Orange County Dance Company Backhausdance at the Irvine Barclay Theatre
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The last date listed for Backhausdance was Friday March 21, 2008 / 8:00pm.
Currently at Irvine Barclay Theatre:
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An annual holiday tradition at the Barclay Theatre, the Festival Ballet presents its full-length production of The Nutcracker. Set to the cherished Tchaikovsky score, the ballet tells the timeless coming-of-age story of Clara, a young girl who receives a wooden nutcracker soldier as a Christmas gift. That night she dreams that her nutcracker comes to life and battles the ferocious Mouse King. As he and Clara defeat the wicked beast together, the nutcracker transforms into a handsome prince, who takes Clara on a grand adventure to the Sugar Plum Fairy's magical Kingdom of Sweets. This full-length, traditional production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre's Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla, and features a cast of professional dancers and more than 100 Southern California children. There will also be special guest performers to be announced later. Learn More
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Featured review from Ben W.Red Velvet
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There were four pieces choreographed by Jennifer Backhaus, a dance instructor at Chapman University. All but one of the eight dancers were former students at Chapman and were all excellent. William Lu seemed to be the best dancer of them all. It was a very entertaining evening and I will look forward to seeing more of Backhaus' work in the future.
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Jennifer Backhaus has an up and coming dance company. Most of the dancers were strong and athletic. I especially enjoyed "Sitting on January" and the pas de deux in "Shift". I am looking forward to attending more of Backhausdance.
New pieces premiering in this production include “Countdown,” an exploration of the contradictions of how time is measured, both through human perception and mechanical calculations. The reconciliation between these two elements results in an ending that is both startling and ultimately satisfying. The program will also feature “Shift,” a new dance in four sections, developed over the past year in collaboration with lighting designer Ben Tusher. With music by Zoe Keating, this work for eight dancers explores humanity’s desire to lift and support one another, both physically and emotionally. Other dances on the program include “Connect Six,” a reworking of Backhausdance’s first company piece, with a wry commentary reflecting on the changes and successes of the past five years, and “Sitting on January,” perennial audience favorite and the recipient of numerous awards and accolades.