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

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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 Hallfor only one show tomorrow, Friday, October 4, at 8 p.m.

Choreographer Guerin is here in Los Angeles for the first stop of her global tour of the 2012 creation "Weather." Premiering in Melbourne to major acclaim, it is described in promotional materials as "an atmospherically charged dance work that embodies human patterns within those of the elements." The six dancers navigate the currents within and around a shifting sculptural design by Robert Cousins while immersed in an aural environment composed by Oren Ambarchi.

Here at UCLA, the evening length production is preceded by a free Art-in-Action event on the Royce terrace with an interactive presentation from the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies and members of the department’s Climate Systems Interactions Group. These scholars will offer a scientific perspective to the phenomenon of weather that underscores what publicity calls "the poetic manifestations... and the literal relationship between humans and the forces of nature."

Australian born Ms. Guerin spent several years in New York dancing with highly respected members of the more experimental downtown dance scene (Tere O'Connor, Bebe Miller and Sara Rudner) before returning to her native land. Forming the company in 2002, it has since performed in festivals and venues throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

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As Americans are currently more aware than ever of global ecology, the theme may hit pretty close to home. It'll be great to see how this woman from Down Under unleashes "the uncontrollable power of nature and the affects of the by-products of human living." Check out this trailer and purchase tickets before "the big boy" hits.