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Putting It On the Table

Chamber ballet blooms in Orange County, a contemporary dance fest doubles down in West LA, a choreography showcase in Hollywood, more So Cal dance this week and a peek at next week.

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Doubling up

Two entries are lined up to take the stage at the Dance at the Odyssey Festival. First up: Galiana & Nikolchev’s The Useless Room considers a traumatized man on a table after a hurricane in Insula. Second up: Hannah Millar considers humanity over a seven year span in Let Us Bleed, Then Heal. The Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West LA; The Useless Room: Fri.-Sat., July 1-2, 8pm, Sun., June 3, 2pm, $25, $15 students. Let Us Bleed, Then Heal: Fri.-Sat., July 8-9, 8pm, Sun., July 10, 2pm, $25, $15 students. Odyssey Theatre.

Two women sitting against a wall

Imprints in “Let Us Bleed, Then Heal.” Photo by Terra Friedman

Taking a tour

Two entrepreneurial sisters made good use of the two year lockdown establishing Ballet Project TV which aired videos of their nascient company Ballet Project OC and other companies during the pandemic lockdown. Now the sisters, Ally and Emily Helman are going live. The program includes five new works by mostly California choreographers. The company tours three SoCal venues. Irvine Barclay Theater, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine; Sat., July 2, 3 & 7pm, $40-$60. Irvine Barclay Theater. Also at Scherr Forum, BofA Performing Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks; Sat., July 16, 3pm, $40. Also at Brea Curtis Theatre, 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea; Sat., Aug. 6, 3 & 7pm, $35. Also a livestream option. Brea Curtis Theatre.

a group of ballet dancers in blue light

Ballet Project OC. Photo courtesy of the artists

After hours dancing

For more than 25 years, Carnival Choreographer’s Ball has provided a periodic showcase for choreographers, mostly commercially-inclined, to bring work before an audience. The Los Angeles edition returns to Academy LA, 6021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Wed., June 29, 10:30pm, $17. Carnival Choreographer’s Ball.

A Peek at Next Week

Freestyle Love Supreme at Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena; opens Tues., July 12, then Tues.-Fri., 8pm, Sat., 2 & 8pm, Sun., 2 & 7 pm, thru Sun., Aug. 7, $34-$106. Pasadena Playhouse.

Barak Ballet at BroadStage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica; Sat., July 9, 8pm, Sun., July 10, 2pm, $50-$95.Tix.

A woman in yellow bends backward

Barak Ballet. Photo by Djeneba Aduayom.


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