Results tagged “Benn Widdey”

Ptero Dance Theatre Floods Pasadena

Choreographer Paula Present is on a mission. This weekend (Friday through Sunday), her Ptero Dance Theatre brings a deep well of dances to A Room To Create (ARC), the studio/theater in Pasadena that is now home to much movement-based activity on the east side.

BODYTRAFFIC Contemporary Dance Parks in Santa Monica

After a stunning year of performances throughout the country, hometown dance heroes Body Traffic return to the Broad Stage for only two shows this Friday and Saturday night.

Aussie Dance Troupe Brings Atmospherically Charged Show 'Weather' To L.A.

In spite of major international visa hassles, the highly acclaimed Australian contemporary dance company Lucy Guerin Inc. has arrived. Forced to cancel the first of their scheduled two performances tonight, they will take the stage at UCLA's Royce Hall for only one show tomorrow, Friday, October 4, at 8 p.m.

RADAR L.A. Kicks Off Intense 1-Week Theater And Dance Immersion Tonight

RADAR L.A., a global festival of contemporary theater and dance, is in town for one jam-packed week of innovative art. for only one week. Presented in a multitude of traditional and unique settings at various times on each of the seven days, these theater and dance companies will infuse the local performing arts scene with a welcome exposure to new and different ways to approach, create, present and view live theater. There's also a symposium that goes on around the productions, encouraging a deep dialogue between interdisciplinary creators and their audiences.

A New, Cutting-Edge Dance Festival Is Coming To Town

There's a new, adventurous dance festival coming to town over the next few weeks

Dance Agenda: Lula Washington Dance & Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Multi-cultural Complexions, co-directed by Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, has received numerous awards including the New York Times “Critics Choice” Award and has appeared throughout the US, as well as in many European dance festivals. The Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) performs innovative and provocative choreography

REDCAT NOW Fest Program #3

Moving into the final week of the three week extravaganza of up-to-the moment performance ideas called the New Original Works Festival at REDCAT, we can look back and be excited for what's to come. The previous two programs have been eye-opening, entertaining and informative at various levels. This weekend seems to be just the same, only different.

New Original Works Festival At REDCAT Kicks Off Week 2

Following last week's opening program of exploratory light, dance and performance work by three innovative Los Angeles artists, the NOW Festival returns for its second sampling of boundary pushing music, dance and theater at its downtown headquarters.

'Axiom' Brings Subversive Dance To Fais Do-Do

Exploding onto our local dance scene, collaborative artists Denna Thomsen and Zak Schlegel (choreographers), Robbie Williamson (music), Cathy Cooper (costumes), Eric Thome (scenic design) and Quin Cabalquinto (lights) premiere their original Axiom this weekend at Cafe Club Fais Do-Do.

REDCAT Celebrates 10 Years With 9 Original Performances

Sailing smoothly into the festival's tenth anniversary, REDCAT (the Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater) presents its annual birthing of New Original Work by local artists in dance, music and multimedia genres. Selected from a highly competitive pool of regional talent, nine artists will showcase their current experiments in this three-weekend event.

Ate9 Dance's 'Sally Meets Stu' Entertains L.A. At Fais Do-Do

Exploding onto our local landscape after performing in Israel (and beyond) with the highly acclaimed Batsheva Dance Company, dancer/choreographer Danielle Agami is planting roots for her Gaga movement-based Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY here in Los Angeles.

Body Traffic and LA Dance Project Share The Stage For One Night Only

This Sunday offers the unique opportunity to see some world-class dancing as two emerging companies share the stage in a possibly once in a lifetime double bill.

It's Raining Dance This Week In Southern California

Though it's a trite cliche, this week fulfills the adage "when it rains, it pours." There's a ton of good contemporary dance happening all over the city, and then some further south.

New York Troupe Brings Experimental Gothic Dance Performance To L.A.

Most of the time, the out of town contemporary dance that visits us in LA has a pretty deep line of credits to sponsor its appearance in the southland. There are only a couple of local presenters that risk a little and bring lesser known artists into our midst. Show Box LA, an artist-run relatively young organization, has been doing this in its own shoestring way for a few years now and this weekend, it is hosting the arrival of the highly acclaimed luciana achugar to the theater at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles. for shows Friday and Saturday nights.

Groundbreaking Dance 'What The Body Does Not Remember' Remounted At Royce Hall

This weekend, one of the more significant works of the postmodern canon is being resurrected and returned to our consciousness. Brought to us by the Center for Art and Performance at UCLA, Belgium's Ultima Vez, under the choreographic direction of Wim Vandekeybus, re-mounts the evening-length, mind-blowing and influential "What the Body Does Not Remember" (from 1987) in Royce Hall for only two performances.

'Gravity Of Center' Gives Break-Dancing A Contemporary Update With A Sci-Fi Spin

Los Angeles native and contemporary dancer, Victor Quijada, returns to his hometown with his international company, Rubberbandance, for a single performance this Saturday night at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex on the campus of CSULA.

