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Going With the Flow

Al fresco choreography expands across an historic Chinatown park, postponed flamenco from Spain arrives in Santa Monica, swing dance onstage and outside downtown, dance festivals erupt in West LA, Torrance, Pacoima & Huntington Park, more So Cal dance this week and a peek at next week.

Live This Week

Solstice spins

Returning to one of its favorite outdoor venues, those masters of the site-specific at Heidi Duckler Dance host a new edition of Ebb & Flow. This version recruits an array of notable outside collaborators including Elena Brocade, Deborah Brockus, Taylor Donofrio, Darrel ‘Friidom’ Dunn, Beatriz Vasquez’ 3-19 Dance Art, and Nat Wilson.  Bib Bauer, Lydia Janbay and Sunrise Transparence have their own collaboration. Current artist-in-residence Ching Ching Wong offers his newest, Parts and Labor, and makes use of the company’s endearing “dancemobile.” Wander the park and catch all the different dances at LA State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., Chinatown; Sat.-Sun., June 25-26, 3pm, free with reservation at Eventbrite.

Two dancers toss nets in the sky

Heidi Duckler Dance. Photo courtesy of the artists

Toot toot Toogie

Next up at the Dance at the Odyssey festival, choreographer Teresa Toogie Barcelo collaborates with composer Joe Berry and fiber sculptor Mimi Haddon for the premiere of Matanoia. Dance, puppetry, music, and design come into play in this consideration of transformation. The Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West LA; Thurs.-Sat., June 23-25, 8pm, Sun., June 26, 2pm, $25, $15 students.Odyssey Theatre.

A woman in a blue dress with her hair extending through a fence

Teresa Toogie Barcelo. Photo courtesy of the artist

At Last!

Barcelona-born Sonia Olla and members of Santa Barbara’s Zermeño Dance Academy provide the dance component with Spanish singers and musicians in Vida Flamenca’s XIa Festival Cumbre Flamenca. The challenges of bringing international artists from Spain during the pandemic prompted multiple postponements of this event. The performers finally take the stage in an evening that also offers dining options. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica; Sun., June 26, 6:30pm, $25-$90 (includes pre-show paella & hors d’oeuvres). itsmyseat.com.

Flamenco dancer in a red dress

Sonia Olla. Photo courtesy of the artist

Got that swing

Direct from New York’s famed Joyce Theater, Sw!ng Out makes its debut with a live performance and an al fresco dance party. Performance at the Music Center, Ahmanson Theatre & dance party after the performance at Jerry Moss Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown; Fri.-Sat., June 24, 7:30pm, Sun., June 26, 2pm. $15-$40. Music Center.

Two swing dance couples with a saxaphonist

Sw!ng Out! Photo courtesy of the artists

Something in the way she moves

Set in a shadowy underworld overseen by night watchmen, performance artist Marta Carrasco wrote, produced and performs her latest, Perra de Nadie (Nobody’s Bitch). Latino Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., downtown; Wed.-Sat., June 22-25, 8pm, Sun., June 26, 4pm, $10-$58. Latino Theatre Co.

A woman with her head in gauze

Marta Corrasco. Photo by David Ruano

Moving around

Two days of free performances as the Getty Center’s traveling festival moves to the Valley for The Getty 25: Celebrates Pacoima Festival. Live performance, art displays, crafts workshops and more. Pacoima City Hall, 13520 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima; Sat.-Sun., June 25-26, 11am-5pm, free Pacoima Beautiful.

By the Bay

Local dance troupes, musical ensembles, and family friendly activities are on display at the South Bay Festival of the Arts .Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance; Sat., June 25, 11am-5pm, free to $150. Eventbrite.

A man in a white shirt holds a woman over his shoulder

Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre. Photo courtesy of NBDT.

Something sacred

For this free, al fresco event dance artists from LA and Orange counties including Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre, present dance works created for Sacred Artists Dance Collective. Huntington Beach Central Park Bandstand, Central Park Dr., Huntington Beach; Sat., June 25, 5:30pm, free.

Open mic night

Hosted by MashUp Contemporary Dance, this rescheduled edition of Choreography Open Mic Night presents new or in-progress choreography, each no more than ten minutes, in an informal setting. After the dancing, there’s a chance to chat with the dancemakers about the works on view. MashUp Contemporary Dance Studios, 2926 Gilroy St., Frogtown, Sat., June 25, 7pm, free with registration at MashUp Contemporary Dance.

A dancer in red and a dancer in blue lean toward a pianist

LA Dance Moves. Photo by Scott Edwards

Keeping a move on

When LA Dance Moves debuted Back to the Heart last summer in the early days of post-pandemic reopening, only a severely restricted audience was able to view it live. Choreographer Nancy Paradis and her collaborators have developed a filmed version capturing the dancers performing to Frederick Keeve’s improvisational piano composition. The film of the live performance is now viewable on-line for 24 hours on June 25-26, $37.50 (viewable for 24 hours) LA Dance Moves.


Moved to July

Oguri Andrés Corchero in Flower of the Season 2022 at Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice; scheduled for this weekend has been postponed to Sat., July 30, 8pm, Sun., July 31, 4pm, free.  Eventbrite.

A Peek at Next Week

Ballet Project OC at the Irvine Barclay Theater, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine; Sat., July 2, 3 & 7pm, $40-$60. The Barclay.

Galiana & Nikolchevs The Useless Room in Insula at The Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West LA; Thurs.-Sat., July 1-2, 8pm, Sun., June 3, 2pm, $25, $15 students. Odyssey Theatre.

A person on table bends backward

Galiana & Nikolchev’s The Useless Room. Photo courtesy of the artists


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