Event Listings

Our upcoming events are listed below:


Lula Washington Dance THTR 2
Lula Washington Dance THTR 2
The Wallis presents

Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Jan 30-Feb 1 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre focuses on using dance to explore social and humanitarian issues, including aspects of African-American history, culture, and life. This in-demand ensemble, celebrating its 40th anniversary, has built an international reputation for the earthiness, vitality, energy, and humanism of its repertory, bringing charisma and interpretive power to every dance. The company returns to The Wallis following their debut performance which celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Frankenstein
Frankenstein
World Premiere
The Wallis production of

Frankenstein

Created by Four Larks
After Mary Shelley

Feb 12-Mar 1 / Lovelace Studio Theater

The Wallis and L.A.-based Four Larks (in their Wallis debut) are developing Frankenstein, an exuberant amalgamation of dynamic physical theatre, live music and experiential design bringing Mary Shelley's tale to life in a modern take that spotlights the dangers of unregulated technology. Sourced predominantly after Shelley's novel in conjunction with its 200th anniversary, the production – a commission from The Wallis -- awakens new questions about moral responsibility for each generation. Featuring a cast of twelve, all doubling as musicians, the show is created, staged and composed by Four Larks' Mat Sweeney with design and choreography by Sebastian Peters-Lazaro and libretto written with Jesse Rasmussen.


VIJAY GUPTA, PETER MYERS, SUZANA BARTAL & REENA ESMAIL
VIJAY GUPTA, PETER MYERS, SUZANA BARTAL & REENA ESMAIL
The Wallis presents

Vijay Gupta, violin, Suzana Bartal, piano & Reena Esmail, composer
India & The West: Compositions & Conversations

Feb 15 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

Join us for an evening of chamber music and cross-culture dialogue centered on the great musical traditions of India and the West. Featuring original works by Indian American composer, Reena Esmail, performed by violinist Vijay Gupta and pianist Suzana Bartal.

Program
ESMAIL Saans
ESMAIL Piano Trio
ESMAIL Jhula Jhule
ESMAIL Take What You Need



Blue 13
Blue 13
The Wallis presents

Blue13 Dance Company
Terpsichore - World Premiere
And Contemporary Bollywood Works

Feb 21-22 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

Blue13 Dance Company’s energetic and theatrical contemporary dance style draws inspiration from the classical and cultural art forms of the Indian subcontinent. Using dance as a vehicle for storytelling, Blue13’s moody, rhythmic, and charged work presents an intelligent American experience of performance that turns the cultural stereotype of Indian dance on its head.


Angela Hewitt, piano
Angela Hewitt, piano
The Wallis presents

Angela Hewitt, piano
Bach Odyssey

Feb 23 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

An award-winning pianist, Hewitt is best known for her Bach interpretations. In September 2016, she began her Bach Odyssey, performing the complete keyboard works of Bach in a series of twelve recitals. Hewitt’s recitals and award-winning recordings have garnered praise from around the world. BBC Music Magazine stated “I know of no musician whose Bach playing on any instrument is of greater subtlety, beauty of tone, persuasiveness of judgement or instrumental command than Hewitt’s is here”.

Program
Recital XI
Four Duets, BWV 802-805
Eighteen Little Preludes, BWV 924-928,
930, 933-938, 939-943, 999
Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV 944
Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971
French Overture in B minor, BWV 831



Christine Ebersole 2019
Christine Ebersole 2019
The Wallis and Mark Cortale Present

AN EVENING WITH CHRISTINE EBERSOLE

Two-Time Tony Award-Winning Star of 42nd Street & Grey Gardens
Performs Music from the American Songbook, Broadway & More
Featuring special guest Scott Frankel
Music Directed by Lawrence Yurman
Directed by Scott Wittman

Christine Ebersole has enchanted audiences for decades with award-winning performances on screen and on stage, in live concerts, and on myriad solo and cast recordings. While early successes in film and television showcased her “multitudes” as a comedian, actress, and singer (The New York Times), Ebersole’s more recent stage performances—including her Tony Award–winning dual role in Grey Gardens—have solidified her standing as Broadway royalty. Rave reviews for her performance as Elizabeth Arden in 2017’s hit musical War Paint reveal that this “enduringly vital” talent (The New York Times)—and our love for her—is here to stay. On the small screen, she is currently starring in CBS All-Access’ hit comedy “Bob Hearts Abishola.” For this very special engagement in the Bram Goldsmith Theater, Ebersole’s signature wit and “fervent, radiant soprano” are guaranteed to surprise and delight you in an evening of memorable songbook standards.



