Eleonora: Stories by Poe and Clive Barker Performed by Astra Dance
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The last date listed for Eleonora was Saturday February 25, 2012 / 7:30pm.
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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 Sir Joseph Frank
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The El Portal is a lovely theatre. We arrived early, and were lucky to find a small parking lot, about a block behind the theater. Free parking there. Otherwise, be prepared to pay a nearby lot $4 or 5.
Excellent performances in the first portion of the show, entitled "I Dreamed I Spoke in Another's Language". The young man, Mr. Ben Sayles, was truly outstanding, and his partner Ms. Cynthia Marie Mendez also did a lovely job. Although it was penned by Clive Barker, the tone was not dark, but it was a bit quirky. Both dancers were passionate in their interpretation.
I found the musical score too loud, and terribly monotonous. The large backdrop projected floating, painterly images which became distracting. This show needs technical finesse.
The program did not mention an intermission. Nonetheless, there was a 15 min. break.
The 2nd piece, "Eleonora", had a very fine and graceful dancer named Ms. Georgia Reed. The other 2 dancers seemed to try their best, but they were not as convincing. The musical score was more complex, when compared to the first piece.
It was a somewhat good evening, but it would help if they added a 3rd piece, and introduced several more dancers.
This show has a very brief run, perhaps because they want to test it out with audiences. This is understandable, but for a retail ticket price of $35, they would do well to work out some kinks. If Goldstar offered a choice of 3 1/2 stars, that would be my rating.
I am cordially yours,
Sir Joseph Frank
Eleonora is an intense performance of dance, music and projections where two stories of passion and redemption are told upon the stage.
Edgar Allan Poe and Clive Barker are writers known for their vivid imaginations and macabre stylings. Both have an undercurrent of great passion in their elaborate stories.
In telling the story of Eleonora, it is important to note that this is Poe’s only story where love is rewarded and the hero is redeemed at the end of his tale. Unique and stirring, this passionate play is set to dance and theatrics by the careful direction of David Wilkinson’s Astra Dance Company.
Opening the evening of passion is a poem of Clive Barker’s entitled
“I Dreamed I Spoke Another’s Language,” a beautiful piece of love and longing, told by a living legend of modern fiction.