Author: Jeff Slayton

Coming Up: 6th Annual Los Angeles Dance Festival “Women Rising” – March 1-3

This year will be the 6th Annual Los Angeles Dance Festival produced by Brockus Project which is headed by one of LA’s most prolific and valuable producers of dance, Deborah Brockus. March is Women’s History month, and Brockus Project and Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, under the direction of Pierre Leloup, have worked together to present LADF 2018 Women Rising. Women Rising runs March 1, 2 & 3 at 8pm and features eight of LA’s top female leading companies presenting new works. An addition to the festival will present the Service to the Field awards to three women whose contributions over...

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Review: Okwui Okpokwasili: POOR PEOPLE’S TV ROOM Mixes Fantasy with a Harsh Reality

Okwui Okpokwasili is a writer, performer and choreographer based in New York and she is the recipient of a 2010 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production for Pent-Up: A Revenge Dance. Her newest work with collaborator Peter Born titled POOR PEOPLE’S TV ROOM, is currently appearing at REDCAT through February 11. The performances given by the cast of four women are intense and powerful. The movement is stark, repetitive and sometimes frantic, and the work is occasionally difficult to absorb because of its severe visual and verbal realities. Peter Born’s set turns life upside down and backwards to create a...

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Miguel Gutierrez Performs K-D-A-VER: A Review

Miguel Gutierrez is a much-celebrated dance and music performance artist. He was the recipient of a 2010 Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant, a 2010 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, and in 2014 Gutierrez was one of the few dance artists chosen for the Whitney Biennial. He has also traveled nationally and internationally to lead workshops on his approach to creating art, plus he is a very talented singer and song writer. So, why did Gutierrez’s performance of K-D-A-VER presented by the Los Angeles Performance Practice at Live Arts Los Angeles not hold together? By his own admission during...

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A Young Artist On The Rise: An Interview With Choreographer Micaela Taylor

A few years ago, a tall beautiful dancer made an appearance on the Los Angeles dance scene, performing briefly with two well-known Los Angeles based companies, AteNine Dance Company and BODYTRAFFIC. Being part of a professional touring company was a dream that she had envisioned for herself since childhood. Eager to fulfill her dream of creating her own work, she made what she feared might be the wrong professional decision by giving up performing in someone else’s company and set about to create her own. Founded as recently as 2015, her company has captured the attention of the entire...

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Dance at the Odyssey Presents L.A. Contemporary Dance Company’s RIFT

Founded by Kate Hutter (Mason) and Michelle Mierz (Jolly), the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC) is now in its thirteenth season, performing works by a wide range of dance artists that include Gregory Dolbashian, Laurel Jenkins, Micaela Taylor, Kevin Williamson, Rebecca Lemme, Holly Rothschild, Kate Hutter, Nina McNeely and others. Presented on Dance at the Odyssey 2018 at the Odyssey Theatre in West LA, RIFT included works by New York based Nathan Makolandra; Genevieve Carson, artistic director of LACDC; and Stephanie Zaletel, the founding artistic director of LA based szalt (dance co.). I asked Carson what inspired the title...

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