Category Archives: Dance

Carol Mendes Premieres Lanotte+Verso at La Mama NYC


September 10-13
at the LA MAMA First Floor Theater


LANOTTE is an assertively absurdist dance romp about being a woman. VERSO is the B side of LANOTTE; a reaction to ourselves and the change in our own creative process. LANOTTE +VERSO are inextricably linked: LANOTTE, a dark journey of the female mind, and VERSO, a fast paced succession of dancescapes. Each dance relies on the other, as a coin with two distinct sides.


Abounding with darkness, LANOTTE explores different aspects of the female mind. Successive scenes that are at times theatrical and confrontational portray the performers’ innermost emotions to bring the audience on an emotional journey of the whole person. This work seeks to peel off layers off the self, exposing the internal female, vulnerable but strong. Ultimately, this dance is an ode to the complexities of womanhood.


At VERSO, three dancers explore the human body’s coordination, creating extreme movement and violent conversations in space inspired by the electronic creations of Denmark musician Trentemøller. At moments an interactive performance, VERSO stretches the boundaries of performance space, with a visceral dialogue with the audience.

ARTISTS: Frankie Fernandes, Lauren Elise Kravitz, and Erika Wuhrer.

Carol Mendes & Artists presents LANOTTE+VERSO.

LA MAMA First Floor Theater, 74A E. 4th Street, New York, NYC

brown paper ticketsPerformances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sunday at 3:30pm.

Tickets are $15 in advance/$18 day of show, and are available at


Carol Mendes is a choreographer, dance filmmaker and dance educator. A native of Brazil, she received her BFA in Dance and her Teaching Certificate from State University of Campinas (Brazil). She also holds a Master’s in Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. Her work has been presented at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, at the Wild Project, at Martha Graham Studio Theater, at Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, at Dixon Place, and at The Green Building. As a dance filmmaker, Carol has worked with the New York City Ballet Media Department as Production Assistant and Media Fellow. She co-directs and edits her own dance films screened in Brazil, Finland, US, Argentina and France. She is currently the Production Manager of WestFest2015 and the artistic director of Carol Mendes & Artists.


Carol Mendes & Artists is a band of empowered female artists who strive to unveil the unexpected and challenge the familiar in the medium of dance. We dialogue with society through movement of highly trained bodies that defies all forms of classification. We are inspired by human diversity and we work in live dance performance and film to demolish comfort zones, creating a common ground amongst people of different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. We believe in partnership with organizations and initiatives that foster cultural outreach through the arts. CM&A is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas – a registered 501c3 nonprofit.


CHOREOGRAPHY: Carol Mendes & Artists
ARTISTS: Frankie Fernandes, Lauren Elise Kravitz, and Erika Wuhrer.
COSTUME DESIGN: Lauren Beirne (LANOTTE ), and Lauren Kravitz (VERSO)
PHOTOS: Nicolas Pirata
LIGHTING DESIGN: Amith A. Chandrashaker
MUSIC: Franz Liszt, Gramatik, Manu Chao & Trentemoller.

“Fight for Love” in Santa Monica July 24, 25 & 26

Rubans Rouges Dance Company and Special Guests will present its 3rd Annual Summer Series Dance Concert “Fight for Love”  featuring the host company’s repertoire including a new 45 minute piece by the same title.

“Fight for Love” – exploring the right to love whom we choose without being bullied or brainwashed to conform to societal pressures.

 July 24 8pm, July 25 2pm & 8pm, July 26 2pm 2015
(please note the different guest artists on different dates)

Produced by: Noelle Andressen & the Board for Rubans Rouges Dance Company and made possible by and under the auspices of Glendale Arts In Partnership with Performing Arts Live, Special Guest Choreographers inlcude: Albertossy Espinoza – LA FUSION Dance Theater, Chad Michael Hall – MULTIPLEX DANCE, Amanda Hart – Hart Pulse Dance Company (Fri Only), Judith FLEX Helle – Luminario Ballet (Sat Only), Paula Present – PTERO Dance Theatre, Kenneth Walker Jr – Kenneth Walker Dance Project  – AND – a special uplifting presentation for Sunday’s Show titled “MOSAIC” featuring works by Rubans Rouges Dance and Special Guests: Albertossy Espinoza, Marlita Hill, Maria Rendina Frantz, Grete Gryzwana, Milva Rinaldelli.

Tickets: DRC get a SPECIAL Discount
Miles Memorial Playhouse
1130 Lincoln Blvd, St Monica, CA 90403

For more information
Office: 310-890-8285

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So You Think You Can Dance on National Dance Day July 25?

