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Immediate Tragedy

Immediate Tragedy

The ongoing collaboration by three major arts organizations—Martha Graham Dance Company, the Los Angeles-based Wild Up music collective, and The Soraya — continues with the premiere of a digital dance inspired by archival remnants of Martha Graham’s Immediate Tragedy, a solo she created in 1937 in response to the Spanish Civil War. Drawing on the common experience of today’s immediate tragedy — the global pandemic — the 22 artists creating the project are collaborating from locations across the U.S. and Europe using a variety of technologies to coordinate movement, music, and digital design.

This is Me: Letters from the Front Lines


After celebrating its 25th Anniversary at The Soraya in 2017, Diavolo returns with This Is Me, a dance film exploring how the current climate of isolation has encouraged us to look within ourselves. Following the paths of military veterans and first respond­ers as they share what it means to be a true warrior — to be on the front lines — and fight the invisible enemy that all humanity is currently battling. At a time when most have been asked to halt and withdraw, others, like soldiers, are charging forward. This Is Me: Letters From The Front Lines captures the resilience, determination, and hope of the human spirit.

The lights are dimmed, but the future remains bright.

Arts Education

Schools are closed. Students and parents are “safer at home.”
Performing arts venues are silent.
And artists are facing undreamt-of challenges.
Learning and creating, on the other hand, must go on undaunted by the current crisis.

The Soraya is pioneering innovative strategies in arts integration for remote learning and providing customized online content with professional artists for educational use and aesthetic appreciation.

Support the Summer Arts Institute, The Soraya’s annual teacher training program in arts and music integration, and Online Student Matinees. Our work in Arts Education ensures that the arts play a vital role in the “whole person” education of K-12 students.

In the face of the current crisis, we at The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts remain undaunted. With the support of our stalwart friends, like you, we have met enormous obstacles before, and we will do it again. We are built for survival.

Typically, this is the time of year when many supporters renew their annual gifts and purchase season tickets. If your circumstances allow, please consider re-allocating some of those resources to this one-time effort. We have exciting projects standing by, ready to launch once we can assure that the modest costs will be independently supported. If you’d like to discuss any of these projects, please contact The Soraya Development Department at (818) 677-8877 or You can view our online performances by clicking here. 

These are unusual times, and they demand of us that we stand up bold ideas. Please join in making them a reality. While some organizations hibernate, we innovate. We know you expect no less.