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Matthew Bourne Brings ‘Early Adventures’ to the Wallis

May 16, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Matthew Bourne is a British choreographer who likes to tell stories with movement. His UK-based company, New Adventures, has visited Los Angeles several times with productions such as an all-male “Swan Lake,” “Play Without Words” and “The Car Man.” This weekend, he brings “Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures,” a program of his first choreographies, to the [...]



Jeanine Durning in Chinatown

May 11, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Jeanine Durning is one ferocious dancer. Over the years, she’s enlivened the work of a diverse group of experimental dance makers in New York and was recently seen on the Royce Hall stage in the work of Judson Church choreographic innovator Deborah Hay. Internationally, she has served as a consultant to the Motion Bank, a [...]



Kyle Abraham Brings Abraham.In.Motion Dance to Santa Monica

May 2, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Recently relocated to the faculty at UCLA’s World Arts and Culture/Dance Department, 2013 MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham is bringing his award-winning New York-based dance company, Abraham.In.Motion to The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage this weekend for only two shows, Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, at 7:30 p.m.
Featuring the California premieres of “The Quiet [...]



Paul Taylor Dance at the Wallis in Beverly Hills

May 2, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Paul Taylor is one of the pioneers of modern dance. He showed his first choreographies in New York in 1954. Since then, his company has performed in over 500 cities in 64 countries across the globe. Having created a strong, athletic, grounded technique and a repertory of 146 dances, his impact on the art form is [...]



Free Tickets to Dance Camera West Film Festival

April 17, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Featured Articles, Film, Theater and Dance

Celebrating its 16th anniversary, the Los Angeles-based Dance Camera West Dance Media Film Festival reels out this week, starting on Thursday, April 20, and ending Sunday, April 30. Visiting West Side venues including UCLA’s Fowler Museum, Glorya Kaufman Hall, Royce Hall and the Santa Monica Pier, the presentations are divided into groups of international short [...]



Review: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

March 16, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

The New York City-based Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has been performing in Los Angeles for decades. Almost every visit to the Southland includes a performance of its signature master work, “Revelations.” The work was choreographed by company founder and its artistic director until his death in 1989, Alvin Ailey. His timeless celebration of the [...]



Helios Dance Theater’s ‘Minor Obsessions’ at the Ace Hotel

February 27, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Known for its kinetic sensuality, choreographer Laura Gorenstein Miller’s Helios Dance Theater will premiere its newest adventure, “Minor Obsessions,” at the recently renovated Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, March 5, at 7 p.m. With only one performance, the company is adding a cyber element to the live production. This mixed reality combination [...]



Jonah Bokaer’s ‘Rules of the Game’ at UCLA’s Royce Hall

February 8, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA brings high-profile dance and theater productions to its campus. This week, for only one performance on Friday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m., Royce Hall will host the West Coast premiere of Jonah Bokaer’s collaborative project, “Rules of the Game.”
Working with eight dancers, scenic designer Daniel Arsham [...]



Meg Stuart Comes to REDCAT with ‘Hunter’

January 22, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) continues to bring new and noteworthy, cutting-edge contemporary performance work to its theater below Disney Hall. This weekend, for only three performances Thursday through Saturday, January 26-28, at 8:30 p.m., it will present “Hunter,” a highly acclaimed solo dance theater production choreographed and performed by Brussels/Berlin-based American Meg [...]



L.A. Dance Project’s Own Homecoming

December 19, 2016 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Though it spends much of its time on the road, the L.A. Dance Project stayed home for the Dec. 9-10 weekend and shared its latest batch of choreographies with local audiences at the Theater at the Ace Hotel downtown. This scrumptious, intricately restored Spanish Gothic-style theater was built in 1927 for silent movie stars Mary [...]