Author Archives | Beth Megill

Psychopomp: An athletic treat rooted in earthy connection. 

The evening of dance choreographed by Psychopomp’s Artistic Director, Shenandoah Harris, offered insights into a world of inter and intrapersonal conflict through movement that was aggressive, bold, animalistic, and highly athletic. The cast of six dancers, Andrew Cropuz, Mizuki Sako, Abby Chuah, Lydia McDonald, Stephanie Mizrahi and Harris, had plenty of space to show off […]

Delivering gasps of amazement, Diavolo goes big and bold once again

The special blend of acrobatics, gymnastics, ballet, modern dance, and theater that is Diavolo | Architecture in Motion, is truly a one of a kind live performance experience. For audience members who love to be wowed with an event that is visually compelling, physically demanding, and aesthetically idealist, Diavolo is a sure bet. The show […]

MashUp hosts a festival weekend in celebration of International Women’s Day

Hosting four days of dance classes, workshops, performances, discussions and screenings, MashUp Contemporary Dance Company went big for their 6th annual festival to celebrate female identifying choreographers. Saturday March 5th featured a Break the Bias showcase of female choreographed works performed at the LA Dance Project space. I was able to attend the evening performance […]

A dance film in three parts bound / less by MashUp Contemporary Dance celebrates National Women’s Equality Day

2020 very well could be labeled the year of many dance films and 2021 is still reaping the benefits from the COVID isolation time. MashUp Contemporary Dance is a collective of beautiful female dance artists keen on making dance (and in this case dance on film) with a social justice aim. bound / less is […]

Agami is a Joy this season at the Wallis

Joy relishes in the contradictory nature of happiness, sits in the duplicity of living, and navigates a world of acting and being acted upon. Agami tests the edges of our tolerance to be both thrilled and entertained as she challenges us to see our fragility and hypocrisy. She holds her own cards close but gives away a rich performing art

LA Choreographers and Dancers Treat Fiesta Goers

Informal and community-minded events in temporary spaces are always a bit of a game of Russian roulette for dance companies. But, Louise Reichlin’s company Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers played it like pros at the Culver City Fiesta de Ballona last weekend. Performing works on an outdoor, temporary dance floor under a large tent, the dancers were […]

Hand gestures, body isolations, facial expressions and big battements weave together for TL Collective.

Long arms and legs fan and sweep through the air punctuating spaces between nuanced articulations of the hands, head, torso and hips. DRIFT opened the program with a cast of dancers in androngenous black slacks and jackets. . .

Precision Meets Humanity at the Wallis with BODYTRAFFIC

When it comes to elite contemporary concert dance in LA, it doesn’t get better than BODYTRAFFIC. The caliber of this company, its repertory, and sleek production value is akin to the biggest company names worldwide. Under the artistic direction of company founder and longtime performer, Tina Finkelman Berkett, BODYTRAFFIC is riding a wave of brilliance. . .

COVID Moves Dance Online with the San Pedro Arts Festival

The San Pedro Arts Festival directed by Louise Reichlin is presenting a digital festival in the form of two 2-hour curated programs shared for free on Vimeo. The festival as a whole features 10 dance artists in a smattering of dance styles with many falling under the contemporary concert dance umbrella. The program features works […]

Cathartic Art Shares its Mission and Art in a blend of Dance and Documentary

Cathartic Art is a collective of artists gathering together to uphold practices of compassion and transformation through dance, spoken word,  and performance art. Founded by Jill Collins and Kirsten Ajax, the self-titled film directed by Hollis-Sherman Pepe is both a media performance and an advocacy piece for the mental health.  The opening solo choreographed and […]