Over the Moon

High-flying ballet in Hollywood, moon inspired contemporary dance in Culver City, Macedonian apple fables retold in Torrance, romantic ballet in Santa Barbara, Kipling redeux in Santa Monica, experimental dance in multiple downtown venues, site specific dance and marathon dance film fest in Cheviot Hills, more SoCal dance this busy, busy week and a peek at next, equally busy week

Live This Week

Not an ordinary rock

Inspired by an actual piece of moon rock gifted by Apollo 15 astronaut David Scott, choreographer Donna Sternberg is at it again. Sternberg and her Donna Sternberg & Dancers have a long history translating science into dance. The company’s newest, MoonRock was developed in collaboration with Dr. Kenneth Phillips, curator of the California Science Center’s aerospace science program and takes place at the museum where that piece of the moon resides. Wende Museum, 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City; Sat., Oct. 21, 2 pm, free w/required reservation at Donna Sternberg & Dancers.

Three dancers lift their leg
Donna Sternberg & Dancers. Photo courtesy of the artists

Uncommon dances and others

Under the banner Common Transcendence, choreographer John Pennington and his Pennington Dance Group are joined by dancer/choreographer Liz Hoefner Adamis for this performance. The program includes new contemporary dance, plus music and film from Taso Papadakis. El Camino College Center for the Arts, Marsee Auditorium, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance; Sat., Oct. 21, 8 pm, Sun., Oct. 22, 3 pm, $22. El Camino tickets.

A group of dancers lift their arms
Pennington Dance Group. Photo by Denise Leitner

An apple a day

Drawing on a Macedonian folk tale, choreographer Regina Klenjoski and her Regina Klenjoski Dance Company offer the west coast debut of The Golden Apple. The narrative follows a rural protagonist who teams with nature’s allies to defy a kingdom’s control over wealth, land, and people. James R. Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance; Sat., Oct. 21, 8 pm, $35–$45. City of Torrance.

A woman jumps toward a man
Regina Klenjoski Dance Company. Photo courtesy of the artists

Dance like someone is watching

A live site specific performance by Ryan Green and Kyra Cole highlight a full day of dance films from 17 countries as Sarah Elgart reveals Round 6 of Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival (D2D). Among the films, look for LA-based Heidi Duckler Dance’s film The Tender Body Sings. Three separate film programs. More details at the website. Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center at Vista Del Mar, 3200 Motor Ave., Cheviot Hills; Sat., Oct. 21, performance at 5:45 pm, film programs at 2 pm, 4 pm, 6:30 pm, $20–$60. Eventbrite.

Two figures with flower netting on their faces
Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival (D2D). Photo by Guan Fang

Dance with the animals

In Jungle Book reimagined, choreographer Akram Khan and his Akram Khan Company rework Rudyard Kipling’s tale of Mowgli and his adventures. It’s a family friendly version where Mowgli navigates a world impacted by climate change. The BroadStage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica; Thurs.-Fri., Oct. 26–27, 7:30 pm, Sat., Oct. 28, 4 pm, $55–$95. The BroadStage.

A dancer pets a shadowy elephant
Akram Khan Company. Photo courtesy the artists

Taking to the air

In this performance and benefit gala, Luminario Ballet brings its signature blend of ballet and aerial dance in Zarathustra! The evening includes Grammy winning singer Thelma Houston on stage in a work choreographed by Bianca Sapetto. Violinist Jesus Florido. Avalon Hollywood, 1735 N. Vine St., Hollywood; Sun., Oct. 22, 8 pm performance, $35–$125, 5:30 pm gala reception $350-$550. Luminario Ballet.

