Tag Archives: Contemporary Dance

Sophia Stoller’s Lock and Key is a Visual Feast

You know you are at a well-produced dance concert when you see five trees of side lighting, each with four instruments on both sides of a small black box style theater. And, this was just the beginning of an evening of design eye candy. Sophia Stoller is an MFA candidate at CalArts and her thesis […]

BARE Celebrates 10 Years with VENOMOUS

Occasionally I go to a dance show in which everything fits– the essence of the performance space, the energy of the dancers, and the vision of the choreographer. Everything seems to jive in such a way that allows me, as an audience member, to enter an alternate universe for just a fleeting moment. The bicoastal, […]

Romero’s FUSE Dance Company Performs SEVER

FUSE Dance Company is celebrating its 5 year anniversary this weekend at the Diavolo Dance Space with its show SEVER, directed and choreographed by FUSE founder Joshua Romero. Having seen and reviewed a duet of his in the last MixMatch dance festival, I was looking forward to this performance. The evening-length work told the universal […]

SoleVita and RhetOracle: a Perfect Dance Pairing

Some might call SoleVita and RhetOracle a creative match made in heaven. These contemporary jazz dance companies both thrive on athleticism, entertaining narratives, and showstopper appeal. This past weekend’s show, The Great American Mixtape, featured a full, two hours of nonstop, high-energy dance. Here is an account of my favorites of the night. SoleVita’s Stealing […]

Taste of Brazilian Treats to Come: The Union Project Dance Company

The Union Project Dance Company arrived on the LA scene just two years ago, and has participated in a number of festivals around the LA area, quickly gaining exposure within the community. Tonight’s fundraiser was held to raise money for their first self-produced, evening-length performance to be held in August of this year as a […]

Pat Taylor’s JazzAntiqua Premiers Song in a Strange Land

Pat Taylor’s JazzAntiqua dance and music ensemble performed its latest work, Song in a Strange Land, Saturday night at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. What an infectious blend of rhythm and storytelling! The show charmed a full house, which responded with lively applause, hooping and hollering and a final standing ovation. JazzAntiqua is an […]

From Structure to Stream: LA Contemporary Dance Company’s Into the Fray

LA Contemporary Dance Company shared not only an impressive performance, but also an intriguing creative process tonight in its opening performance of Into the Fray. Featuring four choreographers, two musicians, and a cast of sixteen dancers, this experimental choreographic collaboration proved a rich structure for dance making that was raw, powerful, and innovative. Kate Hutter, […]

Speak Hill Dance Debut: This Is Me

Marlita Hill  debuted her new company Speak Hill Dance in the Los Angeles independent dance scene this month with a two-week run of This Is Me at Grand Arts High School in downtown Los Angeles. I attended the closing show, feeling lucky to have gotten a seat in a sold out house. The cast of […]

The audience embraces Invertigo for a three week run at Odyssey

Review: After It Happened (Sunday Oct 5th, 2014) Laura Karlin’s Invertigo Dance Theatre is going out on a limb this month with a nearly unheard of (in LA) three week run of an evening length dance show, After It Happened. And, judging from the large attendance last night, it is a good thing. A warm […]

Magalhães Explores the Unadorned Feminine in (un)bridaled

Marina Magalhães premiered her most recent dance theater work, (un)bridaled at the colorful and vibrant Le Studio in Culver City on Thursday Sept 18th, 2014. The cast of six women used dance, theater, music and video to question the nature of being young, female and single in Latino culture. The evening began with a festive […]