Harriet & Charles Luckman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17, 1996

Contact: Diane Turner,
Harriet & Charles Luckman
Fine Arts Complex
Phone: (323) 343-6616
Fax: (323) 343-6423

BLACK CHOREOGRAPHERS MOVING TOWARD THE 21ST
CENTURY AT LUCKMAN THEATRE MAY 2-5

Bebe Miller Company, Winifred R. Harris and Rennie Harris' Pure Movement are featured during the four days of performances.

Los Angeles, CA -- April 19, 1996 -- Explore the distinct contributions of African Americans to the evolution of contemporary dance as Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Theatre presents Black Choreographers Moving Toward the 21st Century from Thursday through Saturday, May 2-4 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at 3 p.m. For tickets call TicketMaster (213) 480-3232 or (714) 740-2000.

Featured during the four days of performances are West Coast premieres of modern dance by Bebe Miller Company and Winifred R. Harris, and exciting urban dance of Rennie Harris and Pure Movement.

Black Choreographers Moving Toward the 21st Century, now in its sixth season, is the nation's longest running annual celebration of African American innovation in contemporary dance and is produced by First Impressions Performances. This year, BCM features six works by three choreographers including four premieres.

Bebe Miller Company offers complex and intriguing works which, like the choreographer herself, have a sense of humor, humanity, an irrepressible vitality of spirit and an unending imagination. She has been called "a strong new force in dance" by the Christian Science Monitor, which goes on to say that Miller produces "some of the most fascinating and fresh choreography of the postmodern movement."

Bebe Miller Company is scheduled to perform two West Coast premieres choreographed by Miller. Blessed will feature music by the Australian Gospel ensemble The Cafe of the Gate of Salvation. Heaven + Earth features a concept and visual design by Caroline Beasley-Baker. The work's eclectic musical score includes music by Clarence Fountain and the Five Blind Boys, Gabriel Faure's Requiem, traditional music, the Ramayana Monkey Chant and taped streets sounds from the company's travels in South Africa.

Winifred R. Harris' Between Lines makes its third festival appearance with the West Coast premiere of Winifred R. Harris' sumptuous group work Bitter Sweets. The company will also perform last season's critically acclaimed Thunder is Not Yet Rain featuring music by Dead Can Dance. Harris' works are intensely personal, reflecting her concerns as a neo-African American artist and woman living in contemporary society. Her work fuses a variety of choroegraphic influences into a rich movement vocabulary, allowing her dancers to give expression to complex and sometimes disturbing issues of our time. Lewis Segal of the Los Angeles Times writes Winifred R. Harris' Between Lines is "...perhaps the most sophisticated and profound African American choreographer now working."

"The kinesthetic equivalent of a sip of champagne-- the quality of the movement was exquisite," is how the Philadelphia City Paper describes Rennie Harris and Pure Movement. Harris' electrifying work is choreographed in the vocabulary of hip hop, stepping, poppin', animation, locking, electric boogie, break dance and house dance. The group received standing ovations during their recent Luckman performance with DanceAfrica America, and the audience is clamoring for more.

Rennie Harris (no relation to Winifred R. Harris) contributes two works to this years' festival. Students of the Asphalt Jungle, the critically acclaimed work which was presented earlier in the Luckman season, closes each of the festival's four evenings. Harris' Philadelphia based Pure Movement will also perform the West Coast premiere of Endangered Species, Harris' wrenching reflection on the human price of urban decay.

Luckman Theatre, part of the Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, is noted for its integrity in bringing innovative dance, music and theatre to Southern California.

Located at the junction of the I-10 (San Bernardino) and I-710 (Long Beach) freeways on the California State University, Los Angeles campus, Luckman's striking red brick structures house one of the newest performing arts theatres and fine arts galleries in Los Angeles. The fine arts gallery -- free to the public -- is open one hour prior to each theatre performance and Monday through Thursday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For theatre information call (323) 343-6610. For ticket information call TicketMaster at (213) 480-3232 or (714) 740-2000.


WHO:
Luckman Fine Arts Complex presents Black Choreographers Moving Toward the 21st Century.

WHAT:
Bebe Miller Company, Winifred R. Harris' Between the Lines and Rennie Harris' Pure Movement are featured artists in this contribution of African Americans to the evolution of contemporary dance. BCM presents six works by three choreographers, including four West Coast premieres.

WHERE:
Luckman Theatre at Cal State L.A. Junction of the I-10 (San Bernardino) and I-710 (Long Beach) freeways.

WHEN:
Thursday through Saturday, May 2-4 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at 3 p.m.

TICKETS:
$20/$18 for general; $12 for students with I.D. & seniors over 65; Call TicketMaster (213) 480-3232 or (714) 740-2000.
Group prices available by calling (323) 343-6610.

INFO:
Luckman information -- (323) 343-6610.

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