Tag Archives: Contemporary Dance

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 […]

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, […]

Powerful Start to the West Hollywood Dance Festival

Under the skillful direction of Chad Michael Hall, MULTIPLEX Dance spearheaded a six day dance festival in West Hollywood that culminated in a Gala performance on Saturday August 20, 2016. The evening of dance featured a number of contemporary modern dance works that highlighted the talented dancers’ physical strength and earthy expression. A particular highlight […]

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 […]

Jacob Jonas: Urban, Concert, Personal

Jacob Jonas The Company presented the Side Door Series last weekend at Los Angeles Ballet. This studio showing featured three works that encapsulate Jonas’ passion for making dances that are fresh, contemporary, and socially driven. The company of nine dancers (including Jonas as a performer) offers an array of dance techniques and styles that are […]

Contra-Tiempo’s “Agua Furiosa” twists with “The Tempest” at Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater

  14 January 2016 — LOS ANGELES, CA —A soulful, water goddess song invites us into another world, wind blows fabric at sunset, and the deity Oya dances with a rhythmic, undulating spine. We enter a magical unknown place filled with mystery that is luscious, tempting, tropical, liquid, intoxicating. Scream, crash, broken plastic, breathe; how […]

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 […]

Nancy Evans Dance Theatre Shares the ARC Stage with Friends and Family

Nancy Evans Dance Theatre presented their annual Friends/ Family/ Dance/ Festival 2015.5 October 10th and 11th at ARC in Pasadena. The event was intimate, heartfelt, and engaging, offering the Pasadena and LA dance community another glimpse into the variety within. The show opened with a pre-professional dance group, the San Pedro Ballet. Choreographed by director […]

New Work from Jessica Kondrath and Guest Artists in Sharing Spaces

This Saturday Jessica Kondrath | The Movement presented an evening of dance at MiMoDa Studio. Shared Spaces was an apt name for the performance as it featured Kondrath’s Company along side guests RE|Dance Group and Reneé Murray. The studio setting provided an intimate evening of dance with an audience on two sides of the performance […]