The LAJS presents Cultural Collaborations at the Ford Amphitheater, a cross-cultural celebration of music, dance and storytelling. Featuring special guests Theodore Bikel and the dance troupe BODYTRAFFIC, as well as tango stars Miriam Larici & Leonardo Barrionuevo and 2013 LAJS Young Artists Competition winner Kobi Malkin.
Theodore Meir Bikel was an Austrian-American actor, folk singer, musician, composer, unionist, and political activist. He appeared in films, including The African Queen, Moulin Rouge, The Kidnappers, The Enemy Below, I Want to Live!, My Fair Lady, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, and 200 Motels.
Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo are well-known for their work as celebrity choreographers on both FOX’s and the BBC’s “So You Think You Can Dance” since 2009 to the present. Miriam & Leonardo are both from Argentina. Trained in Ballet, Jazz, stage and social Argentine Tango.
Israeli violinist Kobi Malkin, is making his mark as both as an exciting soloist and a perceptive chamber musician. He was praised by the New York Times for his “aptly traversed palette of emotions, from languid introspection to fevered intensity with gorgeous tone and an edge-of-seat intensity”. As a soloist, Malkin has appeared with the Ashdod Chamber Orchestra, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Music Academy Symphony Orchestra Haifa, New England Conservatory’s Philharmonia, Symphonette Ra’anana, the Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra, the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orquesta de Camara de Bellas Artes, the Saint Louis Symphony and the Chicago Philharmonic under the batons of such conductors as Ze’ev Dorman, Stanley Sperber and Hugh Wolff.
BODYTRAFFIC uses the creative spirit of its Los Angeles home to fulfill its mission of delivering performances that inspire audiences simply to love dance. Since its inception in 2007, the company has held its place at the forefront of the concert dance world with a compelling style that “suggests invention, attitude, and urban edge” (The Boston Globe). Widely acclaimed for its “peerless dancers” who “can do it all from hip-hop to ballet” (LA Dance Chronicle), the company is composed of artists who received their training at some of the finest schools throughout the world, and its smashing repertory includes the works of renowned contemporary choreographers like Kyle Abraham, Ohad Naharin, Hofesh Shechter, Victor Quijada, Arthur Pita, Fernando Magadan, and Micaela Taylor. This combination of superb dancers and accomplished choreographers led the Los Angeles Times to describe BODYTRAFFIC as “one of the most talked about companies—not just in LA, but nationwide.”
OUR CONCERT SPONSORS
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
The mission of the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture is to advance arts, culture, and creativity throughout LA County. We provide leadership, services, and support in areas including grants and technical assistance for nonprofit organizations, countywide arts education initiatives, commissioning and care for civic art collections, research and evaluation, access to creative pathways, professional development, free community programs, and cross sector creative strategies that address civic issues.
Department of Cultural Affairs
As a leading, progressive arts and cultural agency, DCA empowers Los Angeles’s vibrant communities by supporting and providing access to quality visual, literary, musical, performing, and educational arts programming; managing vital cultural centers; preserving historic sites; creating public art; and funding services provided by arts organizations and individual artists.
Jewish Community FoundationEstablished in 1954, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles manages charitable assets of more than $1 billion entrusted to it by over 1,300 families. The Foundation partners with donors to shape meaningful philanthropic strategies, magnify the impact of giving, and build enduring charitable legacies. Over the past 15 years, it has distributed more than $1 billion to thousands of nonprofits across a diverse spectrum.
American Israel Cultural Foundation
The America-Israel Cultural Foundation funds young Israeli talent by opening necessary doors for young artists to develop their skills in Israel and worldwide. By encouraging creative excellence in today’s youth from all backgrounds and supporting artistic organizations and programs across Israel, AICF unites Israel with the rest of the world through a shared passion for arts and culture.
The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles
The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles (JMCLA) is proud to provide a platform for musical talent while nurturing a deeper understanding of different people and their music. We have provided funding for scholarships and visiting artists to the Brandeis-Bardin Summer Collegiate Institute to support music education and creative opportunities. Through the Jewish Music Competitions, funding for original compositions of Jewish music have been awarded.
Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary
For more than 75 years, Hillside Memorial Park has provided members of the Jewish community the means to honor and remember their loved ones in beauty, tranquility and the comfort of Jewish traditions.
Jewish Life Television
Jewish Life Television is an American entertainment television network broadcasting Jewish–themed programming. The network was founded in 2007 by Phil Blazer, a longtime journalist and producer of programming for the Jewish community.
Michael and Lori Milken Family Foundation
Founded by Michael and Lowell Milken in 1982, the Milken Family Foundation strives to discover and advance inventive, effective ways of helping people help themselves and those around them lead productive and satisfying lives. The means most conducive to achieving these goals is through education.