For the opening salvo of this summer's Ford Amphitheater dance series, choreographer Amy “Catfox” Campion and the high-energy dance virtuosi who make up Antics Performance return with Illuminated Manuscript, bringing a hip-hop dance theater retelling of the ancient Mesopotamian poem The Epic of Gilgamesh. While he may not have the same popular recognition as Hercules, Gilgamesh shares many of the same traits. He's part human and part god, a gorgeous, strong, ruthless king who sets off on a quest, with the poem recounting his adventures as he seeks the secret of immortality. The 10 Antics dancers taking the stage will be assisted by original music from several composers including Campion, graffiti art by Gilyon “Gillatine” Brace-Wessel, animation by Sapphire Sandalo and lighting design by Jim Smith. Early arrivals can bring a picnic or purchase food and beverages at the concession stand while listening to DJ Drez spinning records on the plaza. Hip-hop merchandise will be on sale and the Antics graffiti mural offers a photo op. John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hlywd.; Fri., June 7, 8:30 p.m.; $30-$75, $15 students, $12 children 12 & under. (323) 461-3673,

Fri., June 7, 8:30 p.m., 2013

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