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'?
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.
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
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