Tag Archives: California

LA Grown Dance Resides This Year at the Wallis

There is nothing quite as wonderful as having a home- Jacob Jonas The Company has found one and is flourishing this season as the resident company of the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.  Comprised of a talented mix of street and studio trained dancers, Jacob Jonas The Company has garnered plenty […]

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/, […]

Ezralow’s OPEN deftly balances dance as art and entertainment

With audiences becoming increasingly familiar with entertaining dance shows on television and less exposed to the esoteric art world of much concert dance, what is a choreographer to do? Daniel Ezralow addresses the delicate balance of making great dance that appeals to a broader audience in his evening length work OPEN, which was performed at […]

Sophia Stoller’s Siren Haunts and Seduces at Highways

I had the privilege of seeing an installment of New Shoes 6 October 16 & 17th. New Shoes 6 is an ongoing performance series of new and in-development works dedicated to showcasing emerging and established Southern California-based choreographers, directors, and performance groups presented by Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, CA. Choreographers Bernard Brown, Sophia […]

Kinection Dance Project Celebrates Community and Connection

One of the wonderful things about starting LA Dance Review is that it has gotten me out to see shows I otherwise would not have known about. The reality is that there are many choices for the LA concert dance-goer and it is easy to stay in one’s own performance circle. Since founding LA Dance […]

NEDT Celebrates Character and Fantasy with Rennaissance Zombies and Apartment Living

For those who may mistake all LA contemporary dance as the same, I suggest you try out an NEDT performance! Nancy Evans Dance Theatre continues to pursue a unique blend of narrative based movement theater and modern dance aesthetics in a way that sets them apart from the rest. Last night’s performance at the Portico’s […]

Laurie Sefton Portrays Touching Narratives in Clairobscur’s Memory Lapse

Clairobscur is an excellent example of high quality, classically based concert dance that is right here in the Los Angeles indie dance scene. The dancers must be recognized for their excellence both in technical skill and performance technique. Sefton has created a company that is mature and convincing. Saturday’s performance at Diavolo Dance Space highlighted […]

Keith Glassman Returns with Coffeehouse Dance IV

The first in a series of three coffee shop locations, the Santa Monica café Unurban was a quirky and dynamic location for a dance performance. I attended Keith Glassman’s Coffeehouse Dances last year and enjoyed the diversity, the mixed media, and the hip feel of seeing dance in public, amidst the locals and passersby. This […]