Category Archives: Dance

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

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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.
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“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

www.RubansRougesDance.com
Office: 310-890-8285

#WhatsHotNow: These Boots Were Made For Walkin’ — and Education!

Roma Boots Sadie Robertson - LIVE ORIGINALABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” Sadie Roberston wants you to “Live Original” her own personal motto and her philanthropic quest now that she’s collaborating with Roma Boots to design a collection of rain boots with her “Live Original” flair.  Roma Boots complements the American beauty’s values by being both philanthropic and stylish.

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A pair of Roma Boots is a fun and fashion-forward necessity for your socially conscious self, friend, or family member. The collection is available for pre-order atwww.romaboots.com. Roma Boots can also be found in more than 300 boutiques and regional stores around the U.S. Roma Boots are also sold internationally in the U.K., Japan, South Korea, and Germany.

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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 http://www.kennedycenter.org/calendar/event/ZPVAG.

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 www.dizzyfeetfoundation.org.

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, www.kennedy-center.org

Gia Reviews Oedipus Machina at the Odyssey Theatre

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
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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. 

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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.

WHERE:

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

HOW:

(310) 477-2055 ext. 2 or www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Visit them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/OdysseyTheatre

Follow them on Twitter: @OdysseyTheatre_

TICKET: $34

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

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Ellison Ballet Celebrates 10 Years at Symphony Space NYC

Carlos-Stafford-Main-1254709434Reviewed by Carlos Stafford, The Model Critic

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Year after year since its inception, the Ellison Ballet of New York has been on a upward trajectory.

May 15th and 16th performances clearly show a dynamic company that gets more and more professional on each outing, charming audiences with full-throttle energy, athleticism, and commitment.

As usual, the program highlights some of the fine moments from the classical repertory, and spiced this year with a few winning additions like Bournonville colorful and playful, Jockey Dance, staged crisply by Karina Elver, and the wild and breathtaking Khachaturian Waltz, that utilized the entire cast in a swirling gauzy delight.

But the bulk of the program was culled from a Giselle variation, Don Q, La Esmeralda, Flames of Paris, Paquita, and the like, and were uniformly performed with great energy, technical skill, and heart. From the outset, the dancers were well rehearsed and full of bright and clear talent.

A few dances stood out for their depth, quality, and astonishing delivery. Grand Pas Classique Pas De Deux, with the remarkable talented Juliette Bosco (even more noteworthy, is only 12), electrified, along with her able partner Theophilus Pilette. Bosco also displayed her considerable talents earlier in the progam in charming Harlequinade. The most striking feature about this young performer is her obvious stunning maturity and abundant confidence she brings to her roles. She possesses a dignity in her gaze, and a surity in her movements that is easily seen, and to be applauded. Pilette was a wonderful partner, who performed with a manly presence, and stuck the right balance in this very dramatic and exciting piece.

Carmen, staged by Ellison, to Bizet’s famous score was nothing if not a heart-thumping sexy, well-performed delight. Emily Neale was great fun as the strong-willed Carmen who takes what she wants and scorns the weak dogs who fall into her spell–a woman a man can’t resist, but nonetheless want to possess at their own peril. August Athuru Generalli danced Don Jose with an fine arc of development from stately military control, to broken man with superb clarity. Neale was truly outstanding in her gorgeous presence and seductiveness, and the two crackled the stage with their dangerous dance of death. The costumes, swirling caps, Escamillo (Kevin Zong), soldiers, and the huge cast of gypsies electrified the stage with fiery energy.

Ellison Ballet is the best they’ve ever been. The training and performance level is more and more professional, and it was a joy to see this great development through the years. We wish them all congratulations for a fine ten years, and best wishes to all these fine students, their developing careers, and to all the quality teaching offered at the school.

Inland Pacific Ballet presents Beauty and the Beast

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

Beauty and the Beast Inland Pacific Ballet

Inland Pacific Ballet brings to life an authentic production of Beauty and the Beast.  Structured closer to the classic 1756 French fairytale La Belle et la Bête by French novelist Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, rather than mimicking its modern Disney musical counterpart, it is a delightfully, uncomplicated, much more adult and truer narrative.  

In its original 18th century form, Beauty and the Beast was actually a primer for young ladies facing the perils of marriage.  Your husband might seem to be a beast to you but it was your job to find something to like about him. “We’ve come a long way since then…” commented founder/directed Victoria Koenig in a pre-show jest, which garnered an instantaneous house-wide giggle.  But really in its essence the story of Beauty and the Beast, as an instructional or otherwise, universally speaks to our better selves and our willingness to look past surface and find the inner beauty of another person; in Beauty’s case, love and a fairytale marriage.

Opening a bit like a town hall meeting, the show was introduced by Arcadia’s mayor, followed by an unexpected mini-history lesson of the tale and of the ballet. In and of itself the ballet Beauty and the Beast is a rather modern creation, with a strung together musical score by composers, Shostakovich, Komzak, Dvorak, Chapi, Mendelssohn, Khachaturian, Grieg, Massenet, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Paine, and Glazunov, which although did not evince a particularly strong denouement did seamlessly and quite beautifully lead the ballet.  The first several minutes were devoted to an expressive and perfect balletic mime demonstration by dance veteran Jonathan Sharp who exampled the “language” of story ballet.

A mostly young company of dancers including some very adorable spindly fairies and roses there were initially some rough patches.  Many of the girls couldn’t keep their footing on the slippery floor.  By the second act however, the choreography and the comfort level for the performers ramped up for a gorgeous finish when by Beauty’s love the Beast turns into a Prince played by Cameron Schwanz, a sophisticated “cut above” talent for local stage, and ‘princely’ by all means. I personally shouted a Bravo, from the 5th row for his incredible technique, presentational skill and for giving Beauty (Meilu Zhai) the best part of himself as a partner, allowing her to thoroughly shine during the wedding scene finale.

There are no dancing tea cups but there are wolves, fairies and knomes aplenty. Suited for adults and children of all ages.  There are two more performances taking place in Riverside, CA today:

Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
Box Office: (951) 779-9800

Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Information & Tickets:  ipballet.org; tickets from $34 with senior/child/group discounts available

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