A jazz dance celebration in Hancock Park, French ballet debuts in the Hollywood Hills, acrobatic umbrellas airborne in Santa Monica, more SoCal dance this week and a peek at next week.

Ballet très chic

Leaving its Palais Garnier home in Paris for the hills of Hollywood, Paris Opera Ballet accepted Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil’s invitation to participate in the Bowl’s centennial season. The internationally-acclaimed ballet company isn’t just putting in a cameo appearance with a pas de deux here and there, look for a full-evening of dance, sampling classical, neo-classical and contemporary ballet from its wide-ranging repertoire. Contemporary European masters like Angelin Preljocaj, William Forsythe, and Hans van Manen are alongside classical selections showcasing the legendary French ballet technique including Mikhail Fokine’s Dying Swan, Victor Gsovsky’s Grand Pas Classique, and the Rudolf Nureyev-choreographed Swan Lake, Act II.  With the Bowl’s giant video screens, even the cheap seats should have a great view. Plus, the mighty LA Phil conducted by Dudamel is the back-up band for the dancers! The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Ave., Hollywood; Wed.-Thurs., July 20-21, $1-$171. https://www.hollywoodbowl.com/

Paris Opera Ballet. Photo courtesy of the artists

Paris Opera Ballet. Photo courtesy of the artists


Before becoming Acrobuffos, Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone trained in dance. Then the possibilities in ravenous balloons, floating fabric, and umbrella juggling grabbed their attention and became signature antics in Airplay, the part clowning, part acrobatics show the pair brings to town for some mid-summer fun. The BroadStage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica; Thurs.-Fri., July 21-22 & 28-29, 7:30pm, Sat., July 23 & 30, 2 & 5pm, Sun., July 24 & 31, 11am & 2pm, $35-$45.  https://broadstage.org/performances/2022-23/family/airplay

Acrobuffos - (L-R) Seth Bloom, Christina Gelsone in AIR PLAY - Photo by Nikola Milatovic

Acrobuffos – (L-R) Seth Bloom, Christina Gelsone in AIR PLAY – Photo by Nikola Milatovic

There will be jazz hands

More than a dozen big name choreographers including Mandy Moore, Ryan Heffington, Liz Imperio, Marguerite Derricks, Michael Rooney, Hector Guerrero, Al Blackstone, and Tyce Diorio answered the call from choreographer Jackie Sleight. The reason? Full Circle, a one-night event with current jazz dance creators celebrating jazz dance legends and recreating works from some of those legends on today’s talent. Some dancemakers are familiar from their film work, others from television and music videos. All know how to move dancers and move an audience. And it’s in a good cause. Proceeds will benefit a non-profit group that financially assists dancers with cancer who lack medical coverage. Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., Hancock Park; Thurs., July 28, 7:30pm,$35-$40. http://www.ladancemagic.com/full-circle-2022/

Full Circle - Rehearsal - Photo courtesy of Jackie Sleight

Full Circle – Rehearsal – Photo courtesy of Jackie Sleight

A telling novella

Filmed in West Hollywood neighborhoods with a large Russian-Jewish population, Heidi Duckler Dance’s latest project Counter Intelligence: The Story of Sister Alyonushka and Brother Ivanushka. is an episodic, danced, telenovela that retells a Russian folktale. A few years back, Duckler and her troupe presented a telenovela project that traveled throughout metro L.A. , each installment unfolding at a different venue. This time, Duckler and her assembled dancers, actors, musicians and writers take the danced story viral, screening each part live and for free on Youtube, Facebook, and Twitch. The adventure began earlier this summer with streamed installments. Last week the next episode streamed, with new episodes this and next Sunday. (The finale on August 14 will screen both online and live at the company’s downtown home in the Bendix Building.) One can catch up or refresh the recollection with the first episodes available at the website. Dancers include Andrea Burr, Rebekah Denegal, Darrel “Friidom” Dunn, Raymond Ejiofor, William Jay Ylvisaker, and Ching Ching Wong. Online on Facebook, YouTube & SwitchTV, Sun., July 23 & 31, 6pm, free (donations encouraged) with registration at https://heididuckler.org/event/counterintelligence-the-story-of-sister-alyonushka-and-brother-ivanushka-part-2/

Heidi Duckler Dance. Photo courtesy of the artists

Heidi Duckler Dance. Photo courtesy of the artists

Before the hood

Before In the Hood and Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda teamed with Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale, creating the street dance and improvisation infused Freestyle Love Supreme. That early effort gets a full stage production at Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena; opens Tues.-Fri., 8pm, Sat., 2 & 8pm, Sun., 2 & 7 pm, thru Sun., Aug. 7, $34-$106. https://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/

“Freestyle Love Supreme.” Photo by Joan Marcus“Freestyle Love Supreme.” Photo by Joan Marcus

Come and cumbria

The popular summer series continues with Dance DTLA Cumbria. A free lesson is followed by open dancing. Come to dance or to enjoy the music and free show. Music Center, Jerry Moss Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown; Fri., July 22, 7-11pm, free. https://www.musiccenter.org/

Dance DTLA. Photo courtesy of the artists

Dance DTLA. Photo courtesy of the artists

A Peek at Next Week

Lineage Dance A New Day: Honoring 40 Years of HIV/AIDS at Lineage Performing Arts Center, 920 E. Mountain Ave., Glendale; Sun., July 1, 3 & 7pm, Tues., Aug. 2, 7pm, $25, $15 seniors/students. https://lineagedance.secure.force.com/ticket/#/events/a0S3o00001IcosmEAB

Launch: LA’s Taliha Abdiel and DaEun Jung at LA Dance Project studios, 2245 E. Washington Blvd., Arts District;  Sat.-Sun., July 30-31, 4 & 8pm, $20, $15 students. https://ci.ovationtix.com/35353/production/1127862?performanceId=11103584

National Choreographers Initiative at Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine; Sat., July 30, 8pm, in person: $45, livestream: $20.  https://www.thebarclay.org/buy-tickets/2022-2023-events/7-22-22-nci.html

National Choreographers Initiative. Photo by Dave Friedman.

National Choreographers Initiative. Photo by Dave Friedman.

Compañia Chicanas Gitanas 
in NOCHES FLAMENCAS in East Los Angeles at the Courtyard Theater, LA Music & Art School, 3630 E 3rd St., Boyle Heights; Fri.-Sun., July 29-31, 8pm, & Fri.-Sat., Aug. 26-27, 8pm. https://events.humanitix.com/noches-flamencas

Oguri Andrés Corchero in Flower of the Season 2022 at Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice; Sat., July 30, 8pm, Sun., July 31, 4pm, free. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/345092991427

Oguri & Andrés Corchero. Photo by Pep Daudé

Oguri & Andrés Corchero. Photo by Pep Daudé

The Getty 25: Celebrates Wilmington
 at Banning Park, 401 E. M St., Wilmington; Sat.-Sun., July 30-31, 11am-5pm, free.  http://avalonaca.org/getty25.html

Max 10 at Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice; Mon., Aug. 1, 7:30pm, $10. https://www.electriclodge.org/

Olivia Mia Orozco’s The Messenger at Laurie Shapiro Gallery, Lacy Studio Lofts, 2684 Lacy St., Lincoln Hghts.; Sun., July 31, 5 & 7pm, $49. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-messenger-a-dance-performance-inside-a-vibrant-installation-and-garden-tickets-370651547757#listings-root__event-location-map

Dance DTLA Argentine Tango at Music Center, Jerry Moss Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown; Fri., July 29, 7-11pm, free. https://www.musiccenter.org/

Featured Image: Acrobuffos photo courtesy of artists

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