Ford Amphitheatre Presents A Record 17 Dance Performances In 2004

Marta Carrasco

Dance on film also makes its Ford debut.

Dance has always been a major feature of the Ford's summer season but, 2004 is a record-setting year with 17 performances of 14 dance events including seven world and U.S. premieres. The series traverses the ground from Flamenco to modern, tap, folklorico, dance theater, belly dance, world and traditional-contemporary hybrids.

Two artists from Spain who were big hits on the 2003 Ford Amphitheatre season return with new works this year. Barcelona-based Marta Carrasco (lauded by the L.A. Times  for "Firewater" last year at the Ford) performs the U.S. premiere of "Blanc D'Ombra/White in the Shadow" (June 25), a harrowing portrayal of sculptor Camille Claudel. Domingo Ortega (named "a percussive genius" by the L.A. Times) stages the world premiere of "Orfeo/Orpheus" (Oct 1-2), a flamenco version of the Orpheus legend.

The Ford's first evening programs based on cultures of India, Japan and Korea are featured on the dance series. Rangoli Foundation for Art & Culture presents the world premiere of "Planting a Sequoia" (September 11), a piece influenced by traditional Indian dance choreographed by Malathi Iyengar and based on a poem by Dana Gioia. Rei Aoo's Dance Planet and the taiko drum group Satori Daiko collaborate in the U.S. premiere of Aoo's "Origins" (August 28). Kim, Eung Hwa Korean Dance Academy is joined by the internationally renowned drum group Samulnori for a program of traditional Korean dance and drumming (October 8).

Floricanto Dance Theatre

Floricanto Dance Theatre and Latin fusion band Quetzal, two of L.A.'s leading Latino artists, discover links between Chicano culture and African-influenced dance and music from Veracruz in the world premiere of "Fandango Without Borders" (June 11-12). "Fandango" has been funded by a National Dance Project grant and will tour the country after its unveiling in Los Angeles.

Rodri Entertainment Group in cooperation with Bilingual Actor's Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of "I Am Cuba," a dance homage to the Cuban people set to music of the island's most celebrated composers (July 10). Pacifico Dance Company unveils a world premiere on its program (July 31), "Salon Mexico," an evocation of the famed Mexico City dance hall of the 1930's.

Dance Camera West, a citywide festival devoted to dance on film, will include the Ford as a venue for the first time. Audiences will have the rare opportunity to see the path-breaking 1948 film, "The Red Shoes" (June 16) introduced by special guests to be announced. Dance Camera West becomes the third L.A.-based film festival to screen at the Ford. The IFP Los Angeles Film Festival and OUTFEST have presented films at the Ford for several years.

Four dance companies will be appearing at the Ford for the first time in 2004: Nannette Brodie Dance (in collaboration with the world music group Enoch Train, June 5), Regina Klenjoski Dance Company (August 6), Rei Aoo's Dance Planet (in collaboration with the taiko drum ensemble Satori Daiko, August 28). Rangoli Foundation for Art and Culture, which appeared as part of Dance Kaleidoscope at the Ford in the past, will have a program all to itself (September 11) for the first time. Kim, Eung Hwa Korean Dance Academy, which performed on the Ford's Big!World!Fun! family series in 2003, makes its debut on the evening series (October 8). Domingo Ortega, who appeared as a guest soloist in 2003, performs with his own company in 2004 (October 1-2).

Returning artists, in addition to Marta Carrasco and Pacifico Dance Company, include Viver Brasil Dance Company (June 26), Jazz Tap Ensemble in a 25th Anniversary program (July 2), a brand new edition of "This Is Belly Dance!" (August 14), and Sonidos Gitanos/Gypsy Flamenco with Maria Bermudez (September 17-18).

Complete 2004 season information and tickets are available at the bilingual (English/Spanish) Ford web site, www.fordamphitheatre.org or the Ford box office, 323 GO 1-FORD (461-3673).

DANCE LISTINGS:
* = dance companies new to the FORD in 2004

SAT. JUNE 5 AT 8:30 P.M.
*NANNETTE BRODIE DANCE & ENOCH TRAIN  in HEARTLAND: THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE

The cultural streams that nourish America fascinate modern dancer-choreographer Brodie. She's found the perfect partner in Enoch Train, who play "American folk music with a passport." Together they craft an extraordinary journey through our ever-expanding heritage.

FRI-SAT. JUNE 11-12 AT 8:30 P.M.
FLORICANTO DANCE THEATRE & QUETZAL in FANDANGO WITHOUT BORDERS  - World Premiere

L.A.s connection to Veracruz goes way beyond Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba." The Latin roots band Quetzal and Gema Sandoval's Floricanto appear for the first time on the Ford stage to mine the Chicano links to the African-accented dance and music from southern Veracruz. "Fandango" has been funded by a National Dance Project grant and will tour the U.S. after its unveiling in Los Angeles.

WED. JUNE 16 AT 8:00 P.M.
"THE RED SHOES" presented by DANCE CAMERA WEST.
  This citywide festival devoted to dance on film, will include the Ford as a venue for the first time in 2004. Audiences will have the rare opportunity to see this path-breaking 1948 film introduced by special guests to be announced.

FRI. JUNE 25 AT 8:30 P.M.
MARTA CARRASCO in BLANC D'OMBRA/WHITE IN THE SHADOW - U.S. Premiere

The extraordinarily riveting Carrasco, winner of Spain's top arts prize, brings her harrowing portrayal of Camille
Claudel, sculptress and muse of Rodin, to the U.S. for the first time. A "marvel of a production" (El Pa"s). Presented by Ford Theatre Foundation

Viver Brasil Dance Company

SAT. JUNE 26 AT 8:30 P.M.
VIVER BRASIL DANCE CO. in  LEGENDS OF BRAZIL

The dynamic dance and music ensemble returns after playing to capacity crowds at the Ford last year to express the vibrance of the Brazilian people through their icons, from the ocean goddess Yemanja to the famed Carmen Miranda, the warrior god Ogum to the soccer star Pele.

