Los Angeles’ new culture scene 2012

Walt Disney Concert hall downtown Los Angeles
Rendering of the Broad Art Foundation museum ©Diller Scofidio + Renfro
The Broad Art Museum on Grand Avenue opens in 2013 across from LA MoCA

The Los Angeles cultural front is seeing growth in several areas simultaneously and to levels never before witnessed in this international city. LA now has an experimental dance showcase, called Pieter, in its white hot artists East Side of LA neighborhood of Highland Park. LA has an experimental music venue in The Wulf. It has a hopping jazz showcase in Little Tokyo named the Blue Whale, on Astronaut street. The Geffen Playhouse is presenting David Mamet’s American Buffalo, and August Strinberg’s Miss Julie. The Broad Stage adding another performance space and is presenting……Still waiting to hear the complete 2012-2013 performance schedules from Cal State LA’s Luckman showcase, where we saw the phenomenal LTDX dance company from Beijing. In the artworld, New York’s Gavin Brown Enterprise’s director is opening a large special projects space in Boyle Heights, a historic Latino community in Los Angeles. In Venice, a new project space has opened called Various Small Fires, by one of the backers and founders of the Performa Biennial in New York City. LAXART and the UCLA Hammer museum have teamed up to present the first ever LA Biennial in 2012. Former New Museum in New York City Dan Cameron is now Chief curator at the Orange County Museum of Art. Already he has refashioned the former California Biennial into the California Pacific Rim Triennial for 2013, which will showcase artists from Asia, Latin America and California, giving Southern California its first ever international contemporary forum. With Cameron, this makes it now that four world-class artworld personalities from New York have come to LA to take charge of LA art museums. Michael Govan, from DIA and DIA Beacon, New York, now has a German billionaire creating a massive collection of contemporary art for LACMA, in the face of Eli Broad building BCAM at LACMA but not giving LACMA his contemporary art collection. In 2013 the new Broad contemporary museum opens across from LA MoCA on Grand Avenue, some 27 years after MoCA opened via a one percent for art taxing of the California Plaza towers development. The Paris Photo fair is expanding to LA in 2013. Art Platform Los Angeles returns to LA, but in Santa Monica instead of downtown in 2012. And the LA Art Fair in downtown LA was a sensation last January. The major highlight was the presentation by China of a 7,000 square foot pavilion in the Los Angeles Convention Center, which featured a centuries old yet large, exquisitely wrought poet’s reading room, as well as enormous photorealist paintings of ritual life in China. A Noise Within, LA’s most important repertory theater company, now has a 300 seat venue in Pasadena. The Mark Taper Forum at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion presented Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. It was an astounding performance. The queen of contemporary dance presentation in LA, Glorya Kaufmann, has for almost a decade now brought to Los Angeles the best of international modern and contemporary dance and dance theater. And this is without Los Angeles having its own resident dance company – until this year, when sensational choreographer Bernard Millipied launched his LA Dance Project in September of 2012. Redcat Disney will be presenting a new performance based on Eugene O’Neill’s early plays. The Broad Stage will present the Shakespeare Globe Theater production of Hamlet. London’s Menier Chocolate Factory avant-garde theater company’s Nina Conte’s Talk to the Hand and Ruby Wax, Losing It. The LA Opera Off Grand will début at the Broad Stage with the opera Duce Rosa, based upon a short story by Isabel Allende. Up the road we’ll see a new jazz showcase in Culver City designed by Frank Gehry.

2013 Season

The Fall of the house of usher,

Long Beach Opera

By Phillip Glass
January 27, February 2, 3  2013

Ghostly. Mysterious. Chilling. There is a time to confront our fears and nightmares; a time to explore the fine line between truth and imagination. Welcome to one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most unsettling stories. Enter the eerie realm of the House of Usher where the border separating the real and the supernatural is blurred. Glass’ haunting and suspenseful music provides the soundscape for this journey to the edge of madness. Read More…

Here are some of the offerings coming to LA in 2012-2013

CAP UCLA 2012–13 Season
International theater returns to UCLA, beginning with the U.S. premiere of Théâtre de la Ville–Paris’ production of Eugéne Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros” Sept. 21–22. Directed by Emmanuel Demarcy–Mota, the Royce Hall performance will be in French with English subtitles.

London’s acclaimed Cheek By Jowl brings its version of John Ford’s classic Jacobian drama ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore” to the Freud Playhouse Jan 9–12.

Trisha Brown Dance Company: The Retrospective Project, which will include three full-length dance programs. On April 4, the project highlights Brown’s enduring collaborative relationship with famed artist Robert Rauschenberg with “Astral Converted,” presented at the outdoor Sunset Canyon Amphitheatre on campus.

Hamburg Ballet Hamburg Ballet
John Neumeier, Director / Chief Choreographer
February 8–10, 2013

Under the leadership of John Neumeier, Hamburg Ballet has developed into one of the most exquisite companies in the world. His thoughtful story adaptations have shed new light onto well known tales as he seamlessly combines movement, music and visual imageryHis modern but timeless interpretation of The Little Mermaid, created to mark the 200th birthday of Hans Christian Andersen, is a dramatic tale that contrasts the simplicity of underwater life with the worldly nature of the humans. As she travels through both worlds, the title character endures torment because of her love for the prince before ultimately triumphing through her own strength.Choreography, staging and design by John Neumeier
Music by Lera Auerbach

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg
Boris Eifman, Artistic Director
May 3–5, 2013