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Continuing the tradition of last year’s ground-breaking alliance of the nation’s leading cultural organizations in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., National Dance Day is partnering with Eventbrite to help encourage Americans of all ages to incorporate dance into their lives.

The 6th annual National Dance Day will take place on Saturday, July 25 culminating with the Dizzy Feet Foundation’s Celebration of Dance Gala on August 1st in Los Angeles.  Leading the charge – and the routines – in L.A.  will be Nigel Lythgoe, Co-Creator, Executive Producer and Judge of the hit FOX TV show – “So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD)”. 

The Music Center is also partnering with The Dizzy Feet Foundation for the fourth year in a row to present the all-day, free, West Coast dance extravaganza.  Dancers of all skill levels and ages are invited to join. 

Audiences will have the opportunity to participate and learn repertoire from some of Los Angeles’ best dance companies and enjoy interactive performances by some of the city’s the finest young dance talent including the San Pedro Ballet, which will showcase both its children’s group as well as its more advanced dancers, and also lead a demo at the event. 

In New York, Dancer/Choreographer and SYTYCD Judge Adam Shankman will lead the festivities in front of Lincoln Center’s iconic Revson Fountain, and will also be joined by SYTYCD All Star Alex Wong in teaching dancers of all ages and abilities various dance routines as part of the New York celebration of National Dance Day. 

This year’s celebration in Washington D.C. is in collaboration with the Kennedy Center’s 25/40 Celebration, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 40th anniversary of VSA. A variety of artists will headline the festivities at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, including Baakari Wilder, tap dancer famous for his Broadway role in Bring in da Funk, Bring in da Noise; Antoine Hunter, Deaf African American choreographer; Culture Shock, a D.C. based hip-hop crew; Evan Ruggiero, one-legged tap dancer, singer, and guitarist and AXIS Dance Company, one of the world’s most acclaimed physically integrated companies, along with SYTYCD Season 9 Alumni Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer. More information can be found online at

As its official contribution to NDD, each year DFF produces and distributes instructional videos featuring dance routines for the public to learn. DFF encourages anyone and everyone to learn the routines and perform them on NDD.  DFF also encourages the public to submit videos of themselves performing the routines. Select videos may be included on SYTYCD and can be submitted via DFF’s Facebook page.  This year, DFF partnered with Eventbrite, the largest self—service global registration and events marketplace, to provide a place for anyone to create and promote their own NDD event. Those interested in creating a NDD event can visit Eventbrite to access an official NDD online event template and be featured in the nationwide 2015 NDD events directory. More information on how to become an official National Dance Day event can be found on DFF’s website.

National Dance Day

Celebrated each year on the last Saturday in July, National Dance Day raises awareness about and encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun, positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity. National Dance Day achieved national recognition when, in 2010, long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, American congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, introduced a National Dance Day resolution to promote dance education and physical fitness.

Dizzy Feet

The Dizzy Feet Foundation was founded in 2009 by producer Nigel Lythgoe and director Adam Shankman, among others to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States.  The Dizzy Feet Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 charitable organization. For more information, go to

Kennedy Center

 The Kennedy Center is the only U.S. institution that presents a free performance 365 days a year. Created in 1997 and underwritten by James A. Johnson and Maxine Isaacs, the Millennium Stage features a broad spectrum of performing arts each day at 6 p.m. The Millennium Stage has hosted artists representing all 50 states, and has presented more than 15,000 artists in their Kennedy Center debuts. Since 1999, each night’s performance has been broadcast live over the Internet, and more than 4,430 of these performances have been digitally archived on the Kennedy Center’s website,

Gia #HFF15 #Reviews The Three Musketeers: Clowns with Swords

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

Clowns with Swords: The Three Musketeers

I admit clowns are not my thing.  They kind of scare me. I don’t always think they are funny.  And Clowns with Swords, although most distinctively contrasted from other mere buffoons, and immeasurably nonsensical are no “merry-andrews” either.

Imagine Alexandre Dumas’ adventurous heroes in what you may have assumed till now a romantic classic thanks to many cavalier film versions brought to life with beautiful dashing casts, elaborate costumes and awe-inspiring court scenery.  Then pause…

Clowns with Swords has definitely not only deconstructed this tale through the twisted lens of a clown, but in fact through extreme absurdity has lent a more accurate character portrayal in the way Dumas wrote them in the novel – less appealing infantry men willing to commit violence over slight insults and treating those they assume are their social or moral inferiors with contempt and cruelty.

