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Megill & Co. bring jazz back in Ventura

“What is jazz?” choreographer and performer Beth Megill asks the audience rhetorically, early on in Megill & Company’s preview performance of Jeans and Jazz at NAMBA Arts in Ventura on Feb. 25th. The playful pieces that follow don’t intend to explicitly answer the question for us, but rather embrace the themes that jazz music and […]

LA Dance Festival ends opening weekend celebrating female-driven contemporary dance

LA Dance Festival, Day 3: Saturday, March 3rd Featuring: szalt (dance co.), Sarah Elgart/Arrogant Elbow, BrockusRED, and Kybele Dance Theater Throughout March, LA Dance Festival (LADF) is presenting work by female professional and student choreographers, fringe performances, and master classes. Now in its 6th year, LADF kicked off its special ‘Rise of the Female’ program […]

Women rise and shine on second night of LA Dance Festival

LA Dance Festival, Day 2: Friday, March 2nd Featuring: Rebecca Lemme/Acts of Matter, BrockusRED, WHYTEBERG, L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, The TL Collective “Just like moons and like suns / With the certainty of tides…” and Still We Rise – even in 2018. From the Time’s Up and #metoo movements, to international women’s marches, a surge of diverse […]

LACDC’s RIFT juxtaposes fantasy and reality as it delves into the human psyche

Featuring choreography by Nathan Makolandra, Genevieve Carson, and Stephanie Zaletel, RIFT included much of what I adore about LA Contemporary Dance Company. The program was varied and well-balanced while flirting with demanding themes of the human condition as mediated by the characteristic flare of LA concert dance. Overall, RIFT was well-performed, beautifully lighted, and intimately […]

Pearson Takes the Stage . . .

The title should really read: Andrew Pearson Takes The Stage in a Self Defining Coming Out Debut Few events can tempt me out of suburbia and into the city on a Tuesday night while my semester is in full swing, but seeing Andrew Pearson in his one man show, this is a blank page. a […]

Sarah Elgart presents unique evening of dance on stage and screen in “Unicorn”

Unicorns are having a moment in pop culture, their otherworldly origins a desirable escape from reality. The mythical creature has also become synonymous with people or things that are rare or unique. Taking this trendy definition, seasoned Los Angeles choreographer Sarah Elgart can be seen as a ‘unicorn’ in the city’s dance scene herself, with […]

Jacob Jonas offers another peek through the “Side Door” into exciting, physical work

If you have an Instagram account and enjoy scrolling through photos of dancers, you’ve probably heard of Jacob Jonas, or at least his #camerasanddancers initiative, which brings together professional photographers and dancers from around the world to capture stunning moments of movement. The young choreographer, recently named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch, is […]

Simone Forti and Carmela Hermann Dietrich have a “Rematch”

Pushing and pulling, Simone Forti and Carmela Hermann Dietrich rejoined in performance to honor their shared journey in dance improvisation. Forti and Herman Dietrich explored their post-modern dance aesthetic with arms and legs intertwined in struggle in a seesaw of layered memories, stories, and political investigations. The warmth, humor, patience, political bent, and personal insights […]

Malpaso Dance Company Brings a Luscious Blend of Virtuosic Dance to Los Angeles

Beautiful, connected, skilled dancing from Cuba—a luscious blend of ballet, modern, release-technique, partnering, and street dancing, providing a movement vocabulary that can say just about anything. The Music Center’s celebration of Cuban arts as one of three parts of the Getty’s Far-Reaching Arts Program presents Malpaso Dance Company (Malpaso) in its Los Angeles debut. Malpaso, […]

Circles, Lines and Brilliant Design in New Dance Works by Kondrath and Ching

The ARC at Pasadena is one of a few performance venues in the LA region that continues to deliver excellence in LA dance. It is a community arts hub that owner John Pennington has much to be proud of as his facility is a cornerstone of local and affordable dance. This past Sunday, November 5/, […]