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A Stream of Consciousness Response: Jay Carlon’s ‘Out of Bounds’ at ACBH, Santa Monica, CA

A Stream of Consciousness Response: Jay Carlon’s ‘Out of Bounds’ at ACBH, Santa Monica, CA

Sunday, Oct. 8, 4:48 PM It feels a little strange to tell the concierge at the Annenberg Community Beach House I’m here for the performance. I go to the beach all the time—almost every day; my husband surfs—and rarely has my dance life had the occasion to intersect with the sandy, windswept persona his habit...
Watch 'days together'

Watch ‘days together’

DAYS TOGETHER from Spaces of otherness on Vimeo. After he picked up and moved to Düsseldorf to dance for Ballett am Rhein, Atlanta-born dancer and Ailey/Fordham grad Marquet K. Lee sought both an outlet for choreographic play and a break from his day job. He found that opportunity in the project he initiated with Wun...
{ Dd } Preview: Pontus Lidberg Shows Excerpts of NYCB Premiere at Works & Process

{ Dd } Preview: Pontus Lidberg Shows Excerpts of NYCB Premiere at Works & Process

“You can’t avoid the time in the mud,” said Pontus Lidberg, the Swedish choreographer whose most recent New York City Ballet Commission, The Shimmering Asphalt, will premiere at the David H.  Koch Theater at the end of this month. Somehow both mud and shiny concrete bring to mind the humid aftermath of a rain, but...
The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center: an Expressive Landmark to Philanthropy and Dance

The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center: an Expressive Landmark to Philanthropy and Dance

Entering the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center is like entering a cathedral constructed of the philanthropist’s whims. From the south entrance, a two-story-high corridor undulates through the central vein of the building. It connects to studios that are named, and respectively colored, for vibrant gemstones, providing “inspiration” to the students within. The hallway, like the...
Rosanna Gamson Conveys Architectural Dreamworld at REDCAT

Rosanna Gamson Conveys Architectural Dreamworld at REDCAT

REDCAT’s 270-seat theater was an apt setting for independent choreographer and CalArts professor Rosanna Gamson/World Wide’s intimate STILL/RESTLESS, which she teased out into two separate sections, “Restless” followed by “Still.” A viewer could be tricked, given the intermission, costume and scenic changes, and slight differences in cast, into thinking these were two separate works, but...
{Dd} Response: The Media and Maillot's Post-War Dance

{Dd} Response: The Media and Maillot’s Post-War Dance

We live in an era of never-ending entertainment, mediated by the screens surrounding us constantly. Choré, performed this weekend by Les Ballets de Monte Carlo at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts and choreographed by Artistic Director Jean-Christophe Maillot, sent me back in time to the beginnings of the Hollywood musical film, with its...
Laguna Dance Festival Contrasts Two Contemporary Companies, Part II

Laguna Dance Festival Contrasts Two Contemporary Companies, Part II

On Sunday, September 13th, I returned to the Laguna Playhouse for the Festival’s second presentation, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. The big draw seemed to be their newest collaborative work, “Biophony,” but I was impressed by their program as a whole, offering relief from the strict classicism in dance that is often seen in the venues south of LA,...
Laguna Dance Festival Contrasts Two Contemporary Companies - Part I

Laguna Dance Festival Contrasts Two Contemporary Companies – Part I

The two companies presented in this year’s Laguna Dance Festival were Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. The former company was appearing on the American West Coast for the first time ever since its establishment in 2012; the latter is a California stronghold for contemporary ballet, who last appeared at the Festival...
Dd Response: "mouth to mouth" Ate9

Dd Response: “mouth to mouth” Ate9

It was Ate9’s final run of “mouth to mouth” in LA. The show closed where it had premiered, and where the company often rehearses, at Los Angeles Live Arts. We were ushered single file into the warmly lit building on Panamint St., our names checked off a list as we passed through a short, dark hallway before entering a...
After a Career Marked by 'Dido', Morris Rightly Wields Its Baton

After a Career Marked by ‘Dido’, Morris Rightly Wields Its Baton

On May 15th at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine, CA, the top of Mark Morris’ head could be seen from the orchestra pit, his baton leading members of the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra and the Bob Cole Chamber Choir. Nahum Tate’s libretto of Henry Purcell’s 1689 opera, Dido and Aeneas, formed the script for...
Worth the Drive? Ballets Jazz Montreal's L.A. Appearance

Worth the Drive? Ballets Jazz Montreal’s L.A. Appearance

Seeing a dance that’s set to music to which you’ve also choreographed is unsettling in the same way hearing a song can remind you of a cheating ex. So I was not poised to enjoy “Zero In On,” a duet choreographed by Cayetano Soto. The piece of music in question is “The Opening” by Philip...
Dd Response: DV8's "John" Speaks Volumes

Dd Response: DV8’s “John” Speaks Volumes

Criminal, addict, arsonist, lover, brother, and father–this, in a nutshell, is John. Choreographer and DV8 Artistic Director Lloyd Newson interviewed real-life John for his verbatim theater work on love and sexuality. As it happened, his powerful testimony inspired John, the performance (and main character). I saw it Thursday night at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, broadcast...
Dd Response: Lighting Brings out the Darkness of Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company

Dd Response: Lighting Brings out the Darkness of Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company

Dark skirts swirled across the stage of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts last Wednesday night in Los Angeles, California. At the back of the stage hung a moon, or an orb of light I took for one. It hung in a recessed area of the back curtain that was used as an entrance...
LA Ballet's Swan Lake: Does the 137-Year Old Work Still Work?

LA Ballet’s Swan Lake: Does the 137-Year Old Work Still Work?

  My close friend’s brother is an art handler for NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. He’s described to me the great care that is taken to preserve centuries-old works–the many hands artworks must pass through as they are transferred; the expertise and expense that go into restoring them; how moving and hanging requires a balance...
{Dd} Response: David Rousseve's REALITY/Stardust

{Dd} Response: David Rousseve’s REALITY/Stardust

Text messages in white Helvetica pinged onto a black backdrop, then faded away. In REALITY/Stardust, choreographer David Roussève depicted a fragmented reality that existed in the form of these messages, sent to an unknown number by an unseen diarist. On Saturday, September 27, the messages were projected against the backdrop of the Carpenter Performing Arts Center stage...