Event Listings

Our upcoming events are listed below:


L.A. Dance Project
L.A. Dance Project
COMPANY-IN-RESIDENCE: L.A. DANCE PROJECT

The Wallis is thrilled to announce L.A. Dance Project as its first Company-in-Residence! Collaborating with the company’s Artistic Director Benjamin Millepied, The Wallis welcomes L.A. Dance Project in a series of programs in both the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018, as well as other education and outreach activities.

November 2-4, 2017
FALL PROGRAM
Closer - Benjamin Millepied – L.A. Dance Project Los Angeles Premiere
Intermission
Second Quartet - Noé Soulier – US Premiere
Intermission
In Silence We Speak - Benjamin Millepied - West Coast Premiere
Pause
Orpheus Highway - Benjamin Millepied - West Coast Premiere

April 5-7, 2018
SPRING PROGRAM
Yag - Ohad Naharin
+ More to be announced!

“I am thrilled to find a new home in Los Angeles at The Wallis, one of the most exciting new performing arts centers. This is a wonderful opportunity for L.A. Dance Project to extend its reach to a larger community and continue its path towards becoming a major dance company in America.” -Benjamin Millepied

“L.A. Dance Project delivers mesmerizing debut at The Wallis.” - Los Angeles Times

“Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project has thrown down the slipper in declaring the city’s standing in the ballet world.” - Hollywood Reporter



Jackie Unveiled
Jackie Unveiled
February 22 - March 11, 2018
The Wallis production of
JACKIE UNVEILED
Written by Tom Dugan
Directed by Jenny Sullivan


Hailed as an icon of style, grace and strength, famous for her allure and piercing sensuality, much has been written and said about America’s most popular First Lady - although the one detail usually omitted is that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was human. From the creative team of Wiesenthal, award winning playwright Tom Dugan’s newest one-woman drama Jackie Unveiled explores the life of America’s most private public figure.

This production is made possible by generous support from David C. Bohnett.

Run Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, including a 15 minute intermission.



The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk
February 23 - March 11, 2018
Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic production of
THE FLYING LOVERS OF VITEBSK
By Daniel Jamieson
Directed by Emma Rice


Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella Chagall are immortalized as having one of the most romantic marriages of the 20th Century. The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk traces the young couple as they navigate the Pogroms, the Russian Revolution and each other. Following the artistic heights of Brief Encounter, and 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, Kneehigh and director Emma Rice return to The Wallis with a production that combines the visuals of Chagall’s paintings with the music and dance of the Russian Jewish tradition.

‘Winner of the Carol Tambor ‘Best of Edinburgh’ Award 2017’

“****A soaring, swooping crowd-pleaser” - Time Out London


“Wraps you in the soaring giddiness and deep solace of overwhelming love”
**** Financial Times

“Gloriously romantic”
**** The Times

“A captivating production”
**** The Observer



Nathan & Julie Gunn
Nathan & Julie Gunn
March 15, 2018

NATHAN & JULIE GUNN

Nathan Gunn, among the most in-demand baritones of his day, along with his wife, pianist Julie Gunn, perform an evening of cabaret by iconic composers ranging from Leonard Bernstein and Cole Porter to Billy Joel and Tom Waits. The concert joins Leonard Bernstein at 100, the worldwide celebration of the 100th birthday of one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history.

“Nathan Gunn commands an operatic baritone whose mighty heft and richness confer an outsize authority on everything it touches” - The New York Times



wild UP: Future Folk
wild UP: Future Folk
MARCH 17, 2018

wild Up: Future Folk wild Up, under the direction of conductor Christopher Rountree, is an adventurous Los Angeles-based chamber orchestra committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking musical happenings. For its Wallis debut, wild Up will explore the music from Ancient India, modern California, post-war New York, as well as American works that reflect on a future form of music rooted in folk ethos.

“A raucous, grungy, irresistibly exuberant… fun-loving, exceptionally virtuosic family!” - The New York Times



Creating Musical Theater: A Collaborative Lab
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Creating Musical Theater: A Collaborative Lab
Show Case Performances
GRoW @ The Wallis is pleased to offer a unique opportunity for creative teams developing new musicals! This presentation is a Showcase of two teams participating in the Creating Musical Theater: A Collaborative Lab course. Each team received intensive coaching starting in September, 2017, including a special feedback session with Stephen Schwartz. The Showcase will include a performance of portions of each show, performed by professional local Los Angeles actors, followed by a Q&A with our writers/composers.


