2014 Remembered: Memorable Opera and Dance Performances

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles may be suffering the effects of a drought, but the year was a deluge of notable performances in opera and dance. Team a dynamic conductor, James Conlon, with a great coloratura soprano, Albina Shagimuratova, and add the glass harmonica played by rare musical instrument soloist, Thomas Bloch. The result: Lucia… Read More 2014 Remembered: Memorable Opera and Dance Performances

Live Dance: Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s “If At All” at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

  By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles, CA. We live in frightening times and the works created by many international modern dance choreographers reflect our collective fears. Jarring music, the violence of thrashing limbs, writhing torsos, and collapsing bodies have become incorporated into the dance vocabulary of our age. Offering a sixty-five minute exploration in dance… Read More Live Dance: Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s “If At All” at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Live Dance: BalletBoyz Perform at the Ahmanson Theatre

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles. A troupe of all male dancers performing at the highest level, rigorous choreography, spare sets, superb lighting, and textured, evocative music – these were the ingredients for a marvelous night of dance at the Ahmanson Theatre, courtesy of choreographers Liam Scarlett, Russell Maliphant and the BalletBoyz. An associate company at… Read More Live Dance: BalletBoyz Perform at the Ahmanson Theatre

Live Dance: Batsheva Dance Company Performs Sadeh21 at Royce Hall

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles, CA.  The opening of Sadeh21, choreographed by Ohad Naharin, artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company, appears to be about the individual – about personal inclination manifesting itself in quirks, ticks, thrusts, and abrupt changes of direction. One by one, dancers enter the stage and display their own particular brand of… Read More Live Dance: Batsheva Dance Company Performs Sadeh21 at Royce Hall

Ballet: The National Ballet of Canada’s “Romeo and Juliet” at the Dorothy Chandler

By Jane Rosenberg From opening curtain to final bows, choreographer Alexi Ratmansky, along with his set and costume designer, Richard Hudson, and lighting designer, Jennifer Tipton, hurls us into the very heart of a fifteenth century Renaissance painting in his Romeo and Juliet, created for the National Ballet of Canada and premiering at the Dorothy… Read More Ballet: The National Ballet of Canada’s “Romeo and Juliet” at the Dorothy Chandler

Opera: LA Opera’s “Thaïs” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Orientalism, sin, sex, and religion: Jules Massenet’s opera, Thaïs, has it all (and a thrilling Placido Domingo to boot). A lavish production, now on stage at the Los Angeles Opera, revels in the nineteenth century fascination with extravagance versus asceticism but is oddly bereft of sexual content. The story, taken from Anatole… Read More Opera: LA Opera’s “Thaïs” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Ballet: The Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Joyful, uplifting, poetic – three words that describe Paul Taylor’s choreography in one of his signature works, Airs, and the first dance on Friday night’s program at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Created in 1978, Airs encapsulates much of what is so satisfying about Taylor’s work: expressiveness at the service of intellect, the… Read More Ballet: The Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Ballet: Royal New Zealand Ballet’s “Giselle” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Whether it’s Wilis, bird, sylph, or sprite, nineteenth century ballet is replete with woman as enchanted creature. And it’s no wonder. Place a willowy beauty on point and earth’s gravity faded as the imagination of such choreographic giants as Petipa, Perrot, and Bournonville soared. Even in the twenty-first century, the fate of… Read More Ballet: Royal New Zealand Ballet’s “Giselle” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Ballet: Los Angeles Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at Royce Hall

By Jane Rosenberg Without snow drifts, fir and spruce trees, or chilling temperatures, we, in Los Angeles, must make do with a Christmas season of brilliant sunshine, swaying palms, and stately cypresses. Happily, we have the Los Angeles Ballet to bring us a taste of the holiday with their annual Nutcracker. With charming costumes by… Read More Ballet: Los Angeles Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at Royce Hall