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19/20 Dorothy Chandler Dance Season

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It's probably best to start a new topic instead of discussing in the SCFTA Season thread (though California diligently broke the news there!), especially as the year rolls onward with any information forthcoming. Here is the lineup! Mariinsky and La Scala cross over for the Southern California engagements.





Performing George Balanchine's Jewels*
Live music by Mariinsky Orchestra

October 24-27, 2019
The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Choreographed by George Balanchine in 1967, Jewels is recognized as the first great abstract  work of classical ballet. The piece, inspired by a visit by Balanchine to Van Cleef & Arpels, consists of three acts: “Emeralds,” “Rubies” and “Diamonds,” featuring music by Fauré, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, respectively.



March 18-22, 2020
The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Alvin Ailey returns to The Music Center following its triumphant 60th anniversary celebration. Alvin Ailey's performances unite and inspire. Under the leadership of its visionary artistic director Robert Battle, the company continues to honor the legacy of its founder, while stewarding the next generation of choreographers influenced by the African American experience. In all, more than 235 works by over 90 choreographers have been part of the Company’s repertory. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform different programs of mixed repertory along with the seminal masterpiece Revelations, which remains as poignant, relevant and moving as when it debuted in 1960.


Palermo Palermo


April 17-19, 2020
The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Pina Bausch shaped the work of Tanztheater Wuppertal for 36 years, creating 44 pieces in a style and voice all her own. Her perspective was completely unfamiliar, empowering the dancers to take on characters that also spoke, sang and cried, conveying a full range of theatrical emotions. Bausch’s oeuvre not only influenced dancers and choreographers, but also theatre by often breaking the fourth wall during performances. Created by Bausch in 1989, Palermo Palermo is a post-war view of the Italian city as only Bausch can see it — beautiful and squalid, dangerous and ancient. The work transforms the everyday into the absurd as the audience is immediately taken on a dark journey rich with fractured relationships, beauty and surreal humor. 




May 15-17, 2020
The Music Center's Ahmanson Theatre

Since its founding in 2012, Malpaso Dance Company has become Cuba’s leading contemporary dance company known for technically strong, agile dancers and its Cuban dance heritage. Led by Artistic Director Osnel Delgado, Executive Director Fernando Sáez, and dancer and Co-founder Daileidys Carrazana, the company collaborates on original works with prominent international choreographers and is dedicated to nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography.



Giselle With Live Orchestra


July 24-26, 2020
The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company is one of the world’s elite ballet companies, tracing its roots back to 1778 with the opening of the theatre, originally known as the Nuovo Regio Ducale Teatro alla Scala. This revival of Giselle was staged by the late French prima ballerina Yvette Chauviré of Paris Opera Ballet. The ghost-filled ballet tells the tragic story of a beautiful peasant girl who falls for the flirtations of a deceitful nobleman, Albrecht. When the ruse is revealed, the fragile Giselle dies of heartbreak, and Albrecht must face the consequences of his careless seduction. Giselle transports audiences from idyllic folk scenes to otherworldly realms with the technically demanding original Coralli-Perrot choreography set to Adolphe Adam’s beautifully haunting score.



According to the brochure online, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake will also be here for a run from 12/3-1/5 (quite long!), but it is not a subscription series. Also no Miami Nut (never saw it while it was here for the two years).

I find it strange La Scala is bringing back Giselle--it was just here in Southern California last year at SCFTA. I'm glad Onegin is coming to SCFTA and I can go once up to LA for this instead. Same with La Bayadere and the Mariinsky.

Edited by ksk04
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22 hours ago, Dreamer said:

Too bad the casting hasn’t been posted yet. 

Especially since the casting is up for their engagement at SCFTA. Even a "cast a" / "cast b" deal would be nice!

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