Thursday September 14 @ 7:30pm
(Pre-show talk 6:30pm)

Saturday September 16 @ 7:30pm*
(includes post show reception)
(Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes)
Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
$65 Adults $35 Students
*$75 Adults $40 Students for Saturday
(including post show reception with the artists)

Paul Taylor, one of the most accomplished artists this nation has ever produced, continues to shape America’s indigenous art of modern dance as he has since becoming a professional dancer and pioneering choreographer in 1954. Having performed with Martha Graham’s company for several years, Mr. Taylor uniquely bridges the legendary founders of modern dance – Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, Doris Humphrey and Ms. Graham – and the dance makers of the 21st Century with whom he is now working. The company is among the most celebrated in modern dance, and has launched the careers of numerous stars, including Twyla Tharp and David Parsons.

With a reputation for state-of-the-art dance and a dynamic modern choreography, Festival performances will include iconic representative works, including Esplanade, first performed in 1975, when Taylor was inspired to create dance around found objects the way contemporary artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg fashioned paintings. Also performed on the program is the beautifully balletic Arden Court and an audience favorite, Piazzolla Caldera, a sensual exposé of tango as reinterpreted and reimagined with modern dance.


Friday September 15 @ 7:30pm
(Pre-show talk with the artistic director 6:30pm)

Sunday, September 17 @ 2:00pm
(Pre-show talk with the artistic director 1:00pm)
(Running time: 2 hours)

Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

$65 Adults $35 Students
ONLINE PURCHASE available as of July 15!

Dynamic, intelligent, passionate and artistic sophistication are the hallmarks of this extraordinary company from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Ballet BC has a remarkable repertoire of works by the world’s leading contemporary choreographers including Crystal Pite, Cayetano Soto, William Forsythe, Itzik Galili, Jorma Elo among others. This company has taken the world stage by storm and has established itself as the company to watch.

The festival program includes works by three female choreographers; showcasing breathtaking physicality and originality with choreography that takes modern dance a step beyond

In 16+ a room, Emily Molnar, Ballet BC’s Artistic Director, displays her unique choreographic language through a complex study of time, transition, and stillness, where the space between is as important as the space occupied, and one is left with the feeling of both liberty and disappearance.

With Solo Echo, globally celebrated choreographer and director of Kidd Pivot, Crystal Pite explores recurring themes of acceptance and loss—inspired by two sonatas for cello and piano by Brahms and the poem Lines for Winter by Mark Strand.

Finally, Tel Aviv-based Sharon Eyal’s Bill is a daring piece showcasing Ballet BC dancers in intricate and precise expressions of the body combining dance, music, and design into an instantly recognizable whole—raw, unexpected beauty created with equal parts ebb and flow.

16+ a room

Solo Echo



Blue13 Dance Company: July 23 & Aug 27 @ 2:00pm

Photo: Denise Leitner

TWO Sundays, July 23 & Aug 27, 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Festival of Arts

650 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

A Contemporary Indian Dance performance followed by a Bollywood dance class. These are Summer Sunday Funday dance events not to be missed!

Blue13 Dance Company is a contemporary Indian dance theatre ensemble based in Los Angeles, with a mission to connect diverse audiences through the power of live, aesthetically and culturally daring dance. Since 1999, Blue13 has performed in the U.S. and abroad in it’s highly energetic and theatrical modern dance style that is inspired by the classical and cultural art forms of the Indian subcontinent. A first-generation South Asian American, Blue13’s Artistic director, Achinta S. McDaniel pulls precision, humor, and deep emotion from her ensemble to create work as rebellious and unconventional as its architect.

The Bollywood inspired dance company offers direct participation in the creative expression of dance through audience “flashmobs,” public interactive dance events, residencies, and workshops. The company dancers also teach studio classes in their trademarked Bollywood Bhangra Beats, open to all levels of children and adults. To translate dance into lasting societal contributions is in Blue13’s very DNA, as is the desire to empower and unite people, and to spread joy and understanding through its work.


First Thursdays Art Walk: September 7 @ 6:30pm

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Kybele Dance Theater
Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Entity Contemporary Dance
Dawson Cole Fine Art
326 Glenneyre Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651



Photo: Courtesy of KDT

Kybele Dance Theater (KDT) is a professional contemporary dance company founded by the Artistic Director and Choreographer Seda Aybay in 2003 in Los Angeles, California.

KDT currently has 8 permanent company dancers with four guest performers and two apprentices offering full evening programs, mixed repertory work as well as educational performances and festival showcases.

The diverse company repertory contains different styles, subjects and lengths of work that is created to inspire, think, and educate the audience.


Photo: Mike Esperanza

Entity Contemporary Dance was founded in 2009 in Irvine, CA and directed by UCI alumni Will Johnston and Marissa Osato, Entity Contemporary Dance is a professional dance company that fuses contemporary, jazz, and hip hop dance techniques to present imaginative, dynamic repertory and to bridge the gap between commercial and concert dance.

Entity Contemporary Dance has produced evening length works in Los Angeles and San Francisco, was a finalist for the prestigious McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival in Palm Desert for five years, and made its international debut in Singapore and Hong Kong in 2016.

The company currently holds residency at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, CA and hosts an open company class there every Wednesday evening. Keep up to date with upcoming shows, intensives, and events!

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