By Karen Nelson
Published Jun 8, 2007 2:55 PM
UCLA Live director David Sefton is promising a brilliant, new season of groundbreaking and provocative premieres, debuts and exclusive engagements such as the North American premiere of dance pioneer Pina Bausch's "Ten Chi" and the U.S. debut of the National Theatre of Scotland with their U.S. premiere of the hit Iraqi war drama "Black Watch."
Sefton recently unveiled the lineup for the upcoming season, which runs from September 2007 to June 2008 and offers a mix of artists from nearly every continent around the world.
"Every year, we seek to surpass any previous cultural experience that we, or any other organization, have yet presented," Sefton said. "Our goal is for people to look to UCLA Live to see things that they won't find anywhere else — companies that are beyond the ordinary, the very best artists, the highest quality work and the most compelling plays that span the spectrum from historically excellent to remarkably innovative."
Among the many highlights are the sixth annual UCLA Live International Theatre Festival, featuring the Royal Shakespeare Company in an exclusive West Coast engagement, presenting "King Lear" and "The Seagull," directed by Trevor Nunn and starring Sir Ian McKellen.
The UCLA Live season also features choreographer Bill T. Jones' new work, "Blind Date"; a U.S. premiere by Ballet Flamenco Eva Yerbabuena; jazz visionary and 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner Ornette Coleman; African musical luminaries Angélique Kidjo, Youssou N'Dour, Hugh Masekela and Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars; and the U.S. tour debut of the Russian Patriarchate Choir.
Also on the schedule are exclusive, made-for-UCLA Live events, including a Day of the Dead celebration with Mexican diva Eugenia León and Los Angeles mariachi Nati Cano, an evening with musicians Michael Brook and Djivan Gasparyan, and an all-star musical gathering celebrating the legacy of the seminal West Hollywood club the Ashe Grove.
Series and Choose-Your-Own subscriptions are now on sale. Select events are not eligible for subscription discount. To purchase tickets, visit the UCLA Live Web site or call (310) 825-2101.