Celebrate Dance 2006: Jazz, Ballet, Modern & Contemporary Dance at the Alex Theatre
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The last date listed for Celebrate Dance 2006 was Saturday March 25, 2006 / 8:00pm.
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Featured review from Mark Abajian
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I am not a dance expert. My daughter studies with one of the participating choreographers, so we attended at the choreographer's suggestion.
As advertised, this performance was appropriate for all audiences (nothing overtly "suggestive").
Of the 7 groups performing, 2 did ballet, the other 5 modern dance. The two ballet-styled pieces were thoroughly delightful. The more modern pieces were interesting, but their modern music gave me a headache.
All 7 groups delivered fabulous performances of new material, or material in its Los Angeles premiere; two of the groups came down from San Francisco.
Naturally, all the music was recorded (no live performers), but the quality was satisfactory.
View from the balcony at the Alex (rows G & H) was less than ideal, especially because audience members were sitting on the edges of their seats, making it difficult for those farther back to view the performance comfortably. (You can sit on the edge of your seat in the front Orchestra, and not be in anyone's way, but in the balcony, you need to sit back in your seat, or you will obstruct the view of those behind you.)
Lester Horton Award winning Executive Producer Jamie Nichols presents Celebrate Dance 2006, an exceptional evening featuring seven companies from greater Los Angeles and San Francisco, celebrating diversity in dance with artistic integrity in premiere works representing jazz, ballet, modern & contemporary idioms.
The Lester Horton Award winning company, choreographer and nominee lineup includes: Backhausdance, Djanbazian Dance Company, Jazz Antiqua Dance & Music Ensemble, San Pedro City Ballet and multiple Lester Horton Dance Award winning dancer & choreographer John Pennington, formerly of the Lewitzky Dance Company, adds his company, Pennington Dance Group to the list of extraordinary LA dance companies. Los Angeles debuts include two contemporary ballet companies from San Francisco: critically acclaimed Liss Fain Dance with the compelling The Line Between Night & Day performed to music by Messiaen and Viktor Kabaniaev and Dancers offer White Light to the music of Arvo Part. Kabaniaev originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, was awarded the Grand Prize for Choreography at The Dance Under The Stars Choreography Festival ‘05 in Palm Desert and the Laureate Prize from the International Serge Diahgilev Competition for Choreographers in Poland ’04.
Celebrate Dance 2006 is for dance enthusiasts & newcomers to the concert dance scene, with an opportunity to experience live cutting edge dance in a world class venue.