Ate9 Dance Company returns to The Wallis with the world premiere of the feature-length work Joy, a humorous and poignant reflection on human habits and addictions, November 4, 5 and 6, 2021, 7:30 pm, in the Bram Goldsmith Theater.

Photo courtesy of Ate9 Dance Company

The work, choreographed by Ate9’s Artistic Director Danielle Agami with music composed by Isaiah Gage, examines humanity’s yearning for moments of elation amidst despair, and offers intimate flashes into the mental and physical states of each cast member. A compelling local treasure blazing with innovation, Ate9 captivates audiences with its thought-provoking work. Agami, noted for her electrifying movement, surprising sense of humor and impeccable craft, has been hailed as “choreography’s It girl” (Los Angeles Times) and “nothing short of a terpsichorean force of nature” (San Francisco Classical Voice). The LA-based dance company, which last appeared at The Wallis in 2019, integrates Agami’s own movement practice called Oomi with other dance styles including the Gaga movement language. A post-performance talk-back with members of the company will be held on November 5.

Ate9, founded in 2012 by Agami, creates experimental works that re-imagine the role of dance in the community while tapping into its power to unite people across diverse social and cultural borders. Valuing the vibrancy and diversity of its Los Angeles home base, the company, which tours nationwide, invests in and cares about the unique qualities and potential each individual brings to the company.

Cellist, string arranger, and songwriter/composer Isaiah Gage has spent decades exploring the vast cosmos of the cello, pushing perceived boundaries and furthering the creative applications of what is stereotypically known as an orchestral string instrument. He has collaborated with noted TV/ Film composers David Buckley, Mark Isham, David Schwartz, Miriam Cutler and Brian Reitzell to name a few. Gage has performed with artists Pharell Williams, Mac Miller, Kesha, Tyler the Creator, Pink Martini, Gloria Estefan, Kesha, Chris Potter, Rita Ora and countless others.

The health and safety of patrons, staff and artists inside and outside the venue are a top priority for The Wallis. All audience members attending indoor performances will be required to show proof of full vaccination upon entry at The Wallis, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the attending their performance date. In addition, all patrons regardless of vaccination status will be required to properly wear a face mask over both the nose and mouth upon entering The Wallis’ indoor spaces and for the duration of their visit. CLICK HERE to find out about any updates due to new CDC guidelines

Admission ranges from $39 – $99 per person (subject to change); CLICK HERE or call 310-746-4000 (Monday – Friday, 10 am to 6 pm) to purchase tickets;

The show runs approximately 75 minutes with no intermission. For more information about The Wallis, please visit the website.

What: ATE9
Where: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Bram Goldsmith Theater, 9390 N. Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
When: Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, 7:30pm (talk-back immediately follows the performance); Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, 7:30pm (talk-back immediately follows the performance) Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, 7:30pm