Head To Orange County For The Groundbreaking Dance Performance Of 'The Oracle'

After downtown's recent 100 year celebration of the 1913 premiere of Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring," the intimate Barclay Theater in Irvine is hosting a solo interpretation of the groundbreaking music for only one performance this coming Tuesday night.

Japanese Video/Dance Swirls into REDCAT

In its important tradition of bringing contemporary cutting edge foreign performing art to the local scene, REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater) welcomes Japanese choreographer/video artist Hiroaki Umeda to its downtown stage this weekend for only three performances. As part of the Sharon Disney Lund Dance Series, the Tokyo-based creator/performer will present two highly acclaimed companion pieces, “Haptic” and “Holistic Strata” during his all-too-short residency in Los Angeles.

World-Famous Joffrey Ballet Returns To L.A. This Weekend

In honor of this homeboy pride and the 100 year anniversary of the dance's premiere in France, the 10th anniversary of the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center series brings the nationally-treasured Joffrey Ballet to The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for three performances this weekend.

"THEM" Revival Revisits The AIDS Crisis Through Dance

With modern dance icon Merce Cunningham’s recent passing and his astute attention to the legacy he was leaving behind, other artists are examining their oeuvre and noting the gems in their histories. One of these diamonds is making the trip from its origin in New York’s downtown dance/performance scene to REDCAT for a handful of shows Thursday through Sunday this week.

Dance, Fashion, Music & Art Collide In One Night of Two Exciting Performance Collages

Bringing his company of eleven unparalleled and exacting dancers to the Barclay Theater in Irvine for a single performance this Wednesday night, globally-acclaimed contemporary choreographer Stephen Petronio returns to the southland with two performance collages of new ideas.

In 'Mother.F*cker' Christine Suarez Dances a Chronology of Her Maternity

Though it wasn't officially Mother's Day, this past weekend motherhood was celebrated at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica as choreographer/performer/educator Christine Suarez mounted her hour-long one woman show, "Mother.F*cker"directed by Tessa Blake.

Momma Still Dances Like a "Mother.F*cker." at Highways in Santa Monica

Choreographer/dancer Christine Suarez is bringing two sides of her life—dancing and new motherhood—front and center in "MotherF***er" this weekend at Santa Monica's Highways Performance Space. Recently dubbed "a hub of experimental theater, dance, solo drama and other multimedia performance" by the Los Angeles Times, this premiere seems right in line with the venue's accolades.

REDCAT Welcomes Indonesian Dance To Its Stage

Part of a national tour coordinated by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Indonesian choreographer Ery Mefri and his company Nan Jombang will settle in for four performances of "Rantau Berbisik (Whisperings of Exile)" this week.

Contemporary British Dance Invades the Southland in 'Vertical Road'

Inspired by the Sufi tradition and the Persian poet and philosopher Rumi, classically trained Kathak dancer and now world renown choreographer Khan "explores man's earthly nature, his rituals and the consequences of human actions" in this 2010 70-minute work.

Carmageddon Be Damned! Weekend Dance Performance at Santa Monica Beach House

By the Santa Monica beach, performer/director Sheetal Gandhi is culminating her choreographer-in-residence period at the Annenberg Community Beach House with two afternoon performances of "I Am You," a Rumi-inspired, community-engaged, site-specific dance-theater work.

'Black Swan' Choreographer's L.A. Dance Project Premieres at Disney Hall

What better way for Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center to open its 10th Anniversary season than in the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the city’s very own new ballet company? Commissioning the recently formed L.A. Dance Project and its acclaimed choreographer Benjamin Millepied, this inaugural event will have its premiere performances this Saturday and Sunday.

Experimental, Improvised Dance Energizes in 'Swap/Meet' at Bootleg Theater

Juxtaposing sometimes surprising quick spins with a series of more pedestrian-like turns (think, "I'll do this until I get dizzy!"), the artist breathed and spoke into a handheld microphone, raised her skirt, lowered her yellow drawers and rubbed her pubic hair with the mic, revealing, per program notes, "three different tones based on Mei-mei Berssenbrugge's Concordance."

REDCAT's New Original Works Fest Brings On The Women!

The final program of the three weekends New Original Works Festival a REDCAT brings the work of three daring women artists to the downtown stage. Emily Mast, Melanie Rios Glaser and Heather Woodbury each investigate deep, important and meaningful questions through lenses that are unique, compelling and entertaining.

Scene From Above: A Free Rooftop Dance, Theater, & Visual Art Event

It's the summer. You can feel the heat. The sun beats down on the hot pavement. Many people head out of town for their break from the regular grind. Lots of folks are hanging at the beach. But, a group of local artists are heading for the roof.

NOW Festival Program #2: Sound, Lights & Lots of Movement

The second week of the New Original Works (NOW) Festival at REDCAT promises to be as exciting as the first program, with even more dance, music and imagery on the palette this time 'round.

