See, hear, feel the passion in an all new season of theatre, music, and dance.
Season ticket packages available now. Individual tickets go one sale August 1.
THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS
Live-Action Graphic Novel. Book One: Target Earth
Monday, October 14, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Something you must see if you’re a fan of awesome!—collider.com
The year is 1933. Are you ready for an amazing sci-fi adventure? Book One: Target Earth teams old-time radio drama with comic-book art for a theatrical experience that has caught the attention of National Public Radio, Conan O’Brien, and The Wall Street Journal.
This production has everything needed for a rousing good time: a woman reporter, her intrepid assistant, an evil hypnotist, a time-traveling librarian, and alien sludge monsters. Three actors, one keyboardist, a single sound-effects guy, and thousands of original, hand-drawn graphic-novel images projected on a massive screen unite in a fantastic tale that is long on imagination and leaves audiences in a state of “Wow!” Performances recommended for ages seven and older.
Intergalactic Nemesis. Photo: Tim Doyle
FLAMENCO VIVO CARLOTA SANTANA
Spanish dance and music
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
…an infectiously joyful celebration of music and dance. —The New York Times
Flamenco Vivo returns to the Arts Center with The Soul of Flamenco, a fierce and eclectic program of Spanish dance and music featuring lamenting solos, sizzling duets, and festive company dances. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the company presents an all-star cast in newly created pieces and Luz y Sombra, an early work reconstructed by company cofounder Roberto Lorca, which revels in the light, joy, and shadows of life. Olé!
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Photo Courtesy of Angelica Escoto
Next Generation Taiko, Japanese drumming and music
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
…not your Mama’s taiko, but it may be your hip, younger cousin’s. —LA Weekly
America’s premier taiko company blends the sweet sounds of the bamboo flute, marimba, and koto (Japanese harp) with a dazzling and heartpounding display of percussion. Mingling Japanese tradition and American innovation, incorporating next-generation sound and choreography, TAIKOPROJECT transforms the ancient art of drumming. The result is a fullthrottle show that is definitely taiko with a difference. Appearing with artist Stevie Wonder and in broadcasts from Mitsubishi commercials to the 2009 Oscars, TAIKOPROJECT has electrified audiences worldwide.
Taiko Project. Photo: Soupy B
LUCKY PLUSH PRODUCTIONS
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
…a breakneck pace, skipping like a spinning stone across its surfaces like a perfect piece of pop art.—Time Out Chicago
Lucky Plush Productions’ The Better Half is a playful look at contemporary relationships, combining dance and theater in a work that is emotionally rich, funny, and full of revealing surprises.
A lively spin on the 1944 noir classic Gaslight, in which Ingrid Bergman plays a woman slowly driven mad by her conniving husband, this performance invokes feelings of claustrophobia, escape, and resilience among couples.
Lucky Plush Productions. Photo: Cheryl Mann
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Guitar riffs like quiet mantras, suspenseful strippeddown arrangements, and lyrics that address the political and private life of the contemporary African woman, all add up to make this Malian singer/songwriter … a thrilling listen. —The Independent
Carrying on Mali’s rich musical traditions, Fatoumata Diawara performs a joyous amalgamation of the vibrant and the understated in songs about love, politics, and empowerment.
This Malian-raised, Parisian singer/songwriter brings elements of jazz, pop, and funk to her compositions, accompanying her voice with rhythmical guitar playing and her own percussion work. Her distinctly African spin on the contemporary folk sensibility has found an enthusiastic audience.