAB's A Chance to Dance Community Days outreach program was launched in October 2012. About Jiří Kylián Jiří Kylián is a Czechoslovakian dancer and choreographer who began his career in Stuttgart Ballet in 1968. After creating numerous new ballets at Stuttgart, he became the Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater where he served until 1999 and continued to choreograph for the company until 2009. His work Return to a Strange Land is an LAB premiere. About Christopher Stowell Christopher Stowell led a distinguished 16-year career as a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet before becoming Oregon Ballet Theatre’s second Artistic Director from 2003 to 2012, where he significantly expanded the company’s repertoire. Cipher is his first commissioned work for Los Angeles Ballet. About Sonya Tayeh Sonya Tayeh was born in Detroit, Michigan and received a B.S. in Dance from Wayne State University. She has extensive stage credits and has choreographed for Miley Cyrus, Florence and the Machine, Kylie Minogue, and Madonna. She is a recurring choreographer and judge on So You Think You Can Dance. Beneath One’s Dignity will be her fourth commissioned work for Los Angeles Ballet. About George Balanchine Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, George Balanchine came to the United States in late 1933 following an early European career that included the Ballets Russes. Balanchine co-founded the School of American Ballet, and New York City Ballet where he served as the ballet master from its inception in 1948 until his death in 1983. To this day, Balanchine is regarded as world’s foremost contemporary ballet choreographer. Stars and Stripes is an LAB premiere. About Noah Agruss Noah Agruss is a Los Angeles based Composer who studied composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston and was mentored by Pulitzer Prize composer Wayne Peterson at San Francisco State University. Noah co-founded San Francisco's composer consortium, New Release Alliance, and served as Composer-in-Residence and Music Director on more than 20 productions for Sacramento's B Street Theatre. His edgy string quartet arrangements for Vitamin Records have garnered millions of hits on YouTube and have been chosen by choreographer Mia Michaels for her work on So You Think You Can Dance. His Film and Television credits include the Lionsgate's feature Five Fingers and NBC's broadcast of the Beiijing Olympics. Noah is honored to have been chosen to collaborate with Christopher Stowell in creating "Modules" for Los Angeles Ballet. ​ LAB Public Relations DOWNLOAD PDF 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • Four World Premiers in NextWave LA | Los Angeles Ballet

    Four World Premiers in NextWave LA March 8, 2010 Guest Choreographers from the Hit Show "So You Think You Can Dance" (Los Angeles, March 8, 2010 ) Los Angeles Ballet [LAB] Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary are thrilled to present New Wave LA which involves four contemporary World Premieres from guest choreographers Josie Walsh, and Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore and Travis Wall from the hit FOX show “So You Think You Can Dance.” Each choreographer will present an innovative, modern, edgy and world class piece with Los Angeles Ballet dancers. New Wave LA is a ground-breaking program for LAB, commissioning four acclaimed choreographers to create on LAB dancers. This program follows Los Angeles Ballet’s mission of incorporating new creations specifically for LAB dancers throughout its season. The four choreographers Josie Walsh, Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore and Travis Wall are all elated to be pre- senting FOUR world premieres in ONE evening which is rarely done in a ballet company. Los Angeles Ballet is also proud to present Transmutation, by LA’s own Josie Walsh, developed from a piece originally commis- sioned by the First Annual LAB Choreographic Workshop. Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore and Travis Wall’s World Premiere pieces are still untitled. Josie Walsh is a native of Los Angeles and a former professional dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, Zurich Ballet and Oregon Ballet Theatre. Upon her return to Los Angeles, Walsh integrated her vast background into the commercial world. Walsh founded MYOKYO Renegade Rock Ballets in 2000. She is the director, producer and choreographer for the company, creating an eclectic style of inter-disciplinary cooperation. Sonya Tayeh incorporates her deeply rooted form with the essence of contemporary technique, mixing her own ‘quirky’ style into her choreography. This stylized, free-flowing movement is aggressively formulated through one-on-one physical contact. She is currently a choreographer for “So You Think You Can Dance.” Mandy Moore is an exciting, emerging choreographer and performer whose work has been seen on films and television shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance.” She was one of the choreographers for Celine Dion’s “Taking Chances” World Tour. Travis Wall is a choreographer who choreographed for “So You Think You Can Dance” and was principal dancer for Wade Robson on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” These four outstanding choreographers will exercise their unique style and personality in the World Premieres of New Wave LA. The much-anticipated repertoire will take place at venues across Los Angeles from May 15 to May 30 (please see full performance schedule below). ​ LAB Public Relations DOWNLOAD PDF 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

  • Quartet 2014

    2 2023/2024 Season > Photo Gallery > 2013/2014 Quartet 2014 Allynne Noelle, Christopher Revels & Alexander Castillo Allynne Noelle & Alexander Castillo Allynne Noelle & Alexander Castillo Allyssa Bross, Zheng Hua Li & Dustin True Allyssa Bross, Zheng Hua Li & Dustin True Allyssa Bross, Zheng Hua Li & Dustin True Allyssa Bross, Zheng Hua Li & Dustin True Julia Cinquemani, Kate Highstrete, Chelsea Paige Johnston, Alyssa Bross & Bianca Bulle LAB Ensemble Chelsea Paige Johnston, Alexander Castillo & Zheng Hua Li Alexander Castillo & LAB Ensemble Allynne Noelle & Dustin True Allynne Noelle & Dustin True Chloe Sherman & Robert Mulvey Julia Cinquemani & LAB Ensemble Julia Cinquemani & LAB Ensemble Julia Cinquemani Bianca Bulle Allynne Noelle & Kenta Shimizu Kenta Shimizu Allyssa Bross, Kenta Shimizu & LAB Ensemble Allynne Noelle, Christopher Revels & Alexander Castillo Allynne Noelle & Alexander Castillo Allynne Noelle & Alexander Castillo Allyssa Bross, Zheng Hua Li & Dustin True Allyssa Bross, Zheng Hua Li & Dustin True Allyssa Bross, Zheng Hua Li & Dustin True Allyssa Bross, Zheng Hua Li & Dustin True Julia Cinquemani, Kate Highstrete, Chelsea Paige Johnston, Alyssa Bross & Bianca Bulle LAB Ensemble Chelsea Paige Johnston, Alexander Castillo & Zheng Hua Li Alexander Castillo & LAB Ensemble Allynne Noelle & Dustin True Allynne Noelle & Dustin True Chloe Sherman & Robert Mulvey Julia Cinquemani & LAB Ensemble Julia Cinquemani & LAB Ensemble Julia Cinquemani Bianca Bulle Allynne Noelle & Kenta Shimizu Kenta Shimizu Allyssa Bross, Kenta Shimizu & LAB Ensemble Return to a Strange Land – Kylián / Janácek, Beneath One's Dignity – Tayeh / Sigurðsson, Cipher – Stowell / Agruss,Stars and Stripes – Balanchine / Kay after Sousa Previous Gallery Next Gallery All photos by Reed Hutchinson Click on image for a fullscreen presentation.

  • LAB's Open Children's Audition for The Nutcracker | Los Angeles Ballet

    LAB's Open Children's Audition for The Nutcracker September 19, 2022 Los Angeles Ballet held open auditions for children who want to be part of the 2022/2023 Season production of “The Nutcracker” on Sunday. The event at the Dolby Theatre was attended by children ages 6 to 13. ​ ​ READ ARTICLE AT SOURCE 2023/2024 Season > News > Previous Item Next Item

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