Jack Cole's 1953 Dance Film Screens at Hammer Museum with Mitzi Gaynor

For the past three years, L.A.-based arts journalist and Times dance critic Debra Levine has been on a crusade. She's been tracing the career of not-so-well-known choreographer Jack Cole and carrying his torch all over the country.

NOW Festival #9 Opens at REDCAT with Music, Motion & Multimedia Artists

The Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater, aka REDCAT, brings its 9th annual New Original Works (NOW) Festival to the stage beginning this Thursday and continuing through the next three weekends.

Modern Dance Meets Macchiato: Sit, Sip & Be Moved

Contemporary artists are always trying to get their work out there and in front of people other than their friends and family. It's a challenge in this busy, high home entertainment, car culture of a society we live in here in Los Angeles. Local modern dance choreographer Keith Glassman, with roots in New York City, is doing his best to attack this virus.

The Bay Area's Robert Moses' Kin Brings Multimedia Dance Performance To The Luckman

Coming down to our neck of the woods from the Bay Area, Robert Moses’ Kin will fill The Luckman for one formidable performance this Saturday evening. Presenting critically acclaimed work from their repertory, the production includes accompaniment by the San Francisco Boys Chorus, under the direction of Ian Robertson, and a host of other contributing art-makers.

Contemporary Dance Showcase Kicks Off This Sunday

Getting back to basics, Vox Dance Theatre, in association with The Colburn School, is presenting the first in a series of monthly dinnertime performances this Sunday in the dance studio at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center.

Pasadena Dance Festival Entertains & Teaches All Week Long

Though our own city just initiated its own contemporary dance festival last weekend at Brockus Project Studios and the Diavolo Dance Theater, our adjacent neighbor has been developing its dance audiences, participants and performances for five years running in the Pasadena Dance Festival.

New L.A. Dance Director Brings Swiss Ballet Company Debut Downtown

Exploding into the 2012 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center, the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève brings its European perspective to the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this weekend for three North American premiere performances.

Poking Fun at U.S. Hypocrisy on Stage: Dayna Hanson's Election Year Dance Theater Arrives @ REDCAT

Seattle-based choreographer Dayna Hanson is bringing her latest dance theater creation, GLORIA'S CAUSE, to REDCAT for its Los Angeles premiere in four performances this week.

Australia's Chunky Move Dances at The Luckman

Although the country/continent of Australia isn't usually known for its performing arts, the Luckman Theater at Cal State L.A. is presenting one of Down Under's finest dance ensembles this weekend. For one show only, the technology-driven athletic company Chunky Move will grace the Los Angeles stage with the local premiere of its evening length Connected.

Joffrey Ballet Documentary Screens Wednesday

The Los Angeles premiere of the feature length documentary Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance will take place at Zipper Concert Hall in The Colburn School this Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 8:00pm. This is the first film to chronicle how the legendary Joffrey Ballet revolutionized American ballet by daringly combining modern dance with traditional ballet and is directed by Bob Hercules.

La La La Human Steps Steps Into The OC

The Canadian company La La La Human Steps brings the U.S. premiere of its newest evening-length work, New Work, down to the Barclay Theater in the OC on Thursday night. Choreographed by much heralded company artistic director Edouard Lock, this new post-modern ballet is inspired by classic Greco-Roman love stories and is set to a score by renowned composers Gavin Bryars and Blake Hargreaves.

Casebolt & Smith Bring 'O(h)' To West Hollywood

L.A.-based performance duo Casebolt and Smith open their touring dance/theater piece, O(h) this Friday, January 13, for a six-weekends-only run through February 19 at The Actors Company Theatre in West Hollywood.

The Human Swiffer Will Sweep the Stage at Highways Performance Space

This weekend, in a shared bill at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, choreographer/performer Jamie Benson (with his "Project Runway" real-time partner/designer Andrae Gonzalo) and choreographer/new mother, Carmela Hermann (with gay retiree/accidental dad/grandfather, Terrence Luke Johnson) will beam from the stage in Mixed Marriages / Homestretch.

From Sumptuous Swagger to Elegant Articulation: Kyle Abraham (NYC) Radio Show Dance at REDCAT

Labeled by Dance Magazine in 2009 as one of the 25 to Watch, Pittsburgh native and now New York rising star, choreographer Kyle Abraham brings his company, Abraham.In.Motion to REDCAT this week for five performances.

Hofesh Shechter Dance Returns to Royce with "Political Mother"

Starting their 2011-12 Dance Series at Royce Hall with a bang, UCLA Live presents a return engagement of the Hofesh Shechter Company and the U.S. premiere of Political Mother, the highly acclaimed choreographer’s first full length work. Described in promotional materials as “part dance show, part heavy rock gig, part political statement . . . and an audio-visual marvel,” the evening length event for ten dancers and as many musicians (drums and electric guitars) promises to reveal a “raw physicality [and] gritty emotional complexity.”

