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JANUARY SPOTLIGHT

 

Golden Dragon Performance

 

Carpenter Center WOW! Series

Golden Dragon Acrobats

Saturday, January 26 at 2&8pm     
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

Hailing from the Cangzhou, Hebei province in the People’s Republic of China, Golden Dragon Acrobats represent a time-honored tradition that began over twenty-five centuries ago. The troupe’s spectacular athleticism combined with ancient and modern dance and music present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. Now in their 30th year, Golden Dragon Acrobats offer unparalleled artistic form and award-winning acrobatics.

 

Coming Events

 

Carpenter Center Wit and Wisdom Series

An Evening with Paula Poundstone

Saturday, January 19 at 8pm         
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

Paula Poundstone is back with her legendary ability to create humor on the spot! Poundstone can find the hilarious angle of almost any subject—from the absurdity of the political world to the deviousness of housecats— and deliver it with impeccable timing and razor-sharp wit. Heard regularly on NPR’s popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” Poundstone is famous for her spontaneity where every performance is unique!

 

Carpenter Center Dance Series

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana

Saturday, February 2 at 8pm          
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana is one of the nation’s most prominent flamenco and Spanish dance companies. Honoring the traditions of flamenco while pushing the art form in new directions, co-founder Carlota Santana promotes flamenco as a living art form and a vital part of Hispanic heritage earning her the title of “The Keeper of Flamenco” by Dance Magazine. Under her direction, the company has premiered more than 20 original works, offering numerous commissions to flamenco artists from Spain and the United States.

 

CSULB Dance

The Contemporary Concert 2019

February 14-15 at 8pm, February 16 at 2&8pm
Martha Knoebel Dance Theater        
Tickets: $20/$16        

Undergraduate dance majors in Dance present original choreography.

 

California Repertory Company

Cabaret
Music by John Kander,
Lyrics by Fred Ebb,
Book by Joe Masteroff

February 21-March 3
Studio Theatre

In a 1930’s Berlin nightclub, the Master of Ceremonies promises the audience that they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret! With the MC’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berliners navigating a world built on distraction and bent on destruction. Through raucous choreography and unforgettable songs, Cabaret creates a dark and dazzling mirror for our times.

 

Carpenter Center Dance Series

Trinity Irish Dance Company

Saturday, March 2 at 8pm   
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

Forget what know about Irish Dancing, this is Trinity— a thoroughly fresh and engaging vision that goes beyond traditional Irish dance without losing touch with its essence. Lead by Artistic Director Mark Howard, Trinity reshaped Irish Dance in America with a progressive artistic expression and groundbreaking new works. Trinity dazzles audience with hard-driving percussive power, lightning fast agility, areal grace, and the awe-inspiring precision of its dancers with results that calls, “impossibly complex.”

 

CSULB Dance

The MFA Thesis Concert

Concert A March 14 & 16 at 8pm
Concert B March 15 at 8pm & March 16 at 2pm
Martha Knoebel Dance Theater        
Tickets: $20/$16

Second year MFA in Dance candidates Temria Airmet, Raul Cruz, Reagan Li, and Manuel Macias present original choreography created while in residency at CSULB and performed by CSULB dance majors.

 

California Repertory Company

A Live Mixtape
by Tahirih Moeller

March 14-23
University Theatre

The rhythms of Los Angeles County come alive in the world premiere of Tahirih Moeller’s A Live Mixtape. The neighborhood news network keeps us up on the latest: A high school girl uses geometry to map the distance between love and heartbreak. A college kid fights an epic battle between art and commerce. A homeless man raps about the end to the sounds of the streets. With a new perspective on every track, this exploration of love, friendship, and the American Dream brings us closer to the neighbors we thought we knew.

