Ballet, Climate Change and Led Zepplin in NoHo?

Luminario Ballet Returns to the NoHo Arts District With Their Season 5 Repertory of Shows

Luminario Ballet NoHo Arts District

We love dance and we love it even more it touches upon making our world a better place. Luminario Ballet will return to the NoHo Arts District with their season 5 repertory shows September 19 – 21 at El Portal Theatre.  Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles performs contemporary and classical ballet en pointe, modern dance and aerial ballet a la Cirque du Soleil. Representing the vibrant, diverse population of Southern California, Luminario Ballet performs full­‐length repertory as well as guest spots and commissioned choreography.

Choreographed by a collective six choreographers, including Canadian Olympian and aerialist, Emilie Livingston, and Luminario Artistic Director and award-winning ballet choreographer Judith FLEX Helle, their season 5 repertory shows harmonize art and science. The show features exclusive satellite photos taken by NASA from the International Space Station that are projected with the choreography in the world premiere of TRAILS. Following the performance, audiences can participate in a live Q&A with Laura Tenenbaum, NASA’s Communications Specialist on Earth Science and Climate Change, NASA/JPL/CALTECH. Season 5 will also include world and Los Angeles premieres, guest choreorgraphers, as well as special pieces choreographed to Led Zepplin music. Get to know Luminario Ballet, North Hollywood!

“TRAILS is about reaching out on another level, “ said Judith FLEX Helle. “I believe we can affect change and inspire action through the art of dance.


Friday, 9/19 at 8PM
Saturday, 9/20 at 8PM
Sunday, 9/21 matinee at 3PM
Sunday, 9/21 evening at 7PM

El Portal Theatre
5269 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

$40/$30/$15 Student w/ ID

Guest choreographer and aerialist Emilie Livingston most recently twisted like an Anaconda onstage with Nicki Minaj at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Luminario Ballet is also in high demand among mainstream music performers. The dance company shared the stage with Iggy Azalea at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and recently spun pirouettes in the music videos of two leading pop artists – Coldplay’s True Love And Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off.


The continuous, sweltering drought across Southern California inspired Livingston and FLEX Helle to conceptualize a stunning ballet interpretation and risky aerial routine against a backdrop of juxtaposed imagery and state-­‐of-­‐the-­‐art graphics. The performance explores the effects of global warming from a new perspective : dance. It is a visualization of the sensitive issues surrounding the health of our environment from wildfires to earthquakes to drought.

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The show will also feature “Casa Cuarteto,” commissioned by the Casa Romantica, San Clemente; “Follow Back,” a pas de deux choreographed by Special Guest Stars Womack and Bowman; “Les Abeilles,” a scorching aerial straps solo by Mathieu Leopold. And favorites from the Luminario Ballet repertory like “If the Walls Could Scream” choreographed by Jamal Story (CHER, Dance Theater of Harlem); and, last but definitely not least, the audience favorite, “LedZAerial”– ballet to the music of Led Zeppelin.

Luminario Ballet principal dancers: AJ Abrams, Jennifer Curry Wingrove from California Ballet, Sadie Black, Evan Swenson and Damien Diaz.

New company members: Keira Schwartz from Company C and Ballet San Jose; Amy Gilson from L.A. Ballet and New York’s Juilliard School; Jeremiah Tatum (Disney’s “The Lion King”).

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