Five Dance Shows to See in L.A. This Week, Including Capoeira at the Ford
Dancer Angelita Macias
Photo courtesy of El Cid flamenco festival
This week's dance events include the last J.A.M. at the Ford and two modern dancers strolling down memory lane.
5. Summer's last J.A.M.
The riveting, martial arts-infused capoeira may have started in Brazil but it has migrated to become a presence in L.A. This final installment of the summer J.A.M. Sessions offers a chance to learn some of the swift kicks and percussive movements that characterize capoeira. At John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hlywd.; Mon., Sept. 16, 7 p.m., free, reservations advised. 323-461-3673, www.fordamphitheatre.org.
4. El Cid proves 50 is the great new 50
With its elegant, Spanish-themed architecture, food and programs of flamenco dance with live music, El Cid has been an L.A. institution for 50 years. Following the success of its official golden-anniversary events last month, the party continues with September weekends offering a varied menu of flamenco choices under the banner 50 Years of Flamenco. On Saturdays, the stage belongs to traditional flamenco with Angelita Concierto Flamenco, marking the return of longtime El Cid artistic director Angelita Macias. She is joined by guest singer Guillermo Gonzalez from Spain and, for some shows, Juan Talavera, a celebrated local flamenco dancer and one of the original owners of El Cid. The spotlight shifts to a new generation on Sundays with Noche en Triana, led by guitarist Antonio Triana, son of flamenco artists Antonio Triana and Rita Vega, who has lined up guests from L.A., San Francisco and Spain including Misuda Cohen, Manuel Gutierrez, Fanny Ara and Melissa Cruz. Starting next week, Fridays also offer a changing lineup of flamenco performers. El Cid, 4212 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 5:30 p.m.; through Sept. 29; $15, with food and beverages available for purchase. (323) 668-0318, www.elcidla.com.
3. Memory lane with two modern dancers
Choreographers Carmela Hermann and Terrence Luke Johnson peruse their decades-long collaboration with Out Takes, which includes sections of prior performances and selected moments from their rehearsal process that never made it into a performance. The evening promises a revealing look at where they started and the paths taken together to arrive here. Noted choreographer Victoria Marks moderates a postshow discussion at Pieter, 420 W. Avenue 33, Los Angeles; Mon., Sept. 16, 8:30 p.m., free with contribution for beverages and refreshments. www.pieterpasd.com.
2. Dance with Sole
In MoveMeant, Sole Vita Dance Company artistic director /choreographer Joelle Martinec showcases works from this contemporary troupe's repertory. At Madrid Theater, 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park; Fri., Sept. 13, 8 p.m., $15-$35, $15-$25 seniors, $13-$15 children. 818-347-9938, www.culturela.org/madridtheatre.
1. What do flamenco men really think about women?
In this edition of Forever Flamenco!, the long-running, mostly monthly flamenco series, the men of flamenco consider the opposite sex in song and dance. Airbrush artist Brian Tazroc Garcia creates a female image onstage while the dancers perform in To Paint a Woman (Por pintar a una mujer). Performers include dancers Manuel Gutierrez and Timo Nuñez, guitarist Ethan Margolis and singer Antonio de Jerez, with special guest Luis de la Tota from Jerez de la Frontera, a noted Spanish flamenco cajonero (percussionist), palmero (hand clapper) and interpreter of festero, the more cheerful flamenco styles. At Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., Hlywd.; Sun., Sept. 15, 8 p.m., $40. 323-663-1525, www.fountaintheatre.com.
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