Luckman Audiences to Get
PREMIERS NEW WORKS AT
LUCKMAN FINE ARTS COMPLEX,
CAL STATE L.A., JUNE 7, 2003
Raiford Rogers LA Chamber Ballet has been invited to LondonÂs SadlerÂs Wells Peacock Theatre for six performances, June 17-21, 2003. The program of new works by the LACB will first be premiÃ¨red at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State L.A., Saturday, June 7 at 8:00 p.m. The program will include:
Untitled World PremiÃ¨re
Where Are You My Love?
Dancers in sleek unitards manipulate light and shadow to music by jazz legend Charlie Haden, transporting the audience into the emotional world of Raymond ChandlerÂs film noir murder mysteries Â a 1940s Los Angeles of femme fatales and lurking danger. Languid, the dancers fall into an endless dream of romance and mystery, sweeping us with them in their wake. With audio segments from actual films such as The Big Sleep starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, the overall effect is mesmerizing.
In C PremiÃ¨re
RAIFORD ROGERS is the director-choreographer of Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet and the Los Angeles Chamber Ballet. He is a native of Bad Axe, Michigan. His works have been performed throughout the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. Rogers was awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer Fellowships. He has created a strong body of work including many collaborative projects with renowned artists. His most recent works include Cabin Fever with author and NPR radio commentator Sandra Tsing Loh; Cocktails With Joey and Knockaround with lounge icon Joey Altruda and his 18-piece Mambo Orchestra; and Where Are You My Love? with jazz legend Charlie HadenÂs Quartet West.
Other unique projects include: Dmitri, set to a synopsis by Woody Allen; Orpheus: a Ballet-Opera and Antoine de St. ExuperyÂs The Little Prince with composer Lloyd Rodgers and artist Mark Stock; Question of Balance with artist John Nava; and Dream Baby with music by Roy Orbison. Additional pieces include So Nice, a 1950s satire set to bossa nova tunes, Wishes and Turns (Martinu), Autumn Trilogy (Bach), Concertino (Berio), and J. Alfred Prufrock (Ginastera).
Rogers is choreographer in residence at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and has performed new works every year at LACMA since 1997. He was recently commissioned to create two new works for BalletFest in Los Angeles at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex. Rogers serves on numerous government peer panels and is a selector for the Alberto Vilar Global Fellowships. He danced professionally with the Constanza Hool Ballet of Mexico, the Albuquerque Dance Theatre, and with Gene Marinaccio in Los Angeles. He attended the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico, and the University of New Mexico (BFA).
This past August, LA Chamber Ballet performed in NYC at the Duke on 42nd Street.
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