Zurich Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Hope, Violin
Zurich Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Hope, Violin
March 22, 2018

Zurich Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Hope, violin

British violinist Daniel Hope is the first instrumentalist to be named Music Director of the acclaimed Zurich Chamber Orchestra, one of the leading ensembles of its kind. Hope and the Orchestra takes us through Vivaldi’s classic The Four Seasons, followed by Max Richter’s minimalist recomposition of the Baroque masterpiece. This one-of-a-kind musical experience is not to be missed.

VIVALDI The Four Seasons
MAX RICHTER Recomposed


“The violinist, now among the best in the world as well as the most thoughtful, is as brilliant at Bach as Birtwistle.” - The Observer



Broadway at The Wallis
Broadway at The Wallis
March 29, 7:30pm and 9:30pm The Wallis & Mark Cortale present
BROADWAY @ THE WALLIS
CHITA RIVERA
with Sirius XM Radio Star
SETH RUDETSKY
as Music Director & Host

Two-time Tony Award-winner Chita Rivera performs at The Wallis for one night only alongside Sirius XM Radio host and creator/star of Broadway's Disaster! Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host. This unscripted evening will feature Rivera performing the greatest hits of her vast musical theater repertoire, including songs from her now legendary roles of Anita in West Side Story, Rose in Bye Bye Birdie and Velma in Chicago,.

Produced with Mark Cortale, the evening will be a seamless mixture of intimate, behind-the-scenes stories of her career through insightful, funny and revealing questions posed by Rudetsky. An acclaimed actress, singer and dancer, Rivera has earned 10 Tony nominations for her beloved Broadway roles. This spontaneous evening of hilarity and show-stopping songs is not to be missed.


Dada Masilo's Giselle
Dada Masilo's Giselle
April 12-14, 2018
The Wallis presents
Dada Masilo’s GISELLE

Co-commissioned by The Joyce Theater’s Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New Work; the Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College; la Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2018; Sadler’s Wells with music composed by Philip Miller A young girl dies after having been betrayed by a man. She cannot rest in peace and is transformed into a wili, a ghost with a desire for dance - and revenge. Acclaimed South African choreographer Dada Masilo, who stunned audiences around the world with her feminist revisions of Carmen, Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake, takes on another classic in her distinctive style of African dance and classical ballet performed at astonishing speed.

“The rising star is only getting started.” - CNN

Run Time: 65 minutes including a 5 minute "technical break" after 45 minutes.
Mature content, language and nudity. Recommended for ages 14+



Gene Kelly: The Legacy
Gene Kelly: The Legacy
April 18, 2018
The Wallis presents
GENE KELLY: THE LEGACY
An Evening with Patricia Ward Kelly

Legendary actor, dancer, director and choreographer Gene Kelly brought astonishing grace and athleticism to the big screen – yet we know little about him. Patricia Ward Kelly – his wife and biographer – returns to The Wallis to present an intimate portrait of this dynamic and innovative artist who created some of the most memorable and iconic scenes in film history. This unique one-woman performance, which enjoyed two sold-out performances in our 2014/2015 season, combines rare and familiar film clips, previously unreleased recordings, personal memorabilia, and insights culled from Kelly’s hours of interviews and conversations with her husband.

“Endearingly entertaining” - The Hollywood Reporter



Laurie Anderson: All the Things I Lost in the Flood
Laurie Anderson: All the Things I Lost in the Flood
Great books haunt Laurie Anderson’s bold experimental performances. From Moby Dick to The Tibetan Book of the Dead -- works of literature are embedded in many of her films, stories and songs. In celebration of her own new book, All The Things I Lost in the Flood, join us for the West Coast debut of a special one-woman show to witness how a book comes to life again as a performance. Through intimate storytelling and bold digital language, Anderson takes audiences on a tour of the creative process—noting both successes and failures-- behind her many operas, projects, and installations.


