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Nestled in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Jacob’s Pillow is one for the most respected dance festivals in America. It was founded by Ted Shawn in the 1940s and has been going strong ever since. Clive Barnes of the New York Times wrote “Shawn did not merely enrich American dance – He was one of the people who created it.” Each year hundreds of dancers from all over the world travel there to study dance and to see major dance companies perform; often premiering new works.
The Los Angeles Ballet is approaching its 10th year and ended this season with three master works by choreographers George Balanchine, José Limón and Jiři Kylián. The company has grown since making its Los Angeles debut, and the dancers have become stronger; a testament to Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary. This reviewer hopes that in the near future the company will be able to afford live music for its productions; especially for the more classical ballets. This, of course, speaks to the issue of the need for more local support in Los Angeles for its artists and dance companies. I would also like to see the Los Angeles Ballet produce the works of more current and, dare I say, local choreographers.
HNYPT LA is a wonderful space in downtown Los Angeles and Stephanie Zaletel took full advantage of it in her hour long work F L W R S on May 23 & 24, 2015. Zaletel and her amazing all female company of dancers took us through a range of charged, ten
Laurie Sefton is one of Los Angeles’s finest and strongest choreographers. Looking at her background and the different styles of dance that she has studied, one of the things that I find most valuable is that Sefton has found her own voice as a chor