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Dance Review: Bebe Miller’s ‘A History’ at REDCAT

April 7, 2013 | By Anna Reed | Category: Theater and Dance

Trapped beneath a table and caught in harsh white light, Darrell Jones strains against the small space. With stops and starts and interruptions, he and dancing partner Angie Hauser have been recounting their experience of performing the Bebe Miller Company’s 2005 work, Landing/Place. Now Jones’ voice grows louder and his words flow faster as he [...]

L.A. Dance Project Premieres at the Music Center

September 26, 2012 | By Anna Reed | Category: Theater and Dance

This weekend, L.A.’s dance devotees gathered at Walt Disney Concert Hall to see the premiere of L.A. Dance Project. Directed by Benjamin Millepied – former New York City Ballet superstar and highly commissioned choreographer known for his work on the 2010 film Black Swan – LADP was born out of financial support from The Music [...]

Celebrate Dance Returns to Glendale

March 8, 2011 | By Anna Reed | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

It’s been six years since Jamie Nichols organized the first Celebrate Dance festival, an invitational showcase of Southland dance talent that rocks Glendale’s Alex Theatre for one evening each March. With Celebrate Dance, Nichols – former director of the Pasadena-based dance company Fast Feet – offers a leg up to deserving artists and maintains standards [...]

Review: Jazz and Dance at the Hollywood Bowl

August 22, 2010 | By Anna Reed | Category: Entertainment and Events

I imagine the artists who had the Hollywood Bowl stomping and shaking on Aug. 18 were booked well before April 20, when an explosion aboard BP’s Deepwater Horizon precipitated the unthinkable. But Wednesday’s lineup of New Orleans music legends — the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and the Neville Brothers — [...]

Review: NOW Festival at REDCAT

August 7, 2010 | By Anna Reed | Category: Theater and Dance

REDCAT’s annual New Original Works (NOW) Festival draws to a close tonight (Aug. 7), but the three live performances included in this week’s show raise more than enough questions to fuel another year of artistic investigation. And as Thursday’s show sold out long before show time, get your tickets NOW and read on after.
Alexandro Segade’s [...]

Dance Review: City Ballet of Los Angeles’ ‘Concerto Project’

July 25, 2010 | By Anna Reed | Category: Theater and Dance

On July 22, City Ballet of Los Angeles performed the final installation of its three-week summer series, Concerto Project, against a magnificent backdrop. In front of a wall of windows in a cavernous loft space overlooking City National Plaza on South Flower Street, dancers sidled up next to office buildings gilded by the sun’s [...]

Dance Review: American Ballet Theatre’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’

July 18, 2010 | By Anna Reed | Category: Theater and Dance

There have been many versions of The Sleeping Beauty since the original premiere at St. Petersburg’s Maryinsky Theatre in 1890, each with its own vision of how best to honor Marius Petipa’s legendary choreography, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s masterful score and Ivan Vsevolozhsky’s groundbreaking direction. American Ballet Theatre has brought Beauty back in six different productions – [...]

Review: Lula Washington Dance Theatre

July 9, 2010 | By Anna Reed | Category: Theater and Dance

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2010 Hollywood Bowl Jazz series kicked off on July 7 with performances celebrating the glorious tangle of influences that produced and continue to develop jazz music worldwide. The star-studded, soul-stirring lineup included Cameroonian bassist and vocalist Richard Bona, New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard in collaboration with LA’s own Lula Washington Dance [...]

Dance Camera West’s Film Festival

May 24, 2010 | By Anna Reed | Category: Theater and Dance

A couple in urgent physical conversation traces and re-traces a horizontal path through an industrial environment of hard surfaces and harsh light. The camera cuts in close so that heads dive and bare limbs slice through our field of vision. Then, when they quiet, we rest intimately in the tangle of her hair and against [...]

Lionel Popkin’s ‘Elephant’ at REDCAT

May 22, 2010 | By Anna Reed | Category: Theater and Dance

When Lionel Popkin’s There Is an Elephant in This Dance begins, an elephant suit lies scattered across the stage space, and the headpiece sits in an upstage corner, trunk askew, looking at us askance from under drooping lids. Popkin, son of a Jewish father and South Asian mother, grew up surrounded by images of Ganesh [...]