BalletFest 2001 and Donald Bradburn Dance
Photography Retrospective at the Luckman
LOS ANGELES - In celebration and support of professional dance in Los Angeles, the Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State L.A., will present the second annual Southern California festival of ballet, BalletFest 2001 August 10, 11 and 12. The companies scheduled to perform are California Ballet Company, Francisco Martinez Dancetheatre, Inland Pacific Ballet, Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, Pasadena Dance Theatre, Sacramento Ballet Company, and San Pedro City Ballet.
The program, curated by Luckman staff member Don Hewitt, features a mix of timeless classics, contemporary ballets and new works. A different repertoire will be presented at each of the three performances scheduled for Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, August 12 at 3:00 p.m. (see performance schedule below)
BalletFest was conceived by Luckman Executive Director Clifford Harper as a way to support and enhance the presence of professional ballet in Los Angeles - a city which, despite having a symphony orchestra and an opera, and a superb pool of dance talent, has never developed a permanent resident ballet company. BalletFest 2000: The Inauguration featured five Southern California companies and special guest troupe Diablo Ballet Company from Northern California. This year's list of participants has grown to seven companies, including three new to the festival: San Diego's California Ballet Company, Sacramento Ballet, and San Pedro Ballet. In addition to the performances, the Luckman will host nearly 100 participants in the Royal Academy of Dance summer workshop during the festival.
"Ballet is alive and well in California, even if it is sometimes hard to find," states Hewitt. "The Luckman is committed to fostering the presence and growth of the excellent local companies currently performing. Due to an overwhelming, enthusiastic response to the inaugural BalletFest in 2000, we are very fortunate to be able to continue presenting this festival for Los Angeles audiences seeking professional ballet."
California Ballet Company, Francisco Martinez Dancetheatre, Inland Pacific Ballet, Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, Pasadena Dance Theatre, Sacramento Ballet Company, and San Pedro City Ballet.
Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, August 12 at 3:00 p.m.
Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State L.A., 5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles
$30/$25, discounts available for students, seniors and groups. Early bird price: $27 if purchased by July 27.
Luckman Box Office (323) 343-6600 or TicketMaster (213) 365-3500
For senior, student, and DRC discount: please call box office at (323) 343-6600.
BalletFest 2001 Performance Schedule
(repertoire subject to change)
* Friday, August 10, 8:00 p.m.
- Pasadena Dance Theatre - Curtain; Choreography by Douglas Neilsen and Laurence Blake
- San Pedro City Ballet - Is That All There Is? Choreography by Cynthia Bradley
- Los Angeles Chamber Ballet - C F remix; Choreography by Raiford Rogers. Music composed and performed by Sandra Tsing Loh, with additional music by Amon Tobin
* Saturday, August 11, 8:00 p.m.
- Inland Pacific Ballet - Serenade; Choreography by George Balanchine
- Pasadena Dance Theatre - Sonata; Choreography by Laurence Blake
- California Ballet - Sleeping Beauty, Act II; Choreography after M. Petipa
- Sacramento Ballet - Black Swan Pas de Deux; Choreography M. Petipa
Sunday, August 12, 3:00 p.m. matinee
Inland Pacific Ballet - L'Vivandiere; Choreography by St. Leon
- Sacramento Ballet - Quartet; Choreography by Amy Siewert
- Francisco Martinez Dancetheatre - Sing to Me of Love; Choreography by Francisco Martinez
- California Ballet Company - Sleeping Beauty, Act II; Choreography by M. Petipa
DONALD BRADBURN: BALLET IN LOS ANGELES - A MOMENT IN TIME
In conjunction with BalletFest 2001, the Luckman Fine Arts Gallery will present a historical photo retrospective by noted dance scholar and photographer Donald Bradburn. Exhibition dates for Donald Bradburn: Ballet in Los Angeles - A Moment in Time are July 16-August 12, 2001. Admission to the Luckman Gallery is free. The exhibit is supported in part by the William Gillespie Foundation.
Donald Bradburn has photographed dance and dancers since he was fifteen years old, first capturing, with a simple 35mm camera, Alicia Alonso and Igor Yousekevitch with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in a one-night stand in Fresno, California. Little did he imagine that he would be professionally photographing Alonso repeatedly over the next thirty-five years - including her renowned role of "Giselle."
Bradburn decided to emphasize Classical and Romantic Ballet (especially dramatic works) in this retrospective at the Luckman because the full-length story ballet, as performed by the Sadler's Wells Ballet/Royal Ballet, influenced his decision to become a dancer.
States Bradburn, "I was impressed by the spectacular visual images that appeared on stage through the synthesis of dance, design and music. A magical fantasy world existed - on the stage of the Shrine Auditorium - that immediately swept a small town country boy off his feet, and into its realm. I had always been interested in art and theatre and now there was this exciting additional art form that captured my imagination."
In preparing for this exhibit, he also realized that during the "Ballet Boom" of the seventies he had access to Los Angeles performances by American Ballet Theatre that allowed him to capture on film the superstars of that era - Nureyev, Markova, Bruhn, Kirkland, Bujones, Gregory, Goudonov, and Baryshnikov. Because many of the casts that appeared in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion during that time were never seen elsewhere, even in New York City, Bradburn's work offers an exclusive vision of some unusual and phenomenal pairings and groupings of dancers.
Bradburn has a multi-faceted career that has included performance, choreography, photography and design. He has danced in more than forty musicals for national, stock and civic light opera companies, playing leads in West Side Story, Carousel, The Music Man, and Gypsy. He has appeared in acting-dancing roles in films such as Hello, Dolly!, Sweet Charity, and Funny Girl; on television specials with Fred Astaire, Goldie Hahn, and Diana Ross; and on the TV variety series of Glen Campbell, the Smothers Brothers, and Jonathan Winters. In concert, as a ballet and modern dancer, Bradburn has performed in choreography from Auguste Bournonville to Doris Humphrey.
Bradburn has directed and choreographed works for concerts, opera, films, television, theatre, and nightclubs. His former group, The Don Bradburn Dancers, was featured on television as well as in the showrooms of Las Vegas, Reno, and Atlantic City. He has worked professionally as a photographer, set and costume designer, and serves as Dance Magazine's Southern California correspondent. He has participated in adjudication panels for dance festivals and choreographic scholarship auditions in the United States and Europe. In summer of 1993, Bradburn was invited to Russia to help found the first dance department within a university in the former Soviet Union. At UCI, he was the cofounder and artistic director of the California Theatre Ballet and was the artistic director of the Fresno Ballet in Central California from 1992 to 1997. He is currently researching and writing a new book on his mentor, Eugene Loring, titled Beyond Billy the Kid: A Dance Biography of Eugene Loring. Bradburn currently teaches at UCI and Cal Arts in Valencia.
An artist's reception for the exhibition at the Luckman will be held Saturday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m., prior to that evening's BalletFest performance.
Donald Bradburn: Ballet in Los Angeles - A Moment in Time
Exhibition dates, July 16-August 12, 2001
Gallery hours are Mon.-Thurs. and Sat. 12 noon-5:00 p.m.,
and one hour prior to, and during the intermission of, BalletFest performances.
Artist's reception, August 11, 6:00 p.m
Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, Cal State L.A., 5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles
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