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Ebony Repertory Theatre presents


Rafael Amargo & Compañia de Flamenco in
Tiempo Muerto (Time Out)


California Premiere!

Rafael Amargo & Compañia de Flamenco in Tiempo Muerto (Time Out)
September 4-11, 2008

at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 W. Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016

A truly authentic Flamenco experience, Tiempo Muerto arrives at the Holden stirring audiences with its rhythmic and meticulous footwork, expressive and articulate flamenco guitar and its soulful lyrics written by Rafael Amargo.

A dance event not to be missed, Tiempo Muerto will leave audiences breathless!

$50 Opening Night Orchestra and Balcony Seating (includes Wine Reception) September 4 only
$50 Preferred Seating        
$40 Orchestra General      
$35 Balcony General       
$25 Senior/Student (with valid ID)         
Groups of 15 or more 20% discount off Orchestra general seating

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Rafael Amargo
Rafael Amargo, (born January 3, 1975. Granada-Spain) is an eclectic dancer and choreographer. He received from his maestros the purest flamenco style, although he has cleverly assimilated other types of dance throughout the years, like the lessons he learned while attending Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance classes in New York in 1996.
Amargo´s choreography overflows with Tradition and Modernity, both conceptions perfectly matched on stage. His choreography is often closer to contemporary dance, but never moves too far from the starting point, Flamenco.
His second show, Amargo, marked the beginning of Rafael’s recognition for not only his prowess as a dancer, but as a choreographer and artistic director. Amargo received several awards and great critical acclaim from the national press and soon he gained notoriety in the media.

In September 2002, he received a “Positano Leonide Massine Prize”, in recognition for his work as a choreographer and a dancer. This award is the most important distinction given to Dancing in Italy. This very same award has been given to Rudolf Nureyev, Maurice Bejart, Lindsay Kemp and other stars of Dancing and Ballet. He has also received the APDE Award (Spanish Dance and Flamenco Teachers Association) together with Antonio Gades and Matilde Coral.

Since the creation of his flamenco company in 1997, Rafael has produced, directed and choreographed the following shows, LA GARRA Y EL ÁNGEL (1997), AMARGO (1999), POET IN NEW YORK Inspired in the poem by Federico García Lorca (2002), EL AMOR BRUJO by Manuel de Falla (Gitanería 1915) (2003), ENRAMBLAO (2004), DQ…PASAJERO EN TRÁNSITO (2005), Tiempo Muerto (2007)
In August 2007 he presented at Barcelona’s Opera House, Teatre del Liceu, his anthological work, Amargo al Liceu, for the 10th anniversary of his company. Rafael is currently working on the choreography for Broadway’s next production of Zorro, and touring his latest work Tiempo Muerto around Spain and the rest of the world.

Tiempo Muerto (Time Out)

Tiempo Muerto

Tiempo Muerto, Rafael Amargo’s sixth show is a return to the his roots; the essence of flamenco.
In Tiempo Muerto, Rafael has entrusted one of the biggest names of flamenco music to compose the music scores, celebrated musician and flamenco composer Juan Parrilla.
The musical group of the Compañia Rafael Amargo has been enlarged with a wind section, stringed instruments, woodwinds, bass, synthesizers and piano to cover the musical needs of the score composed by Parrilla. El Cante (flamenco singing) has been committed to the notable voices of Maite Maya, Carmina Cortés and Pedro Obregón. All the lyrics of the show have been written by Rafael Amargo.

Past Events

Ebony Repertory Theatre & Friends Three Presents the Spoken Word

The Words and Music of Oscar Brown, Jr.

Staged by Israel Hicks

Donald McKayle

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Special Guest Artists

(in alphabetical order)

  • Obba Babatunde
  • Marla Gibbs
  • Ted Lange
  • Dawnn Lewis
  • Nichelle Nichols
  • Felton Perry
  • Richard Roundtree
  • Dick Anthony Williams


$25.00- General Seating
Champagne Reception to Follow

All tickets can be picked up at will call the evening of the performance.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door the evening of the event.

