135 Grand Ave.;
L.A., CA 90012
Ever since surfers repurposed roller skates by attaching them to short wood planks, skateboarding has grown beyond Southern California into an internationally recognized commercial and artistic sport. No stranger to moving objects, choreographer Jacques Heim long ago cemented his credentials exploring the possibilities of movement combined with physical structures ranging from enormous cubes and doorways to stairways and giant, rocking ink blotters. There are many delicious possibilities when Heim meets the skateboard as part of the far-ranging Pacific Standard Time arts festival celebrating midcentury California art. Today is the last of three free, daylong open rehearsals as Heim and his Diavolo Dance Theater explore the possibilities of several constructs that turn the Music Center plaza into a sculptural skateboard park. Given Diavolo's history, the constructs are likely not to be passive structures, as invited skateboarders join Diavolo's dancers, gymnasts and acrobats. Eventually there will be formal performances, but here's a rare opportunity to watch Diavolo at work and provide feedback as Transit Space, a new work about this quintessential SoCal cultural icon, takes on its final shape. For other events connected with this Dance at the Music Center residency, go to musiccenter.org/events/dance_1112_diavolo.html. Music Center Plaza, 350 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Sat.-Mon., Nov. 12-14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free. (213) 972-0711.
Sat., Nov. 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Mon., Nov. 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 2011