The Music Center’s Digital Dance Experience Debuts Online on The Music Center Offstage

Music Center Digital Dance Experience Debuts

The Music Center’s Digital Dance Experience Debuts

Premiering Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., INSIDE LOOK: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch Offers Exclusive Interview with German Set Designer Peter Pabst About His Collaboration with the Legendary Pina Bausch, Plus Online Access to Watch Her Neoexpressionist Masterpiece, Palermo Palermo

(Los Angeles) – The Music Center launches a new virtual platform, The Music Center Offstage, offering an insider look into the world of the arts featuring exclusive interviews and compelling performances with international leaders in the dance community, plus interactive programs hosted by L.A.-based artists and online workshops appropriate for all ages.

With newly curated presentations for at-home entertainment, including some in Spanish, The Music Center Offstage will add new content weekly, available on both demand as well as scheduled events, at:

Andrew Grueschow Hosts Making Rhythms for Music Center Offstage

Andrew Grueschow Hosts Making Rhythms

The site is available today with The Music Center’s Artivities, initially featuring two “how-to” workshops led by Music Center Teaching Artists. Percussionist and faculty member at CalArts Andrew Grueschow hosts “Making Rhythms,” an interactive exploration to create and perform short rhythmic compositions with household cups and hand clapping to mimic sounds. Using the building blocks of music, participants will be able to create compositions to perform on their own or with others.

An animation and visual arts specialist, Lynn Okimura demonstrates how viewers can develop and learn ways to draw their own character in “Character Design Turnaround.” Okimura uses her cat, Cosmo, to inspire her drawings and portrays him in multiple views (front, side, back) to bring her animations to life. Arts activity guides will accompany each workshop to provide families and arts lovers ways to learn more and enhance their experience.

Lynn Okimura Teaches Drawing with Her Cat Cosmo

Lynn Okimura Teaches Drawing Starring Her Cat Cosmo

Dance fans will get to experience Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch’s Palermo Palermo online with rare insight on Sunday, April 19, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. with The Music Center’s Digital Dance Experience and a special event called INSIDE LOOK: Tantztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. This program features an exclusive interview with Peter Pabst, a frequent collaborator with Pina Bausch and set designer of Palermo Palermo, plus the opportunity to watch the full ballet known for its dichotomy of grim horror and surreal humor.

The interview will discuss the inner-workings and inspiration of Bausch, a trailblazing choreographer, and Pabst’s close working relationship with her that led to some of the most creative, theatrical and dynamic presentations available in the dance canon. The Music Center’s Digital Dance Experience will offer new opportunities to experience the best of dance from around the globe and right here at home.

INSIDE LOOK: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

INSIDE LOOK: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

“The Music Center is a cultural hub for our county and is blessed with iconic spaces, and today we look forward to producing new and exciting programming exclusively for our ‘sixth’ venue—The Music Center Offstage,” said Rachel S. Moore, president and CEO, The Music Center. “While we may be physically distant, the arts can help us become more connected, so we’re offering virtual performances and activities to help renew our soul as a community. Now more than ever, we need to look for light and beauty, so we hope you’ll join us online, both during this ‘intermission’ and into the future.”

With the mission to deepen the cultural lives of every Angeleno through multidisciplinary arts experiences, The Music Center’s new platform continues to share the healing power of the arts through online formats. The Music Center Offstage will have three main themed-sections of programming:

The Music Center’s Digital Dance Experience: This series will provide new ways to enjoy some of the best of dance from interactive events to a look behind-the-scenes at The Music Center’s presentations, past, present and future.

With INSIDE LOOK, which evolved from the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center series, dance lovers now have the opportunity to enjoy and engage with significant works from some of the world’s most prestigious ballet and contemporary dance artists.

The Music Center’s Artivities: This series will include at-home workshops by Music Center Teaching Artists, including Grueschow, Okimura and more, where participants learn and engage with many different art forms.

Additionally, the site will offer performances by The Music Center on Tour and other local artists who introduce audiences to the world’s diverse cultural traditions while inspiring creative thinking.

Special Events: While other programs on The Music Center Offstage offer on-demand entertainment, this series will feature scheduled special events such as Grand Park’s Our L.A. Voices and the virtual performance of The Music Center’s 32nd annual Spotlight Grand Finale. Details to be announced.

About The Music Center

The Music Center convenes artists, communities and ideas with the goal of deepening the cultural lives of every resident in Los Angeles County. The non-profit performing arts organization has two divisions: TMC Arts and TMC Ops. TMC Arts, The Music Center’s programming engine, provides year-round programming inside The Music Center’s four theatres, on The Music Center Plaza, outside at Grand Park—a 12-acre adjacent green space—and in schools and other locations all over Los Angeles County and online.

TMC Arts presents world-class dance with Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, free and low-cost public concerts and events, as well as K–12 arts education programs. TMC Ops manages the theatres, the plaza and Grand Park on behalf of the County of Los Angeles. The Music Center is also home to four renowned resident companies—Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Master Chorale, LA Opera and LA Phil.

Press Release Via: The Music Center

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