A dancer in splits is lifted
Luminario Ballet. Photo courtesy of the artists

Turning it up

New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck launches a four city SoCal tour of Tiler Peck & Friends with a program titled Turn It Out that includes choreography from Alonzo King, William Forsythe, Peck, and tapper Michelle Dorrance. Expect contemporary ballet side by side with tap dance. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., Santa Barbara; Wed., Oct. 25, 8 pm, $51–$106. UCSB. Also at the Soraya, Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge; Sat., Oct. 28, 8 pm, Sun., Oct. 29, 3 pm, The Soraya. Also at San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., San Diego; Wed., Nov. 1, 7:30 pm, $25-$125. San Diego Theatres. Also at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa; Sat., Nov. 4, 7:30 pm, Sun., Nov. 5, 2 pm, $29–$69. SCFTA.

a dancer leaps
Tiler Peck. Photo courtesy of the artist

Rising from ashes

Choreographer Chasen Greenwood and his new chamber ballet ensemble, The Realm Company, unveil The Phoenix, Greenwood’s first story ballet. Press material indicates the work promises to literally set fire to the stage. The cast includes Cesar Ramirez Castellano, Kathryn Morgan, Matisse Love, and David Protas. Westside Ballet Black Box Theater, 1709 Stewart St., Santa Monica; Sun., Oct. 22 & 29, 6 pm (happy hour at 5 pm) $40–$200. The Realm Company.

Dancers against a blue background
The Realm Company. Photo courtesy of the artists

Peasants on pointe

The Santa Barbara Symphony provides live music as State Street  Ballet brings Giselle, the two-act romantic ballet of love, betrayal and forgiveness. Guest artist Nerea Barrondo dances Giselle with Ryan Lenkey as Albrecht, who loves but betrays her. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., Santa Barbara; Sat., Oct. 21, 7:30 pm, Sun., Oct. 22, 2 pm, $38–$121, $26 children. Granada Theatre.

A veiled dancer and a kneeling dancer
State Street Ballet. Photo courtesy of the artists

Starting the season

Celebrating Dio de Los Muertos, Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles brings Ofrenda with live music by Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar. Musco Center for the Arts, Chapman University, 415 N. Glassell, Orange; Sun., Oct. 22, 3 pm, $37–$78. Musco Center.

Folklorico dancers onstage
Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles. Photo courtesy of the artists.

Hide and find

Choreographer Jay Carlon provided the movement for Roger Q Mason’s Hide & Hide. The work explores two immigrants fleeing the law and finding each other.  Part of the LAX Festival. LA Dance Project, 2245 E. Washington Blvd., downtown Arts District; Fri., Oct. 20, 8 pm, $14-$19. Los Angeles Performance Practice.

A man without shirt against a wall
Jay Carlon. Photo by Nyah Rodriguez


In How lonely sits the city, Marissa Brown / Lone King Projects layer live dance and dance film. Part of the LAX Festival. LA Dance Project, 2245 E. Washington Blvd., downtown Arts District; Sat., Oct. 21, 8 pm, $14-$29. Los Angeles Performance Practice.

A dancer in a red coat leans back
Marissa Brown. Photo courtesy of the artist

Looking for love

Choreographer Raja Feather Kelly collaborated with musician serpentwithfeet and MacArthur Foundation fellow Wu Tsang for Heart of Brick. The dance and musical performance tells the story of two men who find themselves and fall in love in a gay dance hall. The Ford Theatre, 2850 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood; Sat., Oct. 21, 8 pm, $36-$48. The Ford Theatre.

A dancer against a yellow background
Raja Feather Kelly. Photo courtesy of the artist

Four who blend

Drawing on ritual Algerian dance, in L’Onde (The Wave) the French Algerian choreographer Nacera Belaza brings a quartet of dancers who blend traditional and modern minimalist movement. The Saturday show includes a post-performance conversation Belaza. REDCAT, Disney Hall, 631 W. 2nd St., downtown; Thurs.–Sat., Oct. 19–21, 8:30 pm, $30. REDCAT.

a woman in black extends her arms
Nacera Belaza. Photo by Isabelle Levy-Lehman

Style in the house

To capture the club scene in New York City from the 1970s to now, the choreographer Ephrat Asherie and her Ephrat Asherie Dance recruited three NYC club legends to join the company dancers. Rare archival footage is included as UNDERSCORED tours dance styles through the decades including funk, disco, house, hip hop, vogue, waacking, and hustle. A pre-performance event starts at 6 pm. USC Bovard Auditorium, 3551 Trousdale Pkwy., University Park; Thurs., Oct. 19, 7 pm, free with reservation at Visions and Voices USC.

