Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company was born out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, who passed away in 1988. During this time, the two dancers redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form, and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. The Company has performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 40 countries on every major continent, and is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the dance-theater world.

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company returns to UC San Diego with Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Dance, which includes two worksRavel: Landscape or Portrait? and Story/. Both are accompanied by live music performed by Quartet Nouveau.

Bereishit Dance Company

Founded by choreographer Park Soon-Ho, Bereishit is a Seoul-based dance company that approaches the Korean traditional culture from a contemporary perspective. The company explores the issues of identity and transformation with a dance style that merges the control and full-body excitement of break dance with sleek artistry and urban cool.

Bereishit’s West Coast debut includes two works—Bow, an athletic duet inspired by the tradition of archery, explores the boundaries of sports and dance; and the intensely physical Balance and Imbalance, which features brilliant and fun interplay among five dancers, a pair of Korean traditional drummers, and one traditional pansori singer.

“The street style in dress and movement disguises finely honed skill in balancing bodies at extraordinary angles and in extraordinary configurations.”—Critical Dance

L-E-V Dance Company

L-E-V Dance Company derives its name from the Hebrew word for heart (lev). OCD Love, the company’s latest work, is a powerful piece danced to pulsating techno beats created by DJ Ori Lichtik, one of the pioneers of techno in Israel. The piece deals with obsessive-compulsive disorder, which poses challenges for love and for life; it is about love that always misses or lovers who keep missing each other. The brainchild of choreographer Sharon Eyal, former dancer and resident choreographer with Batsheva, and arts and rave producer Gai Behar, L-E-V will make its ArtPower debut with this piece, performed by six astoundingly agile dancers

“The company (pronounced lev) is new . . . but it has a defined style that it takes most troupes years to develop.”—New York Times

Lea DeLaria

Lea DeLaria seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her SAG Award–winning stand-out role as Carrie “Big Boo” Black in the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black. However, her multifaceted career as a comedian, actress, and jazz musician has in fact spanned decades. She was the featured vocalist at the 50th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, and has performed in some of the most prestigious houses in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, the Royal Albert Hall, and the Sydney Opera House. For her ArtPower debut, DeLaria will treat the audience to her beautiful vocal jazz styling and witty commentary. Expect vocal and comedic fireworks.

“ . . . a must . . . for fans of evocative composition, emotional storytelling, and music in general.”—