The tenth edition of the L.A. Dance Invitational (LADI) will be held at the Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 6. The evening of extraordinary dance, held for the first time at the Ford, will include eleven performances and the Stanley Holden Award presentation to the legendary Yvonne Mounsey.
This year, the LADI showcases the choreography of dance makers from Southern California and New York. All the works are new to Los Angeles, and represent styles from ballet to modern and tap to lyrical jazz. The program includes:
Marie de la Palme, MotionTribe – “Museum” featuring Fabienne Levenson, Melissa Sandvig, Ben Sayles, Marica Pendjer, Evan Strand, Evan Swenson
Lula Washington, Lula Washington Dance Theatre – “Urban Man” (reprise of a two man duet performed in the inaugural LADI)
Malathi Iyengar, Rangoli Dance Company – “Gifts of the River” featuring Lakshmi Iyengar and Sandhya Rajan
Adam Parson, Commonality Dance Company – “Fend” featuring Ragon Miller, Hannah Jade Hightower, Candis Fox, Arody Trujillo, Michael Stein, Joe Beauregard and Chris Fedun
Holly Rothschild, Invertigo Dance Theatre – “Those Two” featuring Greg Barnett and Alexa Karshner (with live music by String Theory)
Steve Zee, LA Ironworks – “Steve Zee/Taps & Pandeiro”
Nick Ross, Nicholas Andre Dance (New York) – “…and again” featuring Tommy Scrivens and Trista Jennings (duet) and Cat Cogliandro (solo)
Sara Silkin, Paradox Dance – “Au Suivant” featuring Jonthan Corps, Kelli Mckee, Samantha Mohr, Shane Raiford, Zak Schegal and Sara Silkin
Lorin Johnson, Body Current Dance – “Elegy (What Rises Can Fall) featuring Kimberley Hannah, Kathryn Lung, Angela Mattern, Estela McNaughton, Jessica Stover, Maria Tolbert, Stephanie Yonkovich
Denai Lovrien – “Limitations Resolved” featuring Ellie Hausman
Laura Karlin, Invertigo Dance Theatre – “Saxy” featuring Toby Karlin and Jess LeCheminant (this performance will be on the entrance to the venue and includes live music.
Additionally, Yvonne Mounsey will accept the Stanley Holden Award for Distinguished Teaching. She is a renowned ballet dance teacher and director of the Westside Ballet School in Santa Monica. Mounsey was a principal dancer for George Balanchine and the New York CityBallet, as well as Massine’s Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and de Basil’s original Ballet Russe.
L.A. Dance Invitational performs at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, August 6. Tickets are $20, $5 for full-time students with ID and children 12 and under. Call 323-461-3673 or visit www.FordTheatres.org Through the Ford’s early buyer incentive, adults who buy tickets on or before July 30pay only $15. Group discounts are available. The grounds open at 6:30 p.m.
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