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‘Women Rising’ at the Los Angeles Dance Festival

February 27, 2018 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Los Angeles has long been an incubator for new dance ideas in American culture. Ruth St. Denis pioneered her exotic style of appropriated movement explorations right here in the early 20th century. Isadora Duncan soon followed that by drawing away from ballet and moving softly in bare feet. Both artists began their experiments in Southern [...]

CAP UCLA Presents Ann Carlson’s ‘Doggie Hamlet’

January 30, 2018 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

This Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 3 and 4, at 4 p.m., envelope-pushing choreographer Ann Carlson returns to the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA to unleash her “Doggie Hamlet.” A site-specific piece to be performed at Will Rogers State Historic Park near Pacific Palisades, this new full-length work includes a cast of two [...]

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA All Over the City

January 9, 2018 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Art and Museums, Entertainment and Events, Theater and Dance

Starting Thursday, Jan. 11, and running through Sunday, Jan. 21, a slew of local performing spaces — both indoors and out — will host PACIFIC STANDARD TIME: LA/LA. An international festival of large and small-scale live art, the event features more than 75 works by Latin American and Latino artists.
With over 200 performers sharing their [...]

Review: Hi-tech Dance at REDCAT

December 7, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Coming from a shared background of working with a modern dance legend, former Merce Cunningham Dance Company members Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener embarked on an interdisciplinary adventure with filmmaker Charles Atlas. “Tesseract,” defined in the Merriam Webster dictionary as “the four-dimensional analogue of a cube,” is a live performance by a company of six [...]

Britain’s Akram Khan Brings ‘Until the Lions’ to Culver City

October 18, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

For the first time ever on a soundstage, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center is hosting the highly acclaimed Akram Khan Company for its premiere off-campus production this Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 18 to 21, at 8 p.m. at the Culver Studios in Culver City.
“Until the Lions” is the re-imagining of an excerpt [...]

Dorrance Dance Brings 21st-Century Tap Dancing to the Wallis

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

Rarely does a dance artist come around that revolutionizes the art form, but Michelle Dorrance and her company, Dorrance Dance, are doing just that. They’ll be presenting their award-winning wares at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (the Wallis) in Beverly Hills this Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 12-14, at 7:30 p.m., with a [...]

Karen Sherman’s ‘Soft Goods’ at UCLA

October 5, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

As part of the Center for the Art of Performance’s 2017-18 season at UCLA, choreographer/writer/musician/performer Karen Sherman brings the West Coast premiere of “Soft Goods” to the stage at the Freud Playhouse for one performance this Saturday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m.
Having had 20 years of firsthand experience doing almost all of the backstage jobs [...]

LAX Performance Festival

October 3, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Los Angeles Performance Practice (LAPP) brings its Los Angeles Exchange (LAX) Festival for its fifth edition to multiple downtown locations beginning this Thursday, Oct. 5, and running through Oct. 15. In collaboration with other local, national and international presenters and performance spaces, these 10 days will highlight 44 productions created by L.A.-based artists in the [...]

Final Weekend of New Original Works Festival at REDCAT

August 9, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

The third and final weekend of the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater’s New Original Works Festival brings some highly respected and internationally renowned artists to its stage this Thursday through Saturday, August 10-12, at 8:30 p.m. Exploring new ideas in dance, performance, music, theater and multimedia, REDCAT’s three-week adventure plans to keep surprising us with [...]

REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival

July 24, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

For the 14th year since its opening, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) offers its New Original Works Festival of laboratory-like performances for three weekends starting this Thursday, July 27, and running through Aug. 12. With performances each Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m., the NOW Fest presents local artists and programs that [...]