The Guide to the Inaugural DCA LA Dance Platform

Celebrate L.A.'s rich history of dance from June 6-8, 2018
Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Reign | Photo by Rennie Harris

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has announced the 2018 DCA LA Dance Platform, a community-curated selection of programming that will run concurrently with the Dance USA Conference taking place on Wednesday, June 6 through Saturday, June 9.

Led by DCA, the platform will provide an immersive and educational experience that pays homage to the city’s rich history of dance. Talented dance professionals, curators, educators, funders, and presenters have been invited to learn and engage with the city’s compelling dance scene, showcasing its breadth, excellence, and diversity. DCA LA Dance Platform events will give dance practitioners opportunities to connect, dialogue, and showcase new and in-progress works. The selected artists represent a cross-section of the established, emerging, and commercial dance artists in the city’s vibrant dance community.

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L.A. Dance Project performing Yag choreographed by Ohad Naharin, 2018, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts | Photo by Lawrence K. Ho

LIVE FROM 2245 - LA DANCE PROJECT (June 5-9, 2018)

L.A. Dance Project is a platform for the development, creation, support and presentation of world-class dance in Los Angeles. Comprised of an internationally acclaimed dance company, a brand new performance space in the burgeoning DTLA Arts District, and a program of media initiatives, LADP seeks to foster dance-centered artistic collaborations across all disciplines, cultures and communities in Los Angeles and around the globe.

LIVE from 2245 is the inaugural performance series of LADP’s newly opened hybrid performance/work/creative headquarters. LIVE from 2245 features two rotating programs that highlight the company’s ongoing mission to promote the work of emerging and established choreographers, and to introduce new audiences to iconic modern works.

  • PROGRAM A: Second Quartet by Noé Soulier, Bach Studies (Part 1) by Benjamin Millepied [LA Premiere]
  • PROGRAM B: Martha Graham Duets by Martha Graham, Hearts & Arrows and On the Other Side by Benjamin Millepied

General Admission is $25. Student and Group rates available. For the full schedule and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

2245 E. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles 90021
(213) 622-5995

L.A. Dance Party USA - Grand Performances (June 6, 2018)

Taking place at California Plaza, L.A. Dance Party USA captures the energy and creativity of dancemakers, movers, and shakers in celebration of L.A.’s vibrant dance scene. Featuring:

  • DJ Muñeka of Rail Up and DJs Arshia Haq and David Gomez of Discostan
  • Dance activations from d. Sabela grimes and Mecca Vazie Andrews
  • Christine Marie’s interactive 3-D shadow-dance generator

Admission is free and open to the public.

California Plaza
300 & 350 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles 90071

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Milka Djordjevich, photo by Gema Galiana, LAX Festival

ANTHEM - Los Angeles Performance Practice (June 7, 9-10, 2018)

Los Angeles Performance Practice is a non-profit organization devoted to the production and presentation of contemporary performance by artists whose work advances and challenges multidisciplinary artistic practices.

Los Angeles Performance Practice presents Milka Djordjevich at Ghebaly Gallery for four performances of ANTHEM (2017). The work weaves together existing and imagined dance styles to explore labor, play, and feminine-posturing. Questioning contemporary dance’s predisposition towards neutrality, authenticity and the de-sexualization of the female body, ANTHEM embraces theatricality, virtuosity, and sass. Tickets on sale at www.artful.ly/store/events/15397.

Ghebaly Gallery
E. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles 90021 – located adjacent to LA Dance Project
(323) 282-5187

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Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Open Your Eyes, 2017 | Photo by Richard Termine, courtesy of Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Lula Washington Dance Theatre - Ford Theatres (June 8, 2018)

For this joyous evening of dance at Ford Theatres, one of L.A.’s most beloved contemporary dance companies, Lula Washington Dance Theatre will perform work from three renowned choreographers: Kyle Abraham, Rennie Harris and David Roussève, alongside works by Lula Washington and Tamica Washington-Miller. This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series presented by the Ford Theatre Foundation comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live.

2580 Cahuenga Blvd E, Los Angeles 90068

DCA Presents International Dance Scene Panel (June 9, 2018)

On Saturday, June 9, DCA Presents a panel of international dance curators who will discuss their curatorial practice, how they view American dance, and what they are experiencing in Los Angeles. Panelists are from Bulgaria, Poland, Uruguay, Brazil, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico, Germany, and Tunisia. Moderated by Andrea Synder and Carolelinda Dickey of American Dance Abroad.

Confirmed panelists:

  • Anna Cheng, West Kowloon Cultural District (Hong Kong)
  • Chema Gargouri, Tunisian Association for Management and Social Stability (Tunis, Tunisia)
  • Jadwiga Majewska Grabowska, Krakow International Festival Of Contemporary Dance (Krakow, Poland)
  • Eleno Guitierrez, Centro de Producción de Danza Contemporánea (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Lassaad Jamoussi, Tunisian Higher Institute of Cinema & Audiovisual Art (Tunis, Tunisia)
  • Atanas Maev, Derida Dance Center (Sofia, Bulgaria)
  • Kirsten Seeligmüller, Dock 11 (Berlin, Germany)
  • Natalia Sobrera, Montevideo Sitiada (Montevideo, Uruguay)
  • Dr. Danny Tan, Odyssey Dance Theatre (Singapore)

The panel is taking place at Diavolo Dance Studio from 4-5:30pm. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited to capacity.

616 Moulton Ave, Los Angeles 90031
(323) 225-4290

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Contra-Tiempo, "joyUS justUS," Leimert Park, 2017 | Photo by Alfonso Gomez, courtesy of Contra-Tiempo

Dance Around Town - Luckman Fine Arts Complex (June 9, 2018)

Taking place at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex on the campus of Cal State LA, Dance Around Town will feature four of L.A.’s leading dance companies: Syncopated Ladies, Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Versa-Style Dance Company, and CONTRA-TIEMPO | Urban Latin Dance Theater. For the full program and tickets, visit the Luckman website

5151 State University Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 343-6600