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Make the most of your arts resources with one of our Partner Packages then mix and match activities (below) to build a rich season of performances, creative learning, and inspirational fun.
 

FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS


 





 
Harlem Quartet: Game Changers
 
October 16, 2017
Genre: Music
Bram Goldsmith Theater
Seating Capacity 500
 
Harlem Quartet - comprised of violinists Ilmar Gavilan and Melissa White, violist Jaime Amador and cellist Felix Umansky - returns to the Bram Goldsmith Theater after an extraordinary debut in 2016. The Quartet’s 2017 program explores game-changing works from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries - including a work by Ilmar Gavilan’s father Guido Gavilan. These diverse young artists make classical music fun and accessible for students of all ages.

 
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The Wallis in collaboration with Mark Amin present
Feathers of Fire
 
October 25 & 26, 2017
Genre: Theater
Bram Goldsmith Theater
Seating Capacity 500
 
Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic is a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all ages. Inspired by the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh (‘The Book of Kings’), the action-packed tale follows star-crossed lovers Zaul and Rudabeh who triumph at the end against all odds. Hamid Rahmanian’s graphics, derived from the visual tradition of the region, are rendered by Larry Reed as puppets, costumes, masks, scenography and digital animation, all of which come to life in a “live animation” on a cinema-size screen.
 

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Story Pirates
 
January 11, 2018
Genre: Theater
Lovelace Theater
Seating Capacity 150

A high-energy, musical sketch comedy show performed at standing microphones in the Lovelace Studio Theater that is equal parts Monty Python, Schoolhouse Rock and A Prairie Home Companion. Story Pirates Radio is an evolution of the education and media company’s successful podcast and long-running show on Sirius XM Radio

 


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Lula Washington Dance Theatre
 
January 12, 2018
Genre: Dance
Bram Goldsmith Theater
Seating Capacity 500
 
Los Angeles-based company Lula Washington Dance Theatre celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by offering Wallis audiences three different programs of dance over the MLK holiday weekend. Not to be missed, all programs are performed with Marcus L. Miller and his Freedom Jazz Movement band. Stylistically, Ms. Washington fuses African and Afro-Haitian dance. She also incorporates the dance styles of gospel church, classical ballet, modern, street, theatrical, hip hop, while drawing from various ideas and issues. 

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L.A. Dance Project
 
April 6, 2018
Genre: Dance
Bram Goldsmith Theater
Seating Capacity 500
 
The Wallis is thrilled to announce L.A. Dance Project as its first Company-in-Residence! Collaborating with the company’s Artistic Director Benjamin Millepied, The Wallis welcomes L.A. Dance Project in a series of programs in both the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018, as well as other education and outreach activities. L.A. Dance Project is one of the world’s most exciting new dance companies, creating innovative platforms for contemporary dance. Founded in 2012 by renowned choreographer and director of Paris Opera Ballet Benjamin Millepied, along with composer Nico Muhly, art consultant Matthieu Humery, Founding Producer Charles Fabius and Nicholas Britell, L.A. Dance Project has enjoyed critically-acclaimed sold-out performances worldwide.

 



 

BodyTraffic
 
June 1, 2018
Genre: Dance
Bram Goldsmith Theater
Seating Capacity 500   
 
For the past 10 years BODYTRAFFIC has traveled the globe as LA’s most invigorating dance ambassadors. To celebrate its 10th Anniversary Season, BODYTRAFFIC comes home for its debut at The Wallis. 

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FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS






Dorrance Dance
 
October 13, 2018
Genre: Dance
Bram Goldsmith Theater
Seating Capacity 500
 
Dorrance Dance honors tap dance’s unique and powerful history in a new and dynamic context by upholding its tradition while simultaneously pushing it rhythmically, technically and conceptually. Artistic Director and 2015 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Michelle Dorrance’s Myelination premiered at New York City Center’s 2015 Fall for Dance Festival. Gia Kourlas of The New York Times responded: “Ms Dorrance has choreographed a glittering closer that needs to have a second life… please, someone, make that happen.” Join Dorrance Dance for the new, fully extended version of Myelination with original live music. In addition to this new work, the rarely-seen, Bessie Award-winning Three to One, and revival of the whimsical Jungle Blues complete the program, illustrating the great range for which the company is known. 

 
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L.A. Dance Project
 
November 3, 2018
Genre: Dance
Bram Goldsmith Theater
Seating Capacity 500
 
The Wallis is thrilled to announce L.A. Dance Project as its first Company-in-Residence! Collaborating with the company’s Artistic Director Benjamin Millepied, The Wallis welcomes L.A. Dance Project in a series of programs in both the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018, as well as other education and outreach activities. L.A. Dance Project is one of the world’s most exciting new dance companies, creating innovative platforms for contemporary dance. Founded in 2012 by renowned choreographer and director of Paris Opera Ballet Benjamin Millepied, along with composer Nico Muhly, art consultant Matthieu Humery, Founding Producer Charles Fabius and Nicholas Britell, L.A. Dance Project has enjoyed critically-acclaimed sold-out performances worldwide.


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Great Expectations
 
February 7 & 8, 2018
Genre: Theater
Lovelace Theater
Seating Capacity 150
 
Seven-year-old orphan Pip’s encounter with an escaped convict begins a series of events that will change his life forever. Some of Charles Dickens’ most memorable characters are vividly brought to life in this anarchic and joyful one-man-adaptation of the classic tale.


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The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk
 
March 1, 2018
Genre: Theater
Bram Goldsmith Theater
Seating Capacity 500
 
Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella Chagall are immortalized as having one of the most romantic marriages of the 20th Century. The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk traces the young couple as they navigate the Pogroms, the Russian Revolution and each other. Following the artistic heights of Brief Encounter and 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, Kneehigh and director Emma Rice return to The Wallis with a production that combines the visuals of Chagall’s paintings with the music and dance of the Russian Jewish tradition. 
 
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Jackie Unveiled
 
March 2, 2018
Genre: Theater
Lovelace Theater
Seating Capacity 150 
 
Hailed as an icon of style, grace and strength, famous for her allure and piercing sensuality, much has been written and said about America’s most popular First Lady - although the one detail usually omitted is that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was human. From the creative team of Wiesenthal, award winning playwright Tom Dugan’s newest one-woman drama Jackie Unveiled explores the life of America’s most private public figure.




 

Dada Masilo's Giselle
 
April 13, 2018
Genre: Dance
Bram Goldsmith Theater
Seating Capacity 500 
 
A young girl dies after having been betrayed by a man. She cannot rest in peace and is transformed into a wili, a ghost with a desire for dance - and revenge. Acclaimed South African choreographer Dada Masilo, who stunned audiences around the world with her feminist revisions of Carmen, Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake, takes on another classic in her distinctive style of African dance and classical ballet performed at astonishing speed.