Author Archives | Beth Megill

Suspended in Time/Under the Spell of the Crowd

Note: mature content. The LA Dance Project space became home away from home to a European contemporary dance theater aesthetic this fall as part of the Van Cleef & Arpels, Dance Reflections program as hosted by Museum of Contemporary Art and LADP.  On October 27th, 2022, CROWD, conceptualized and choreographed by French choreographer Gisèle Vienne, […]

Foothills Dancemakers Embrace Modern Dance Values and Aesthetics in a Contemporary World

For those familiar with popular dance trends seen on television programs, “contemporary dance” is often a crowd favorite. But, there is an important distinction to be made between American, pop-contemporary and its concert predecessor, Modern dance. This September, four Pasadena-based dance companies embraced Modern dance ideals in a shared performance that treated the audience to […]

San Pedro Arts Festival continues to bring community together in an early fall offering

Coordinated by Louise Reichlin/Los Angeles Choreographers and Dancers, the San Pedro Festival of the Arts has become a standard for early fall dance in the LA area and is an excellent opportunity for a large and diverse group of dance artist to come together to share their voices and share their art with each other […]

Exploring Identity Through Media and Movement

From Laurie Sefton comes a show rich with insights about individual identity in modern times. Mythology of Self and Women, Fire and Dangerous Things, premiering at Stomping Grounds LA, delves deeply into the perspectives of various individuals as they react to their environment and circumstances.

Psychopomp in performance of YLEM

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 […]