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Review: Arcosm Co. presents “Traverse” at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

February 13, 2013 | By | Category: Theater and Dance

When the lights go up at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz for the French performance company Arcosm’s “Traverse,” lead Emilien Gobard is slumping in his recliner. He rises and repeats a seemingly uneventful daily routine again and again. He lives a ho-hum life, complacently lulled by its monotony. Yet his humdrum existence is the audience’s delight. His […]

Review: Casa Patas Flamenco, Karen Lugo’s The DeMente Territory

November 21, 2012 | By | Category: Theater and Dance

A female Flamenco dancer with black, fitted pants; a violin player with a Mohawk; abstract movements accompanied by silence; a woman playing guitar; mundane acts performed with hairpins and earrings. “The DeMente Territory” was not a traditional evening of Flamenco at Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles’ Theatre Raymond Kabbaz. Partnering with the Consulate General […]

Review: Ain’t Misbehavin’ at International City Theatre

October 23, 2012 | By | Category: Theater and Dance

Most people have heard of Thomas “Fats” Waller, the famous pianist. Fewer folks realize he was a comedian. You don’t have to search high and low for his humorous side. Listen to his songs (or look at his face), with titles like, “Your Feet’s Too Big,” “The Reefer Song” and “Fat and Greasy.” These gigglers […]

Review: Korean Cultural Center LA Presents 2012 Sounds of Friendship

October 12, 2012 | By | Category: Theater and Dance

I was just about the only white person in the audience at “2012 Sounds of Friendship” at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on Oct. 9. The night’s lineup offered a glimpse at the “hallyu” (Korean Wave), or the surge and spread in popularity of Korean pop culture, with performances by musicians, singers and dancers representing both […]

Review: Akram Khan Chooses the Vertical Road at CAP UCLA

October 9, 2012 | By | Category: Theater and Dance

It is not common knowledge that Akram Khan was snubbed by NBC this summer during the American telecast of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London. NBC replaced Khan’s five-minute dance sequence to the hymn “Abide With Me,” sung by Emile Sandé, with Ryan Seacrest interviewing swimmer Michael Phelps. Danny Boyle had it […]

Nan Jombang Premieres Rantau Berbisik (Whisperings of Exile) at REDCAT

October 9, 2012 | By | Category: Theater and Dance

Indonesian choreographer Ery Mefri does not speak English. His company Nan Jombang is in New York City the week before coming to Los Angeles, busily performing at Fall for Dance and at Asia Society. Both circumstances slim my chances of an interview. Fortunately, company manager Suzanne La is happy to answer my questions — and […]

Fifth Annual J.U.i.C.E. Hip-Hop Dance Festival: The Real L.A. Dance Project?

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

After filing out of Walt Disney Concert Hall this past Sunday after the second and final performance of Benjamin Millepied’s “L.A. Dance Project,” I couldn’t help but think that I had witnessed the real L.A. Dance Project the previous evening at the Fifth Annual J.U.i.C.E. Hip-Hop Dance Festival at the Ford Amphitheatre. Saturday evening’s fest […]

Review: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet at UCLA Live

May 3, 2012 | By | Category: Theater and Dance

Several times on April 28, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, the French-born artistic director of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, walked through the lobby of Royce Hall looking like he was nervous. He made eye contact with passersby, stopped to chat with other young, stylishly dressed people, but mostly, he looked as if he couldn’t sit still. That evening’s […]

Review: Savion Glover’s ‘Bare Soundz’

March 26, 2012 | By | Category: Theater and Dance

Savion Glover is the best tap dancer alive. His mentor Gregory Hines thought so. On Saturday night, Glover, Marshall Davis and Robyn Watson performed “Bare Soundz” on three mini, square platforms in the form of a triangle on the stage at the Valley Performing Arts Center on the campus of California State University, Northridge. It […]

Review: Ronald K. Brown’s “Evidence, A Dance Company”

March 13, 2012 | By | Category: Theater and Dance

I often wonder, which is harder: exhibiting refined technique accrued from years of study, or grooving effortlessly to a beat with natural grace and impeccable rhythm? The answer depends on whom you ask. As I watched Ronald K. Brown’s “Evidence, A Dance Company” on March 9 at the Ahmanson Theatre, this question popped into my […]