Posts tagged "Irvine"
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...
{Dd} Response: Diavolo Dance Theater's Salad? A Toss-Up

{Dd} Response: Diavolo Dance Theater’s Salad? A Toss-Up

We were about to see a program with two parts, Jacques Heim, Diavolo Dance Theater’s effervescent choreographer and artistic director told the audience. He went on to describe the Los Angeles-based company as a salad tossed with “ballet, modern dance, gymnastics, acrobatics, and a little hip-hop.” The first half would be a retrospective, he said,...

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: Ballet BC at Irvine Barclay Theatre

Dd Response: Ballet BC at Irvine Barclay Theatre

Before Saturday at the Irvine Barclay Theater, the last time I had seen Rachel Meyer and Darren Devaney dance together was five years ago, during a rehearsal for my piece at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. We were all summer students there, and I had applied and been accepted for their Choreographic Residency, which paired...

Dd Response: Spellbound Contemporary Ballet

The latest in Irvine Barclay Theatre’s international 2013 Contemporary Dance Series was Italy’s Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, formerly known as Spellbound Dance Company, under Artistic Director and choreographer Mauro Astolfi. Resplendent in gestural detail, with seeming physical impossibilities swiftly and soundlessly achieved, the work was exemplary of much European contemporary dance. Although that title is cumbersome...

Dd Response: DanceBrazil at The Irvine Barclay Theatre

Light diffused across the stage of the Irvine Barclay Theatre to reveal members of DanceBrazil standing against a blue background, dressed in white. Their heads were tilted down and turned slightly to one side; a muscular arm crossed each breast in varying shades of brown. The figures seemed ensnared by their own powerful stances, and...