Ebony Repertory Theatre presents
An Intimate Evening of Dance Demonstration and Dialogue
Honoring Dance Pioneer Donald McKayle

Monday April 7, 2008
7:30 PM

Donald McKayle
Donald McKayle  

Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson
Co- Artistic Directors

The New York Times hailed Rhoden as “one of the most sought out choreographers of the day” while calling Richardson “one of the great modern dancers of his time.” Together they created Complexions Contemporary Ballet, recognized for its electrifying performances and breathtaking dancers.

Please join Ebony Repertory Theatre and the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs in association with Dance at the Music Center for an exclusive evening with the company, it’s founders and a tribute to Dance Pioneer, Donald McKayle


$12- General Seating

Online ticket sales for Complexions have ended.  
Tickets will be available at the box office beginning at 6:30pm

Conversation & Book Signing with
Dr. Camille F. Forbes

Dr. Camille F. Forbes
Dr. Camille F. Forbes will be discussing and signing her new book Introducing Bert Williams: Burnt Cork, Broadway and the Story of America's First Black Star. Dr. Forbes will be interviewed by Miles Kreuger (Founder and President of the Institute of the American Musical), America's foremost authority on the American Musical in theatre and film and Author of Show Boat: The Story of a Classic American Musical.

Monday, February 18, 2008
7:30 PM
(Doors open at 7:00 PM)
Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (NHPAC)
4718 West Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90016

Admission to this event is free.

Biography of Dr. Camille F. Forbes
Dr. Camille F. Forbes is an Assistant Professor of African-American Literature and Culture at the University of California at San Diego. Her teaching and research interests include: Nineteenth-Century African-American Literature and Culture; African-American Performance; American Literature; Cultural Studies. Lost though he is to the annals of popular culture, Bert Williams was, according to critics of his time, nothing less than “The Greatest Comedian on the American Stage.” The black Bahamian performer (1874-1922) became the leading comedian in America in a career that spanned more than thirty years. Even as he faced the baffling rejection of an often rigidly segregated society, Williams also triumphed, earning the adulation of blacks and whites, alike. In this talk, Professor Forbes will introduce this singular comedian, discussing both his extraordinary work and the context in which he performed it.

An Evening with Dr. Cornel West

(all proceeds from the evening will benefit the theatre)

The Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT) is proud to present Dr. Cornel West, Princeton University Professor and acclaimed NY Times best selling author of Race Matters, as he inaugurates our Speaker Series on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (NHPAC) at 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM). Proceeds from this event will go to support the Ebony Repertory Theatre.

Dr. Cornel West

Wednesday, February 27, 2008
7:30 PM
(Doors open at 7:00 PM)
Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (NHPAC)
4718 West Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90016


Online ticket sales for An Evening with Dr. Cornel West have ended.  There will be limited ticket availability at the Box Office beginning at 6:30pm.



Biography of Dr. Cornel West
One of America’s most provocative public intellectuals, Cornel West has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking, and teaching weave together the traditions of the black Baptist Church, progressive politics, and jazz. The New York Times has praised his “ferocious moral vision.” 

Currently the Class of 1943 Professor at Princeton University, West burst onto the national scene in 1993 with his bestselling book, Race Matters, a searing analysis of racism in American democracy. Race Matters has become a contemporary classic, selling more than a half a million copies to date. In addition, West has published 16 other books and has edited 13 texts.

West earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard in three years, magna cum laude. Martin Kilson, one of his professors there, describes West as “the most intellectually aggressive and highly cerebral student I have taught.” After earning his Ph.D. at Princeton, he became a professor of religion and director of the Afro-American Studies program there. West has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. 

In his last book Democracy Matters, West analyzes the arrested development of democracy both in America and in the crisis-ridden Middle East. He argues that if America is to become a better steward of democratization around the world, it must first recognize its own long history of imperialist corruption.  His latest CD, Never Forget:  A Journey of Revelations is a collection of socially conscious music featuring collaborations with Prince, Outkast, Jill Scott, Talib Kweli. West also offers commentary weekly on The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI. 

West was an influential force in developing the storyline for the popular Matrix movie trilogy and has served as its official spokesperson, as well as playing a recurring role in the final two films

Inaugural Season

  • In the fall of 2008, ERT will inaugurate its first theatrical season
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