Faustin Linyekula's Congolese Dance Returns to REDCAT

As part of the Sharon Disney Lund Dance Series at Cal Arts' downtown theater, Congolese choreographer and director Faustin Linyekula returns to REDCAT this week to present his newest work, more more more... future. Performed by an all-male trio of dancers (including Linyekula), more more more... future addresses the decades of war, terror, fear and the collapse of the Congolese economy by celebrating hope for the unknown days ahead.

Puppets, Music & Dance Conclude REDCAT's NOW Fest

The third and final weekend of the New Original Works Festival (NOW) at REDCAT unfolds tonight with uniquely different live theater and dance contributions created by three (really four) artists from our own backyard.

NOW Fest Brings Dramatic Live Performance to REDCAT This Week

The 8th annual New Original Works Festival at REDCAT continues this week, featuring work by L.A.-based interdisciplinary creators Robert Cucuzza and Rosanna Gamson. Both theater artists will pull from literary sources to produce dramatic combinations of movement, music, text and all sorts of bells and whistles to entice the audience and embolden the perception of live performance.

NOW Festival Uncovers L.A.'s Hidden Artistic Gems at REDCAT

Though beginning later in the year than in the past, the eighth annual New Original Works Festival starts up this weekend at REDCAT downtown. Referring to itself as a laboratory for boundary-expanding creativity in dance, theater, music and multimedia performance work, the three-week festival will uncover eight of the hidden artistic gems of our city.

kDub Dance Returns Home

Having recently toured to New York City and points north (SF), contemporary choreographer Kevin Williamson brings his LA-based company kDub Dance to Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica this weekend for three shows. As part of Highways’ BEHOLD: A Queer Performance Festival, Williamson will present LIMINAL BUST in its southern California premiere.

Topanga Film Festival Screens Dance!

Still from David Rousseve/Cari Ann Shim Sham*s "Two Seconds After Laughter" courtesy of the artists Though the 7th Annual Topanga Film Festival opens this Thursday, filled with screenings, lectures, panel discussions and industry sightings, the second day of the four day event (Friday night) highlights seven dance films that promise to get us moving in our seats! Curated by filmmaker Cari Ann Shim Sham* and created by local, national and international artists, the short...

Powerful People (Dance) Director Miguel Gutierrez Comes To Town

Brooklyn-based solo dance artist and Powerful People company director Miguel Gutierrez is coming to LA this weekend for two shows in the historic Palm Court ballroom of the Alexandria Hotel (downtown). Brought into our midst by Meg Wolfe's Show Box LA, the highly acclaimed and extensively awarded performer/creator will present the LA premiere of his solo, HEAVENS WHAT HAVE I DONE in this location.

Contemporary Dance: Meg Wolfe Shakes It Up @ REDCAT

Meg Wolfe, Taisha Paggett and Gregory Barnett in Wolfe's trembler.SHIFTER @ REDCAT June 2-5. Photo by Mathu Andersen An ex-New Yorker and now almost an institution in today's local concert dance scene, the creative mover and shaker Meg Wolfe whirls into the Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater on Thursday for a weekend of performances of her newest work, trembler.SHIFTER. Like the past four dances in Ms. Wolfe's repertory, this new quintet has...

Looking and Listening: Lucinda Childs @ Royce

Lucinda Child's Dance revival--at UCLA Live's Royce Hall Fri.-Sat. May 6-7; Photo by Sally Cohn This weekend, UCLA Live is presenting one of the classic postmodern dances choreographed by Judson Church movement pioneer Lucinda Childs at Royce Hall. Created in collaboration with visual artist Sol Lewitt and (at the time emerging) music composer, Phillip Glass, the full length work for eight dancers premiered in 1979 and was considered to be a “breakthrough” in dance...

Marshall's 'Monger' at UCLA Live: Homeboy Brings It Home!

Barak Marshall's "Monger" in UCLA Live's Royce Hall Fri.-Sat. April 15-16, 2011 Photo by Gadi Dagon Oft labeled a rising star in contemporary dance, Los Angeles-bred and European/Israeli infused choreographer Barak Marshall and UCLA Live bring a company of ten dancers to Royce Hall for two shows this weekend. Presenting the evening length physical theater work Monger, its sound score includes excerpts of Gypsy, Balkan, classical and rock music and a narrative drawn from...

Pacific Island Tempest At Downtown's Million Dollar Theater

Photo courtesy of the artist, Lemi Ponifasio REDCAT is doin’ the deed! Bringing in what’s labeled as “visionary” Samoan movement artist Lemi Ponifasio and his company MAU to the historic Million Dollar Theater downtown this weekend, the adventurous presenter will host the U.S. premiere of the internationally acclaimed performance Tempest: Without a Body. Described in promotional materials as part dance, part theater and part ceremony, designated High Priest Ponifasio has been touring this “ferocious...

