Author: Taliah Mancini

MashUp Contemporary Dance Company’s “Press for Progress”: A Review

On Thursday March 8, MashUp Contemporary Dance Company commemorated International Women’s Day with Press for Progress, a day long dance festival “celebrating the strong, creative, and passionate females in our community.” Kicked off with free classes throughout the day, the festival ended with an evening showcase hosted at the company’s headquarters in Frogtown. A white-walled, hard-wood floored room right off the LA river, the studio-made-performance space was lined with chairs, couches, and benches which audience members squeezed cozily into. Outside, footage of company members dancing was projected onto the wall, lending a sense of immediacy to the pre-show mingling....

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Final Night of LADF Women Rising at Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz: A Review

On Saturday evening, I braved the LA rain and made my way to the Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz for the third and final installment of the 2018 Los Angeles Dance Festival’s Women Rising. Below ceiling panels painted to resemble clear cloudy skies, the audience settled into their seats as festival producers Pierre Leloup and Deborah Brockus introduced the show. Brockus, the legendary Artistic Director of BrockusRED, began with an homage to the women dancers and choreographers who have shaped Los Angles dance, naming Martha Graham and Isadora Duncan as two of the greats. After throwing in a quip about the...

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