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Steven Woodruff

I live in Los Angeles where I am a professional musician, dancer, educator, and writer. My writing includes original poetry and translations as well articles on film, stage, television, and culture. I review dance and music covering national and international touring concert programs and local companies as a staff writer for Thanks for reading!

ABT Waits for “Jim Crow Othello” Story to Blow Over

In late May, just a few weeks before Misty Copeland was promoted to principal dancer Marcelo Gomes stepped out on stage as Othello in...

Roberto Bolle and Company Open a Weekend of Gala Ballet with...

Roberto Bolle, a roving superstar of the ballet world with his impromptu company of stars from Europe’s major ballet companies, is one half of an...

Eifman Ballet’s “Rodin” Couples Extreme Dance and Vivid Theatricality

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.

Lucinda Childs Dance Company Brings Back a Glossy “Available Light”

Labels are an often used but unfortunate barrier in the art world. Minimalism is one that has been regularly applied to concert music, dance, and opera, but it tends to put any work in a box. Lucinda Childs and John Adams, the principal collaborators for “Available Light” fall into this category. But by the time Childs’ revival of her “Available Light” concluded on Saturday evening at Disney Hall the label seemed mostly irrelevant.

Herman Cornejo and Martha Clarke’s “Chéri”: An Interview at Signature Theater

Interview with Herman Cornejo 12/2013 in New York for “Chéri” at Signature Theater. Alessandra Ferri was the show’s co-star. The play is an adapted dance version of Colette’s Parisian novellas. Review by Steven Woodruff. w/ Amy Irving,Martha Clarke,

Dido and Aeneas, Ancient Music Made New by Mark Morris and...

We have been fortunate to have had local performances of both L’Allegro,ill Penseroso, ed il Moderato and Dido and Aeneas recently. Count yourself lucky...

“Power of Ailey” Merges American and Eurozone Works

“Power of Ailey” 1/3 themed repertory programs playing at the LA Music Center is mostly a male affair.Men dominate all the pieces on the program, including “Minus 16”/naharin, "Episodes"/dove."Caught'"/Parsons &"Uprising"/Shechter. Steven Woodruff

Raymond “Desert Dancer” Deftly Blends Personal, Political Narratives

Desert Dancer opens in New York & Los Angeles, part political thriller,part dance film.Film follows close knit group of 6 student activists in Tehran.freida pinto,reece ritchie, Marama Corlett.directed by richard raymond. Screenplay by richard croker

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Offers Mostly Upbeat Dance In Luckman Concert

Aspen Santa Ballet has made frequent appearances in Los Angeles in recent years.They are a versatile chamber company with a visibly powerful commitment to ensemble works. works by cerrudo, fonte and elo.Music by ezio boos.Performances luckman theatre

“Rockettes New York Spring Spectacular” Huge Show Leaves Little to the...

Rockettes Spring Spectacular at Radio City directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle takes you on a virtual tour of the city and its famed sights. Mia Michaels, derek hough Laura benanti, whoopi goldberg. Thin story with big production numbers.