LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents Maya Beiser/Wendy Whelan/Lucinda Childs/David Lang's THE DAY on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, at 8 p.m. at Royce Hall. Tickets for $28–$99 are available now at cap.ucla.edu, 310-825-2101, and the Royce Hall box office.
THE DAY, conceived by famed cellist Maya Beiser, should be considered an assembly of legends. A new music/dance work, THE DAY is an evening-length multisensory exploration danced by Wendy Whelan, choreographed by Lucinda Childs, with music by David Lang and recorded vocals, text and live cello performed by Maya Beiser.
Beiser describes Whelan, a beauty and power, as the only one who could fit her vision for this piece. Formerly with New York City Ballet for thirty years, Whelan is a celebrated ballerina across the world. Working with Lucinda Childs was a dream of both Beiser and Whelan and created what Beiser calls "magic." Choreographer Lucinda Childs is a CAP alum: her Dance Company performed at Royce Hall in 2016.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, a long-time friend to Beiser, created the musical compositions in order for THE DAY to be fully conceived. The two musical compositions are called the day and world to come. The first part takes the audience through themes of memory, aging, and death with the following prompt, "I remember the day."
The second part focuses on the ideas of the soul leaving the body and what happens after you die. This second composition, actually composed first, was created during the devastating attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. Beiser, Whelan, Childs, and Lang created something truly spectacular. Through their collaboration and support, THE DAY graces the Royce Hall stage for its West Coast Premiere this October.
Funds for the CAP UCLA presentation of THE DAY are provided in part by Deborah Irmas and the Merle & Peter Mullin Endowment for the Performing Arts.
CAP UCLA's Dance series continues next year with Pam Tanowitz/Brice Marden/Kaija Saariaho: Four Quartets (Feb 15 & 16, Royce Hall).
CALENDAR EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:
CAP UCLA presents
Maya Beiser/Wendy Whelan/Lucinda Childs/David Lang THE DAY
Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.
Royce Hall, UCLA
10745 Dickson Court, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Celebrated ballerina Wendy Whelan, famed cellist Maya Beiser, iconic choreographer Lucinda Childs and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang join forces to create an evocative, bold, highly collaborative new work on time, aging, memory and death.
THE DAY was conceived by Maya Beiser.
THE DAY was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
THE DAY was co-commissioned by Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; Carolina Performing Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Jacob's Pillow; The Joyce Theater; and Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA; and was supported, in part, by the Inaugural Artist Fellowship at The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc.'s Artist Residency Center. Substantial development support was provided by LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts and Summer Stages Dance @ ICA/Boston, with additional support from Baryshnikov Arts Center. THE DAY was supported in part by a Fay Chandler Faculty Creativity Grant from the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology.
Single tickets: $28–$99
UCLA Central Ticket Office: 310-825-2101, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Royce Hall box office: open 90 minutes prior to the event start time.
About CAP UCLA
UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) is dedicated to the advancement of the contemporary performing arts in all disciplines — dance, music, spoken word and theater, as well as emerging digital, collaborative and cross-platforms — by leading artists from around the globe. Part of UCLA's School of the Arts and Architecture, CAP UCLA curates and facilitates direct exposure to artists who are creating extraordinary works of art and fosters a vibrant learning community both on and off the UCLA campus. The organization invests in the creative process by providing artists with financial backing and time to experiment and expand their practices through strategic partnerships and collaborations. As an influential voice within the local, national and global arts communities, CAP UCLA connects this generation to the next in order to preserve a living archive of our culture. CAP UCLA is also a safe harbor where cultural expression and artistic exploration can thrive, giving audiences the opportunity to experience real life through characters and stories on stage, and giving artists an avenue to challenge assumptions and advance new ways of seeing and understanding the world we live in now.
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IMAGES: Available by request. Photo credit Hayim Heron, courtesy of Jacob's Pillow.
SOURCE Center for the Art of Performance