5 Dance Shows to See in L.A. This Week: Dancing About Climate Change

Marina Magalhães' (UN)BRIDALED
Marina Magalhães' (UN)BRIDALED
Photo courtesy of Marina Magalhães

This week's dance shows include two shows with dancers defying gravity, a show launching a magazine and women as brides and immigrants

5. Dancing about the gals

Marina Magalhães and an all-female cast perform (UN)BRIDALED, freely blending bossa nova, Brazilian funk, Afro-Latin and contemporary dance to explore women as brides and immigrants. There’s a postshow DJ set by DJ Black Rabbit plus a wine/beer bar. Tickets: (310) 855-4353 or visit www.marinamagalhaes.com. At Le Studio, 9500 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City; Thursdays-Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. thru Sept. 27, $15, $12 students & seniors. 310-855-4353, www.lestudiola.com.

4. Dancing “For the Boys”

L.A.-based choreographer-musician Kara Mack brings a new dance and music festival to town, just one of several activities launching her online publication, Africa in America: Music, Dance & Culture Magazine. Under the banner For Our Boys, for this debut concert Mack selected six original works that consider African-American boys lost to social injustice. Choreographers include Sista Adama Jewel, Wilfried Souly and Rachel Hernandez. The top ticket price includes an autographed copy of the magazine’s debut issue. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/751104. At Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Sat., Sept. 20, 8 p.m., $20-$30. 323-660-4254.

Luminario dancer Delphine Perroud
Luminario dancer Delphine Perroud
Photo by Marcuss O'Brian

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3.  Dancing on the margin

Combination art installation and performance, Culture Lab // Margin explores the concept of margin in shaping the Jewish experience. At Brockus Project Space at The Brewery, 618B Moulton Ave., dwntwn.; Sat. Sept. 20, 7 p.m., free with reservation, must be 21+. 323-227-0307.

2. Dancing against gravity

Dance meets extreme stunts in the documentary Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity. As a choreographer, Streb built a reputation for hyperphysical movement. Be ready for bruises and broken noses as dancers respond to Streb’s call for ever fiercer challenges. After the 82-minute film, stick around for a Q&A with Streb and director Catherine Gund. At Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Wstwd.; Thu., Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., free. 310-443-7000, www.hammer.ucla.edu.

Luminario Ballet dancer Season deAngelis
Luminario Ballet dancer Season deAngelis
Photo by Scott Belding

1. Dancing on air

The company name is a bit deceiving — while the dancers are in pointe shoes and it is contemporary ballet, the distinctive feature of Luminario Ballet is the aerial work it incorporates into performances. This show includes TRAILS, a work-in-progress, set to Philip Glass’ Mishima (performed live) and danced against images from NASA showing effects of climate change in California. The ensemble’s aerial work will be on view in the reprise of LedZAerial to music by Led Zeppelin. Tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/936688. Info: www.luminarioballet.org. At El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hlywd.; Sept. 19-20, 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 21, 3 & 7 p.m., $30-$40. 818-508-4200, www.elportaltheatre.com.

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