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CA Touring Project (Dance) Reaches LA

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Now in its second year, the California Touring Project will finally arrive in Los Angeles! A shared program of cutting edge dance work by some of our state's finest experimental choreographers and directors, the event happens this weekend at the Diavolo Dance Space in the Brewery Arts Complex downtown.

Created as a way to build community and create touring opportunities for non-mainstream dance in our struggling cultural landscape, the project has previously been featured in San Francisco, San Diego and Santa Cruz. This year's program includes new work from four highly respected artists who call California home: casebolt and smith (Los Angeles), Cid Pearlman (Santa Cruz), Susan Rose (Los Angeles) and Yolande Snaith (San Diego).

Each of the dancemakers involved has a track record worth noting. Liz Casebolt and Joel Smith ofcasebolt and smith are on the brink of international success as an emerging contemporary dance theater duet company. Cid Pearlman, best known for her choreography for the San Francisco/Los Angeles dance company Nesting Dolls, has been described by the LA Weekly as having a "brash wit and postpunk aesthetics." Susan Rose's work has been supported by grants from the NEA and the Massachusetts Council of the Arts and has been seen locally at Highways Performance Space, Occidental College, Sushi Performance Space and, further north at Jon Sims Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Finally, British born choreographer Yolande Snaith has been performing and choreographing internationally since 1984, winning several French and British awards in the process. She created the choreography for Stanley Kubrick's final film Eyes Wide Shut and is now on the the faculty of Theatre and Dance at UC San Diego. Time Out has hailed Snaith as "one of our most original, even visionary artists ...a true winner" and London's Evening Standard has labeled her as "a mistress of mystery who conjures riddles that can be answered in drama and dance."

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Yolande Snaith

casebolt and smith

Cid Pearlman

WHO:
casebolt and smith, Cid Pearlman, Susan RosePhoto of choreography by Yolande Snaith by Betsy McCue and Yolande Snaith

WHAT:
California Touring Project

WHEN:
Friday and Saturday, November 21-22 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 23 at 6:00 PM

WHERE:
Diavolo Dance Space
616 Moulton Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90031

TICKETS:
$20 General and $16 Students, Seniors and Professional Dance Artists
www.brownpapertickets.com/event/46976 or at the door (cash/check only)

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Photo of choreography by Yolande Snaith by Betsy McCue