FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17, 1996
Contact: Diane Turner,
Harriet & Charles Luckman
Fine Arts Complex
Phone: (323) 343-6616
Fax: (323) 343-6423
CENTURY AT LUCKMAN THEATRE MAY 2-5
Bebe Miller Company, Winifred R. Harris and Rennie Harris'
Pure Movement are featured during the four days of performances.
Los Angeles, CA -- April 19, 1996 -- Explore the distinct contributions of African Americans to the evolution of contemporary dance as Cal State L.A.'s
Luckman Theatre presents Black Choreographers Moving
Toward the 21st Century from Thursday through Saturday,
May 2-4 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at 3 p.m. For tickets
call TicketMaster (213) 480-3232 or (714) 740-2000.
Featured during the four days of performances are West Coast
premieres of modern dance by Bebe Miller Company and Winifred
R. Harris, and exciting urban dance of Rennie Harris and Pure
Black Choreographers Moving Toward the 21st Century, now in its
sixth season, is the nation's longest running annual celebration
of African American innovation in contemporary dance and is produced
by First Impressions Performances. This year, BCM features six
works by three choreographers including four premieres.
Bebe Miller Company offers complex and intriguing works which,
like the choreographer herself, have a sense of humor, humanity,
an irrepressible vitality of spirit and an unending imagination.
She has been called "a strong new force in dance" by
the Christian Science Monitor, which goes on to say that
Miller produces "some of the most fascinating and fresh choreography
of the postmodern movement."
Bebe Miller Company is scheduled to perform two West Coast premieres
choreographed by Miller. Blessed will feature music by
the Australian Gospel ensemble The Cafe of the Gate of Salvation.
Heaven + Earth features a concept and visual design by
Caroline Beasley-Baker. The work's eclectic musical score includes
music by Clarence Fountain and the Five Blind Boys, Gabriel Faure's
Requiem, traditional music, the Ramayana Monkey Chant and taped
streets sounds from the company's travels in South Africa.
Winifred R. Harris' Between Lines makes its third festival appearance
with the West Coast premiere of Winifred R. Harris' sumptuous
group work Bitter Sweets. The company will also perform
last season's critically acclaimed Thunder is Not Yet Rain
featuring music by Dead Can Dance. Harris' works are intensely
personal, reflecting her concerns as a neo-African American artist
and woman living in contemporary society. Her work fuses a variety
of choroegraphic influences into a rich movement vocabulary, allowing
her dancers to give expression to complex and sometimes disturbing
issues of our time. Lewis Segal of the Los Angeles Times
writes Winifred R. Harris' Between Lines is "...perhaps the
most sophisticated and profound African American choreographer
"The kinesthetic equivalent of a sip of champagne-- the
quality of the movement was exquisite," is how the Philadelphia
City Paper describes Rennie Harris and Pure Movement. Harris'
electrifying work is choreographed in the vocabulary of hip hop,
stepping, poppin', animation, locking, electric boogie, break
dance and house dance. The group received standing ovations during
their recent Luckman performance with DanceAfrica America, and
the audience is clamoring for more.
Rennie Harris (no relation to Winifred R. Harris) contributes
two works to this years' festival. Students of the Asphalt
Jungle, the critically acclaimed work which was presented
earlier in the Luckman season, closes each of the festival's four
evenings. Harris' Philadelphia based Pure Movement will also
perform the West Coast premiere of Endangered Species,
Harris' wrenching reflection on the human price of urban decay.
Luckman Theatre, part of the Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine
Arts Complex, is noted for its integrity in bringing innovative
dance, music and theatre to Southern California.
Located at the junction of the I-10 (San Bernardino) and I-710
(Long Beach) freeways on the California State University, Los
Angeles campus, Luckman's striking red brick structures house
one of the newest performing arts theatres and fine arts galleries
in Los Angeles. The fine arts gallery -- free to the public --
is open one hour prior to each theatre performance and Monday
through Thursday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For theatre
information call (323) 343-6610. For ticket information call
TicketMaster at (213) 480-3232 or (714) 740-2000.
Luckman Fine Arts Complex presents Black Choreographers
Moving Toward the 21st Century.
Bebe Miller Company, Winifred R. Harris' Between the Lines and
Rennie Harris' Pure Movement are featured artists in this contribution
of African Americans to the evolution of contemporary dance.
BCM presents six works by three choreographers, including
four West Coast premieres.
Luckman Theatre at Cal State L.A. Junction of the I-10 (San Bernardino) and I-710 (Long Beach) freeways.
Thursday through Saturday, May 2-4 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May
5 at 3 p.m.
$20/$18 for general; $12 for students with I.D. & seniors
over 65; Call TicketMaster (213) 480-3232 or (714) 740-2000.
Group prices available by calling (323) 343-6610.
Luckman information -- (323) 343-6610.