Redacted dance downtown, South Asian dance in Venice, ocean oriented dance in Santa Monica, shared costumes in Brentwood, Celtic dance in Hollywood, first look at new works in Ladera Heights and Lincoln Heights, and more SoCal dance this week.
5. Beach Dances
It’s been a week to dance by the seaside as Beach Dances: Shared Practice offered open rehearsals and workshops exploring the practice and creation of dance in daily beach life. Two days of performances wrap things up with participating local choreographers including Heyward Bracey & Nguyen Nguyen, Paola Escobar, Maya Gingery, Rebeca Hernandez, DaEun Jung, Shaina Lynn & Isabel Ivey, Carol McDowell, alexx shilling and Christine Suarez. Saturday features choreography while Sunday is an improvised “Encounter” organized by Mariel Carranza. Allison Wyper of Rhizomatic Arts curated this year’s program. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica; Sat., June 22, 6:30 p.m., Sun., June 23, 5 p.m., free with reservation at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beach-dances-shared-practice-tickets-61616383261.
4. Dancing on new ground
The latest installment of Terra Nova, an invited showing of new works mentored by choreographer Rosanna Gamson brings dance from Amelia Charter, Thomas Davis, Alysha Higgins, Dion Pratt, Felicia St. Cyr, Cecilia Slongo, Sadie Yarrington and Lyndsi Zapata. Miranda Wright and Mallory Fabian will moderate the showing and discussion. This endeavor has proved to be an intriguing incubator for new and experienced choreographers to initiate work that goes on to full development. In an earlier Terra Nova, Invertigo Theater’s Laura Karlin developed an initial section of what has become Formulae and Fairy Tales that will be presented in full by the Broad Stage this fall. Invitation requests for Terra Nova at the website. Crenshaw Yoga & Dance, 5426 Crenshaw Blvd., Ladera Heights; Sun., June 23, 3 p.m., $10. http://www.rosannagamsonworldwide.org/projects#/terranova.
3. Something old, something new
Traditional and contemporary share the stage as choreographer Malathi Iyengar and her Rangoli Dance Company present Bharatanatyam dance from India under the banner Viriboni (flower-like beauty). Scheduled works include Bhairavi Tana Varnam, a celebrated composition by 18th century composer Pachimiriyam Adiyappayya. Dancers include Anita Anand, Shivani Aysola, Vyshnavi Aysola, Ritika Iyer, Amiya Prasad, Anya Prasad, Dhruv Sumathi, Nishitha Viswanathan, and Anshu Voruganti. The theme of merging cultures is also the subject of Judith Teitelman’s novel Guesthouse for Ganesha from which the author will read selections. Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice; Sat. June 22, 8 p.m., $22-$45. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rangoli-dance-company-presents-viriboni-flower-like-beauty-an-evening-of-indian-classical-dances-tickets-58685371526.
2. SHIFT-ing into a new gear
Works produced during a three week SHIFT/west choreographic residency receive a first viewing then a discussion with the dancemakers. The choreographers are Jason Vu, Ally Pawlowski, Brian Golden, Lenin Fernandez, Jr, Boroka Nagy, Brynn Bodair and Sarah Stanely. The semi-annual SHIFT/west residency offers mentoring, studio time, arts administration, production training, professional development and in between, new dance is born. Brockus Project Studios, 618 B Moulton Ave., Lincoln Heights; Fri.-Sat., June 21-22, 8 p.m., Sun., June 23, 6 p.m., $15. http://www.brockusproject.org/brockusproject.org/SHIFT_-_residency.html.
