Happenings—Ailey Company Bringing Premieres, Classics To The Music Center, ‘King Lear’ In Pasadena, And More… | BH Courier

Happenings—Ailey Company Bringing Premieres, Classics To The Music Center, ‘King Lear’ In Pasadena, And More…

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Ailey's "Masekela Langage." Photo by Paul Kolnik
Geoff Elliott as King Lear and Erika Soto as Cordelia in A Noise Within's "King Lear." Photo by Craig Schwartz

Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – 1:15 PM


Guggenheim’s New Book Gives Inside Look At The Art World

Many people would like to know how to invest in art or learn what goes on behind the velvet curtain surrounding the elusive art world. Now, legendary art adviser and consummate insider Barbara Gugggenheim has demystified this world and given readers one of the most informative and entertaining books on the subject in Art World (Marmont Lane Books).

The book covers a spectrum of subjects including buying art at auction, appraising a work as an investment, framing and deciding what to do with the treasure if the collector falls out of love with it or divorces.

Historical vignettes and sprinkled throughout the volume.

Buying art, Guggenheim explains, is a process that involves the intersection of art, commerce and navigation of a closed universe. And while her  notion of what a budget comprises is likely miles apart from the average reader’s; Guggenheim still delivers useful advice for the less affluent on how to think about art buying. The  work, more than a how-to textbook, is a defense of the place of art in life.

With a doctorate in art history from Columbia, Gugggenheim has taught at the college level, worked at Sotheby’s, headed two departments at Christie’s and lectured for years at the Whitney Museum.


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Bringing Premieres, Classics To The Music Center

As part of the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center 2016-2017 season at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform three different programs during its five-day engagement, March 8-12.

The visit will include the West Coast premieres of Untitled America, r-Evolution, Dream. and Deep. All programs will also include Ailey’s masterpiece, Revelations.

• Supported with commissioning funds by The Music Center, r-Evolution, Dream., choreographed by veteran Ailey company member Hope Boykin, is inspired by the speeches and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

• Untitled America, created by MacArthur “genius grant” winner Kyle Abraham, shines a light on the impact of the prison system on African American families.

Deep, choreographed by Mauro Bigonzett is set to music by rising global music stars Ibeyi. 

The Company will perform Robert Battle’s Ella and Billy Wilson’s The Winter in Lisbon, celebrating the birth centennials of jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie, respectively.

A new production of Ailey’s rarely-seen masterwork Masekela Langage and Robert Battle’s solo In/Side are also part of the three different programs.

Tickets for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performances start at $34 and are available online at musiccenter.org/ailey, at the Pavilion box office, 135 N. Grand Ave. or by phone at 213-972-0711.


A Noise Within Continues Anniversary Season With King Lear

Pasadena’s acclaimed classical repertory theatre company A Noise Within, continues its 25th anniversary season with Shakespeare’s King Lear through May 6.

“In Lear, this personal journey of a family dealing with an ailing patriarch has global implications,” says  director Julia Rodriguez-Elliot.

 “The breakdown of a nation runs concurrent with Lear’s mental decline,” Rodriquez-Elliot continues. “At the beginning of the play, we see a man at the zenith of his power, a modern day dictator who is feared and has never heard the word ‘no.’ The world we enter is a violent, callous one. At the end, we see a man transformed.”

Artistic Director Geoff Elliott takes on the challenge of playing Lear. “I feel that I know Lear.  He is stripped of everything, and must face his worst demons to find tenderness and uncompromising love in a very violent world. Lear spends so much of the play terrified of losing his mind. Anyone who goes through a similar self-investigation can’t help but ask ‘am I sane?’ as so much of the world we live in seems insane.”

The run of King Lear includes a post-performance conversations with the artists at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 and at 8 p.m., Friday, March 17, April 14 and May 5.

Remaining performances at the company’s theater, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, are Thursdays-Sundays. For more information and to purchase tickets, at $44, call 626-356-3100 or visit www.anoisewithin.org.