The Ford Blog
June 13, 2018 | Behind the Scenes
When I last caught up with TAIKOPROJECT in 2016, they were in the midst of a collaboration with Chicano rock band Quetzal. At the time, TAIKOPROJECT’s Executive Director Bryan Yamami talked about “honoring tradition by turning it on its head.” What TAIKOPROJECT does in each performance is remind us that even an art form as ancient and culturally rooted as Japanese taiko drumming can be fiercely and unapologetically contemporary.
June 06, 2018 | Behind the Scenes
I meet with Arianne MacBean, the director of The Collective Memory Project, on an overcast LA morning at the Ford, where she and her company are in rehearsal. It’s unnervingly quiet here during the day, the only sound the wind through the trees, underscored by the drone of traffic from the 101.
May 23, 2018
I’m streaming choral group Conspirare’s Considering Matthew Shepard album. My playlist tends to be more Cardi B than chorister, so I’m not quite sure what to expect. Plus, my rude millennial gayness obliges me to resent the image of the tragic, victimized queer. Enough already, we’re fine now, right? RIGHT?! I finally press play. The album starts quietly with a haunting piano progression. Then voices rise in pristine harmony setting up a sort of beat. I hear what sounds like a cowboy yodeling and the clank of hooves – unexpected.
May 16, 2018
What hath Lula and Erwin Washington wrought? This eminent Los Angeles arts couple, married since 1970, shares nearly four decades as influential artists and educators; they are beloved figures, community leaders and role models, cornerstones of Los Angeles dance. The boy-girl couple who first started dating in the 11th grade are joint recipients of the 2018 Dance/USA Champion Award. The award, which recognizes outstanding dance leadership in the Annual Conference’s host city, will be bestowed at the conference opening dinner on June 6, 2018 in Los Angeles. It fits the Washingtons to a T.
April 04, 2018 | Announcements
2018 and the Ford is back for its first full five-month season since 2013. If you didn’t get a chance to check out our new digs last year, 2018 is the year to swing by. With so much outstanding work by so many stellar artists, the Ford Theatres’ season celebrates Los Angeles as a major cultural capital of the world. The 2018 season is packed to the gills with contemporary dance, jazz greats, film festivals, folklorico dance, rock ‘n’ roll, romantic trios, opera, spoken word and so much more.