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 Opera’s La Bohème at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg With its poignant narrative of struggling Bohemians in 19th century Paris and a score of lyric beauty rife with atmosphere and soaring melodies, La Bohème can melt even the hardest hearts and entertain the most demanding audiences. Certainly the LA Opera thinks so and has mounted the Herbert Ross production for the… Read More Los Angeles Opera’s La Bohème at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Complexions Contemporary Ballet at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg In a varied program of dances by Dwight Rhoden, set to music ranging from Bach and Vivaldi to Odetta and Stevie Wonder, Complexions Contemporary Ballet brought zest, excitement, and a troupe of charismatic dancers to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage. Co-directed by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, both former principals with Alvin… Read More Complexions Contemporary Ballet at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

LA Opera’s “The Magic Flute” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg Comical, effervescent, and packed with visual stimulation, LA Opera’s The Magic Flute returned to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday after its acclaimed run here in 2013. From the minds of director Barrie Kosky and the English theater team of Suzanne Andrade and Paul Barritt, and a production of the Komische Oper… Read More LA Opera’s “The Magic Flute” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

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

Backstage Magic Tricks at LA Opera’s “The Marriage of Figaro”

By Jane Rosenberg If you like a little flash and dazzle with your Marriage of Figaro, Los Angeles Opera’s production, opening March 21, has it. After all who wouldn’t enjoy a pyrotechnical display at the end of one’s wedding festivities? And that’s exactly what Figaro and his bride Susanna have in store. Following the scheming… Read More Backstage Magic Tricks at LA Opera’s “The Marriage of Figaro”