From the Top

Romantics Anonymous
Romantics Anonymous
U.S. Premiere
The Wallis presents

Romantics Anonymous

Book by Emma Rice
Music & Lyrics by Christopher Dimond and Michael Kooman
Directed by Emma Rice

Mar 17-29 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

Adapted by Emma Rice (Kneehigh’s Brief Encounter and The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk) from the French-Belgian film Les Émotifs Anonymes, this new musical is a treat for all the senses. Angélique makes beautiful chocolates, carefully infused with all the emotion that seems to overwhelm her in daily life. Jean-René runs a chocolate factory that is running out of steam. Both seek help from the usual sources: Jean-René favors self-help tapes and Angélique joins a support group. Filled with all the joy and pain it takes to survive and love in the modern world, Romantics Anonymous is a tale that will lift any heart.
“????? You really will leave the theatre dancing on air and beaming from ear to ear” - Broadway World
“It melts your heart and tickles your fancy, leaving you giddy with laughter, tearful and elated.” – The Stage


Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
A Music @ The Wallis Event

Johnny Gandlesman, violin
Complete Bach Cello Suites

Mar 21 / Lovelace Studio Theater

Following up on his celebrated debut recording of JS Bach's Sonatas and Partitas, Grammy award-winning violinist and producer Johnny Gandelsman (Brooklyn Rider, Silkroad Ensemble) brings his new project to the Wallis, presenting Bach's complete cello suites on the violin.


Emil and the Detectives
Emil and the Detectives
The Wallis presents

Slingsby Theatre Company’s
Emil and the Detectives

By Erich Kastner
Adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom

Mar 27-29 / Lovelace Studio Theater
Recommended for ages 8+

Never underestimate the determination of a child! Young Emil catches a train to visit family in the big city. Something valuable is stolen. But the thief soon discovers Emil was not such an easy target. A group of quick-thinking and resourceful children rallies around. Can a bunch of kids work together to uncover and outsmart the true criminal? In Slingsby’s signature intimate theatrical style, Emil and The Detectives is told by two skilled actors immersed in smoke and mirrors, miniature worlds and a cinematic score.
“If more theatre were like this, the world would be a magical place indeed!” – Australian Stage


Violins of Hope
Violins of Hope
The Wallis presents

Violins of Hope

Apr 2 / Bram Goldsmith Theater
Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Each violin has its own unique and inspiring story that educates both young and old about the Holocaust in a deeply personal and emotional way. Today these instruments serve not only as powerful reminders of an unimaginable experience but also reinforce key lessons of tolerance, inclusion, and diversity that are essential for today and for future generations. Through concerts, exhibition and education our community will have a variety of ways to experience Violins of Hope during their Los Angeles visit March-April, 2020. Violins of Hope will be one of the largest programs in Los Angeles County, reaching thousands of people in our community and bringing non-profit arts groups and other agencies together to collaborate on this project. The Wallis is honored to participate in this important program with a unique program which will be announced at a later date.


Ory Shihor 2020
Ory Shihor 2020
The Wallis presents

Ory Shihor, piano
Beethoven’s Most Beloved Sonatas


Apr 4 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

In eternal piano sonatas such as the Pathetique, the Moonlight, the Waldstein and the Appassionata, Ludwig Van Beethoven experimented with form and musical storytelling in ways that changed music forever. Step into Beethoven’s Workshop with internationally renowned pianist Ory Shihor as he returns to The Wallis to perform these beloved sonatas and tell their stories.

