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Four Headed Dance Returns to Highways

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