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The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents “Freeze Frame,” a fusion of dance, music, film and theater, running Friday, Feb. 5 through Sunday, Feb. 7.
Written, directed and choreographed by three-time Emmy Award-winner Debbie Allen, “Freeze Frame” takes audiences on a rollercoaster ride through some of L.A.’s toughest neighborhoods where gangs, poverty, violence and drugs are an everyday reality. With original music by Stevie Wonder, James Ingram, Ricky Minor, Arturo Sandoval and Thump, “Freeze Frame” is a dance-driven narrative that will reframe conversations about violence in America.
In addition to the public shows, a gala benefit performance of “Freeze Frame” will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4, followed by a panel discussion focusing on violence in America. Former California First Lady Maria Shriver and Allen will host the forum as part of Shriver’s ongoing “Architects of Change: The Conversation Series.” Proceeds from the gala will be donated to the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and Arts Education.
“The opportunity to spur social change is at the heart of not only ‘Freeze Frame’ but also my own artistic core,” Allen said. “Maria Shriver and I know that to effect real positive change in the violence and mental health problems in this country we must engage in constructive dialogue. The many voices in ‘Freeze Frame’ bring to life the stories of those most affected by violence and provide a lens through which audiences can be a witness, see themselves in the picture and consider how to make change.”
“Freeze Frame” is part of The Wallis’ “Arts & Ideas: Community Connections” series intended to spark dialogue about societal and cultural issues and ideas through conversations and performances. Regular performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Feb. 5-6, with additional shows at 3 p.m. on Feb. 6 and noon on Feb. 7. Tickets start at $39. For information, call (310)746-4000, or visit www.thewallis.org. The gala benefit performance and panel discussion begins at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 4. Tickets start at $500. For information, call (310)202-1711. The Wallis is located at 9390 Santa Monica Blvd. For information, visit www.thewallis.org.
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