Live dance starts the new year with tango in Costa Mesa, Spanish dance in Cerritos, Japanese Taiko in Malibu, plus new contemporary choreography in El Sereno. All are live at press time, but theaters are poised to pivot and will have current info should the current Covid surge prompt changes.
An encore preview
In June, this venue hosts its official 2022 dance fest ival, but in sort of a prequel that’s also a flashback, the theater welcomes the return of Berlin-based Shade Théret who made a strong impression in the 2019 edition of Dance at the Odyssey. This visit, the choreographer performs her latest, Throwaway Line with a sound score from Alexander Iezzi. At the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West LA; Sat., Jan. 8, 8 pm, $15-$20. Details, tickets, & Covid protocols at Odyssey Theatre.
It takes two
One of the most professional of the touring tango shows, Tango Argentina, stops off for two shows at Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, Sun., Jan. 16, 2 & 7 pm, $19-$79. Details, tickets & Covid protocols at SCFTA.
Technically, TAIKOPROJECT is a Japanese drumming group, but anyone who knows Taiko, knows the performance on the array of drums also involves choreography and movement. Pepperdine University, Smothers Theatre, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu; Fri., Jan. 14, 7:30 pm, $20-$40. Details, tickets & Covid protocols at Pepperdine University.
The rhythm of the guitar
Dance, including Spanish flamenco, Cuban salsa, and Brazilian samba, are featured in this tour led by emmy-winning guitarist Benise. At Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 18000 Park Plaza Dr., Cerritos; Sun., Jan. 9, 7 pm, $55-$75. Tickets & Covid protocols at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.
Ringing in the new
New contemporary choreography from the five LACCL: 03 (LA Contemporary Choreography Lab) choreographers is showcased in this free performance. At Stomping Ground LA, 5453 Alhambra Blvd., El Sereno; Thurs., Jan. 13, 4 pm, free with reservation. Info, reservation & Covid protocols at LA Contemporary Dance.
A Peek at Next Week
Out in the parking lot
The adventurous folk at Pieter greet the new year with their third Parking Lot Space Artist-in-Residence, Carlos “Los” Diaz who concludes the residency with a public performance. At The Box Parking Lot, 822 E. Third St., downtown Arts District; Sat., Jan. 22. Details & Covid protocols to come at Pieter.
A festival postponed
As the Covid public health emergency shuttered theaters for live performance over the past two years, the world of dance film, video and streamed performances has flourished. Long before Covid, filmed dance was the specialty of LA-based Dance Camera West, recognized as one of the premiere dance film showcases. This week was to be the opening of DCW’s 20th anniversary edition with more than 75 films lined up for a dozen programs at two venues. But things change. Out of caution and safety concerns with the current surge in Covid cases, DCW has postponed the festival to late March. Stay tuned or find details on the new schedule at Dance Camera West.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ann Haskins has written about dance for L.A. Weekly since shortly after it began publishing. She also has written about local and national dance for Pointe Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, L.A. View, Coast Magazine, the Daily News, and the Herald Examiner. Among her broadcast projects, Ann hosted Inside Theater on KCRW-FM and contributed dance and theater features to both KLON-FM and KUSC-FM. She has received two Horton Awards from the Los Angeles Dance Resource Center for her coverage of dance in Los Angeles.