Author: Ann Haskins

Dancing With a Volcano

Visitors from Canada and Bali in Santa Monica, dancing with red in Orange, new choreography in Irvine and Long Beach, plus more So Cal dance this week. 5. Those who “teach” also “do” The annual showcase of works by UC Irvine dance department faculty, Dance Visions 2018, boasts dances by big name choreographers Lar Lubovitch, Molly Lynch, Donald McKayle and Lisa Naughle performed by graduate and undergraduate students. The performances are backed by live music from the UCI Symphony Orchestra. Irvine Barclay Theater, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine; Thurs.-Fri., Feb. 22-23, 8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 24, 2 & 8 p.m.,...

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Dancing at the Department Store

A dancing tour of an architectural gem in Mid-City, African American migration and art in Northridge, an Odyssey festival ends in West L.A., immigrant stories in West Adams, Canadian visitors on resilience in Santa Monica, a Bessie-award winner returns to downtown and more this busy SoCal dance week. 5. Watching their stepping In 60 colorful canvases, Harlem painter Jacob Lawrence audaciously tackled the original involuntary migration from Africa through the more volitional African-American migration from the rural south to the industrializing north starting with World War I. Drawing on African percussive dance traditions and incorporating the percussive African-American dance...

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Dancin’ on Lenny’s “Waterfront”

Dancers join dogs herding sheep in Pacific Palisades, Miguel Gutierrez puts his choreography to rest in Glassell Park, Fred Astaire tributes in Pasadena and downtown; Keigwin + Company dance to Leonard Bernstein in Northridge, Okwui Okpokwasili considers Nigerian women downtown, the Odyssey Dance Festival continues in West L.A., plus more So Cal dance this week. 5. He wishes he could quit this dance Quoting William Faulkner’s adage to kill all your darlings, Miguel Gutierrez sets out to lay to rest his most celebrated choreography. Gutierrez has performed DEEP AEROBICS all over the world, but won’t perform it here. Well,...

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A Convergence of African-American Dance

Andrew Pearson goes solo in Echo Park, tackling sexual/gender identity in Pasadena, a Fred Astaire tribute downtown, Odyssey Theater’s Dance Festival week two in W.L.A., The Who’s Who of African-American dance companies in Torrance, plus more SoCal dance. 5. Dancing the story In Stories of Identity, choreographer Hilary Thomas and Lineage Dance continue their thoughtful exploration of identity issues, this time employing dance, story-telling and original music from Priscilla and the Stache, this time considering sexuality and gender as told by John Rowden, Angie Vaughn, Heather Clark, Danielle Munoz, Austin Roy and Harry Vaughn. Lineage dancers Jonathan Kim, molly...

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Trocks Tackle Terpsichore in Toe Shoes

Flamenco with Jewish and Persian connections in Northridge, Diavolo considers veterans in Irvine, the Trocks debunk ballet in Long Beach, twisty Pilobolus in Malibu, last week for Pacific Standard Time performance events, plus dance festivals in Lincoln Heights and West L.A. in this busy dance week. 5. Sephardic and Persian flamenco Last seen last fall headlining Forever Flamenco, for this visit Leilah Broukhim’s ferocious brand of flamenco is the métier for her personal Jewish and Persian history in Dejando Huellas (Traces). Premiered in 2011, the show toured Europe and now makes its L.A. debut. The Soraya (Valley Performing Arts...

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