Arts Alive February 2nd at 8AM: California Dance Institute's Rite of Spring, Nicholas McGegan, David Henry Hwang
Brian Lauritzen takes Arts Alive to a rehearsal by students of the California Dance Institute as they learned to dance The Rite of Spring. The kids are performing a section of The Rite on Sunday, February 3rd, at The Music Center just prior to the Joffrey's complete performance that afternoon. What did they think about learning the ballet that cause a riot at its debut? Said one 11-year-old, "it's not every day a girl gets to dance The Rite of Spring!" Hear more on Arts Alive this weekend.
On February 9th, Nicholas McGegan will conduct the Pasadena Symphony in Mahler's Symphony No 4. Gail Eichenthal talks to the Grammy Award-nominated conductor about the performance.
Playwright David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish is on stage now at South Coast Repertory. Chinglish is about a man named Daniel whose sign-making company is in trouble, until he scores a contract in China, where signs for English-speaking tourists are mangled by hilarious mis-translations. Reporter Victoria Looseleaf sits down with the playwright to talk about his personal and often boundary-pushing work.
Film critic Kenneth Turan made it off of the frozen runway in Utah and is back in sunny Southern California to share his thoughts on the Sundance Film Festival. Dean Rob Cutietta stops by to answer a burning musical question on Ask the Dean. On the Arts News: an unlikely side business from one of this weekend's Super Bowl athletes.
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