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Rammed Earth at the Skirball

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photo by Paula Court, courtesy of the artist

Jordan Peimer, program director at the Skirball Cultural Center, does a great job of bringing interesting non-mainstream dance talent to our city. In the recent past he brought Neil Greenberg, Liz Lerman, the Sitelines series and international companies and artists that don’t fill the seats in the large venues, but who, nonetheless, expand the art form beyond its traditions and conventions. Always interesting, if not mind-blowing.

This week, the center is hosting New York choreographer/company Tere O’Connor Dance for for five shows over four evenings (Thursday-Sunday June 26-29). Rammed Earth is a 2007 work that has received outstanding reviews in its previous performances in New York and Philadelphia. Exploring the relationship between architecture and humanity, Moshe Safdie’s gallery design will present the rigid structure against which the four fluid dancers will interact. With original music by longtime artistic partner James Baker and lighting by Michael O’Connor and Brian MacDevitt, the hour long production probes the effect that the surroundings have on the execution of the dance as well as its viewing.