For his newest ballet, Boris Eifman has once again been drawn to a famous story of creative genius, inspiration and passion. Rodin, which premiered in 2012 to mark the company’s 35th anniversary, is based on the life of the famed French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) and his turbulent relationship with his mistress and muse, Camille Claudel. Set to music by Saint-Saëns, Massenet and Ravel, Rodin is a tale of artistic inspiration and the terrible price of genius.
 Los Angeles Music Center
 Alice in Wonderland
Christopher Wheeldon’s acclaimed version of “Alice in Wonderland,” danced by the National Ballet of Canada, plus an array of repertory programs by Alvin Ailey, the Joffrey Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre, are among the highlights of the 2012-2013 Music Center seasonAlso on the bill are some firsts for the 10-year-old Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center:L.A. Dance Project’s first performances, which will kick off the Music Center season (Sept. 22-23), includes Quintett” by William Forsythe, “Winterbranch,” by Merce Cunningham plus a new work by Millepied with composer Nico Muhly, graphic artist Christopher Wool and the fashion house Rodarte.
  • Miss Julie

    February 26 – April 7, 2013

    Written by August Strindberg
    Adapted & Directed by Neil LaBute
    World Premiere – Geffen Playhouse

    A Daring New Adaptation

  • American Buffalo

    April 2 – May 12, 2013

    Written by David Mamet
    Directed by Randall Arney
    First Major Los Angeles Production in Decades – Geffen Playhouse

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright

Christopher Wheeldon’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (Oct. 19-21), a contemporary full-length ballet, will have its U.S. debut (with live orchestra) with these performances. Created for London’s Royal Ballet, “Alice” moved recently to the National Ballet of Canada.

Also performing with a live orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet (Feb. 1-3) is bringing a reconstruction of the original 1913 Ballet Russes production of Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du Printemps/The Rite of Spring,” along with Wheeldon’s “After the Rain” and William Forsythe’s “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.”

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s five-night run (April 17-21) will feature three distinct programs, including Ohad Naharin’s “Minus 16.

America Ballet Theatre (July 11-14), with live orchestra, closes the series with two bills: the full-length “Le Corsaire,” which plays three nights,  plus a mixed-repertory program (to be announced) for opening night.

Experimental opera by the Los Angeles Philharmonic


photography by Autumn de Wilde

” In addition to “Le Nozze di Figaro” (with designs by the architect Jean Nouvel and the fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa), next season brings Oliver Knussen’s “Where the Wild Things Are,” Berg’s “Wozzeck,” Peter Eotvos’s “Angels in America” and a staged version of John Adams’s “Gospel According to the Other Mary” (which has its premiere here in a concert version on Thursday). That is an extraordinary program of opera in America.”

LA Dance Project by Bernard Millipied

Misty Copeland, Jillian Vanstone and Benjamin Millepied at Walt Disney Concert Hall

“L.A. Dance Project is close to finding a permanent space in the city, and that “the goal is to have a home.”

L.A. Dance Project will perform a world-premiere piece by Millepied, featuring music by Nico Muhly. It will also perform William Forsythe’s “Quintett” and Merce Cunningham’s “Winterbranch.” Millepied said he will be dancing in “Quintett” in what will be one of his final dance performances. The L.A. Dance Project is scheduled for Sept. 22-23 at Disney Hall.

By DANIEL J. WAKIN, New York Times

Benjamin Millepied’s company, L.A. Dance Project, will make its first appearance on the East Coast with October performances at Montclair State University’s Peak Performance series, it was announced on Wednesday. Also on the bill are a new chamber opera about the African-American artist Clementine Hunter, created in part by Robert Wilson; a new and so-far untitled work by Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet; performances by South Africa’s Via Katlehong dance group, the Richard Alston Dance Company and the Jasmin Vardimon Company; and the first presentation of “Dog Days,” a mix of “opera, musical theater and rock-infused concert music” set in an imaginary “war-torn United States,” Peak Performances said. “Dog Days” is the work of David T. Little, Royce Vavrek, Robert Woodruff, Judy Budnitz and Alan Pierson.

Redcat’s ongoing presentation of The Wooster Group experimental theater performance troup. This is America’s greatest experimental theater company. They will be presenting a program based upon the Early Plays of Eugene O’Neill

Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Brian Mendes and Kaneza Schaal, center, in “Moon of the Caribbees,” one of three related Eugene O’Neill one-acts in “Early Plays,” at St. Ann’s Warehouse. (Brooklyn)

Industry, the LA experimental opera company formed from VOX, New York City Opera’s groundbreaking opera company.

The Voodoo Queen is ready for her closeup in The Industry’s multi-genre inaugural production, “Crescent City,” in Atwater Village
The Industry

Gate Theatre Dublin’s production of Samuel Beckett’s
Krapp’s Last Tape
with John Hurt

Oct 9 – Nov 4, 2012

Kirk Douglas Theatre
downtown Culver City

Paris Photo Fair LA to debut in 2013 at Paramount Studios Hollywood
Med_julien_frydman-134-jpgJulien Frydman © Philippe Levy

After 16 years of existence, Paris Photo has become an essential meeting place, both on a French and international level.
Nevertheless, as the network of cultural centers and galleries tends to make Los Angeles an essential meeting place for collectors who don’t come to Paris, Jean-Daniel Compain, General Director of the Culture and Entertainment branch of Reed Expositions, and Julien Frydman, Director of Paris-Photo, decided to create Paris Photo L.A. The first edition will take place from April 24-28, 2013 at the Paramount studios, also celebrating their 100th anniversary.
It will present a selection of 80 French and international galleries whose definitive program will be announced during the next edition of Paris Photo, scheduled to take place from November 15-18, 2012, at the Grand Palais.
Julien Frydman adds that Paris Photo L.A. “is determined to represent all types of photography, including the most avant-garde, the program will be defined in relation to the cultural activity of the city and of its principle actors” (private collections, cultural institutions).

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