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Dear Valued Patrons and Supporters of the CSULB College of the Arts:

The health and safety of our community, our campus, and our visitors are of paramount importance to our college and university leadership, faculty, and staff. As news and information about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 – the respiratory infection caused by the virus – continues to develop, we wanted to update you on how our college is currently addressing those concerns in regards to our numerous public events.

Out of an abundance of caution, and to assist with the state-wide recommendations for social distancing, our performance, exhibition, and public event calendar has been adjusted in the following ways:

  • The Department of Dance has suspended all ticket sales and has canceled its remaining spring performances
  • The Department of Theatre Arts has canceled or postponed all public performances after March 11 through April 20
  • For the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, please visit their information page: CarpenterArts.org/Alert

Our ticket exchange/refund policies have been relaxed in response to current events. Please contact our Ticket Service Office at tickets@calrep.org for Theatre Arts/California Repertory Company performances or cota-cpac@csulb.edu for all other College of the Arts performances.

University and college leadership continues to evaluate the situation as it evolves on a daily basis and the university is in regular communication with our local government offices. Should there be any changes to our schedules and our status, we will keep you informed. We value and appreciate your support and patronage, and your love for the arts.  And we are grateful for your patience and understanding as we navigate through these challenges together.

For complete information on the University response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), please see csulb.edu/covid-19

 

THE EVENTS BELOW ARE EITHER CANCELED OR POSTPONED - Please visit the individual department websites for current status and information

California Repertory Company

The Wolves
by Sarah DeLappe, Directed by Jessica Hanna

March 19-27
Studio Theatre           
Tickets: $23/$18/$20

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A high school girls soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.

 

Carpenter Center Arts For Life Series

Versa-Style Dance Company

Friday, March 20 at 7pm     
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Free Admission

This highly energetic ensemble fuses dance styles that have cultural significance to local communities. Dances include Hip-Hop, Popping, Locking, Whacking, and Boogaloo as well as Afro-Latin styles such as Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, and Afro-Cuban.

 

CSULB Dance

The MFA Thesis Concert

Friday, March 27 at 8pm, and Saturday, March 28 at 2&8pm
Martha Knoebel Dance Theater        
Tickets: $22/$16

The Department of Dance presents original dance works choreographed by Queala Clancy, faculty member Keith Johnson and guest Shyamala Moorty.

 

Drum Tao 2020

Saturday, April 18 at 8pm   
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

Internationally acclaimed percussion artists TAO bring a modern, dynamic performance showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming. Combining highly physical taiko drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography and innovative visuals, the performers of this all-new production deliver an unforgettable, pulsating production that has audiences and critics raving about their “extraordinary talent.” (Chicago Tribune)

 

Sunday Afternoon Concert Series, Carpenter Center Arts For Life Free Lecture Series

Cultura – Celebration of Mexican Folklore

Thursday, April 23 at 7pm  
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Free Admission

Dr. Antonia Garcia-Orozco will provide context to the Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles with Villalobos Brothers and Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles with Jarabe Mexicano performances.

 

CSULB Dance

The Contemporary Concert

Wednesday-Friday, April 22-24 at 8pm
Saturday, April 25 at 2&8pm
Martha Knoebel Dance Theater         
Tickets: $22/$16        

Undergraduate dance majors in Dance present original choreography.

 

California Repertory Company

Zoot Suit  
by Luis Valdez, Directed by Jonathan Muñoz Proulx

April 30-May 10
Studio Theatre         
Tickets: $23/$18/$20

This critically acclaimed play by Luis Valdez, the first by a Mexican American to be produced on Broadway, cracks open the depiction of Chicanos on stage, challenging viewers to revisit a troubled moment in our nation's history. From the moment the myth-infused character El Pachuco burst onto the stage, cutting his way through the drop curtain with a switchblade, Luis Valdez spurred a revolution in Chicano theater.

 

CSULB Dance

Senior Dance Colloquium

Tuesday, May 5 at 6pm
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.

 

CSULB Dance

MFA First Year Spring Showing

Friday, May 8 at 4pm
CSULB Dance Center
Free Admission (limited seating – first come/first served)

 

Carpenter Center Dance Series

Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles with Jarabe Mexicano

Saturday, May 16 at 8pm    
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Ticket Prices Vary

Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles, the nation’s premier Mexican folk dance company, bring their graceful choreography and colorful, elaborate costumes to Carpenter Center. Sharing the stage is Jarabe Mexicano, whose dramatic, harmonized vocals have gained them acclaim across the country. A joyride through the songbook of Mexican Folk, Rock & Roll, and Tex-Mex, including a special performance to “Remember Me” from Disney’s Coco, the two Southern California break-out ensembles join together for a joyous, one-of-a-kind performance.