Stephen Petronio Dances Back to Royce!

photo of Stephen Petronio Company by Steve Schriber The New York-based Stephen Petronio Company returns to UCLA Live this weekend for a pair of performances honoring the acclaimed company's 25th year anniversary and, as the choreographer says, "[ride] the awesome and unpredictable force of now." Inspired by natural events that "affect us from without and within," I Drink the Air Before Me,has been described in the New York Times as "a sonic ephemeral wave...ferocious...

Dance Festival Bootlegged!

photo by Rollence Patugan, courtesy of Keith Glassman When it rains, it pours. And don’t we know it. Lotta good dance going on this week. The first Bootleg Dance Festival opens this Friday and runs through the weekend, presenting the choreography of seven intrepid local dancemakers. Alongside the traditional centers for “experimental” dance, the Bootleg Theater has embarked on an ambitious performance event. Housed in its 1930’s warehouse that was, at one recent time...

Modern Dance Moves: Eiko and Koma to REDCAT

Eiko & Koma's Raven. Photo courtesy of the artists. Pioneering Japanese movement theater masters Eiko and Koma are celebrating their 40th anniversary of making art with a national retrospective tour that will touch down here at REDCAT tonight through Sunday. Presenting work that spans their career and which they, themselves, will perform, the legendary duo will revisit ideas, images and terrain that have marked them as groundbreaking creator/performers from their inception in the 70s....

Kidd Pivot Invades Royce!

Bringing international artists onto the Westwood campus, UCLA Live is presenting Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite this weekend at Royce Hall. With her company Kidd Pivot Frankfort RM, the artist continues her investigation into the metaphoric implications of movement and performance. Promotional materials say that in Lost Action, the evening length work they’ll perform here, the dancers “sculpt space in real-time, working inside a form that is constantly in a state of vanishing.”

The A.W.A.R.D. Show Comes to LA!

Starting tonight and running all weekend, our very own home for new and exciting performance, REDCAT will host a four evening “contest” for audience-decided best (modern) dance in the area. Part of a national six-city event created in New York in 2005, The A.W.A.R.D. Show! presents the work of 12 local dancemakers chosen by a national panel of cognoscenti.

Ground Control @ REDCAT brings Ralph Lemon to LA

Bringing homemade spacecraft, live dancers and film together with an exploration of a Mississippi Delta sharecropper’s life, Ralph Lemon/Cross Performance takes up residence at REDCAT this week. As part of a nation-wide tour, the company will present How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere? for five evening performances in our local citadel of theatrical surprise.

Dancers to Take Over L.A. City Hall

After having made and presented dances in local sites including a laundromat, a dry river bed, a jail, a condemned but history-infused hotel and a handful of international locations, Collage Dance Theatre will bring its army of artists into our very own iconic city hall for three performances of Governing Bodies starting this Saturday.

Orange County Pulls Another Ringer: Ballet Preljocaj Performs This Week

The Barclay Theater in the OC is doing some big things right these days. Last weekend, they hosted the local premiere of a beautifully elegant evening of Sankai Juku, the award-winning Japanese company that is a highpoint of the dance form known as butoh. This week—only on Thursday—they present French contemporary dance with Ballet Preljocaj, a world renowned group under the direction of its celebrated choreographer, Angelin Preljocaj. Interestingly enough, the company will perform...

Japanese Butoh to Orange County: Sankai Juku Comes to California

image courtesy of IO-Factory Established in 1975 and having performed in 700 cities and 40 countries since then, the Japanese butoh company Sankai Juku brings its 1998 award-winning work, Hibiki, to the Irvine Barclay theater this Saturday for a single show. Under the direction of western-trained Ushio Amagatsu, the company will present Hibiki (translates to Resonance From Far Away), accompanied by a lyrical and electronic score by Takashi Kako and Yoichiro Yoshikawa. For the...

Vampires to Dance in Westwood on Saturday

Photo courtesy UCLA Live and Helios Dance Theater Opening up the UCLA Live dance series for 2010/11 season is the local contemporary company, Helios Dance Theater, led by choreographer Laura Gorenstein Miller. The group is the first Los Angeles-based troupe to grace the Royce Hall stage in a decade and they will premiere the seasonally-inspired Beautiful Monsters this Saturday night! Promotional materials describe the new work as a “haunting dance dreamscape [that] reveals the...

Troupe to Bring 'Dancing in Public Parks' to Baldwin Hills Overlook

Dancing in the Parks photo by Ally Voye OK, here we go! A group of adventurous dancers are slipping into the Baldwin Hills Overlook in Culver City to run, dance, jump and move in planned and unplanned scenarios this Sunday, October 17 at 5pm. In a free performance entitled, simply, Dancing in Public Parks, choreographer/performer Christine Suarez and Public Practice Performance Artist Paige Tighe, in collaboration with Rebecca Alson-Milkman, Gillian McGinty, Ally Voye and...

REDCAT Brings More Good Dance to L.A.