Proportionately tangled the expertly orchestrated mechanics: aggressive physical movement choreography, stunts, mime, aerial and wire work, go a long way in telling their version of The Three Musketeers.  Fooling around, silly gags and slapstick diversions drive this piece in the capture and attempted execution of their female nemesis all for a magical paper that will create anyone’s own ending to a story.  The hot pursuit of their own outlandish brand of justice actually turns them into the villains they are supposedly hunting and we ultimately route for the bad girl as she thwarts them.

As billed – vulgar and irreverent, hilarious and poetic – The Three Musketeers: Clowns with Swords is a much meatier enterprise than most.  No simple jesters allowed. Belly laughs will be scarce.  Expect instead to be sufficiently captivated and sometimes appalled but well entertained by this piece.


One more performance!

Sunday June 28 2015, 5:30 PM | 1hr

Actors Company (OTHER SPACE THEATER) 916 N.Formosa Ave map


Gia Reviews Oedipus Machina at the Odyssey Theatre

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move


Extraordinarily intimate, Oedipus Machina, directed by Ron Sossi, and inspired by Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptation of the Sophocles text, opened this past weekend at The Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles.  It is a game changer. 

Spoken in contemporary language, and set in an ancient mysterious place, Oedipus Machina begins smack in the middle of this archetypal tragedy and ends with Oedipus’ banishment. Oedipus Machina focuses on the prime character, and his journey to ultimate self-destruction as a man in search of truth. 

This piece is endowed with many moving stage parts, and intriguing cinema projections that lead our attention into the story to become part of an inner circle rather than just along as voyeurs, thanks to set design by Keith Mitchell, lighting by Phillip Powers, sound by Christopher Moscatiello and video by Diana Cignoni.  These elements alone so dramatically intensified the narrative, it brought about an “other-worldly” state while galvanizing a fiercely strong, in-sync chorus who set a definitively potent physical, verbal and emotional pace, grounding the way for banner performances by Joshua Wolf Coleman (Oedipus), Martin Rayner (Creon) and Lorinne Vozoff (Tirisias).

If “the truth will set you free,” for Oedipus it is a brutal privilege. 

A plague grips the city of Thebes. Desperate to save his people, King Oedipus sends a messenger to the oracle at Delphi and discovers that the city’s salvation lies in finding and punishing the murderer of the former king, Laius, who was brutally slain by a stranger at a crossroads years ago. When Oedipus orders a manhunt, he unknowingly sets the wheels of his own destruction in motion.

Against all warning by prophet, by brother, by wife and by his people, he gives in to a voracious ego and a violent appetite for “the Light” – all  but for the truth of his real parentage.

Ultimately, it is “the Dark” that he must wither into. For like the Adam and Eve story, and the bite of the apple, when the truth of Oedipus’ real birth is revealed, he and his people gain a heavy, unbearable knowledge, and have lost their innocence forever.  

Creative, inspired and dramatically accessible.  Not to be missed this season!

Only one detractor – it’s a bit too long.  Shortened by 10-20 minutes it would easily still tell an effective, powerful story. 90 minutes with no intermission had theatre goers squirming just a little in their seats.

Everything else about this play is outstanding: costume design is by Audrey Eisner, assisted by Beth Miller; make-up design is by Catelyn Chism; props design is by Katherine S. Hunt; musical advisor is Barbara Rottman; and choreography advisor is Debbie McMahon. 

oedipus machinaOedipus Machina 

Inspired by Ellen Mc Laughlin‘s adaptation of the Sophocles text

Directed by Ron Sossi

Starring Alan Abelew, Brent Christensen, Joshua Wolf Coleman, Riley Rose Critchlow, J. Carlos Flores, Martin Rayner, Mariana Montes Sandoval, Cary Thompson,Tina Van Berckelaer, Lorinne Vozoff, Terry Woodberry, Dey Young

Produced by Ron Sossi and Barbara Mueller-Wittmann in association with Gloria Levy

Presented by Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Ron Sossi, artistic director

Now Playing until Juy 26

Wednesdays at 8 p.m.: June 17 and July 8 ONLY

Thursdays at 8 p.m.: June 25, July 2, July 16 and July 23 ONLY

Fridays at 8 p.m.: June 5, 12, 19*, 26; July 3, 10, 17*, 24

Saturdays at 8 p.m.: June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25 (dark July 4)

Sundays at 2 p.m.: June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19, 26

*The third Friday of every month is wine night at the Odyssey: enjoy complimentary wine and snacks and mingle with the cast after the show.


Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025


(310) 477-2055 ext. 2 or

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Four “Tix for $10” performances: Friday, June 5; Friday, June 19 (wine night); Thursday, July 2; and Wednesday, July 8

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