With Milwaukee on fire and the recent report on the misconduct of Baltimore Police Department, Black Lives Matters remains top of mind. Staying in the street, yelling across a racial and economic divide has not yet produced the desired outcomes. We invite you, encourage you to consider: what would happen if the conversation began with 'black bodies, black people matter and are beautiful' AND 'there is beauty in every life, and beauty is necessary, sacred, essential to human existence'?

(from l - r) Kátia Moraes & Kana Shimanuki (singers, Rachek Hernandez as Oyá, Vera Passos as Nana, (in mirror drumming) Kahlil Cummings, Luiz Badaró and Simon Caroll

(from l - r) Kátia Moraes & Kana Shimanuki (singers, Rachek Hernandez as Oyá, Vera Passos as Nana, (in mirror drumming) Kahlil Cummings, Luiz Badaró and Simon Caroll

Last night our dancers were moved to tears in this formidable new work by Shelby Williams-González. It struck them that dance arts can make a difference in the perceptions of individuals, and therefore can have positive, social impact. The beauty and majestic grace of the Orixá receiving the Fallen back in Orun (heaven) has touched each audience member. Not a challenge, Revealed is a gorgeous space and opportunity to see the raw beauty in not just in dance, but in yourself.

Laila Abdullah as Oxum, come to reset the crowns of the Fallen with love. With Natali Micciche, Ajah Muhammad, Haniyyah Tahirah, and Ashley Blanchard as The Fallen.

Laila Abdullah as Oxum, come to reset the crowns of the Fallen with love. With Natali Micciche, Ajah Muhammad, Haniyyah Tahirah, and Ashley Blanchard as The Fallen.

This installment of Moves After Dark is stacked with dance works that are instigating social change: hip hop ballet, inverted gazing, deities in a stairwell, and cultural identities at play. It is not business as usual. Only Los Angeles could generate such an array of performance techniques, styles and subject matter and have each piece seek to transform how you create social reality. This is not to be missed. Some tickets are still available at the Music Center Box Office.

You will enjoy your metamorphosis. Come gaze into the mirror...

 

Moves After Dark Artistic Team

Revealed

Linda Yudin and Luiz Badaró, Artistic Directors

Choreography by Shelby Williams-Gonzalez

Music Composer, Kahlil Cummings

Costume designers, Maria de Lourdes Silvestre dos Santos, Laura Howe of Matrushka

Construction and Rosalba Gamma

Dancers: Laila Abdullah, Ashley Blanchard, Rachel Hernandez, Natali Micciche, Ajah Muhammad, Haniyyah Tahirah, Vera Passos, Nagode Simpson, Shelby Williams-Gonzalez

Musicians: Luiz Badaró, Simon Carroll, Kahlil Cummings, Fabio Santana de Souza

Singers: Katia Moraes and Kana Shimanuki

Peter J. Harris, Executive Director

Natalie Marrero, Arts Management Consultant

Anna B. Scott, Designer/Social Media Consultant

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