Jeremy Denk
Jeremy Denk
April 25, 2018

JEREMY DENK, PIANO

Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists, the winner of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year award. Join us for a scintillating evening of classics from Beethoven, Mozart and more!

MOZART Rondo in a minor
PROKOFIEV Visions Fugitives
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
LISZT An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
+ More to be announced!
(program subject to change)


“Mr. Denk, clearly, is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination – both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.“ – The New York Times



Blues in the Night
Blues in the Night
April 27 - May 20, 2018
The Wallis production of
BLUES IN THE NIGHT
Conceived & Directed by Sheldon Epps


The soul of the blues wails out full and strong in Blues in the Night, the scorching, Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical! The 26 hot and torchy numbers - by icons Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and more - tell of the sweet, sexy and sorrowful experiences that three women have with the lying, cheating, snake of a man, who represents the men who do them wrong. The Wallis is honored to have Los Angeles theater luminary Sheldon Epps return to his breakout hit. Staged in our intimate Lovelace Studio Theater, Blues in the Night will you leave you energized, inspired and ready to wail.

“Absolutely show-stopping” - The Stage



Crossing in Concert
Crossing in Concert
May 26, 2018

Matthew Aucoin’s
CROSSING in Concert
A co-production of LA Opera Off Grand and The Wallis
Featuring Rod Gilfry


Inspired by poet Walt Whitman’s experiences tending to wounded soldiers during the Civil War, this haunting, compassionate work by Matthew Aucoin, LA Opera's Artist in Residence, explores the connections that come between us and pull us apart. As Whitman listens to wounded veterans share their memories and messages, he forges a bond with an enigmatic young soldier. Their encounter forces him to examine his own role as writer and poet. Intricately scored for chamber orchestra, with beautifully detailed choruses, Crossing shines in a special concert performance, featuring Rod Gilfry as Whitman and conducted by Aucoin himself.

“Crossing is a taut, teeming and inspired work.” - The New York Times

Run time: 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.

Performed in English with projected English translations.



BODYTRAFFIC
BODYTRAFFIC
May 31-June 2
BODYTRAFFIC

For the past 10 years BODYTRAFFIC has traveled the globe as LA’s most invigorating dance ambassadors. To celebrate its 10th Anniversary Season, BODYTRAFFIC comes home for its debut at The Wallis.

“Invention, attitude and urban edge.” - The Boston Globe



A Long Day's Journey Into Night
A Long Day's Journey Into Night

The Wallis in association with Fiery Angel, London presents the Bristol Old Vic production of
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Sir Richard Eyre
Starring Jeremy Irons & Lesley Manville

Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece captures one fateful summer's day in the life of the Tyrones. Haunted by the past but unable to face the truth of the present, James and Mary Tyrone and their two sons test the bonds of a family caught in a cycle of love and resentment. As day turns to night and each member of the family indulges in their vices, the truth unravels leaving behind a quartet of ruined lives. The Wallis is honored to present the Bristol Old Vic’s award-winning production, led by director Sir Richard Eyre and starring Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons (Brideshead Revisited, Reversal of Fortune, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) opposite Olivier winner and Oscar-nominee Lesley Manville (Another Year, “Harlots”, Phantom Thread) in their Los Angeles stage debuts.
“***** Intense, electrifying production." - Mail on Sunday



Hershey Felder: Beethoven
Hershey Felder: Beethoven
July 27 - August 12, 2018
Hershey Felder: BEETHOVEN
Written and Performed by Hershey Felder
Directed by Joel Zwick


Hershey Felder returns to The Wallis, bringing Ludwig van Beethoven to life through the eyes of a Viennese doctor who spent his boyhood by the Maestro’s side. Featuring some of the composer's most famous works including the Moonlight Sonata, Pathetique Sonata, selections from the 5th and 9th Symphonies, Hershey Felder: Beethoven is a journey through time that will bring you closer to the essence of a genius.

Mr. Felder is a Steinway Artist.

“A chamber music piece of exquisite beauty.” – C S-T

“It is heartfelt, intelligent, proficient, insightful and, at times, strangely moving. Beethoven is a piece that lingers in your head.” – Chicago Tribune