Decadancetheatre: All-Female Hip-Hop Ensemble in Decadance vs. the Firebird
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Now in its 60th year, the pioneering Paul Taylor Dance Company stages several of its acclaimed pieces at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Dubbed the "naughty boy" of dance by Martha Graham, Taylor's not only one of the greatest modern choreographers of the 20th century, he's also one of the 21st century's most daring innovators, still creating well into his 80s. His 16-member company embodies his continuing genius and nurtures new talent -- Tony winners Twyla Tharp and David Parsons are among its many distinguished alumni. Expect a wonderful show of kinetic movement, enthralling storytelling and surprising humor from one of the true legends of the form. Learn More
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Featured review from Janelle LauRed Velvet
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There is no doubt that dancers are talented and had lots of energy. The concept is nice, a blend of hip-hop and modern. However, I felt the vast emptiness of the stage overpowered them and their performance. Also, the woman speaking either needed to enunciate more or the microphone needed to be turned down. In the Decadance vs. Firebird piece there should have been an introduction. I enjoyed the opening act but then was very confused as to what was happening after that.
<p>An explosive fusion of hip hop and dance theatre, this all-female ensemble will blow you away with a performance that is “intensely emotional and casually streetwise” (Jennifer Dunning, New York Times). </p> <p>Based in Brooklyn and comprised of young women from the United States, Colombia and Japan, this eight-member ensemble may not share the same spoken language, but they have all acquired the common universal languages of dance and urban hip-hop on the streets of the cities where they grew up. </p> <p>Decadance, led by artistic director Jennifer Weber, strives to take the female hip-hop artist out of the background of music videos and into the forefront of theatrical performance. Decadance vs. The Firebird is a high-energy urban ballet that mashes up Stravinsky’s Firebird with original hip-hop beats, fusing break dancing with ballet and remixing the classic tale from the ballet with a contemporary vision.</p>