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{Dd} Exclusive: Morgan Lugo on LA Dance Project’s new home at the Ace Hotel

{Dd} Exclusive: Morgan Lugo on LA Dance Project’s new home at the Ace Hotel

When word got out that a new location of the hipster haven Ace Hotel was opening in downtown Los Angeles, the excitement around town was palatable. When it was later announced that Benjamin Millepied’s West-Coast-based dance troupe LA Dance Project was going to take up residency in the hotel’s interior theater — they maintained the original United...

Dd Short Short List for the Week of 10/14

Here is Heather’s rundown of shows on the west coast this week…
Complexions Contemporary Ballet & Lula Washington Dance Theater at the Ford Theater

Complexions Contemporary Ballet & Lula Washington Dance Theater at the Ford Theater

It was difficult to talk any of my local friends into going with me to see Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Lula Washington Dance Theater perform last Saturday at the Ford Theater in Hollywood.  Not because they weren’t interested, but everyone was either out of town, working, or already committed to another show.

The National Choreographer Initiative – 10 Years Strong

National Dance Day (which happened on July 27th)  is meant to be a day in which we celebrate the art of movement, and each year, it seems to me that the celebration gets bigger and better. In downtown Los Angeles, producer Nigel Lythgoe and director Adam Shankman had teamed up with The Music Center and...
Dd Response: Los Angeles Ballet's Balanchine Red

Dd Response: Los Angeles Ballet’s Balanchine Red

The curtain fell on Los Angeles Ballet’s 7th season amidst the bright syncopations of Igor Stravinsky’s Capriccio for Piano, and with it, the patrons surrounding me rose to their feet – giving a standing ovation richly deserved for this rapidly emerging company.

Dd Response: Traces at the LA Music Center

If you ever fancied the notion to run away and join the circus, 7 Fingers would be the cool option to consider. The Montreal based circus troupe, established in 2002, fuses aerial arts, acrobatics, music, street art, video, song, and even sketching to create a playful, urban version of big top entertainment that was humorously...

Los Angeles Ballet’s Balanchine Gold

The Los Angeles Ballet is now in it’s 7th season, but even their most hardened dancers are only in their 4th. The company began with a high turnover rate, limited repertoire, a series of weak performances, and an uncertain future. However, it seems they’re finally finding their footing with the launch of the Balanchine Festival –...

Celebrating Dance in LA? Producer Jamie Nichols gets it Done

For the past 9 years, producer, teacher and choreographer Jamie Nichols  has been calling on the LA community to celebrate dance, with her expertly executed production held each year at the historic Alex Theater. This year was no different. Concert dance in Los Angeles has always been something of a conundrum. From being poorly funded,...

LA’s Rite of Spring Symposium

Last month, I had the distinct pleasure of being able to tell my hipster friends that I couldn’t join them for lunch because I was going to be at a ballet symposium all day. This symposium was a follow up (or introduction, depending on your tickets) to Joffrey’s performance of The Rite of Spring at...

LA’s Rite: Joffrey Ballet’s Performance of the The Rite of Spring

Three couples danced with elegance and measured emotion, before the lighting changed and Victoria Jaiani and Fabrice Calmels stepped up to amaze Los Angeles, dancing a captivating pas de deux, with a deeply sensitive and hypnotic quality. As it ended, Calmels pulled an arched Jaiani gently and devastatingly slowly into his arms as the spotlight...

The Season of Stravinsky

I can remember the first time I heard a piece of music by Igor Stravinsky.  I was eight years old and had asked my grandfather if he could send me a tape of “ballet music.”  It was at the height of my infatuation with dance, but the only ballets I had heard or seen were...

A Defining Moment for Stacey Tookey’s Still Motion Dance Company

Stacey Tookey could be one of the best known contemporary choreographers of the moment. Her work on So You Think You Can Dance and numerous television shows has received acclaim from critics, dancers and viewers alike, but this past Friday night she broke new ground with the premiere performance of her new contemporary company, Still...

Axis Dance Company at the LA Special Arts Festival

If a truly great piece of dance is supposed to change how you think about the art form, and actually cause you to reconsider how you perceive movement, then Axis Dance Company may be one of the most artistic companies running.  The standards of dance and how we think about contemporary movement are brought to...

Response to National Ballet of Canada’s Alice in Wonderland US Premiere

I don’t normally expect much from an LA audience, but found myself thoroughly impressed with the excitement surging through the seats of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this past Friday night.  There were gasps, abundant laughter, and little shrieks of delight coming from the audience as we watched the US premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s new Alice...

Dd Exclusive: National Ballet of Canada’s Chelsy Meiss Gives an Inside Look at Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice in Wonderland

Newly created full-length story ballets are few and far between.  Full-length ballets that integrate modern technology and theatrics are even fewer.  Yet that’s exactly what Christopher Wheeldon’s new production of Alice in Wonderland manages to do – with sets, costumes, story, music, and choreography all composed simultaneously for a single production and artistic vision.  In...