School Performances and Film Screenings
The Skirball’s performance programs and film screenings offer students the opportunity to experience up close a diverse array of music, dance, theater, and film. These engaging programs often include hands-on workshops and panel discussions designed to deepen students’ experiences. Teachers receive pre-visit materials to support learning and enhance the programs’ connections to the Common Core and California State Standards for social studies, language arts, and visual and performing arts.
Performance: BODYTRAFFIC Dance Company
REGISTRATION FOR 2014–2015 SCHOOL PERFORMANCES
Through a lively performance, renowned Los Angeles–based contemporary dance company BODYTRAFFIC brings the joy of dance to their audience and demonstrates how movement can be a powerful form of storytelling and self-expression.
The award-winning, Los Angeles–based theater company VanguardRep presents an exciting and interactive theater piece, combining dance, music, media projection, and storytelling. This new original play tells the story of a child who goes on a journey into the past to better understand the present.
This documentary follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural North Carolina, where they work with high school students on a year-long design-and-build project. In the process, the students discover their own potential and the power of collective action to shape public space. The program includes a panel discussion with local designers, architects, and community advocates (If You Build It: 2013, 85 min.)
In 2011, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas wrote an essay published in the New York Times Magazine in which he identified himself as an undocumented immigrant. Documented chronicles Vargas’s journey to America, his burgeoning career as an activist for immigration reform, and his process of reconnecting with his mother, whom he'd left behind in the Philippines. This program includes a panel discussion with students and local experts on immigration reform. (Documented: 2013, 90 min.)
Street Beat is an urban rhythm-and-dance company that uses household items and found objects as percussion instruments. Featuring an array of musical styles from around the world—from West African to Cuban to jazz—this high-energy performance will have students up on their feet, learning new rhythms as they play along.
Portland-based musician Aaron Nigel Smith performs lively, reggae-inspired songs that get the audience playing, singing, and dancing. Smith’s songs focus on community and harmony, and encourage students and teachers to sing and move together.