The Collective Memory Project
Arianne MacBean and The Big Show Co. present the world premiere of this original dance-theatre piece inspired by memories of U.S. military veterans, the performers and the audience themselves. This performance event is the culmination of a three-year community performance initiative, and will follow thirteen Memory Movement Workshops held with local veterans at the Ford Theatres and beyond. The work examines memory's effects through time, the agency of remembrance and forgetting, and investigates aspects of the past by which the present is always haunted. Just like memories, no two versions of The Collective Memory Project are alike, as memories of each new audience are incorporated into every presentation.
This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series presented by the Ford Theatre Foundation comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Supported by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.
For this intimate IGNITE On Stage experience, audiences will be seated on stage with the artists. Click here to view the seating map.
General Admission: $25
Star Entertainment/Raul Ruiz presents Fiesta Mexicana - Yo Te Recuerdo: Homenaje a Juan Gabriel
Yo Te Recuerdo: Homenaje a Juan Gabriel will feature Mariachi Garibaldi de Jimmy Cuellar and Ballet Folklórico de Los Angeles de Kareli Montoya, and vocalists Hermanas Nuñez and Shay and Paige Brooks. This tribute concert will present some of the most famous songs by Mexico's greatest composer of contemporary music, Juan Gabriel (1950 - 2016).
Tier 1: $67Tier 2: $52Tier 3: $42
BOLEROS DE NOCHE
PRESENTED BY ÁNIMO PRODUCTIONS
Featuring the last of the great romantic trios Los Tres Reyes and with a special performance by GRAMMY® Award winner Rosalie Rodriguez, this romantic evening celebrates bolero music from Latin America. Evoking the bohemian spirit of LA, this magical summer evening under the stars will be filled with nostalgia and love.
Tier 1: $60Tier 2: $50Tier 3: $40
Children (12 and under): $44/$34, in Tiers 2 and 3 only.
Student tickets: $44/$34, in Tiers 2 and 3 only. Must be purchased in person at the box office with valid student ID; one ticket per student at that rate. For box office hours and location, click here.
Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company presents La Ruta Del Norte
In celebration of its 15th Anniversary, Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company will restage their hit show La Ruta Del Norte. From Baja California to the Rio Grande, this dance journey north explores and celebrates the sister cultures of the North American Southwest. A “quinceañera” waltz piece will mark this special anniversary.
VIP: $69, available Saturday 7/14 only.
Tier 1: $54Tier 2: $44Tier 3: $34
Pacifico Dance Company presents Al paso de la Mujer
Pacífico Dance Company explores Mexico's past through the eyes of La Mujer Mexicana (the Mexican woman). Accompanied by Mariachi Los Toros, the performance is dedicated to the Mexican woman whose beauty, strength and compelling courage has shaped the Mexico we know today. Highlighting the evening will be the world premiere of Mujeres de mi Tierra which takes inspiration from the soldaderas (female warriors) of the Mexican Revolution. In traditional music, La Adelita comes to life and is representative of all the women who fought to the end alongside their male counterparts. Viva México!
Tier 1: $56Tier 2: $48Tier 3: $38
Children (12 and under): $34/$28/$24
Student tickets: $46/$40/$32, must be purchased in person at the box office with valid student ID; one ticket per student at that rate. For box office hours and location, click here.
An Evening of Hip-Hop & Arabic Poetry w/ Omar Offendum
From the jasmine tree-lined courtyards of Nizar Qabbani's Damascene homes to the flooded riverbanks of Langston Hughes' Harlem Renaissance poems, Omar Offendum - accompanied by oud (Middle Eastern lute) virtuoso Ronnie Malley, percussionists and a DJ – will deliver a one-of-a-kind performance that bridges the ancient oral and musical traditions of the Middle East and North Africa with contemporary hip-hop and spoken word.
For this intimate event co-presented with the Arab Film and Media Institute, audiences will be seated on the Ford stage with the artists. Click here to view the seating map.
Marjani Forté-Sanders’ Memoirs of a…Unicorn
Choreographer and independent artist Marjani Forté-Saunders (Urban Bush Women, 2014 Princess Grace Choreography Fellow) has created a new solo evening length dance piece populated by structures created by MacArthur Genius and Tony Award-winning set designer Mimi Lien and built by her father, Rick Forté, a contractor.
Spurred by stories of Marjani’s Arkansas-born father’s life, Memoirs of a... Unicorn weaves historic and personal narratives into an embodied tale of fragmented histories, unabated love, and warriorship. “My Father's story allows me to burrow into my lineage, to ritualistically remember, interrogate, and relish in the celestial ecliptic journeys of folks identifying with—and building legacies within—the spectrums of blackness, maleness, and womb-ness. Through this work I am researching the properties of Black American magic and resilience.”
