News for July/August 2002


LOS ANGELES--Multi-ethnic groups will be the main dance attraction at the outdoor Ford Ampitheatre this summer. Anglo, African, Mexican, Filipino and African-American groups will be features in one-night stands that promise to rock the house under starlit skies.

HYSTERICA DANCE CO comes first (July 5 at 8 PM). The provocative, high-energy company led by Kitty McNamee will perform in Sticks & Stones, powered by Matt Sims' original live score. The costumes are by L.A. designers Grey Ant and Rock 'n Sissy,

Woven Web presents JULIYAA: MUSIC, STORIES & DANCE BENEATH AN AFRICAN MOON on Sat. July 8 at 8 PM. A pulsating mixture of drums interlaced with ethereal kora music (West African harp), dance, chant and storytelling, the show plumbs the heart and soul of Africa.

Two of L.A.'s finest world dance companies will strut their stuff on Sat. July 13 at 8 PM and Sunday July 14 at 6 PM: DANZA FLORICANTO & KAYMANAN NG LAHI--FROM ACAPULCO TO MANILA, AN UNTOLD PACIFIC RIM STORY. The Mexican-Filipino connection is explored through sensuous movement, exotic rhythms and opulent spectacle.

On Aug. 2 at 8 PM the AGUALUNA DANCE COMPANY will investigate Tabasco and Veracruz dances in a bill titled REFLEJOS/REFLECTIONS, followed the next night by AFRICAN VILLAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL at 7 PM. Headliner Kanda Bongo Man brings Congolese rhumba soukos, a lilting, rippling dance groove that smiles from every register. Additional musicians will add Brazilian and Cuban flavor to the musical stew. Audience dancing on stage!

CATCH! DIAVOLO CHILDREN'S SHOW will play in the daylight on Aug. 17 at 10 AM. Children will be admitted free to this show by the Diavolo Dance Theater (adults $4; reservations necessary). DDT is known for its athletic leaping, flying and spinning on custom-made props.

The JAZZ TAP ENSEMBLE, which wowed the Ford crowd last year with its Next Generation revue, returns Aug. 23 at 8 PM. Led by Lynn Dally, the company will reprise some of its favorite routines, plus the work of such newcomes as Channing Cook Holmes, a former member of the Riverdance Company.

The 1200-seat Ford Ampitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. in E. Hollywood. Call 323-461-3673 or visit Pre-show picnic dinners are available. Call 310-652-3797.

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