Press Release

FRED AND GINGER FOR VALENTINE’S DAY? WHO CARES?

January 1, 2019

Who cares? Anyone interested in the city’s most romantic way to celebrate the holiday: American Contemporary Ballet’s Astaire Dances 2: Fred & Ginger. No pair was more famous for setting romance and glamour in motion, and ACB invites audiences to get swept away in its stylish February tribute to Astaire’s brilliant choreography.

The show, running February 2-17 at the Cooper Design Space, takes five of the duo’s most captivating dances from the big screen to the dance floor, bringing them from black and white to Technicolor life with “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (Roberta); “Cheek to Cheek” (Top Hat); “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” (Shall We Dance); “Never Gonna Dance” (Swing Time); and “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” (Follow the Fleet).

The program features another, rarer pairing: two masters of 20th century dance. “Astaire had perhaps no bigger fan than George Balanchine, ” says ACB Artistic Director Lincoln Jones, who is presenting ‘Astaire’ with the suite from Balanchine’s Who Cares? “To my knowledge, there’s yet to be a program that pairs these incomparable Astaire dances with their closest balletic match.”

Set to a Gershwin score, the jazzy ballet includes the suite’s rarely performed finale to “Clap Yo’ Hands,” but it’s the three flirtatious, charming pas de deux that are making ACB dancers swoon.  “There are these beautiful moments of hesitation followed by moments of giving in,” says ACB soloist Elise Filo. “It reminds me of that scary, thrilling feeling of falling in love with someone for the first time – it’s a feeling I can’t describe in words, but in dance, I’m there in an instant.”

ACB Executive Director Theresa Farrell says the program has become a don’t-miss February event because “‘Astaire’ is Valentine’s Day personified. Add the romance of Balanchine, and you just can’t choreograph a better date night.” In other words, if the question is Shall We Dance? the answer is most definitely yes.

ACB presents Astaire Dances 2: Fred & Ginger February 2 - 17

Tickets $45 - $90 at acbdances.com 

Saturday, February 2 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, February 3 at 4:00 p.m.; Friday, February 8 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 9 at 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, February 10 at 4:00 p.m.; Thursday, February 14 at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, February 15 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 16 at 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, February 17 at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.

PERFORMANCE VENUE:
Cooper Design Space
860 S. Los Angeles St., 11th floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014

PRESS CONTACT:    Amy Jones
amy@acbdances.com / (206) 920-0062