Dancer, choreographer and Artistic Director of Louise Reichlin & Dancers/Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers, Louise Reichlin has just announced an encore presentation of the San Pedro Festival of the Arts (formerly the SP TriArt Festival) to take place online November 21 through December 6, 2020. Reichlin, who is also the Festival Executive Producer and Dance Director, has curated 19 diverse dances from 17 companies and studio which include Akomi Dance, Alán L. Pérez, Barkin/Selissen Project, Brittany Woo, Cathartic Art, Degas Dance Studio, Emergence Dance Company, Emergent Dance Company, Jose Costas Contempo Ballet, Kairos, Louise Reichlin & Dancers/LA Choreographers & Dancers, Mixed eMotion Theatrix, Pranamya Suri, Re:borN Dance Interactive, San Pedro City Ballet, Tonia Shimin, WestMet Classical Training + scenes of San Pedro.

There are two programs and each work will include a brief introduction by the Artist who created it, or an interview with Reichlin, or a short verbal introduction by a third person. Each program has its own personality; one being created before the pandemic and the other mostly created during the pandemic. Reichlin states that Program One (original date of perform 9/19/20) tends to be the more family friendly of the two, with Program Two (originally premiered on 9/20/20)including more intense subject matters, but each, she says, include a diverse range of subjects.

This was the 14th year for the San Pedro Festival of the Arts and has drawn thousands of spectators and audience members throughout its history. Its popularity has caused it to relocate several times including the San Pedro Ports O’Call Village, the Port of Los Angles, the USS Iowa in the Port of Los Angeles, and finally ending up at the Anderson Memorial Center. Sadly, in 2020, the Covid pandemic caused the cancelation of the festival but Reichlin refused to let that happen to the dance performances and moved the two programs online.

The festival is supported in part by a grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. Funds also come from Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn and Councilman Joe Buscaino. LA C&D is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, but many of our usual contributors for In-Kind necessities such as a stage, dance flooring, venues for previews, and music set up are unable to be accepted this year. Reichlin continues to thank her colleagues and supporters by presenting their names on the festival website.

WestMet Classical Training - Photo courtesy of WCT Pranamya Suri - Sujay Ramagoni Louise Reichlin & Dancers Louise Reichlin & Dancers - Alone 2020 Cathartic Art photo courtesy of the artist Alán L. Pérez sean 2 hands back 300 copy
Louise Reichlin & Dancers/Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers - Alone 2020 - Photo courtesy of the company

Here are brief descriptions of what each group is presenting

Akomi DanceTable For Two by Marie Hoffman and reMEmber by Anthony Aceves, Artistic Directors.
Alán L. PérezWe Wear Human Skin Under All There Clothes
Barkin/Selissen ProjectThe Making of Differential Cohomology, a documentary by Kyla Barkin and Aaron Selissen, Artistic Directors
Brittany WooIceberg with dancers from the UCI Dance Department
Cathartic ArtProject Raqs Sharqui, Jill Collins, Artistic Director
Degas Dance Studio – Anacia Weiskittel, Artistic Director – Despair by Dasha Tertova and Rabbit Hole by Savea Kagan
Emergence Dance CompanyWake Up; Awaken by Cindy Heen, Artistic Director
Emergent Dance Company99.5 by Megan Pulfer, Artistic Director
Jose Costas Contempo BalletRealidad de una Fantasia by Jose Costas, Artistic Director
Kairos Dance Company Scenes from the Female Heart by Hazel Clarke, Artistic Director
Louise Reichlin & Dancers/LA Choreographers & DancersBrandenburg from Tap Dance Widows Club and Alone 2020 by Louise Reichlin, Artistic Director
Mixed eMotion TheatrixSo Now You Know Directed and choreographed by Janet Roston, Artistic
Pranamya SuriAlokaye, a traditional Kuchipudi work, transcribed from the Sanskit of Narayana Teertha
Re:borN Dance InteractiveSelf Disclosure from Omniscopic choreographed by Boroka Nagy
San Pedro City Ballet – Cynthia and Patrick David Bradley, Artistic Directors The Menaced Assassin by Patrick David Bradley
Tonia ShiminOf Stones and Water, a film Directed and Choreographed by Tonia Shimin.
WestMet Classical TrainingFragments of a Landscape Choreographed by Allynne Noelle, Owner, performed by her students

For more information on the program and companies, please click HERE.

For more information on the producing company, please click HERE.

By Jeff Slayton for LA Dance Chronicle.

Featured image: Mixed eMotion Theatrix – So Now You Know – Photo by Shighres