For this exciting new work, audiences will be seated on stage with the artists. Click here to view the seating map.
moon& by szalt (dance co.), in association with Los Angeles Performance Practice
Mirrored by the eight phases of the moon, moon& is a new evening-length work by Stephanie Zaletel for szalt (dance co.). The piece will premiere under the light of the full moon and will feature an all-female company of six world-class dancers paired with electro-acoustic composers Louis Lopez and Jonathan Snipes performing live.
Co-produced with Los Angeles Performance Practice, moon& dives deep into infinity cycles; momentum and gravity provide paradoxes for an arrival. “[Zaletel has] a unique choreographic voice, creating work that is meditative, introspective, haunting, and... dream-like.” - SeeDance.com
For this event, there will be seating in the front portion of the amphitheatre as well as on the stage. Click here to view the seating map.
Stage: $45Orchestra: $25
Pacific Opera Project presents Carmen
Sung in French with English supertitles, Pacific Opera Project, LA’s most entertaining opera company, will present a fully staged production of George Bizet's operatic masterpiece Carmen.
Tier 1: $64Tier 2: $44Tier 3: $34Tier 4: $24
Saul Williams and Mivos Quartet
This dynamic evening combines Mivos Quartet’s expressive and boundary-pushing string renditions with Saul Williams's evocative vocal poetry.
For this intimate and exclusive event, audiences will be seated on the Ford stage with the artists. Click here to view the seating map.
Colibrí Entertainment presents ¡Viva La Tradición! Homenaje a Don Pepe Martínez
Colibrí Entertainment dedicates a night in homage to the legacy and music of Pepe Martinez, the late director of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, featuring Los Angeles’ up-and-coming sensation Mariachi Ángeles de Pepe Martínez Jr. and the iconic Steeven Sandoval, making waves as a solo artist after being “the voice” of Mariachi Vargas and Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán. Rounding out this special night are performances by Las Colibrí, Ballet Folklorico Ollin and more!
VIP: $100, includes premium seating and a gift bag.
Tier 1: $75Tier 2: $60Tier 3: $45
Children (12 and under): $70/$50/$35
Student tickets: $70/$50/$35, must be purchased in person at the box office with valid student ID; one ticket per student at that rate. For box office hours and location, click here.
Musicians at Play presents We Have to Go Back: The LOST Concert 2018
Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino returns to the Ford with an encore performance of We Have to Go Back: The LOST Concert 2018.
Celebrating the 14th anniversary of the premiere of the iconic TV series LOST, Giacchino will conduct the Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra in an evening of music and storytelling, featuring the Emmy® Award-winning score, video clips and celebrity actors.
Tier 1: $129Tier 2: $94Tier 3: $64
Element Band Live
Element Band's distinctive arrangements of traditional Armenian songs infused with large bodied vocals and cool instrumentals will be on display as they perform music from their new album.
Tier 1: $66Tier 2: $46Tier 3: $36
Jason Moran and the Bandwagon Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music and Media
presented with CAP UCLA
“In jazz, there are so many moving parts, and within a composition, there are obstacles in the form. Street skaters navigate a landscape finding ways to approach a rail in the same way a drummer approaches the beginning of a song. The mode of improvisation is paramount to how both skaters and jazz musicians approach life.” – Jason Moran
Since his formidable emergence on the music scene in the 1990s, renowned pianist and composer Jason Moran has challenged the status quo which has earned him a reputation as “the future of jazz.” The Ford Theatres and CAP UCLA present Finding a Line, one of Moran’s newest and most ambitious works to date –– an unprecedented collaboration exploring the intersection of skateboarding and jazz. Improvisation abounds as local skaters shred a ramp on stage with tricks, flips and riffs to a musical response performed live by Moran and his group The Bandwagon. Don’t miss this unforgettable night under the stars.
Tier 1: $45Tier 2: $30
Student tickets: $15, must be purchased in person at the box office with valid student ID; one ticket per student at that rate. For box office hours and location, click here.
Jail Guitar Doors presents MC50th Comes to Ford Theatres Celebrating "Kick Out the Jams" 50th Anniversary
Legendary Detroit rock band MC5 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the recording of their landmark album Kick Out the Jams. In this high-energy rock ‘n’ roll concert, the band will perform the entire album as MC50, featuring Wayne Kramer (MC5) on guitar/vocals, Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) on guitar, Brendan Canty (Fugazi) on drums, Dug Pinnick (King’s X) on bass, Marcus Durant (Zen Guerrilla) on vocals, and other special guests TBA. The band will also perform song selections from MC5’s additional two albums Back in the USA and High Time. All proceeds will benefit Jail Guitar Doors.
