Commemorating the centennial of Congress’ passing of the U.S. Constitution’s 19th Amendment, nine LA-based female dance-makers/companies led by women will take over the Ford Theatre in Hollywood this Friday, Aug. 16, at 8:30 p.m. “Women Rising — Choreography From the Female Perspective” is a showcase of our city’s diverse panoply of movement theater ideas curated by Los Angeles Dance Festival producer Deborah Brockus.
This groundbreaking Amendment, which grants women the right to vote, was passed in Congress in June of 1919 and ratified in August of the following year. The program includes nine works on the hillside-backdrop stage and one piece performed in and around the Ford Theatres’ grounds before the show and another presented site-specifically at intermission.
The range of aesthetics draws from concert dance (ballet and modern/contemporary vernaculars), jazz vocabulary (styles often connected to musical theater), commercial idioms (ideas often directed around pop music and/or street dance and hip hop), Bollywood (East Indian roots often attached to movies from that continent) and site-specific creations (movement designs reflecting some element of the environment where the piece is performed).
The artists and ensembles involved are: Blue13 Dance (Achinta S. McDaniel), BrockusRED (Deborah Brockus), JazzAntiqua (Pat Taylor), Kitty McNamee, Kybele Dance Theatre (Seda Abay), LA Contemporary Dance Company (Genevieve Carson), Luminario Ballet (Judith FLEX Helle) presenting “Turf” by pioneering modern choreographer Bella Lewitzky and MashUP Contemporary Dance Company (Victoria Brown and Sarah Rodenhouse). The evening will begin with a production number directed by JoAnn Divito, Rosanna Gamson/World Wide, and Sarah Elgart/Arrogant Elbow.
—Benn Widdey, Culture Spot LA
LOCATION: Ford Theatres are at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood 90068