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Seasons Greetings! (Boo!!)

Contemporary dance encore in West LA, seasonal solos from a foursome in Venice, photography inspired dance in Brentwood, spooky dance in Pasadena, downtown, and online, more SoCal dance in this week, and a peek at a busy next week.

Live This Week

Encore, one night only!

Led by choreographer Seda Aybay, the contemporary dance company Kybele Dance Theater returns as part of this venue’s dance season. Aybay and her ensemble always brings lush, compelling dance infused with elements of Aybay’s Turkish-birth and international travels. Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W. Pico Blvd., W.L.A.; Thurs., Nov. 3, 8pm, $25-$50. Theatre Raymond Kabbaz.

A line of dancers in blue and pastel costumes

Kybele Dance Theater. Photo courtesy of the artist

The way the wind blows

For this installment of the Bodyweather series Flower of the Season 2022 Fall offers the title: born from, and returns to…The four solo dancers exploring the title and the season are Dani Lunn, Hyoin Jun, DaEun Jung, and Destefano DeLuise. Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice; Fri.-Sat., Oct. 28-29, 8pm, Sun., Oct. 30, 3pm, $15. Info at Bodyweather, tickets at Eventbrite.

A dancer in black trunks and green shirt

DaEun Jung. Photo by Hazel Choo

Where to find a unicorn?

The exhibition Blondell Cummings: Dance as Moving Pictures closed in February 2022, but the exhibit’s dance-infused photographs of the everyday inspired choreographer Marjani Forté-Saunders. Coinciding with publication of a book on the exhibit, the choreographer and her ensemble offer Ever Present: Garden of Unicorns. Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood; Sat., Oct. 29, 6pm, free with timed admission. Getty.

A woman in gold light

Marjani Forté-Saunders. Photo by Maria Baranova

Spooky dance No. 1

Pairing Halloween and Burly Q, American Contemporary Ballet concludes three weekends of performances. Now in a new home, the company sends its accomplished dancers into creepy-time with Inferno and into the tease with Burlesque, and promising a surprise codaACB Studios, Two California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., Suite 2850, downtown;  Fri.-Sat., Oct. 28-29, 8pm, $60-$140. American Contemporary Ballet.

A dancer leaps amid four spotlights

American Contemporary Ballet’s “Inferno.” Photo by Jared Zagha

Spooky dance No. 2

This free, family-friendly version of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) from the folks at Lineage Dance includes dance, arts, crafts, refreshments and an ofrenda (alter) to which guests can add a photo of a departed loved one. Lineage Performing Arts Center, 920 E. Mountain St., Pasadena; Sat., Oct 29, 5-8pm, free. Lineage Performing Arts Center.

four dancers in a web of blue and green scarves

Lineage Dance. Photo courtesy of the artists

Spooky dance No. 3

A prior live performance of Sweet Sorrow, a Zombie Ballet is streamed by Leigh Purtill Ballet Company. The stream is available Fri., Oct. 28, 5pm to Oct. 31, $20-$45. Eventbrite.

Ghostly dancers point toward a dark figure

Leigh Purtill Ballet Company. Photo by Clarence Alford Photography.

Take 3

One of the notable dance film series that emerged during the pandemic lockdown was Films.Dance, a two-month series with new, international dance films released one-at-a-time on Monday. After the initial screening, that week’s film joined those from preceding weeks, all available for viewing on the website. Curated by choreographer Jacob Jonas and collaborators from his troupe Jacob Jonas/The Company, the debut series launched a second series, and now this third. Thankfully, live performance has returned, but dance films, especially international dance films, are a window into how others move and how differently movement is viewed around the world. A new film released each Monday through Nov. 14. Sign up to receive weekly link or view released films at Films.Dance.

Two shadowy figures swing around a third person

LA Dance Project. Photo by Josh Rose

It’s ten

A private residence is the venue for a benefit celebrating LA Dance Project’s ten years in LA. Private residence with ticket purchase; Sat., Oct. 29, $1,000+. LA Dance Project.

A Peek At Next Week

Lineage Dance in After Roe at Lineage Performing Arts Center, 920 E. Mountain St., Pasadena; Sun., Nov. 6 & 13, 5pm, Tues., Nov. 15, 7pm, $15-$115 (portions to benefit Planned Parenthood). Lineage Dance.

Deborah Rosen and Dancers in Pollen…at ARC (A Room to Create), 1158 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Fri.-Sat., Nov. 11-12, 8pm, $20.  Brown Paper Tickets.

A woman sits in a stream

Deborah Rosen and Dancers. Photo courtesy of the artists

LA Contemporary Dance CompanyIf These Walls Could Talk at Stomping Ground, 5453 Alhambra Ave., El Sereno; Fri., Nov. 4, 7:30pm, Sat., Nov. 5, 2 & 7:30pm, Sun., Nov. 6, 2pm, $15-$40. If These Walls Could Talk.

Danza Floricanto/USA21st Fiesta del Día de los Muertos at Floricanto Center For The Performing Arts, 2900 Calle Pedro Infante, East LA; Sat., Nov. 5, 8pm & Sun., Nov. 6, 6pm, $15-$25 presale, $20 at door, $10 at door only. Danza Floricanto/USA.

Figures from Dia de los Muertos

Danza Floricanto/USA’s “Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead”. Photo by Frank Sandoval

Ballet Folklórico de Los ÁngelesA Día de los Muertos Celebration at Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Cal State University Long Beach, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach; Sat., Nov. 5, 8pm, $45. Tix.

Flamenco dancers join with Navajita Plateá at Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., Hancock Park; Sat., Nov. 5, 8pm, $50-$90. Eventbrite.

Farruquito at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa; Wed., Nov. 9, 8pm, $39-$99. SCFTA.

Flamenco dancer in white suit

Farruquito. Photo by Jame Massieu 

Max 10 at at Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice; Mon., Nov. 7, 7:30pm, $10. Eventbrite.

High Voltage at Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice; Fri., Nov. 4, 8pm, $10. Eventbrite.

Palm Springs International Dance Festival: Male Aesthetic at Nickerson-Rossi Dance, 611 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Suite 11, Palm Springs; Sat., Nov. 5, 3 & 6:45 pm, $75 (sold out as of this publication). Nickerson-Rossi Dance.

Leela Dance: Storytellers and Nomads at Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice; Sun., Nov. 6, 7pm, $15. Evebtbrite.

Two Kathak dancers

Seibi Lee’s Leela Dance Collective. Photo courtesy of the artists

6th Annual Los Angeles Dance Film Festival (formerly LA Dance Shorts Film Fest) at Mimoda Studio, 5774 W. Pico Blvd., Pico-Robertson; Sat., Nov. 5, 7:30pm, $20. Eventbrite.

Invertigo Dance Movie Pop-Up How We Emerge, Kitchen Table Project. Wed., Nov. 9, 7pm, free with reservation at Eventbrite.

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