VIP: $150Tier 1: $50
Children (12 and under): $125/$35
Student tickets: $125/$35, must be purchased in person at the box office with valid student ID; one ticket per student at that rate. For box office hours and location, click here.
Angel City Jazz Festival presents Xenia Rubinos
The 11th annual Angel City Jazz Festival will present a double bill of innovative artists who have pushed the jazz tradition forward by exploring the outer reaches of their musical creativity. Headlining the event is New York-based singer/composer Xenia Rubinos, accompanied by a trio on bass, keyboard and drums. Rubinos’ “rhythmically fierce, vocally generous music” (The New Yorker) includes influences from R&B, hip-hop, Caribbean rhythms and jazz, delivered with a soulful punk aura. LA-based composer & violinist Lauren Baba will open with the world premiere of an original composition commissioned by the Los Angeles Jazz Society.
VIP: $55, includes stage seating and gift bag.
Stage: $35Orchestra: $25
Children (12 and under): $15
Music Arts Events presents Serenata Filipina Ver 2.0
Music Arts Events presents Serenata Filipina Ver 2.0, an evening featuring prominent Filipino-American female artists Louie Reyes and Annie Nepomuceno and guest Odette Quesada performing OPM (Original Pilipino Music). These soloists will be accompanied by a live band and Filipina-American multi-instrumentalists Camille and Jojo Ramirez playing traditional Filipino instruments. The concert will also feature the Los Angeles Young Ambassadors (LAYA) and other guest choirs, who will premiere new musical arrangements of Filipino songs.
Tier 1: $70Tier 2: $55Tier 3: $40
Children (12 and under): $35
Student tickets: $35, must be purchased in person at the box office with valid student ID; one ticket per student at that rate. For box office hours and location, click here.
MUSIC AND LIBRETTO BY DAVID T. LITTLE | FILM BY BILL MORRISONA BETH MORRISON PROJECTS’ PRODUCTION | PRESENTED WITH LA OPERA OFF GRAND
Soldier Songs is a groundbreaking multimedia piece from award-winning composer David T. Little and filmmaker Bill Morrison. Combining elements of theatre, opera, rock, and film, the piece traces changing perceptions of war in our society and by those who experience it. Little created the libretto using recorded interviews with veterans of five wars. The nameless soldier is followed through three phases of life: Youth (playing war games), Warrior (time served in the military) and Elder (aged, wise, reflective). Multimedia elements are employed as a critique of the media's ability to both glamorize and falsify the realities of combat.
David T. Little is “one of the most imaginative young composers” on the scene, a “young radical” (The New Yorker), with “a knack for overturning musical conventions” (The New York Times). A monodrama for baritone and chamber orchestra, Soldier Songs will star David Adam Moore, who created the role of the Soldier at the work's 2008 premiere at Le Poisson Rouge in New York and the first fully-staged presentation at the 2011 International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut.
Directed by Ashley Tata, this multimedia concert presentation is a Beth Morrison Projects' Production and a co-presentation with LA Opera Off Grand. Beth Morrison is hailed as a “contemporary opera mastermind” (Los Angeles Times) and “the edge of innovation…its own genre” (Opera News). Soldier Songs will be conducted by Alan Pierson, leading members of the LA Opera Orchestra.
Tier 1: $75Tier 2: $55Tier 3: $35
Fusicology presents Louie Vega & E.O.L. Soulfrito Live
GRAMMY® Award-winning bandleader Louie Vega is renowned the world over for helping to create and establish the soulful, Latin jazz and deep house-influenced music style. Based in New York City, Vega is a dance music legend both as a DJ and as a prolific - and successful - music producer. Louie and his band, E.O.L. Soulfrito, will perform live at the Ford in a special celebratory concert commemorating Fusicology’s 15th anniversary!
Tier 1: $45Tier 2: $40Tier 3: $35
Known for creating innovative dance experiences in nontraditional spaces, this award-winning dance company will transform the Ford’s loading dock for their latest site-specific work.
General Admission: $50
Student tickets: $25, must be purchased in person at the box office with valid student ID; one ticket per student at that rate. For box office hours and location, click here.
All tickets to Ford Theatres evening events have a $4.00 Historic Facility/Programming Fee included in the price, excluding JAM Sessions and Big World Fun. Discount codes to evening shows apply only to the original ticket price; the Facility/Programming Fee is fixed and will not be discounted. All funds raised from the Facility Fee ensure the preservation and maintenance of the historic John Anson Ford Theatres complex. There are no refunds or exchanges on sold tickets.
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