BODYTRAFFIC: Modern Dance Company at the Luckman
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The last date listed for BODYTRAFFIC was Saturday May 14, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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The young, talented dancers of Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre perform two of ballet's most lyrical works: Sleeping Beauty and Paquita. With a sumptuous score by Tchaikovsky, a fairy tale plot of the triumph of good over evil and classical courtly style, Sleeping Beauty is the ideal production for Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre's accomplished student dancers. Paquita is Petipa's virtuosic 1881 ballet about a young girl who saves the life of a young French officer, who himself is the target of a Spanish governor who plots to have him killed. A much-loved ballet that showcases the talents of its soloists, Paquita's choreography includes the famous Grand Pas Classique, the Pas de Trois and the Children's Mazurka. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from PrincessPaulina
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In one word: avant-garde!
These modern dance performers push the boundaries of movement, incorporating non-traditional lines, tumbling, leaps, lifts, gestures, mimicry and even facial expressions.
I brought my 13-year-old daughter, a dancer, to show her that hip-hop is not the only relevant style of dance in the world today. Halfway through the 1st act, I was worried that she simply wouldn't "get" the unusual performance. But my daughter surprised me with her eager appreciation of the dance pieces. In fact, she recommended that I give this event 5 Stars in my review, which illustrates that children are often more open and accepting than adults give them credit for!
I am deducting 1 star for the music in the very 1st piece (a very experimental track consisting of grating clicks and noises, with no rhythm or melody whatsoever). While I'm very liberal in my musical tastes, I felt that this particular choice was a distracting element in the dance. It made my husband uncomfortable enough that he said he disliked watching the 1st performance, even though the actual dancing in it was superb!
But all together, this was an unusual and very interesting experience, and I hope to see more dance events on Goldstar in the future!
PS: Please don't wear "loud" perfume or cologne to a performance where you will be sitting intimately close to other audience members. My neighbor's fragrance distracted me throughout the entire show....
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See a YouTube video preview of BODYTRAFFIC’s program at the Luckman.
BODYTRAFFIC is a repertory dance company based in Los Angeles that serves as a vehicle for dancers, choreographers, visual artists, composers and musicians, providing all with an opportunity to experiment, create, and present new work. Their expanding repertoire includes works by Lillian Barbeito, Sarah Elgart, Alex Ketley, Andrea Miller, Laura Gorenstein Miller, Barak Marshall and Guy Weizman & Roni Haver. The company will perform a world-premiere by celebrated Belgian choreographer Stijn Celis.