Photo by Ryutaro Mishima As it continues to bring in artists with impact, REDCAT hosts a four performance run of multiple award-winning choreographer/company Tere O’Connor Dance this Thursday through Sunday. Presenting the West Coast premiere of Wrought Iron Fog, the five dancers move to an original score by longtime collaborator James Baker within a set designed by Walter Dundervill and O'Connor. Known for his intricate compositional layering, the choreographer makes work that is usually...

REDCAT's 8th Season Begins Thursday, and with a Visual Splash

courtesy of the artist, Sardono Kusumo Our local home for adventurous theater, dance, music and combinations thereof, REDCAT begins its eighth season of presenting new and daring performance work this weekend with the international dance and lighting spectacular, Rain Coloring Forest. A collaboration between Indonesian visionary dance artist Sardono W. Kusumo and renowned American lighting designer Jennifer Tipton, the evening length work runs for only four performances at the downtown venue. Described as an...

NOW Festival Continues with a 'Dancerly Daring & Visually Provocative' Trio of Troupes

photo of Rae Shao-Lan Blum & Tashi Wada by Mark Lannen After the opening week of performances at REDCAT’s 7th annual New Original Works Festival, I get the picture more clearly. Articulately described by curators as “a vibrant performance laboratory,” I now see that as a “heads up.” Be prepared for just what that means. Though the artists selected from the throng of applicants come with good credentials and great ideas—on paper—not everything always...

NOW Fest at REDCAT is Back, Opens Tomorrow

Killsonic photo by Christopher Donez The seventh annual New Original Works Festival opens Thursday at REDCAT, our city’s center for cutting edge and experimental performing arts. Housed below the statuesque Disney Hall, the festival runs for three weekends and showcases the work of eight adventurous local artists in music, theater, dance and multimedia, with mixtures of all the arts abounding. The three distinct programs include works by Maureen Huskey and Killsonic in week one,...

Check This Out: Month Long Dance Film Festival Begins Friday!

The ninth annual Dance Media Film Festival produced by L.A.'s own Dance Camera West jumps out of the starting gate on Friday with three collections of choice short films. Entitled “ScreenDance: A New Visual Language,” the selected cinematic anthologies are presented over two nights at REDCAT, our homegrown source for...

Lionel Popkin & Elephants Dance @ REDCAT

photo of Lionel Popkin "bacon" by Scott Groller Who knew local choreographer/dancer Lionel Popkin has such an interesting background? I did know about his New York tenure with the iconic Trisha Brown Dance Company and his shorter stints with smaller downtown groups, but none of that revealed his unique heritage and its influence on his recent dance making. A few years ago, he presented a duet as part of the summer NOW Festival at...

Performance Review: Method Contemporary Dance

photo by Monique L'Heureux One of the big things that choreographer Bradley Michaud mentions in his company's promotional materials is his aesthetic austerity. He’s interested in the movement, the energy and the physical abandon. He’s not looking for music, text or other visuals to tell his not-a-story. At the Bootleg Theater, he and his performing collaborators in Method Contemporary Dance followed that prescription in their weekend production, See If You Still Love Us. We...

Ballet Company to Bring their Edgy Works to LA

It's unusual for a ballet company to explode onto the international scene as quickly as the "overnight" successes in other arts. To do so, there needs to be a philanthropic supporter who gets the ball rolling and stays there, like Lincoln Kirstein and the NYC Ballet or Baroness Rothschild and Martha Graham. So, for an American company to do this in our economically-challenged 21st century is an unexpected wonder! But "Hello!" to Cedar Lake...

Method Contemporary Dance Asks: Do You Still Love Us?

Method Contemporary Dance photo by Keith Weng Choreographer Bradley Michaud does not want to say more than what we see or feel when we look at his dances. His promotional materials highlight the lack of embellishment to the dancing--no text, no video, no acting--and emphasize the "pure, high velocity, idiosyncratic, unbridled movement and momentum." So, I'm not sure if I can tell you what he and his company, Method Contemporary Dance will be dancing...

TRUTH @ REDCAT

Photo by Sylvio Dittrich Acclaimed New York choreographer John Jasperse brings his five member company to REDCAT this week for a handful of performances of his newest evening length dance theater work. Presenting the west coast premiere of Truth, Revised Histories, Wishful Thinking, and Flat-Out Lies, the work includes a score composed by Hahn Rowe and played live by the string quartet (with electronics) called ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble). As clearly indicated in the...

Four Headed Dance Returns to Highways

Independent LA dancemakers and small companies struggle with all the non-artistic elements (production, fundraising, audience development, etc.) while they persevere in paying the rent, feeding the family and staying sane in a dynamic world. A quartet of such artists--women and men who have created intelligent, thought-provoking, visceral and compelling modern dance in their noteworthy careers--have banded together for two performances they call Four Headed Dance III

Performance Review: Tov @ REDCAT

Rosanna Gamson/World Wide leaves no stone unturned when the company explores the creator's own personal history and ancestral connections in Tov, which continues its performance run at REDCAT through Saturday. Layered with the fatal story of the tarpan horse, the work is a collaboration with Polish theater company CHOREA Theatre Association and includes a cast of 17 dancers, singers, actors and other musicians. This hour-long event brings a Eurasian environment to the re-configured theater...

