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ACB Premieres Death and the Maiden

ACB Premieres Death and the MaidenAmerican Contemporary Ballet's 'Summer Premieres' series is one of the company's most popular programs, featuring unexpected new ballets which have included tributes to 19th-century opera, to 20th-century modernists like Arnold Schoenberg. On August 1, ACB brings one of the art world's most iconic images to life withe the world premiere of Death and the Maiden.


The memento mori, often represented by a human skull, is a reminder to its owner that life is finite. In the final program of its eighth season in Los Angeles, American Contemporary Ballet presents a memento mori audiences won't soon forget.

When the composer Franz Schubert knew his own death was imminent, he wrote his testament to mortality in “Death and the Maiden,” a string quartet which has haunted its listeners for centuries, serving to this day as a sendoff at state funerals and the sonic centerpiece of a number of brooding films and plays.

The score reflects Schubert’s deep connection to the subject matter. Despite having one of the most prolific legacies of any composer, Schubert was taken at the height of his creative powers at the age of 31. As an icon, Death and the Maiden is depicted throughout Renaissance art as a young maiden being accosted by a skeleton, an admonition that even those in the bloom of youth can be taken at any time.

Audiences have come to anticipate the unexpected from ACB Artistic Director Lincoln Jones, who is choreographing his first work to Schubert’s music. What viewers can expect beginning August 1 is a ballet that’s as beautiful as its score – and as unsettling as the theme that inspired it.

ACB performs exclusively to live music, and each show is followed by a reception with wine, jazz and the opportunity to talk with the company’s dancers and musicians.

Presenter / Producer: American Contemporary Ballet

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Dance > Ballet

Event Phone: 213-304-3408

American Contemporary Ballet
110 E 9th St.
Los Angeles CA 90079

LA - Central / Downtown

Performance Dates: 8/1/2019 - 8/11/2019
Thursday, 08/01/2019
Friday, 08/02/2019
Saturday, 08/03/2019
Sunday, 08/04/2019
Thursday, 08/08/2019
Friday, 08/09/2019
Saturday, 08/10/2019
Sunday, 08/11/2019

Performance Times
Thursday, August 1 at 8:00 p.m.* Friday, August 2 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, August 3 at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, August 4 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Thursday, August 8 at 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 9 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, August 10 at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, August 11 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
*Premiere, including opening night artist Q&A

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