Contemporary ballet in East L.A.; Balinese dance in Westwood; new works and 30 troupes in Santa Monica; Mexican folkloric in Hollywood, the end of NOW, a start up showcase and high rise ballet downtown, and more SoCal dance this week.
5. The last of 2017 NOW
A known incubator for cutting edge dance and other performing arts, REDCAT’s New Original Works (NOW) Festival concludes with a trio of artists for the last of NOWS’ three weekends. Gina Young’s Butch Ballet has no ballet, but boasts a cast of gender nonconforming and non-binary performers celebrating female masculinity. Artaud in the Black Lodge considers psychic connections between Artaud, Wiliam S. Burroughs and David Lynch. Luis Lara Malvacías and Jeremy Nelson continue their commitment to structured improvisational duets that proceed through the alphabet from A to Z. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., downtown; Thurs.-Sat., Aug. 10-12, 8:30 p.m., $20, $16 students. 213-237-2800, http://redcat.org.
4. 2017 Mix Match opens
Opening night of the Mix Match Festival presents an array of styles with a sampling of the 30 companies performing during the four day festival. Now in its 11th year, the host company Hart Pulse Dance knows how to put on a festival. A complete list of the performers at http://HartPulseDance.com. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica; Thurs.-Sat., Aug. 17-19, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Aug. 20, 2 p.m., $18. http://HartPulseDance.com.
3. A line up of New Shoes
The latest edition of New Shoes showcases emerging and established choreographers and ensembles including Jamie Carr/Authenticity: Grooves, Madison Clark, Belle Jessen/indigo projects, Keri Prokopidis, Pia Vinson, and Amanda Kay White. They tackle subjects that include vulnerability, intimacy that doesn’t quite fit, memories of the past, being in the present, grieving, and learning from experience. Highways Performance Space, 18th Street Arts Center, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica; Fri.-Sat., Aug 11-12, 8:30 p.m., $20, $15 students & seniors. 310-315-1459, http://highwaysperformance.org.
2. Gamelon for a new century
A five-part kinetic sculpture developed by artist/composer Aaron Taylor Kuffner in consultation with Balinese master gamelon makers, the Gamelatron Bunganya Dewa (translates from Indonesian as Flowers of the Gods) is the centerpiece of these special 30-minute performances by dancer/choreographer/musician I Nyoman Wenten to improvised music from Kuffner. The dancing is this one day, the installation is on view through Aug. 13. UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Sat., Aug. 12, 2 & 4 p.m., free. http://hammer.ucla.edu.
1. What dancers do on summer break
L.A. based choreographer Raiford Rogers takes advantage of high quality dancers on hiatus during the summer to assemble his Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet, including familiar faces from Los Angeles Ballet like Kate Highstrete, Liz Walker and Chelsea Paige Johnson. Also returning is the commanding Bobby Briscoe. This time Rogers’ architectural choreography enjoys live music from the Jacaranda Chamber Orchestra playing Stravinsky’s Concerto in D for Strings, Zbynek Mateju’s Still Life and a new work set to Mateju’s Joshua Tree Symphony. Rogers’ returns after more than a year. This concert marks his welcome return and the return of some striking dancers before a scheduled tour to the Czech Republic next year. Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State University Los Angeles, 5151 State University Dr., E.L.A.; Sat., Aug. 12, 8 p.m., $40-$60, $25 students. http://luckmanarts.org.
Ann Haskins‘ blog appears at CulturalWeekly.com.