 

Carpenter Center Sunday Afternoon Series

Piaf! The Show

Sunday, March 17 at 2pm   
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

Piaf! The Show is a musical fête to the legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf. This acclaimed French production stars Anne Carrere a “legitimate musical heiress” to Piaf with a “soaring voice” (The Guardian). The show narrates the rags-to-riches story of the Parisian singer’s career through her unforgettable songs, complemented by a visual tapestry of previously unreleased photographs and images of Edith Piaf’s Paris.

 

California Repertory Company

The Revolutionists
by Lauren Gunderson

March 21-29
Studio Theatre

Four badass women try not to lose their heads in this irreverent, rebellious comedy set during the French Revolution. Amidst the Reign of Terror, four renegades—an assassin, a spy, a writer, and, of course, Marie Antoinette—hang out, plot murder, find friendship, and try to beat back extremist insanity in Paris. Armed with sharp wit and even sharper knives, this comedy of liberté, égalité, and sororité considers how we actually go about changing the world.

 

Carpenter Center

Enchantment theatre Company: The Phantom Tollbooth

Saturday, March 23 at 4pm
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

The classic tale by Norton Juster comes to life on stage using puppets, masks, magic, and original music in a fun-filled theatrical adventure! Join Milo as he drives his toy car into an enchanting and magical world of the Lands Beyond that takes him on a quest to rescue Princesses Rhyme and Reason. Along with his steadfast companions, Milo discovers the delights of friendship, curiosity and knowledge, and that life is filled with endless possibilities. Perfect for ages 6-11 and the grown-ups who love them.

 

CSULB Dance

CSULB Dance in Concert

April 24-27 at 8pm and April 27 at 2pm
Martha Knoebel Dance Theater        
Tickets: $20/$16

The Department of Dance presents original dance works choreographed by faculty members Rebecca Bryant, Colleen Dunagan, Keith Johnson, Julio Medina and guests Summer Brown and Teresa Jankovic.

 

California Repertory Company

In the Penal Colony
Music by Philip Glass, Libretto by Rudolph Wurlitzer, based on Franz Kafka

April 25-May 5
Player’s Theatre

With two singers, ten actors and a string quintet, this pocket opera explores themes woven into Franz Kafka’s dystopian short story, In the Penal Colony – themes of capital punishment, morality and the darkness of the human spirit. This hybrid performance mashes together Glass’ opera with a devised theatre piece created from interviews with CSU students. Despite the brutality of Kaka’s images, the piece – like the short story itself – ultimately explores issues of humanism, idealism and personal transformation. A Devising Democracy Production: working with Theatre Arts Chair Jeff Janisheski, the actors will create a devised, verbatim theatre piece connected to the opera which draws upon interviews with members of Rising Scholars and Project Rebound, formerly incarcerated CSU students.

 

Carpenter Center WOW! Series

Che Malambo

Saturday, April 27 at 8pm   
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

The powerhouse Argentinian ensemble, Che Malambo, celebrates the South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho with their percussive dance and music spectacles. Malambo originated in the 17th century as a competitive duel testing strength, agility, and dexterity among the gaucho. Evolving to include zapateo, the fast-paced footwork inspired by galloping horses, malambo incorporates the drumming of traditional Argentine bombos and whirling boleadoras, a throwing weapon made up of intertwined cords and weighted with stones. Born from the heart of the gaucho, Che Malambo “storm the stage” (The New York Times) with passion and power!

 

CSULB Dance

Dance Showcase

May 1 at 6pm
CSULB Dance Center, Studio 3        
Free Admission (limited seating – first come/first served)

Dance majors, dance minors, and CSULB students present work learned in Department of Dance technique courses during the spring semester. For more information, contact Sylvia Rodriguez-Scholz at dance@csulb.edu.

 

CSULB Dance

Senior Dance Colloquium

May 7 at 6:30pm
Martha Knoebel Dance Theater        
Free Admission (limited seating – first come/first served)

Graduating BFA dance majors speak about their Senior Seminar Projects that took place throughout the Long Beach community during Spring 2019 and reflect upon their artistic education at CSULB.  For more information, contact Rebecca Lemme at Rebecca.Lemme@csulb.edu.