The Joffrey Ballet
November 17 – 18, 8 pm and November 19, 3 pm
With this program of new and recent works by some of the most exciting choreographers working today, The Joffrey Ballet stays true to its 60-year reputation for innovation and eclecticism. Performed to a live Philip Glass score, Justin Peck’s In Creases showcases his keen eye for manipulating bodies to form complex geometric structures. Annabelle Lopez Ochoa creates a spellbinding depiction of a turbulent cloud formation in Mammatus. And Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman’s Joy, a Cal Performances co-commission, receives its West Coast premiere, as does Joffrey Ballet Master and Principal Coach Nicolas Blanc’s Encounter.
Imago Theatre, La Belle
November 24, 8 pm, November 25, 2 pm, and November 26, 3 pm
The creators of Frogz are back with La Belle, a marvelously inventive new production that is part Beauty and the Beast, part Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, featuring two actors and a cast of automatons and shadow puppets in a whimsical steampunk love story. Set in the engine room of a 1920s steamship, La Belle conjures up a deliciously detailed and tactile wonderland, filled with intricate gears, giant water wheels, handmade machines, and mischievous fairies, all run by both machines and puppeteers.
Ragamala Dance Company, Writer in Water
December 2, 8 pm, and December 3, 3 pm
Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance Company has been lauded for bringing “a visionary approach to an ancient art form” (Dance Magazine) in its stunning productions rooted in the South Indian Bharatanatyam classical dance form. Written in Water explores the cultural complexities of the modern world through the metaphor of the ancient Indian board game Snakes and Ladders, with a live music score performed by an ensemble of four musicians, including jazz trumpeter Amir ElSaffar, known for his distinctive fusion of contemporary jazz and Iraqi maqam.