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2018-19 Performances for Elementary Students

Story Pirates Play/Write Program

Genre: Theater
Suggested Grade Level: Third Grade
Classroom dates and times to be determined by the participating school and The Story Pirates

Story Pirates New Story show at The Wallis: December 7th at 10:30 AM
Venue: Lovelace Studio Theater
Run-time: 1 hour 15 minutes including Q and A

Special Cost: $1,000/classroom. Includes four classroom workshops and tickets to the show at The Wallis.

This is a special opportunity for 1-2 schools to host student writing workshops at your school and then have the Story Pirates bring the student stories to life on stage at The Wallis.

Story Pirates teaching artists collaborate closely with the classroom teachers to pick and customize the perfect curriculum;then, pairs of Story Pirates invade each classroom to bring improv games, creative brainstorms, and valuable tools that help each student write his or her own story over the course of four workshops, each up to an hour long. At the Story Pirates New Story Show, you'll see the world premiere of 2-3 stories written by students at your school. Performed alongside a few of their greatest hits stories, watch the Story Pirates celebrate the words and ideas of your very own student authors. This 45-minute show features 6 actors and a live pianist with colorful sets, costumes, and props to create a hilarious, inspiring, and one-of-a-kind event!


Hubbard Street Dance Chicago & Third Coast Percussion

Genre: Dance
Suggested Grade Level: 3rd-5th
Date & Time: January 11th at 10:30a
Venue: Goldsmith Theater
Run-time: Approx. 90 minutes including a Q&A

A new collaboration between the acclaimed Chicago companies Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Third Coast Percussion with sensational choreography by Emma Portner, Movement Art Is, and a rousing score by Devonte Hynes. 


The Old Man and the Old Moon

Genre: Theater
Suggested Grade Level: 4th-6th grade
Date & Time: March 14th at 10:30a
Venue: Goldsmith Theater
Run-time: Approx. 1 hour 40 minutes including Q&A

Who keeps the moon shining bright? The Old Man charged with that task embarks on an epic adventure of land, sea, and sky in search of his missing wife in this swirling tale of love accompanied by a live, indie-folk band.  The endlessly imaginative PigPen Theatre Co. finally arrives in Los Angeles with a luminously lo-fi spectacle that elevates traditional storytelling to high art. 


Malpaso Dance Company 

Genre: Dance
Suggested Grade Level: 3rd-5th
Date & Time: March 29th at 10:30a
Venue: Goldsmith Theater
Run-time: Approx. 90 minutes including a Q&A

Cuba’s hottest contemporary dance company shares a little slice of Havana in a sparkling program of movement and music featuring works by Artistic Director Osnel Delgado, as well as international choreographers Aszure Barton, Cecilia Bengolea and Ohad Naharin. 


Black Beauty 

Genre: Theater
Suggested Grade Level: 1st grade +
Dates & Times:  
April 24th- 26th at 10:30a
April 30th- May 2nd at 10:30a
Venue: Lovelace
Run-time: Approx. 1 hour and 40 minutes including a Q&A

From the cozy horsebox they call home, struggling pantomime artists Andy and Andy take the bit firmly between their teeth and tell the classic tale as you’ve never seen it before.  Blending storytelling, music and puppetry, this re-telling of Black Beauty is sure to warm your heart.


Inna Faliks: The Fantastic World of Robert Schumann

Genre: Music
Suggested Grade Level: 2nd-4th  (May 8)
Date & Time: May 8th at 10:30 AM
Venue: Lovelace Studio Theater
Run-time: Approx. 1 hour plus Q and A

Ukrainian-born American pianist Inna Faliks, Head of Piano at UCLA, has established herself as one of the most exciting, committed, communicative and poetic artists of her generation. 


2018-19 Performances for Secondary Students

Alonzo King Lines Ballet

Genre: Dance
Suggested Grade Level: 6th-12th
Date & Time: November 2nd at 10:30a
Venue: Goldsmith
Run-time: Approx. 90 minutes including a Q&A

Alonzo King LINES Ballet creates work drawing on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions, imbuing classical ballet with new expressive potential. Choreographer King understands ballet as a science- founded on universal, geometric principals of energy and evolution- and continues to develop a new language of movement from its classical forms and techniques, connecting audiences to a profound sense of shared humanity. 


ATE9 Dance Company

Genre: Dance
Suggested Grade Level: 6th-12th
Date & Time: February 15th at 10:30a
Venue: Goldsmith
Run-time:  Approx. 90 minutes including a Q&A

Los Angeles’ ATE9 Dance Company was founded by Agami in 2012- fueled by her vision to transform dance and engage new audiences with bold, innovative work.  ATE9 continues to blaze a trail in Los Angeles with productions that are innovative, visceral, interactive and accessible to the diverse communities around this city and the globe. 


Witness Uganda

Genre: Musical Theater
Suggested Grade Level:  6th-12th
Date & Time: February 21st at 10:30a
Venue: Lovelace
Run-time: coming soon

Devastated when his New York City church kicks him out for being gay, Griffin escapes across the world to volunteer in a small African village.  His ‘good intentions’ are tested against the backdrop of an incurable epidemic, corruption and a dangerous abduction that leaves him questioning everything he has ever known.  Witness Uganda is a groundbreaking documentary journey that expands the possibilities of the American musical.


National Sawdust: (M)iyamoto is Black Enough

Genre: Music
Suggested Grade Level: 10th-12th
Date & Time: March 15th at 10:30a
Venue: The Lovelace Studio Theater
Run-time: Approx. 90 minutes including Q&A

A contemporary band performs a riveting piece about Ariana Miyamoto, the mixed-race winner of Miss Universe Japan 2015, who weathered backlash for her lack of “pure” parentage – that she was not Japanese enough. Prepare yourself for a brash symphony of hard-driving rhythms and biting social commentary.


Inna Faliks: The Fantastic World of Robert Schumann

Genre: Music
Suggested Grade Level: 6th-9th (May 9)
Date & Time: May 9th at 10:30 AM
Venue: Lovelace Studio Theater
Run-time: Approx. 1 hour plus Q and A

Ukrainian-born American pianist Inna Faliks, Head of Piano at UCLA, has established herself as one of the most exciting, committed, communicative and poetic artists of her generation. 


Jacob Jonas The Company

Genre: Dance
Suggested Grade Level: Secondary
Date & Time: Friday, May 10th at 10:30a
Venue: Goldsmith
Run-time: Approx. 90 minutes including a Q&A

Jacob Jonas The Company – led by its dynamic namesake - is gaining international acclaim for its honest storytelling, visceral performances and cutting-edge content creation – including the #CamerasandDancers visual arts movement.


National Sawdust: Forward Music Project

Genre: Music
Suggested Grade Level: 9th-12th
Date & Time: May 31st at 10:30a
Venue: The Lovelace Studio Theater
Run-time: Approx. 60 minutes including a Q&A

Amanda Gookin, performer. Composers: Angélica Negrón, Nathalie Joachim, Leila Adu, Jessica Meyer, Allison Loggins-Hull, Amanda Feery, Morgan Krauss.