Rosanna Gamson Mixes Poles with Horses At REDCAT

Tov Los Angeles-based interdisciplinary theater director Rosanna Gamson, whose previous works integrated high tech imagery, high end dancing and lots of collaboration with other media and artists is bringing her latest multi-media exploration to REDCAT for nine performances over the next two weeks. Opening this Thursday, Tov is performed by Ms. Gamson's hometown company of exquisite dancers/performers and the Polish theater group Stowarzyszenie Teatralne CHOREA (CHOREA Theater Association), who have also created the live...

Grupo de Rua, 'the 9-Member, All-Male Movement Powerhouse,' to REDCAT

photo credit to Anns v. Koijj. Once again, REDCAT brings the outside world to Los Angeles when it brings Brazilian choreographer Bruno Beltrão and his nine-member, all-male movement powerhouse Grupo de Rua to its theater for five performances this week. With international acclaim celebrating its "raw" and "brilliant" mix of hip hop and contemporary dance (quotes from London's The Guardian), the company will perform H3 here in the City of Angels. Against a quiet...

Legendary Anna Halprin at REDCAT

photo credit to Jerôme Delatour The illustrious downtown theater in the basement of Frank Gehry's iconic Disney Hall, REDCAT is bringing a dance classic onto its stage this week. But NOT ballet, to be sure! This week, the now near ninety year old pioneer Anna Halprin is presenting her 1965 masterpiece parades & changes, replays with an international cast of highly regarded performers and including the work's composer, the legendary electronic music trailblazer, Morton...

DV8 Moves Into Town This Weekend!

Photo credit: Lisa Ffrench Directed by award winning choreographer and filmmaker Lloyd Newson, the internationally renown London-based DV8 Physical Theatre is bringing To Be Straight With You to UCLA's Royce Hall as part of the UCLAlive season this Friday and Saturday nights. In what promotional materials describe as "a poetic but unflinching exploration of tolerance, intolerance, religion and sexuality," the evening length production is based on hours of interviews with dozens of men and...

Abraham Lincoln via Choreographer Bill T. Jones in Irvine

photo credit to Paul Goode, courtesy of the company MacArthur genius award winner and creative catalyst for this country’s contemporary dance and performance community, Bill T. Jones is bringing his highly acclaimed company to the Barclay Theater in Irvine for one outstanding night of performance this Friday. In one of the only five west coast presentations of the new evening length work—and the only one in the Los Angeles area--the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane...

Performance Review: Meg Stuart @ REDCAT

Born in New Orleans forty-odd years ago, choreographer/performer Meg Stuart came to REDCAT last week with a lot under her belt. After spending her collegiate years at New York University, she danced with Trisha Brown alumnus Randy Warshaw’s company before being offered an opportunity to showcase and develop her own voice in Brussels, Belgium 15 years ago. Since this relocation, she has been afforded state support from the arts-aware nation where she lives, as well as commissions from international funders and collaborating artists and presenters.

Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods at REDCAT

Photo credit to Eva Wurdinger. Philipp Gehmacher (foreground) and Niko Hafkenscheid (background). REDCAT is bringing an ex-pat home! New Orleans-born, New York-educated and living in Brussels since 1991, Meg Stuart will be staying in LA this Wednesday through Saturday as she and acclaimed Vienna, Austria-based choreographer Philipp Gehmacher present Maybe Forever in our city's home for the new and different. In front of a large-scale visual installation by artist Janina Audick, the two dance...

New Original Works Festival Comes to an End: A Review of the Final Performances

The sixth annual three week New Original Works Festival ran its course this past weekend downtown at REDCAT. True to its mission, the series showcased new and emerging artists working in new genres as well as mid-career creators further exploring their art or collaborating with other experimenters in other media. Each of the three separate programs was a shared event and this final triptych went down as promised. To begin the evening, comic performer, writer and alumna of cable TV’s The Daily Show, Lauren Weedman presented Off.

New Original Works Festival Enters Last Week of Performances

photo of Lauren Weedman by Jeff Swenson For the third and final weekend of the 6th Annual New Original Works Festival at REDCAT, programmers have arranged for humor, incisive comment and other verbal and visual delights to share the stage. Choreographer/performer Meg Wolfe presents a solo dance work accompanied only by composer and ongoing collaborator, Aaron Drake. Calling the piece watch her (not know it now), Lester Horton Award winning Ms. Wolfe has previously...

