Daniel Ezralow debuts his new company, ‘Ezralow Dance,’ with a commissioned, site-specific world premiere accompanied live by adventurous chamber orchestra ‘wild Up’
Winding up the Zev Yaroslavsky Signature Series and bringing the Ford Theatres 2014 summer season to a close, Ezralow Dance takes the stage at the Ford Amphitheatre on Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.
The commissioned, site-specific world premiere from world-renowned director/choreographer Daniel Ezralow will be accompanied by live music from contemporary classical ensemble wild Up, marking the debut of Ezralow’s new, Los Angeles-based company.
“Daniel is a visionary who creates grand pieces on a scale not usually seen at the Ford,” says Ford managing director of productions Adam Davis.
Hailed as “unforgettably gutsy” by The New York Times and “one of the best American dancer-choreographers now working on an international scale” by the Chicago Tribune, Ezralow most recently choreographed the opening ceremonies at the Sochi Olympics. He has created choreography and aerial choreography for theater, film, opera and television around the world, including The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, the film Across the Universe and for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Batsheva Dance Company and Paris Opera Ballet. Ezralow is a co-founder of ISO Dance and an original dancer/choreographer of MOMIX.
“I try to break traditions, to look at something we may have all viewed many times before and see it completely differently,” Ezralow explains. “With this new company of 9 dancers, I want to build a creative home for the huge amount of repertory I’ve developed around the world. Being an eclectic artist means that I’ve been lucky enough to jump from film to TV to stage, but there’s been no way until now to collect everything into a single body of work.”
This summer marks the Zev Yaroslavsky Signature Series’ second season celebrating Los Angeles as a destination for world-class artists who find here both collaboration with, and inspiration from, celebrated local artists. The series is presented by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission with support provided by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, and all proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.
The Ford Theatres are located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068, just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway, between Hollywood Blvd. and Barham Blvd. in the Cahuenga Pass. On site, stacked parking costs $5 per vehicle. FREE nonstacked parking serviced by a FREE shuttle to the Ford is available at the Universal City/Studio City Metro Station lot at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga. The shuttle, which cycles every 15-20 minutes, stops in the “kiss and ride” area. The grounds open two hours before showtime for picnicking. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be ordered in advance. Patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink. The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request.
Ezralow Dance takes place on Saturday, Sept.13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50, $65 and $80 (reserved seating), with a VIP package available for $100 that includes premium seating, a choice of wine or beer and on site parking. A $5 discount is available with advance purchase by Sept. 6. All proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation. For more information and to purchase tickets go to FordTheatres.org or call (323) 461-3673 (323 GO 1-FORD).