Celebrate Dance 2009 at the Alex Theatre, Featuring Nine Top Dance Companies
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Dance company Diavolo has developed a reputation for their athletic, acrobatic, dramatic movement on larger-than-life, surrealistic sets and structures. These internationally renowned performers are more than just dancers -- they're gymnasts, actors and athletes who rely on teamwork as well as skill. Under the guidance of artistic director Jacques Heim, they investigate the relationship between humans and the architectural environment and the ways in which these urban structures affect us socially, emotionally and physically. Spoken word artist Steve Connell brings voice to the ideas presented by Diavolo. Learn More
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Featured review from Jon
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Brilliant dance numbers alternated with uneven performances in this wide ranging show. The Brazilian dance company was one of the highlights for me, as well as the aerialist featured by the group Myokyo. Live vocalists and/or musicians were used throughout, to a generally positive effect. The choreography was at times, stunning and innovative but too many of the pieces were bland, lacked technique or were just depressing. My balcony seat was not a smart choice, it was partially obstructed. The theater was quite warm during the first half of the program.
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Several of the dance numbers were really good, Siren, the Brazilian group, and the aeralist were my favorites. Some of the others were somewhat boring, with too much rolling around on the floor and not enough dancing. I also enjoyed the number...continued
Executive Producer Jamie Nichols, Lester Horton Dance Award recipient For Festival or Series for Celebrate Dance 2006 & 2007, will present 9 cutting edge Los Angeles dance companies one night only at the beautiful Alex Theatre! Promising to inspire and entertain all ages Celebrte Dance 2009 is the dance event of the year in Los Angeles ! Celebrate Dance is a critically acclaimed event showcasing some of the hottest dance companies representing the best in outstanding : modern, contemporary, ballet, jazz, Brazilian and hybrid break dance . Featuring premieres by: Method Contemporary Dance, Lux Aeterna Dance Company, Keith Johnson and Dancers, Rhetoracle Dance Company,Deborah Rosen and Dancers,Josie Walsh’s MyoKyo, Ledges & Bones Dance Project,Viver Brasil Dance Company and the Los Angeles debut of California Contemporary Ballet.
Celebrate Dance 2009 Executive Producer Nichols raises her “barre” again for Los Angeles dance to be presented at its finest with nine Los Angeles dance companies featuring premiere works by:
Bradley Michaud’s outrageously daring! Jaw dropping! Method Contemporary Dance return again to Celebrate Dance to raise the house in Michaud’s premiere work volenti non fit injuria
The international breakin’ icon Jacob “Kujo” Lyons’ inspiring hybrid Lux Aeterna Dance Company recipient of The Lester Horton Dance Award for Outstanding Performance Company make their 2nd visit to Celebrate Dance with a stunning world premiere Fiddling While Rome Burns
Nationally recognized Keith Johnson and Dancers offer a Los Angeles a premiere titled The Presence Of Absence a modern work that will capture the heart and the senses choreographed by master teacher and choreographer Keith Johnson
Brash and bold with contemporary jazz RhetOracle Dance Company under the direction of Nathan Hodges will give Los Angeles world premiere for 15 dancers titled Siren
With an exquisite all female cast featuring original music Deborah Rosen and Dancers bring a world premiere modern work Giunone (the Italian translation for Juno protectress of women in marriage and childbirth)
Under the direction of former Joffrey Ballet dancer, Josie Walsh, named “One to Look For” by Dance Magazine, offers her eclectic urban company Josie Walsh’s MyoKyo with an outrageous hybrid of: ballet, circus skills, hyper rock and deep spirit with Internal Affairs a premiere surely to intrigue with original music by Paul Rivera
Critically acclaimed Artistic Director/Choreographer, Holly Johnston & Ledges & Bones Dance Project, named “One to Look For” by Dance Magazine and recent Lester Horton Dance Award winner, brings Residue of Dawn in a solo danced by Johnston
Critically acclaimed Viver Brasil Dance Company will return to Celebrate Dance with live music in a contemporary work that promises to energize the house with In Motion, Em Movimento
Under the direction of choreographer Erin Holt California Contemporary Ballet offers her athletic duet Quintessence and mark the company’s Los Angeles debut!
Photo credit: Paolo Forcardi