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 Paul Taylor: The American Legacy Company Returns to L.A. After a Decade-Long Absence

Paul Taylor Dance Company program at LA Music Center Friday night give you an idea of the kinds of worlds that Taylor likes to inhabit. Airs, Banquet of Vultures,Gossamer Gallants.Music by Handel,Feldman,Smetana.Trusnovec/Halzack. Steven Woodruff.


State Street Ballet Revives William Soleau’s Imaginative “Carmen” at Santa Barbara’s Granada Theater

New York choreographer William Soleau and State Street Ballet have had a good run.Full length ballets 7 suites include American Tango and Appalachian Spring. Music by Shchedrin from the 1967 arrangement.With Ryan Camou as Don Jose, and Cecily Stewart


The Rebranding of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

This program at Segerstrom Hall spans 60 years of dance. Includes McGregor's Chroma, Bill T. Jones D-Man, and Revelations.Robert Battle continues his rebranding of the legacy company with new rep by European & American choreographers.Steven Woodruff.


Maillot’s “LAC” for Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo Takes a Modern Plunge

“LAC” Ballets de Monte-Carlo’s 2011 ersatz “Swan Lake” raises eyebrows but mostly for those already well acquainted with existing classical versions. Story by Maillot and Rouaud. Costume designs Philippe Guillotel.Music from Swan Lake Tchaikovsky.


“Get on the Good Foot”: A Tribute to James Brown and Pure Dance Pastiche at the Ahmanson

Part documentary,part revue, part nostalgic look back at James Brown.and his performances for Apollo Theater.Get on the Good Foot serves up a noisy,colorful tribute to Brown’s era and music. Derick Grant,Otis Sallid,and Ron K. Brown..Ahmanson Theater


Cedar Lake Sticks With Old and New Dance From the Euro Zone

Of three works on Cedar Lake’s program,it was only Crystal Pite’s memorable "Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue" that was original repertory for the company.Also works by kylian and Inger.Music by cliff Martinez and tom waits.dance irvine barclay theater


Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballett Soars in a Blistering 21st Century “Liliom” Worthy of its Predecessors

The adapted “Liliom”,John Neumier’s masterful, full length ballet for Hamburg Ballett at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.Carsten Jung and Alina Cojocaru with music by Michel Legran,choreography & concept by Neumeier.Features music w/ onstage big band


Cirque’s “TOTEM” at Santa Monica Pier Visually Appealing But Short on Content

Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem”, playing through early March at Santa Monica Pier,isn’t as profound as its Cirque predecessors.The show,which was sometimes swamped by its impressive stage technology was directed by R. Lepage. Costumes Kym Barrett.


Royal New Zealand Ballet Remakes Its New “Giselle” for the Stage and Film

There are many versions of Giselle on film, now the Royal New Zealand Ballet has one, too.Stiefel/ Kobborg production with Gillian Murphy ABT, and Qi Huan. Film version of Giselle by Tao Fraser.Performed in Los Angeles,Music Adam & others via Petipa


Balanchine and the American “Nutcracker”

Once upon a time, there was one American “Nutcracker”.The 1st was W. Christensen's for San Francisco Ballet.Now there are hundreds,they're found in every corner of the country.This review NYC Ballet, Balanchine's !954 version.Bouder/Ramasar/Arthurs