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FAMED WILCO PERCUSSIONIST PERFORMS WITH LEADING LA DANCE COMPANY ATE9 AT THE WALLIS
|Dance in Beverly Hills|
Date(s): 02/15/2019 to 02/16/2019
Day(s): Friday Saturday
Time(s): 7:30 p.m.
Address: 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 90404
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Ate9, one of Los Angeles’ most visceral and probing dance companies, makes its Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts debut with two gripping works by Artistic Director/Choreographer Danielle Agami, including the world premiere of a blind LAdy, featuring the live vocals of Spanish indie-pop singer/songwriter Lourdes Hernández (a.k.a. Russian Red), on Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 7:30 pm, in The Wallis’ Bram Goldsmith Theater. Also featured is the full-length calling glenn, rooted in the Gaga movement and incorporating the imaginative music of renowned Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche, who performs live on stage with 10 dancers as they expose “the complexities of intimacy and communication within personal, daily routines” (KCET Artbound). A compelling local treasure blazing with innovation, Ate9 captivates with its thought-provoking work. Agami, noted for her electrifying movement, surprising sense of humor and impeccable craft, has been hailed as “choreography’s It girl" (Los Angeles Times). Kotche, in addition to his Grammy-winning rock career, has composed music for such ensembles as Eighth Blackbird, Silk Road Ensemble, Kronos Quartet and Bang on a Can All-Stars. Hernández, a native of Madrid, was deemed a musical “revelation” (El País) and named Best Spanish Artist of the Year by MTV in 2011.
a blind LAdy reveals Agami at her sharpest and most profound as she brings vision to the insecurities and absurdities of living and working in LA. The captivating presence of the Ate9 dancers provides a transformational energy to Agami’s insightful movement and partnering while the vocal sweetness of Indie-pop singer Lourdes Hernandez offers a compelling backdrop to a stage lit by world-renowned lighting designer Avi Yona Bueno of Batsheva Dance Company. More than just another work of dance, a blind LAdy is meaningful contemporary theater at its most compelling.
calling glenn, Ate9’s first collaboration with Kotche, captivates audiences with Agami’s choreographic blend of brilliant strength, nuanced physicality and humor that inspires the imagination. The work flows seamlessly through rich visual and audible atmospheres created by Kotche's live sound generation as the dancers embody a rare presence filled with surprising moments of personal honesty and insight. calling glenn is a uniquely balanced collaboration of sound and movement that tells a fresh and contemporary narrative inspired by life’s exhausting common rituals and desires.
Ate9, founded in 2012 by Agami, creates experimental works that re-imagine the role of dance in the community while tapping into its power to unite people across diverse social and cultural borders. Valuing the vibrancy and diversity of its Los Angeles home base, the company, which tours nationwide, invests in and cares about the unique qualities and potential each individual brings to the company.
Single tickets are $29-$89. Visit TheWallis.org, call 310.746.4000, or stop by in person at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Services Office located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
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