Festival Arts Partners
Come to the park early to enjoy these curtain-raising acts
Performances begin at 6:30pm
Honey Whiskey Trio
Sunday, July 5 before Romeo and Juliet
The Honey Whiskey Trio explores harmony in folk, bluegrass and any melody that catches the ear. Through their powerful, yet sweet harmonies, body percussion, haunting melodies and vitality on stage, Honey Whiskey Trio captivates and moves audiences. These storytellers in song found their roots in vocal jazz, all singing in Pacific Standard Time, CSU Long Beach’s award winning vocal jazz ensemble. This foundation in jazz gives Honey Whiskey Trio an inherent flexibility to their sound, allowing them to change and adjust their tone to best fit the mood of each song. In 2013, after singing together for only 5 months, Honey Whiskey Trio won the Harmony Sweepstakes National Competition, also winning Audience Favorite. They have gone on to headline the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival, the Women's A Cappella Association's SheSings Festival, the South Eastern Minnesota A Cappella Festival, and be featured artists at the FAR-West Folk Festival, the Rogue Valley Roots Festival, the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival,and the Shedd Institute for the Arts. Called “One of the most talented vocal harmony groups performing today” by John Neal, Harmony Sweepstakes executive producer and ”One of the very best arrivals this year on my stage. Solid in every way and fully entertaining” by Bob Stane, of The Coffee Gallery Backstage, Honey Whiskey Trio is a group you don’t want to miss experiencing live.
July 17, 18, 19 before Romeo and Juliet
August 14, 15, 16 before Much Ado About Nothing
Invertigo Dance Theatre is a Los Angeles contemporary dance company. We produce dance theater that tells compelling stories, while creating a playful and thoughtful relationship between dancers, musicians and audience. Founded in 2007 by Artistic Director Laura Karlin, Invertigo has performed original evening-length shows and shorter works all over Los Angeles, in such venues as the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Ford Amphitheatre, Alex Theatre, LACMA, Odyssey Theatre, Broad Stage and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Invertigo has been praised as "engaging" by the LA Times and named one the "top six trend-setting companies to watch in LA” by Dance Spirit Magazine. In October 2014, Invertigo premiered After It Happened, a full evening work of dance, theatre and live music, which ran for 10 sold-out shows over 3 weeks. The show was named at the top of LA Weekly’s Top 10 Dance Performances in 2014 and it was in the Bitter Lemons Top 10 Best of Los Angeles Theatre. Invertigo is thrilled to be returning to share the stage with our ISC family! We first worked with ISC in 2008 and have grown up alongside this wonderful company.
MKM Bollystars Dance Co.
Sunday, August 2 before Much Ado About Nothing
The expression of one’s inner light, the ages old story of a soul, driven by the sparks of passion, magical like the stars…” MKM Bollystars Dance Company was established in Calgary in 2010 and in Los Angeles in 2012. A dynamic dance company it prides itself for its high quality performers, contemporary choreography, and authenticity of both eastern and western dance styles. Energetic, graceful, and passionate, the company comprises of versatile industry dancers straight out of Hollywood. A strong collaborative team of dancers, each performer is well-versed in multiple dance styles, with strengths in diverse areas of expertise, from Bharata Natyam (an Indian Classical dance form), to Ballet, Salsa to Flamenco, Hip Hop to Tap. A rich dance heritage spanning over five decades, the leadership of visionary artistic director Shivani Thakkar, and a cultural and creatively diverse team, provide the backbone for what transpires to be truly memorable and statement driven work. Past credits include performances at the Hollywood Bowl for the LA Philharmonic, Skirball Cultural Center, Paramount Pictures, Calgary 2012 opening ceremonies, Mayor of Calgary’s Evening of Excellence Awards, Indian Film Festival Los Angeles for three consecutive years, and have been featured on Breakfast Television Calgary, OMNI Television Bollywood Top Ten Show Opener, and in the Calgary Herald.
Thursday, August 6 before Much Ado About Nothing
Founded in 2006 in Los Angeles by Artistic Director Amy “Catfox” Campion, Antics creates multimedia urban dance performances that leverage the expressive capacity of hip hop. Antics’ work transforms vital stories and ideas into moving visual metaphors through breakdancing, locking, popping, krumping, DJ’s, MC’s, spoken word, poetry, theater, graffiti art, and film. Antics consists of 10 company members who represent the best street dancers in Los Angeles. Antics is committed to innovating the realm of hip hop dance theater as well as participating in community education through exciting and engaging residencies, workshops, and lecture/demonstrations. Antics has been featured at the San Francisco Hip Hop Dance Fest, the J.U.i.C.E. Hip Hop Dance Festival, the B-Girl Be Festival in Minneapolis, the Ford Theatres in Hollywood, the El Portal Theater, the REDCAT, the Skirball Cultural Center, the Levitt Pavilion, the Esalen International Arts Festival, World of Dance, the Pasadena Dance Festival, Dancing in the Margins Festival, B-Girl Be Festival, the LA Women’s Theater Festival, and the LA County Holiday Celebration at the Music Center as well as on Ovation TV, Strife TV, PBS, KCET, and LA36.
Pacific Opera Project
Sunday, August 23 before Much Ado About Nothing
Pacific Opera Project is dedicated to accessible, high-quality, entertaining opera to audiences across Los Angeles. POP-Up productions are best described as "a party where an opera happens to be playing." The idea for these "simple" productions started in November of 2012 with La boheme AKA: The Hipsters. It was put together in four days, sold-out three performances immediately, and received amazing reviews from audiences and critics. The idea was to produce shows in about a week of rehearsal, with relatively low production costs and with table seating, including wine and food all for a very low price. La boheme was followed by a sold-out run of Il barbiere di Siviglia in March of 2013. With the addition of a small chorus, the basic formula stayed the same-- bring in incredible singers for a few days of rehearsal, keep production costs low with minimal sets and just piano, and seat audiences at tables as close as possible to the stage. POP-up productions are the perfect, affordable way to introduce your friends to opera.