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Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive Irvine, CA 92612
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Review from Pedro de Bruin
95 events 38 reviews

I have never been disappointed by a performance by Backhausdance, and this was no exception. I especially enjoyed "Arrive" and "Shift," both of which showed off Jenny Backhaus's rare gift as a choreographer. If you're a fan of modern dance, I...continued

reviewed Apr 18 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Tony Rotundo
39 events 10 reviews

So very clever. Superlative dance experience.

reviewed Apr 17 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Doris B.
16 events 8 reviews

Enjoyed the performance. They have grown as a company since last year's show.

reviewed Apr 17 2009 report as inappropriate
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In celebration of six successful years of performing throughout Southern California, Backhausdance presents an evening of company repertory at Irvine Barclay Theatre. The evening includes a world premiere piece by esteemed choreographer, Jodie Gates, artistic director of Laguna Dance Festival, and three works choreographed by Jennifer Backhaus: __The Woeful Maladies of Ennui Manor, Arrive, and Shift.__

Backhausdance brings to the stage the athleticism and grace that has propelled Orange County’s premier dance company since its inception in 2003. Jennifer Backhaus and her company of dancers will perform The Woeful Maladies of Ennui Manor, a stunning visual and narrative work set on a blanket of grass and inspired by the work of artist Edward Gorey. 

Arrive was commissioned in part by the McCallum Theatre Institute. The following quote by poet laureate Maya Angelou was the inspiration for creating the piece: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

Finally, Shift, an elegant four-part work and winner of multiple Lester Horton awards, closes the evening with a sense of uplifting hope. 

KIDZ BOP <em>Best Time Ever</em> Tour Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey Knott's Berry Farm The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire The Battleship Iowa Museum Actor/Comedian Christopher "Kid" Reid