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
Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg is concluding their tour of North America with performances of “Up and Down” (Segerstrom Center for the Arts last week) and “Rodin” in three performances this week at the Los Angeles Music Center. “Up and Down” is an American jazz age story. It was originally based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel “Tender is the Night”. Of the two, “Rodin” (2011) makes a better impression both for its music (a more or less unified assemblage of French music by Ravel, Satie, and others roughly contemporaneous with the life of the sculptor himself) but also for a more clearly articulated storyline. “Up and Down” draws on excerpted music from wildly disparate sources such as Gershwin, Alban Berg, and Schubert. “Rodin” still looks like dance. “Up and Down”, though charged with the same outsized attention to theatrically and staging, felt overwhelmed by Mr. Eifman’s brand of expressionistic movement and mime. The dancing seemed aimed at creating novel effects rather than an honest communication of intimate details.
Diana Vishneva’s latest star vehicle program,"On the Edge",which premiered at Sergerstrom Center for the Arts on Wednesday, proved less edgy than its title suggested.Works by Maillot and Carlson with music by Danny Elfman and Giovanni Sollima.11/6/13
Interview with J. d'Amboise at the McCallum Theater 16th Choreography Festival.Topics: NDI, the Balanchine trust, working with young dancers, and sustaining the Balanchine repertory. Touching story about his first job at age 8 with Tanny LeClercq.
NEW YORK 2014
FAME HIGH, Kennedy’s documentary produced by Black Valley Films follows four talented students at the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts.It makes a powerful and emotional statement for the arts and education.It opens June 2013 in LA and NYC.