Merce Cunningham--Where Today's Dance Began

Pioneering dance innovator Merce Cunningham died of natural causes this past Sunday at his home in New York City. At the age of ninety and having already influenced thousands of dancers and choreographers across the globe, the impact of his artistry will continue to be felt in his absence. The recipient of countless awards and international honors, the always forward-thinking creator only recently announced plans for his legacy to remain true to its origins. His iconoclastic dance technique, related to ballet but tilted, extended and re-imagined beyond ballet’s range, has been documented, codified and disseminated in the teachings of many of his previous company members and the many who trained at his studio in the West Village.

REDCAT Opens NOW 2nd Program

The second program in REDCAT’s sixth annual New Original Works Festival is brimming with things rarely seen before. This week (only), two interdisciplinary artist collaborations inhabit the basement of Disney Hall and, as the theater’s executive director, Mark Murphy says, “I can’t wait to see the results!” Innovative media artist Carole Kim collaborates with award winning choreographer/dancer Oguri, percussionist/composer Alex Cline and

NOW Festival Makes its 6th Return to Downtown

Ayana Hampton | Photo: Blackantphotography The 6th Annual New Original Works Festival opens this week and runs for three weekends at REDCAT, the theater at the basement of Disney Hall downtown. Programming an assortment of dance, theater, and music events to share a single performance, the festival’s history has been adventurous and the LA Weekly calls it "one of the city's more eclectic and vital performance festivals." The mission of the festival isn’t to...

Diaspora Dances in Santa Monica to be Webcasted Live

photo by Keith Weng I think we all learned that the United States is a melting pot of people and cultures and that it began that way and continues in that direction, in spite of recent immigration hassles. Award winning choreographer/director Keith Glassman has taken off from that fact and created Far From Home, a multimedia, interdisciplinary evening length piece he will premiere this weekend at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica (June 26-27)....

Dance On Film Festival Opens!

Photo courtesy Erika Janunger/Dance Camera West For the eighth year in a row, Dance Camera West will host the Dance Media Film Festival in multiple sites throughout the city from June 5-21. Beginning this Friday and Saturday with three programs screening 31 local and international short (and longer) films at REDCAT downtown, the highly acclaimed festival explores the intersection of cinematography and choreography. Chosen by Los Angeles Magazine as “Pick of the Month” (June...

Vivaldi's Four Seasons + Ballet + The French = Amazing

OK, we've all heard The Four Seasons, Vivaldi’s classic musical masterpiece that has served as the mainstay for every symphonic orchestra across the globe, scored or inspired many films and has even been turned into muzak to entertain you in your nearest elevator. Well, leave it to the French and Ballet Preljocaj to put a contemporary spin on this tried-and-true aural landscape and make it jump (a video clip is below, it's pretty amazing)....

When Break Dancing Meets Poetry...

Photo of Marc Bamuthi Joseph by Bethanie Hines, courtesy of REDCAT Having earned accolades for his post-hip hop performance work from both national and international audiences, the former National Poetry Slam champion and Oakland, CA resident Marc Bamuthi Joseph/The Living Word Project brings the break/s: a mixtape for stage to REDCAT this Wednesday through Sunday. Having recently performed in the White House for President Obama's inauguration, promotional materials say that the new work "deftly...

Dance in Santa Monica: 'Tender Demolition' comes to Highways

Photo of Meg Wolfe and Gregory Barnett by Mathu Andersen The contrasting title sounds ominous. Artist-run production company Show Box is presenting the premiere of Tender, a new dance by local choreographer Meg Wolfe in collaboration with dancer Gregory Barnett with visiting artist Karen Sherman's Demolition Boy (from Minneapolis). All this is happening at Highways Performance Space this Friday through Sunday nights. Wolfe has been an active and catalytic member of the LA dance...

This Week in Dance: Quartet with Three Gay Men & a Really Queer Dance with Harps

photo of Dance by Neil Greenberg by Erin Baiano Recently relocated to Riverside from New York City, acclaimed postmodern choreographer Neil Greenberg brings his company to REDCAT this week (ONLY Wednesday through Friday nights) to present Really Queer Dance with Harps. A former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Greenberg has been awarded many honors (including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Bessie Award) and is now on the faculty of UC Riverside's Experimental...

What Happens When You Take the Word 'Bittersweet' and Choreograph a Dance to it??

photo of David Rousseve/REALITY by Jorge Vismara Dance/theater creator David Roussève has come a long way from his Texas/Creole roots. He and his LA-based company REALITY have been invited by a small conglomerate of sponsors and presenters to present Saudade in Freud Playhouse as part of the UCLAlive current season this Wednesday through Sunday night. A Herb Alpert, COLA and Guggenheim award winner, the artist has performed all over the world, though his company...

This Saturday: '9 of the Most Cutting Edge Dance Companies in Los Angeles'

Deborah Rosen & Dancers Photo © Paolo Focardi For the fourth year running, "impresaria" Jamie Nichols is presenting what she calls "9 of the most cutting edge dance companies in Los Angeles" for one performance only, this Saturday, March 14th in Celebrate Dance at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale. With a program that includes many of the recent winners of LA's concert dance Oscars (aka the Lester Horton Awards), these short works are...

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