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2021/22 Student Matinees

SPRING 2022 

NOTE: All attendees (students & adults) must be fully vaccinatedSeating is limited and all requests will need to be confirmed by The Wallis' education department. We will reach out to discuss your request and the details of how many students can be accommodated for any given performance.

IMAGE: METTA QUINTET, photo by Deneka Peniston


JazzReach Presents: Con Alma y Fuego: an abbreviated history of Afro-Caribbean / Latin Jazz featuring METTA QUINTET

For grades 4+
Friday, January 21 @ 10:30am 
Lovelace Studio Theater 

While jazz has long been considered a distinctly American art form, it cannot be denied that it is and has always been a stylistic amalgam of the many rich cultural traditions that define the American experience.  In fact, it's our cultural diversity in particular that (by and large) exemplifies the very meaning of "distinctly American".
With this in mind,  jazz musicians have always been creative, open-minded, globetrotting explorers in search of new sounds, new rhythms, new harmonies and melodies as a means by which to expand their musical vocabularies and palettes of artistic expression.  "Latin Jazz” (as it’s commonly known) is, in effect, an approach to playing jazz that integrates traditionally American jazz forms, concepts and sensibilities with rhythms, harmonies, melodies and instruments from the African, Caribbean and South American musical traditions.
Targeting student audiences and audiences of all ages alike, this 60 minute live educational program traverses the origins and evolution of Latin/Afro-Caribbean jazz and highlight the contributions and music of groundbreaking artists such as, Mario Bauza, Machito, Dizzy Gillespiel, Tito Puente, Irakere, Eddie Palmieri and Fort Apache just to name a few.  Program objectives are to elucidate the degree to which both, the American experience and the sound of jazz, have been greatly influenced, enhanced, expanded and refined by these rich, soulful Afro-Caribbean heritages.

Rapunzel Alone 

For grades 4+
Tuesday, March 15 @ 10:30am SOLD OUT
Wednesday, March 16 @ 10:30am 
Lovelace Studio Theater

The wonderfully inventive, award-winning, 24th Street Theatre is an LA institution that makes sophisticated theater that appeals to both children and adults alike. Written by the celebrated Olivier Award-winning UK writer Mike KennyRapunzel Alone is a brand new live theatrical reimagining inspired by the classic fairy tale that follows the story of Lettie, a young mixed-race girl from London, sent to the countryside for her own safety during the daily bombings of WWII. On an isolated country farm, she faces her own battles with a strict new guardian and a very “fowl” goose.
PLUS: Enjoy free access to the 
radio play adaptation of Rapunzel Alone through August 31, 2022.


Complexions Contemporary Ballet

For grades 6+
Friday, April 15 @ 10:30am
Bram Goldsmith Theater

Founded in 1994 by Master Choreographer Dwight Rhoden and the legendary Desmond Richardson, Complexions has held a singular approach to reinventing dance through a groundbreaking mix of methods, styles and cultures. Today, Complexions represents one of the most recognized and respected performing arts brands in the World. Having presented an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement on five continents, over twenty countries, to over twenty million television viewers and to well over 300,000 people in live audiences, Complexions is poised to continue its mission of bringing unity to the world one dance at a time.

"Rhoden's work is post-Balanchinean choreography, a new aesthetic in movement, stage picture, and performance concepts reflecting a post-modern, techno-savvy worldview." - Dance Magazine

"Companies like Complexions are game-changing: they're forging a path for what ballet can be instead of what it historically has been." The Guardian

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