Two men jump in the air
Ephrat Asherie Dance. Photo by Matthew Murphy


Opening its 2023-2024 season, American Contemporary Ballet brings two ballets from artistic director Lincoln Jones. Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring provides the score for The Rite while Burlesque draws on music from several composers.The winter brings ACB’s Nutcracker Suite and spring promises ballets titled Jazz and Sapphires. ACB Studios, Two California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., Suite 2850, downtown; Thurs.–Sat. Oct. 19-21, Fri.-Sat., Oct. 27-28, 8 pm. $100–$140. American Contemporary Ballet.

A dancer kicks her leg
American Contemporary Ballet. Photo by Caleb Thal

Tap on tap

Among the music, dance, and art events at this year’s the family-friendly Grand Ave Arts All Access, look for the Colburn School Student Tap Ensemble at noon. Check the website Grand Ave Arts for a full schedule and locations. Colburn’s student tap ensemble at The Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., downtown; Sat., Oct. 21, noon, free. Colburn School.


Joaquín Cortés‘ highly anticipated flamenco dance show Esencia (The Essence of Flamenco) scheduled for Sat., Oct. 21 has been postponed to Dec. 9 at the Hollywood’s Dolby. Tickets for this Saturday will be honored for the new date. Dolby Theatre.

A Peek at Next Week

Moriah Evans: Remains Persist at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N. Central Ave., Little Tokyo; Sat.-Sun., Oct. 28-29, Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 2-4, 4 pm to 8 pm, $10. MOCA.

West Coast BalletDracula at El Segundo Performing Arts Center, 640 Main St., El Segundo; Sun., Oct. 29, 6 pm, $39  West Coast Ballet.

Dimitri Chamblas and Kim Gordontakemehome at REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., downtown; Wed.–Thurs., Nov. 8–9, 8:30 pm, $30. REDCAT.

Wild Roots DanceDialogues + Sensations 2023 at ARC Pasadena, 1158 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Fri.–Sat., Oct. 27-28, 8 pm, $20–$25 Eventbrite.

World Ballet Day online Wed., Nov. 1, all day, info at World Ballet Day.

Dorothée MunyanezaMailles at REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., downtown; Thurs.–Sat., Nov. 2–4, 8:30 pm, $30. Tickets.

homeLA: Together Fire at location in Riverside disclosed to ticket holders; Oct. 28, 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm, $25. Eventbrite.

Heidi Duckler DanceI Will Remember What I Forgot at Martin Luther King Jr. Behavioral Health Center, 12021 Wilmington Ave., Suite 2B, Wilmington; Thurs., Nov. 2, 12:30 pm, free with registration at Heidi Duckler Dance.

Dancing Through Prison WallsUndanced Dances Through Prison Walls During a Pandemic at Desert Hotsprings Public Library,14380 Palm Dr., Desert Hotsprings; Sat., Oct. 28, free. Dancing Through Prison Walls.

DaEun JungNori at LA Dance Project, 2245 E. Washington Blvd., downtown arts district; Thurs.–Fri., Nov. 2-3, 8 pm, $24–$29. Los Angeles Performance Practice.

Lineage DanceA Matter of Time at Lineage Performing Arts Center 920 E. Mountain Ave., Pasadena; Fri.-Sat., Oct. 27-28, Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 2-5, 7 pm, $25-$40. Lineage Dance.

Spenser ThebergeIntimates at LA Dance Project, 2245 E. Washington Blvd., downtown arts district; Sat., Oct. 28, 8 pm, $24–$29. Los Angeles Performance Practice.

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