The Harriet and Charles Luckman


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


Los Angelel, CA -- June 11, 1996 -- The Harriet and Charles Luckman Theatre season for 1996-97, a wonderfully eclectic blend of emerging and established artists of dance, music and theatre, includes the final performance of the renowned Lewitzky Dance Company and the 1925 silent horror film classic, The Phantom of the Opera, complete with full orchestra and singer.

The season begins in October and offers dance performances by Philadanco, Ballet Folklórico del Pacifíco, Lula Washington, Pacific Dance Ensemble, Martha Graham Dance Company, Smuin Ballets/SF, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Lewitzky Dance Company, AVAZ International Dance Theatre and Dance Kaleidoscope. Theatre/cinema performances include The Phantom of the Opera, Culture Clash and three stage presentations by the Acting Company. The music line-up showcases the talents of Rita Moreno, The Los Angeles Concert Opera, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Christian McBride and Joe Lovano, Anderson and Ying Quartets, and Bobby Rodriguez and the HMA Orchestra.

In addition, this season offers special children's presentations featuring Doctor Dinosaur, Kinnara Taiko, ODC/San Francisco's The Velveteen Rabbit and Anderson Quartet at a cost of only $5 per performance when purchased as a series. Special attention is also given to seniors and students as the Luckman presents a series of matinees at a savings of 65 percent. Entitled S.S. Sunday Sampler, the matinees include Lula Washington on Nov. 17, Smuin Ballets/SF on March 2, the Acting Company's presentation of Glass Menagerie on April 6 and the Anderson and Ying Quartets on April 20. The general audience is invited to receive huge savings by subscribing to the Golden Eagle Series featuring the Ballet Folklórico del Pacífico, Martha Graham, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Philadanco.

To receive a season brochure or further Luckman Theatre information call (323) 343-6610.


Saturday, October 5, 8 p.m.
The Philadelphia Dance Company - Philadanco - has brought performance excitement to enthusiastic audiences for more than 25 years. This professional company of highly-skilled dancers emphasizes innovative works by American choreographers in dramatic programs that have great audience appeal and win unanimous critical praise.

Ballet Folklórico del Pacífico
Saturday, October 26, 8 p.m.
Ballet Folklórico del Pacífico's forty dancers and musicians combine intensive training in classical ballet, modern and Mexican folk to provide a wonderful, varied spectacle of color, rhythms and unfailing energies.

Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Saturday, Nov. 16, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 17, 4 p.m.
Lula Washington Dance Theatre is internationally respected for its repertory, a unique blend of African, modern and jazz techniques, theater and humor. During 1996-97, Lula Washington's company will tour coast-to-coast and abroad with Washington's This Little Light and a repertory program of small-cast, all-women works.

Pacific Dance Ensemble
Friday, January 24, 8 p.m.; Saturday, January 25, 8 p.m.
Using a pace and format developed from TV game shows, Pacific Dance Ensemble explores the spiritual and metaphysical significance of the approaching millenium in Matter of Time.

Martha Graham Dance Company
Saturday, February 8, 8 p.m.
Embodying the American spirit of artistic collaboration and ingenuity, the Graham Company engages audiences with her visionary classics Appalachian Spring, Diversion of Angels, Cave of the Heart and Satyric Festival Song.

Smuin Ballets/SF
Saturday, March 1, 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 2, 4 p.m.
Smuin Ballets/SF's celebration of dance, packed with variety and spitfire energy, features portions of Dances with Songs, Frankie & Johnny and other repertory such as Scherzo (set to Mahler), The Eternal Idol (to Chopin), pas de deux from The Tempest (after Purcell) and Shinju (original Japanese-influenced score), and the critically acclaimed One Step Forward to Bach (to "The Well-Tempered Clavier")

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens
Saturday, April 12, 8 p.m.
Admired world-wide for a style that combines the purest classicism with the quirky virtuosity of contemporary movement, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens has a repertoire that reflects some of the most distinctive work by today's finest contemporary choreographers.

Lewitzky Dance Company Gala Performance--Save the Date!
Saturday, May 17, 7 p.m.
The last Los Angeles performance honors the incredible career of Bella Lewitzky, Los Angeles' grande dame of modern dance for more than 30 years. Lewitzky will close her company after the 1996-97 season. Don't miss this very special performance featuring the newly-commissioned work Four Women in Time; excerpts from her expansive choreographic repertoire with special appearances by former Lewitzky dancers and a special tribute to Bella. Gala ticket prices will be available and will include a reception with Lewitzky and the dancers. For more information on the Gala Reception call (213) 580-6338.

AVAZ International Dance Theatre
Saturday, June 7, 8 p.m.
In their 20th season, AVAZ International Dance Theatre offers a rich tapestry of dances and music from the opulent courts of Persia and Samarqand and Bukhara in Central Asia. Featured will be dances and songs that were popular in courtly gatherings from the Timurid, Safavid and Qajar periods, and songs and dances of the colorful regional traditions of the Iranian world.

