An Explosive Night of Dance Explores the Everyday Society Struggles Between Conformity and Individuality

Join Pony Box Dance Theatre and Lula Washington's Dance Theatre for an extraordinary evening of dance. This ground-breaking event in shared artistic programming brings together two incredible dance companies for one night of movement that dance enthusiasts will never forget. When: Saturday, April 2, 2016 @ 8 pm To Purchase Tickets: Visit ItsMySeat.com Search "Pony Box" or in person at the Lula Washington Dance Theatre studio, 3773 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016. 323-292-5852.

What:   Join Pony Box Dance Theatre and Lula Washington’s Dance Theatre for an extraordinary evening of dance.  This ground-breaking event in shared artistic programming brings together two incredible dance companies for one night of movement that dance enthusiasts will never forget.

When:  Saturday, April 2, 2016 @ 8 pm

Where:  Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA   

Who should attend:  Individuals of all ages.  Discounted ticket pricing is available for students and seniors.

To Purchase Tickets:  Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for students and seniors and are on sale at PonyBoxDance.org or ItsMySeat.com Search “Pony Box”.  Tickets can also be purchased at the Lula Washington Dance Theatre LulaWashington.org or in person at the Lula Washington Dance Theatre studio, 3773 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016. Phone: 323-292-5852. Email:  school.lwdt@gmail.com

Event Highlights:  Works from Pony Box Dance Theatre will express Conformity and Identity, "The Line" and "The Collective".

“The Line” explores the phenomenon of Conformity, and the eternal tension between the demands of the “Group” vs. the imperatives of the “Individual”.  It is a dance for seven men that examines the wellspring of self-expression as the vital tangent of Group endeavor.  Featuring an original score by Douglas Hammond, whose compositions have been featured in film, television and commercials and a unique eco-sculpture of Annette Heully that floats above the dancers, representing the consciousness of the group.

“The Collective” is the hypnotic, sensual, signature choreographic work of the Pony Box Dance Theatre's repertoire. Here, the seven men express the interplay between individual and collective desire, the social facade and the person 'under the mask'.

Lula Washington Dance Theatre will perform two of its three works to live jazz by the Marcus Miller Ensemble. "Together", choreographed by Tamica Washington-Miller, explores the power of love to keep a couple united against a tidal wave of issues that threaten to tear them apart. 

"Search For Humanism", by Lula Washington, explores the unfair killings of African-Americans in a contemporary American society that remains hostile despite progress.  While "Global Village" is Lula Washington's popular celebration of the power of dance to bring unity among people of disparate backgrounds and cultures. It is set to FELA Kuti music. 

About Pony Box Dance Theatre:  A non-profit organization, the mission of the Pony Box Dance Theatre is to elevate the lives of the community by exposure to professional dance programs and performances.  Pony Box Dance Theatre integrates visual art to create theatrical, unpredictable contemporary dances.

The inspiration for the name “Pony Box” and the logo came from a drawing by Jamie’s daughter. When asked what the drawing was, Tatiana explained, “It’s a pony box, you put everything in it, even your dreams.”  An all male company based in Long Beach, the troupe has performed in New York City, San Francisco and at numerous art galleries, festivals and venues in Los Angeles.

About Lula Washington Dance Theater:  The Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) is a Los Angeles-based repertoire dance ensemble that performs innovative and provocative choreography by Lula Washington.  The Company tours internationally and has been received with acclaim and admiration.  Lula Washington has steadfastly focuses on using dance to explore social and humanitarian issues, including aspects of African-American history and culture.

LWDT was founded in 1980 by Lula and Erwin Washington, in the inner-city area of South Los Angeles, California.  LWDT has risen to become one of the most admired African-American contemporary dance companies in the West – known for powerful, high-energy dancing, unique choreography, and exceptional educational residencies.

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