FRI. JULY 2 AT 8:30 P.M.
JAZZ TAP ENSEMBLE

Celebrating 25 years of tap dance on concert stages around the world, Jazz Tap Ensemble returns to the Ford after two years to deliver captivating new choreography, classic favorites, live jazz music and a very special tribute to the late Gregory Hines by the hottest tap dancers in the country.

SAT. JULY 10 AT 8:00 P.M.
I AM CUBA - World Premiere

The eroticism and spirit of a passionate people find expression in this dance evening set to the music of Cuba's most revered composers and performed by a company of 16. Produced & Presented by Rodri Entertainment & the Bilingual Actor's Repertory Theatre

SAT. JULY 31 AT 8:30 P.M.
PACIFICO DANCE COMPANY in   SALÓN MÉXICO - World Premiere

The Ford stage becomes the famed Mexico City dance hall of the 1930s for Pacifico's new Salón México. Also premiering: El Acabo from the state of Nayarit, marking the end of the harvest. An evening that captures the soul of Mexico!

FRI. AUG 6 AT 8:30 P.M.
*REGINA KLENJOSKI DANCE COMPANY  in  LOVE LIES WAITING

Klenjoski "is a dynamic, graceful and indefatigable presence who appears to have it all" (Los Angeles Times). The award-winning choreographer and her company encore the radiant, soaring Love Lies Waiting and unveil her newest work. 

SAT. AUG 14 AT 8:30 P.M.
THIS IS BELLY DANCE!
An enchanting journey through the timeless world of belly dance, from the sands of Arabia to the spotlights of
Hollywood.  A brand new edition of this series. Presented by IAMED, Producers of the Best Belly Dance Shows in the World!

*REI AOO'S DANCE PLANET

SAT. AUG 28 AT 8:00 P.M.
*REI AOO'S DANCE PLANET & SATORI DAIKO in ORIGINS - U.S. Premiere

Rei Aoo's Origins weaves traditional Japanese instruments and western dance forms into an earth-shaking tale of creation and evolution.  Satori Daiko opens the performance with the thundering sounds of taiko drumming.

SAT. SEPT 11 AT 7:30 P.M.
*RANGOLI FOUNDATION OF ART AND CULTURE in  PLANTING A SEQUOIA  - World Premiere

A new dance inspired by Dana Gioia's powerful poem about the ritual of planting trees is the centerpiece of this evening of work by Malathi Iyengar melding Indian classical dance and music, modern dance and spoken word. Part of the Dance Kaleidoscope festival in the past, this group returns to the FORD to present its own full evening of works.

FRI-SAT. SEPT 17-18 AT 8:30 P.M.
SONIDOS GITANOS/GYPSY FLAMENCO

Direct from Jerez de la Frontera, recently honored as "The City of Flamenco" by the Spanish government, comes the fiercely passionate Maria Bermudez and her company of dancers, singers and musicians, all exemplars of pure flamenco. Presented by Fountain Theatre

FRI-SAT. OCT 1-2 AT 8:00 P.M.
AY! FLAMENCO WITH DOMINGO ORTEGA & COMPANY in  ORFEO/ORPHEUS - World Premiere

The passion of Flamenco brings to life the Greek myth of love and loss as Orpheus searches for his Eurydice in the underworld. Spain's Domingo Ortega - "a percussive genius" (L.A. Times) - dances Orpheus. Domingo Ortega, who appeared as a guest soloist in 2003, now returns to the Ford with his own company in 2004.Produced & Presented by Rodri Entertainment

FRI. OCT 8 AT 8:00 P.M.
KIM, EUNG HWA KOREAN DANCE ACADEMY  in TRADITIONAL DANCE & MUSIC OF KOREA

The internationally renowned drumming of Kim, Duk Soo's Samulnori pairs with the exquisite artistry of Kim, Eung Hwa's Los Angeles-based company in a cross-Pacific collaboration. Ancient outdoor festivals, which still mark holidays in Korea today, materialize on the Ford stage.

PRICES for evening events range from $15 to $45. Those who purchase tickets to 3 or more evening events receive a 20% discount. Discounts for groups of 15 or more are also available.
The Ford Amphitheatre season is a program of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and is produced in collaboration with Los Angeles County-based arts organizations. TeleFutura KFTR Channel 46 is television sponsor for the 2004 season.
The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, off the 101 Hollywood Freeway across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios. The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be ordered in advance. Picnicking is encouraged.
On-site, stacked parking costs $5 per vehicle for evening shows and $3 per vehicle for morning family shows. Satellite parking serviced by FREE shuttles to the Ford is available at
- Universal City Metro Station at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga in the "kiss and ride" area. Parking is free in the Metro Station lot.
- - Cherokee parking structure at 1718 North Cherokee, just north of Hollywood Blvd., 1.3 miles from the Ford. Parking costs $3 with validation available at the Ford

 
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Laura Zucker, Executive Director, provides leadership in cultural services of all disciplines for the largest county in the United States, encompassing 88 municipalities, and provides leadership and staffing to support the regional blueprint for arts education, Arts for All. The Arts Commission, in addition to its grants program that funds more than 250 nonprofit arts organizations annually, funds the largest arts internship program in the country in conjunction with the Getty Trust and programs the John Anson Ford Theatres. The Commission also produces free community programs, including the L.A. Holiday Celebration broadcast nationally and a year-round music program that funds mores than 60 free concerts each year in public sites. The 2003-2004 President of the Arts Commission is Laurel Karabian.

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