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Film Noir Dance Uncovered in Hollywood

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Earlier this year, choreographer Meg Wolfe received a Lester Horton award for her tireless work for the Los Angeles dance community. These Horton awards are akin to the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) citations, in that the artists, themselves, make the selections and vote for the awardees. Ms. Wolfe took it all in stride, smiling while keeping track of the monthly Anatomy Riot showcases that she curates, the weekly DanceBank class program she organizes and a myriad of who-knows-what-else is going on in her life.

For the next two weeks (July 3-13), however, we get to see the woman as a performing artist. She and her production company Show Box are presenting her own work with an assortment of local and New York-based dance makers at the Unknown Theater in Hollywood. As part of the theater’s 2008 Dance Series, Wolfe has arranged to premiere a new work of her own at all eight performances while including Los Angeles choreographers Arianne Hoffmann and Casebolt and Smith and New Yorkers Faye Driscoll and Sam Kim.

Eleven Missing Days, a work for Wolfe and four movement collaborators, draws from the stylized, low-budget world of film noir as a starting point to explore doomed love, the femme fatale, disappearance and the creative process. With contributions from writer Mikki del Monico and composer/sound artist Aaron Drake, even the title suggests what the San Diego Union Tribune referred to as a “postmodernist jokester with a sly sense of humor.” Performing in this Chandler/Bogart/crime drama-inspired scheme are Jeremy Hahn, Rachel Lopez, Nancy Sandercock, and Rae Shao-Lan Blum.

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During the first week, Wolfe's guest artists are New York-based Faye Driscoll and Los Angelena Arianne Hoffmann. Driscoll will present 837 Venice Boulevard, a duet for the choreographer and Nikki Zialcita that examjnes the concept of identity from both comic and tragic perspectives. Hoffmann presents Doing by Undoing # 2, which is confusingly described as a solo for two: a choreographer and a scribe, with a detailed inquiry into repetition, perception and process.

Though the latter sounds a bit heady, Wolfe's curatorial skills lean toward interesting choices, high quality dance and provocative theater.

Check out these youtube bits of Driscoll and sneak over to the Unknown!

photo of Faye Driscoll by Lily Baldwin, courtesy of Show Box