Ballet: Matthew Bourne’s “Early Adventures” at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

By Jane Rosenberg In Matthew Bourne’s 1991 dance, Town and Country, everything we Yanks love about the Brits and Masterpiece Theatre – from afternoon tea to riding to hounds to Noel Coward-esque sophistication – is presented in spades and tied up with a ribbon for our viewing pleasure. Next to Bourne’s vaudevillian tongue and cheek… Read More Ballet: Matthew Bourne’s “Early Adventures” at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

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Jacob Jonas The Company at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

By Jane Rosenberg Jacob Jonas, a twenty-four year old, Los Angeles based choreographer, began his dancing life on the streets of LA and it is the dance language of the streets – break dancing, popping, and acrobatics – that is featured in much of his choreography. His self-proclaimed mission is to create a popular, more… Read More Jacob Jonas The Company at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Three U.S. Ballet Companies Celebrate Forsythe at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg All true art refers to the art that preceded it, whether following as a logical outgrowth of earlier investigations or flipping those investigations upside down. Without Giotto, there would be no Titian, without Titian there would be no Delacroix, and so forth. As for dance, suffice it to say that without Petipa… Read More Three U.S. Ballet Companies Celebrate Forsythe at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Dance: Deborah Hay’s “Figure a Sea” at Freud Playhouse, UCLA

By Jane Rosenberg   Meditative, spare, hypnotic, fascinating, and tender – words that aptly express the experience of seeing Deborah Hay’s Figure a Sea. Her minimalist aesthetic combined with her insistence on the poetry of everyday movements forge a quiet yet compelling inner dialogue for each dancer and in turn offers the audience a window… Read More Dance: Deborah Hay’s “Figure a Sea” at Freud Playhouse, UCLA

Ballet: American Ballet Theatre Presents an all Ratmansky Program at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles

By Jane Rosenberg In Alexei Ratmansky’s Symphony #9 and Serenade After Plato’s Symposium, we find a choreographer at one with the music – the dances elegant, inventive, exuberant, and contemporary. Symphony #9 in E-Flat Major by Shostakovich functions beautifully as a ballet score, with sections ranging from jaunty and comical to dark and melodramatic. Ratmansky… Read More Ballet: American Ballet Theatre Presents an all Ratmansky Program at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles

Dance: Compagnie Käfig at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles

By Jane Rosenberg The stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion came alive last night with the insistent pulse of ten male bodies bouncing, spinning, flipping, and diving. With contagious joy, Mourad Merzouki’s company of Brazilian dancers, Compagnie Käfig, turned street dance into theatrical dance, and in the process made an artistic, political, and social statement… Read More Dance: Compagnie Käfig at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Ballet Performs Frederic Ashton’s Romeo and Juliet at Royce Hall

By Jane Rosenberg As subject matter for a full-length story ballet, Romeo and Juliet has it all, from tender romance to violent passion, from youth and hope to despair and death, from horseplay to swordplay. It’s no wonder that so many choreographers have found it irresistible. Of all the musical settings of the play, Sergei… Read More Los Angeles Ballet Performs Frederic Ashton’s Romeo and Juliet at Royce Hall

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills Announces 2016/17 Season

Musical Theatre: The Wallis and Cody Lassen production of Merrily We Roll Along Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by George Furth Directed by Michael Arden November 22 – December 18, 2016 Michael Arden directs this rarely staged Stephen Sondheim musical. Merrily We Roll Along travels backwards in time to navigate the bumpy history… Read More Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills Announces 2016/17 Season

Dance at The Music Center 2016-2017 Season in Los Angeles

Celebrate Forsythe featuring San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Houston Ballet October 21-23, 2015 The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Dance at The Music Center opens the season with a “dance first” in a special salute to the acclaimed American choreographer, William Forsythe, with Celebrate Forsythe. Active in the field of choreography for more… Read More Dance at The Music Center 2016-2017 Season in Los Angeles

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s “Rice” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Before a video backdrop of ever changing cycles in the cultivation of rice – flooding, sprouting, harvesting, and burning – the superb dancers of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan enact a drama of life, death, and rebirth. Combining the idioms of ballet, modern dance, Qi Gong, and internal martial arts, Lin… Read More Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s “Rice” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion