The Ford's summer season is a culturally diverse, eclectic line-up that includes music, dance, theatre and film events. The 2013 season opened June 7 and ran through October 12.
To coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Ford Theatres Partnership Program, the L.A. County Arts Commission presented the inaugural Zev Yaroslavsky Signature Series. With support provided by L.A. County Zev Yaroslavsky, the Signature Series kicked off on June 9 with Tony Award®-winner Mandy Patinkin in concert with the Pasadena POPS. On August 10, Lula Washington Dance Theatre joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet in an evening of Los Angeles premieres and audience favorites.
The 2013 summer season opened on June 7 with Illuminated Manuscript by Antics, one of three hip-hop events that took place this summer. Other highlights included the Ford return of Viver Brasil Dance Company, with a world premiere piece entitled Intersections / Ajê celebrating the Afro-Brazilian dance company's 15th anniversary, and the Fountain Theatre, with their popular Forever Flamenco which featured a special tribute to co-founder Deborah Lawlor.
Colibri Entertainment honored Freddy Fender's musical influence with ¡Viva La Tradición! A Tribute to Freddy Fender, and featured The Texmaniacs, Flaco Jimenez, Rick Treviño and other guests. New to the Ford this year was Leimert Park's World Stage Performance Gallery, which brought Jazz Masters: A Tribute to Kenny Burrell; ROCK OUT! for Jail Guitar Doors with MC5 lead guitarist Wayne Kramer and friends, such as Jackson Browne, Billy Bragg and Tom Morello; and MARA, the masterMIND behind it all..., an evening of Indian dance theatre performed to a mix of Indian classical music and jazz presented by the Shakti Dance Company.
Big!World!Fun! family series offered music and dance appropriate for children ages 4 to 12 and over eight Saturday mornings in July and August J.A.M. Sessions is a FREE interactive music and dance series that took place on Monday evenings. All ages and levels of experience took the Ford stage to learn everything from Bollywood to Tango.
Check out the entire Season at a Glance here.
We hope you found yourself at the Ford this summer!