Night two of the Los Angeles Dance Festival 2017 at the Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz was labeled Urban/Eclectic Contemporary Dance. The program included performances by...
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.
Choreographer Boris Eifman is fascinated by characters living beyond the brink of sanity or obsession.The company's new Rodin is a freewheeling work that blends past & present in an impressionistic work.It features modern ballet & vivid theatrics.
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
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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.
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Rosas offered a revised, spare Verklärte Nacht on the CAP UCLA retrospective program. Rosas, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s iconic company,...
Clarke’s Chéri at Signature Theater based on Colette novellas Chéri & The Last of Chéri. The first of three new productions Clarke is scheduled to create for her residency at the theater. With H. Cornejo & A. Ferri. Music by pianist S. Rothenberg.