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Dancing in DTLA: Multiple public performances to take place this weekend

By Hayley Fox
Published: Friday, April 05, 2013, at 09:34AM
John McCoy

This weekend at Grand Park, event organizers expect nearly 2,000 people to turn out for the afternoon dance festival.

There will be a whole lot of dancing going on this weekend in downtown L.A. -- from a series of roving performances at Metro Stations to an afternoon festival of gospel and dance at Grand Park.

Starting Friday, dancers will swarm 14 Metro rail stops and create a type of "long distance performative space" with a show that lasts 2 1/2 hours. The Source reports that the show will begin at Union Station and stretch to North Hollywood. Dancers will perform above ground at station entrances and underground at various ticketing plazas.

"Through an ensemble of eight performers, Stephan Koplowitz: Red Line Time, utilizes the diverse spaces at each individual station along the Metro Red Line to create a durational, and long distance performance that is in sync with the train in both space and time."

Red Line Time is part of a conference taking place at Metro and is "designed to match the ebb and flow of the commuting public" in order to transform what is typically just a transportation space. Shows begin at the Union Station East Portal on Friday at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Saturday at 4 p.m.

Just up the street at Grand Park, a festival dubbed "RockaYourSoul: LA’s Celebration of Gospel, Soul and Ailey" is scheduled for Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. The afternoon event is meant to help kick off a six-day stint of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Downtown's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Organizers expect about 2,000 people to participate in the event that's "inspired by the rich heritage of the African American community." Attendees will "engage directly with dance, music and art" — through participating in singing and dancing workshops, and watching performances by L.A. choirs including the Colburn Children’s Choir and the Colburn Young Men’s Chorus.

Everyone is then invited to dance (even right in the Arthur J. Memorial Fountain) as part of a group dance that goes until 5 p.m.

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