Upcoming dance season: Van Nuys FlyAway

From Sarah Elgart’s “FlyAway Home.” Photo by Iris Schneider

Surprised that there’s a dance season at the Van Nuys FlyAway (7610 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys)? An airport bus terminal is not the first place that pops into your head when you think about a venue for concert dance. The L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs has curated a site-specific dance series at the FlyAway featuring several of the city’s leading contemporary dance choreographers.

The first of these shows is coming up right after Labor Day, so I wanted to get this up now. They are FREE! Here are the details:

  • Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, “Kiss n’Ride,” Sept. 7-8, 8:30 p.m.
  • String Theory Productions, “Compositions of Sound + Space,” Sept. 22-23, 6 p.m.
  • Sarah Elgart, “FlyAway Home,” Oct. 13, 8 p.m. and Oct. 14, 7 p.m.

The lowdown:

All three pieces were created to be performed at  the FlyAway bus terminal. Heidi’s and String Theory’s dances are premieres. “FlyAway Home” had its debut last year, as a try-out of sorts for this new program. The piece attracted a good-size audience, and Cultural Affairs officials asked Sarah to reprise the piece for this full-fledged season. The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) curates public art at the city’s airport facilities; generally these are visual arts exhibits. Felicia Filer, director of the public art division at DCA, told me this is the first time the public art budget for the airport venues is being used to present dance.

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