This season PIVOT celebrates creator-performers on the American artistic edge, in an intensive four-day festival in late January. The journey begins with the San Francisco debut of L.A. Dance Project which burst on the dance scene in 2012 and has been turning heads with its fresh, contemporary vision of dance and stylistically diverse repertory.
L.A. Dance Project is a company created by choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied, along with composer Nico Muhly, art consultant Matthieu Humery, founding producer Charles Fabius and composer Nicholas Britell. Their mission is to create new work and to revive seminal collaborations from influential dance makers. Programs include full-length evenings in traditional theater venues as well as site specific performances in non-traditional environments. New works by the company endeavor to be multidisciplinary collaborations with visual artists, musicians, designers, film directors and composers. L.A. Dance Project promotes the work of emerging and established creators, contributing to new platforms for dance.
The program begins with Millepied's "Closer", an intensely sensuous pas de deux, set to Philip Glass' lyrical piano piece, "Mad Rush", performed live by Glass collaborator pianist Timo Andres. (Andres' own PIVOT program takes place on Fri, Jan 26.) Millepied's full-company piece "Hearts & Arrows", set to Philip Glass' String Quartet No. 3 (Mishima), will be shown in film form; and "Sarabande", a showcase for a small male ensemble, closes the program. An artist Q & A will follow the performance.