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National Ballet of Canada Takes a Fresh Look at “Romeo and Juliet"

National Ballet of Canada & A. Ratmansky's “Romeo & Juliet” feels retro,but in ways you might hope for from a Russian, Bolshoi trained dancer who continues to mine classical dance w/ unexpected results. G. Cote and E Lobsanova. Sets by R. Hudson.


Ballet Preljocaj “Les Nuits” Is a Provocative Cabinet of Curiosities

Angelin Preljocaj’s “Les Nuits” (2013) begins & ends with arresting images. What is strung in between often proves a wandering mix of facile tableaux & scenic diversions. Costumes Azzedine Alaia. Music Natacha Atlas and Samy Bishai. Ballet Preljocaj.


Jessica Lang Dance Finds Its Strong Suit in Film

Jessica Lang Dance performances at Wallis Annenberg. Founded 2011, company premieres works in L.A.. Includes Lang's film "White" and rep works from recent Joyce Theater season including Lines Cubed and Mendelssohn/Incomplete. R. Sakamoto, Ciupinski


Ate9 bLAZES aWay in LATC PREMiere

Ate9, L.A.’s edgy dance company,blazes away on LATC thrust stage.Dancing on a white floor,the dancers were surrounded in an airy domain glowing under Forbes' lighting.Danielle Agami & contemp music group wild UP. steven woodruff. Ohad naharin. gaga


A Home Grown "Cats" Opens at La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts

On what the L.A. architectural historian Reynor Banham terms “The Plains of Id”,you’ll find the welcoming La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts production of Cats.Dance review steven woodruff. Clent bowers, keli provart, McCoy rigby,Lloyd webber.


 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