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Four Headed Dance Returns to Highways

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Ilaan Egeland Mazzini "In Record Time"
Ilaan Egeland Mazzini (Photo by Francesco Mazzini)

Ilaan Egeland Mazzini (Photo by Francesco Mazzini)
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. The show will play at Highways this weekend and is the third incarnation of a biennial shared program co-produced by the theater and the artists. This year's choreographers include Arianne MacBean, Carmela Hermann, Ilaan Egeland Mazzini and Keith Glassman.

With a program of solos, a duet and a sextet, the diverse work is accompanied by original music, video and even whipped cream. Each of the artists has developed a specific and distinct range of interests stretching from Hermann's improvisation and text-driven explorations, to MacBean's both comic and tragic scripted intimacies, to Mazzini's song and dance to her mom's LPs from the '60s and Glassman's intergenerational casting.

Over the past bunch of years, I've seen these folks' work and have been energized by their craftsmanship while they press against the walls of convention. Individually, they explore innovative relationships between movement and text, video and subject matter in their own unique ways. This is not your everyday dance showcase, but, rather, an immersion into new ways of coloring and shading the dance palette.

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The performers include: Mazzini and Hermann, Genevieve Carson, Brad Culver, Louie Cornejo, Sara Fenton, Klyda Mahoney, Gloria and Margarita Tinajero and Ken Takemoto (recently featured in a LA Times article about the septuagenarian's multi-faceted theater life) with original music by Ivan Johnson and by Tom Moose.

Go with your eyes and ears open and expect the unexpected!

Keith Glassman