“Boldly individualistic.” - The New York Times

“Shihor powered through Beethoven's ‘Appassionata’ sonata with a sure sense of line and structure, but was not afraid to take risks--his arm-weighted sforzandos rang out like gunshots, his articulation of Beethoven's inner voices snapped compellingly through the violent roar of the concluding movement, and his acceleration in the coda was exhilaratingly crisp and clean without sacrificing weight.” - The Washington Post


Snow White
Snow White
The Wallis presents

New International Encounter Theatre’s
Snow White

May 8-17 / Lovelace Studio Theater
Recommended for ages 5+

In a wild and windswept land ... far, far away... snow falls on a lonely castle in the forest and a woman sits at her spinning wheel and dreams of the child she always wanted, the child she never had. A little girl who will make her dreams come true, who will be the most beautiful in the whole land. She makes a wish... and pricks her finger... New International Encounter Theatre presents an original take on the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale. Filled with live music, magic and festive fun it's a tale of adventure, danger and a very shiny red apple.
“Warm, family-friendly fairytale with a smart twist" - The Stage


Emerson String Quartet
Emerson String Quartet
The Wallis presents

Emerson String Quartet
May 8 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

The Emerson String Quartet has maintained its stature as one of the world’s premier chamber music ensembles for more than four decades. The quartet has made more than 30 acclaimed recordings, and has been honored with nine Grammys.

PROGRAM
BEETHOVAN Op. 59 Quartets No. 2 & 3


Diavolo
Diavolo
The Wallis presents

Diavolo

Jun 25-27 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

Combining contemporary dance with martial arts, acrobatics, gymnastics, and hip-hop, Diavolo explores the relation and interaction between the human body and its architectural environment to understand overarching social, physical, and emotional impacts. Their international notoriety is highlighted by a Top 10 placing in the 12th season of “America’s Got Talent,” attracting over 90 million television viewers.


National Sawdust
National Sawdust
The Wallis presents

National Sawdust @ The Wallis
folds

Miranda Cuckson, violin
Katharina Rosenberger, composer
John Burnett, media artist

Beginning with folds, a half-hour multimedia work by composer Katharina Rosenberger and video designer John Burnett, this evening with violinist Miranda Cuckson explores memory, fragility and durability, old and new technologies, and the artistic creations of women. folds considers the physical and sonic properties of paper, its use over centuries to document and preserve music, and the ephemeral nature of music and sound. Recognizing that women’s compositions have been particularly lost to history, Katharina Rosenberger’s music for violin and electronics creates a dialogue with a work by 17th-century composer Barbara Strozzi, whose music has recently received a resurgence of interest. In folds, Miranda Cuckson plays both composers’ music and, along with several stagehands, activates a variety of amplified paper objects. Drawing a larger web among women composers from around the world, evocative recent compositions for violin by Rozalie Hirs, Liza Lim, and Aida Shirazi also convey delicacy and ephemerality but also a sense of far-off voyage and exploration.
PROGRAM
folds by Katharina Rosenberger
article 4 [landkaartje - map butterfly] by Rozalie Hirs
Saniya by Aida Shirazi
The SuSong Star Map by Liza Lim



Hershey Felder: Rachmaninoff
Hershey Felder: Rachmaninoff
Los Angeles Premiere
The Wallis presents

The Samantha F. Voxakis and Karen Racanelli production of

Hershey Felder in
Anna & Sergei
A new play featuring the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff

Jul 16-Aug 2 / Bram Goldsmith Theater

In this World Premiere by Hershey Felder, Hershey will take on a little known story about the great Russian pianist and composer, Sergei Rachmaninoff. Set at the Garden City Hotel in Long Island, New York, this is the story of the great composer crossing paths with someone he believed to be a descendent of Czar Nicholas II. Living in America and longing for his familiar Russian roots and home, Sergei Rachmaninoff allowed himself to be taken on a journey that few would ever believe. Join us for a trip back in time to 1928 New York, for something shockingly different and new, as we explore the worlds of Anna and Sergei.