Dance Kaleidoscope 1997
Friday, July 18, 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 19, 8 p.m.
Experience the fascinating range of dance in L.A.! When known and rising choreographers show their best, the novel meets the classic, ancient traditions square off with provocative hybrids, and the audience is the winner. Companies from all over the Southland compete each year to be represented in Dance Kaleidoscope, L.A.'s leading dance showcase.


The Phantom of the Opera
Gala Event, Thursday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m.
Luckman Theatre presents the 1925 film, The Phantom of the Opera, and combines it with a full orchestra and singer performing the movie's original score for a thrilling Halloween terror-fest. In one of his greatest roles, Lon Chaney - Man of a Thousand Faces - plays the phantom, a strange, disfigured musician who lives in the vast, mysterious maze of cellars beneath the Paris Opéra.

Culture Clash
Saturday, February 1 at 8 p.m.
Culture Clash, the nation's premiere Chicano/Latino comedy trio featuring the wildly imaginative talents of Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza, presents Anthology, a retrospective of its most important stage work.

The Acting Company
Mud, River, Stone, Friday, April 4, 8 p.m.
As You Like It, Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m.
Glass Menagerie, Sunday, April 6, 2 p.m.
Some of America's most gifted young actors offer robustly inventive performances in Glass Menagerie, As You Like It and Mud, River, Stone. Founded by Margot Harley and John Houseman, The Acting Company has cultivated the careers of Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone and Keith David, among others.


The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band
Friday, November 8, 8 p.m.
The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band celebrates America's indigenous music with original and traditional compositions commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The Band has been hailed by critics for their interpretations that represent the whole flow of what jazz means as an art form and where it is headed.

Rita Moreno
Saturday, November 23, 8 p.m.
Rita Moreno's high-skill performance is a powerful exploration of harmonies, orchestral colors and her boundless energy and expertise as a singer and a dancer. Rita Moreno is the only female performer to have won all four of the most prestigious show business awards: the Oscar, the Emmy, the Grammy and the Tony.

The Land of Smiles
Sunday, January 19, 2 p.m.
The Los Angeles Concert Opera presents The Land of Smiles, Franz Lehár's famous operetta which is an irresistible combination of Viennese charm and Oriental exoticism. This semi-staged concert version in English, featuring the Los Angeles Performing Arts Orchestra, will be performed with an award-winning cast.

Jazz with McBride and Lovano
Saturday, March 8, 8 p.m.
Christian McBride, the most sought after young bassist on the jazz scene, and Joe Lovano, honored as 1995's Most Popular Tenor Saxophonist and with Jazz Album of the Year, and as the 1995 and 1996 Jazz Musician of the Year, combine talents for an incredible evening of music at Luckman Theatre.

Anderson Quartet & Ying Quartet
Sunday, April 20, 4 p.m.
Luckman Theatre features a thrilling night of chamber music by the critically-acclaimed AndersonQuartet and Ying Quartet. The Anderson Quartet is the first African-merican classical ensemble to win the prestigious International Cleveland Quartet Competition and the Ying Quartet has rapidly become one of the best known and most highly regarded young ensembles on the American music scene.

Bobby Rodriguez and the HMA Orchestra
Sunday, April 27, 4 p.m.
The 23-piece Hispanic Musicians Association Orchestra, led by trumpeter Bobby Rodriguez, brings hot Latin Jazz to Luckman Theatre. Bobby Rodriguez and the HMA Orchestra has gained world-wide support and recognition with its release of two CDs.


Doctor Dinosaur
Sunday, October 20, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
It's one thing to plan a Saturday morning TV show about dinosaurs starring the leading paleontologist Dr. Vanderplastercaster but it's quite another when the dinosaurs themselves join in the fun! Meet Stella Stegosaurus, Dinah Diplodocus, the Hadrosaur from Hackensack and others as the nationally acclaimed Dinorock Productions presents a sensational show featuring an irresistibly funny story, rollicking songs and huge dinosaur puppets.

Kinnara Taiko
Saturday, January 11, 2 p.m.
A delicious fury of sight and sound, Kinnara Taiko combines rhythms of Japanese drums with choreographed movement, mime, flute and other percussion sounds. One of the leading Japanese-American taiko drums groups in the United States, Kinnara Taiko presents a fascinating blend of traditional Japanese rhythms with American musical influences from rock to jazz.

The Velveteen Rabbit
Saturday, March 22, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Margery Williams' heart-warming story of a toy rabbit who magically comes to life through the love of a young boy is presented by ODC/San Francisco. Their adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit includes dancing, narration and music in this enduring tale about love, loyalty and growing old.

The Anderson Quartet
Saturday, May 3, 2 p.m.
Enter the world of music and let your imagination soar! This special matinee by the acclaimed Anderson Quartet, features innovative hands-on activities introducing the world of classical music.

All performances and artists are correct as of publication. Programs are subject to change.

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