1. Teaching old costumes new tricks
Although perhaps best known for the topless swimsuit and championing androgynous fashion, Rudi Gernreich spent a decade as a dancer, dance teacher, and costume designer with L.A.’s legendary Lester Horton Dance Theater. Horton’s inclusive company welcomed Alvin Ailey (who later left for New York, but that’s another story) and gay men like Gernreich and where he met Horton’s muse Bella Lewitzky. Despite sounding a bit like the “begats” part of the book of Genesis, Gernreich’s time as dancer cemented his concept of freedom of movement in fashion and also forged his friendship with Lewitzky that decades later led to multiple collaborations, the most famous of which was the “duotard”, a stretchy, black or bright red costume inhabited by two dancers for Lewitzky’s Inscape. In a special performance, Luminario Ballet performs three sections from Lewitzky’s Inscape along with Lewitzky’s Turf, also with Gernreich costumes and with the dancers coached by John Pennington, a respected Lewitzky alum. The 3 p.m. show is a shortened, family friendly version, free with museum admission. The longer evening show is ticketed. That duotard as well as that iconic “monokini” (a.k.a. topless swimsuit) and many more Gernreich designs are part of a current exhibit exploring the Gernreich fashion legacy. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood; Sun., June 23, 3 p.m., free with admission, 6 p.m., $15. https://www.skirball.org/calendar/2019-06-23?tid=4.
Other dance of note:
Always bringing a bit of Stephen King style horror to the dance world, choreographer Alex Floyd and OdDancity offers Unihiekka
The contemporary troupe MashUp brings a preview of the its full-length Unravel to the block party kicking off the 9th annual LA Design Festival. Enjoy the dancing, plus live music, desserts and drinks. Details on festival events at the ticket website. The full version of Unravel is scheduled for later this summer. The Row DTLA, 777 Alameda St., downtown; Fri., June 21, 8 p.m., $20. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/design-block-party-tickets-60089201419.
In her new work Redactions, choreographer Abigail Levine explores whether the mark of the times is unspoken, possibly unspeakable acts that are more or less successfully covered up or covered over. Levine’s latest is presented as an in-progress showing as part of her LA Performance Practice residency. Automata, 504 Chung King Ct., downtown; Sat., June 22, 6 p.m., free, reservations recommended. https://www.artful.ly/store/events/18150.
Warm summer nights mean it is time to dance under the stars with Dance Downtown. From now until September, the series affords different ways to move on Friday nights. Free beginner dance lessons at 7 p.m. are followed by a chance to dance or to just watch and enjoy until 11 p.m. This summer’s dance styles start with Bollywood this week, and later moves to disco, salsa, line dance, and two new additions Bachata and Motown/Funk. With the Music Center Plaza still closed off for renovation, the action continues at nearby Grand Park, but moves around later on. Each week’s dance style and specific location at https://www.musiccenter.org/tickets/events-by-the-music-center/danceDTLA/. Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown; Fri., June 21, 7 p.m., free. https://www.musiccenter.org.
A cabaret event from Los Angeles Cuban Ballet promises to blend ballet and opera with burlesque. The company and the event are new iterations of what was known as Blankenship Ballet of Venice a few years back. Monk Space, 4414 W. 2nd St., Hollywood; Sat., June 22, 9 p.m., $20 at door. https://lacubanballet.com/.
Summer’s JAM Sessions continue with jig steps drawn from traditional Irish social dances taught by members of CnaG Gaelic League of LA’s dance division Céilí Rua (Wild Gathering). The Ploughboys provide live music for the dancing. Come prepared to dance or to enjoy those who are doing the dancing. This Monday summer series offers an array of free dance classes that take participants around the world without leaving town. Find the full line up at https://www.fordtheatres.org/. Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood; Mon., June 24, 7 p.m., Free (reservations strongly recommended). https://secure.ticketsage.net/websales.aspx?u=fordtheatres&pid=329565.
Hoofers rejoice! The tap-filled musical Dames at Sea is midway through its four week run. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre; Fri.-Sat., June 21-22 & 28-29, 8 p.m., Sun., June 23 & 30, 2 p.m., $45, $40 senior, $25 21 & under. http://www.sierramadreplayhouse.org/.
Feature image: Luminario Ballet in “Inscape”. Photo by Ted Soqui.
Ann Haskins Blog appears at CulturalWeekly.com