Stuck Inside the Story
A Santa Monica tech hub activates, New Yorkers dance into Irvine, a fest lands in Boyle Heights, prisoners’ words dance in Claremont, altered death in Jefferson Park, the Go Go’s dance into Pasadena, all live! Plus new dance films, online streams, plus more SoCal dance this week and a peek at next.
Live This Week
Out in the garden
Concluding ACTIVATE LA, its triptych of al fresco performances with live music, Jacob Jonas The Company travels to a garden nestled amid Santa Monica’s tech-hub office buildings. The music is by LA-based composer Steve Hackman. Jonas provides the choreography for At Work. Supported by the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, the series is another example of that theater’s laudable backing for LA-based dance companies. Live at The Water Garden, 1620 26th St., Santa Monica; Fri.-Sat., Nov. 12-13, 7:30 p.m., $100-$280 (tickets sold for 2, 4 or 9) Details on tickets, lawn or chair seating, picnicking, alcohol, and Covid protocols at The Wallis.
All together now
Whether referencing a military regiment or a chorus in an opera, let alone dance, the word “corps” carries a connotation of cooperative, methodical, unified movement, concepts choreographer Milka Djordjevich explores in Corps. This latest consideration of practices continues her preoccupation with neutrality and anonymity, especially in dance practices. The cast includes Martita Abril, Dorothy Dubrule, Ayano Elson, Allie Hankins, Tiara Jackson, and DaEun Jung. Saturday’s show has a livestream option. Live at REDCAT, Disney Hall, 631 2nd St., downtown; Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 11-13, 8:30 pm, $25, $20 students. Also livestreamed Sat. Nov. 13, 8:30 pm, $15, $12 students. Info, tickets and Covid protocols at REDCAT.
This installment of the Body Weather Laboratory series Flower of the Season 2021 assembles four choreographer/dancers for three nights, each show with three of the performers. The four are Michelle Shiu-Lin Lai, Carmina Escobar, Chenhui Mao, and Jay Carlon. Live at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice; Fri.-Sat., Nov. 12-13, 8 pm, Sun., Nov. 14, 3 pm, free with reservation. Info on performer line up, reservations, and Covid protocols at Body Weather Laboratory.
Barres vs bars
The latest event evolving from Suchi Branfman’s five year residency at the Norco medium-security state prison continues as Dancing Through Prison Walls offers dance and then discussion about the movement contributing choreographers brought to words crafted by prisoners when the Covid lockdown prevented in-person workshops. Performance and panel discussion at Scripps College, Jaqua Quadrangle, 1030 N Columbia Ave, Claremont; Sat., Nov. 13, 3 pm, free. Scripps College.
Hardly showing its age
Entering its 50th anniversary, the New York-based Ballet Hispánico has been a frequent visitor, including a stint as resident company at Cal State University Los Angeles. This show offers three works from its vast repertoire: Vicente Nebrada’s Arabesque set to Enrique Granados’ music, Anabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Tiburones addressing Latinx stereotypes, and Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s 18+1 that playfully marks his 19 years as a choreographer with mambo music by Pérez Prado. Live at Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine; Thurs., Nov. 11, 8 pm, $30-$100. Info, tickets, and Covid protocols at The Barclay.
LAX not at LAX
The Live Arts Exchange (LAX) festival concludes this week with dance artists among the announced performers. Dancer/choreographers include Olivia Mia Orozco in The Messenger set in Alexa Eisner’s installation Atom Cycle (11/12), and Amy O’Neal’s The Hybrid Lab: Conversations in Merging Dance Cultures (11/14). Live at the Warehouse space dubbed “Frankie,” 300 Mission Rd., Boyle Heights; Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 11-13, 8 pm, Sun., Nov. 14, 7:30 pm; $8-$20. More info, a full listing of performers, Covid protocols, and tickets at Performance Practice LA.
Dualities of death
After an opening event to communally build an alter, the main occasion of this live and streamed series, si| / embra, is a “movement celebration” led by ShowBox LA‘s artist in residence Isis Avalos. Employing the alter, Avalos invites the audience to consider how death is also a reminder of life. Live at, and available live-streamed from, Jireh Estetica Unisex, 2636 W. Jefferson Blvd., Jefferson Park; Opening event on Thurs. Nov. 11, 11 am to 2 pm., Main event on Sat., Nov. 13, 6 pm, both events free with reservation. More info, reservations and Covid protocols at Eventbrite.
Music of the 1980s LA band The Go Gos fuels Head over Heels, a jukebox musical loosely based on The Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney. The venue reopens with its first live performance filled with dancing on more than just the stage.The theater is being reconfigured to afford the audience a choice of onstage or theater seating as well as a general admission ticket to an open floor area inviting an audience-fueled dance party as part of the performance. Live at Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino, Pasadena. Tues.-Sat., 8 pm, Sun., 7 pm, Sat. & Sun., 2 pm, thru Sun., Dec. 12, $30-$106. Info, tickets, and Covid protocols at Pasadena Playhouse.
Gather outside the gallery
In this event dubbed Art Speaks, audiences can follow Donna Sternberg & Dancers on a site-specific choreographed tour of public art installations the city has acquired as part of its Art in Public Places. Live at Culver City Hall Plaza, 9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City; Sat.-Sun., Nov. 13-14, 3 pm, free. Donna Sternberg & Dancers.
A Long Beach howdy
A champagne lunch and performance at a private residence is how South Coast Dance Arts Alliance and Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre welcome back audience and supporters to live dance. Private residence, 5411 E. Cedral St., Long Beach; Sun., Nov. 14, noon, $40. Info, tickets, & Covid protocols at Eventbrite.
Let the season begin
Dancers, singers, acrobats, and other cirque performers get an early start on the holiday season with Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular. Live at SabanTheatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; Sat., Nov. 13, 7 p.m., $48-$198. Where Music Meets the Soul.
Back on the home stage
After 18 months screening performances from studios, CSULB Fall Dance Concert still streams but this time from onstage at the home theater. Contributing choreographers to Variance include faculty members Andrew Vaca, Tsiambwom Akuchu, Danzel Thompson-Stout, along with BFA choreographers David Bernal, Kevin Holland, Yukiko Nimura, and Aisha Reddick. Live-streamed from Martha B Knoebel Dance Theater, Cal State University Long Beach, Thurs.-Fri., Nov. 18-19, 8 pm, $15. CSULB.
The first-ever retrospective of the work of choreographer and video artist Blondell Cummings: Dance as Moving Pictures includes videos, interviews, and photographs. On view at Art+Practice, 3401 W. 43rd Pl., Leimert Park; Wed.-Sat., noon-6 pm, to Feb. 19, 2022, free. Research guide at Getty Research Institute, Exhibition at Art+Practice.
Performance and dance are the metier of several artists in both of this museum’s big fall exhibits. Artists who are movers featured in Witch Hunt include Okwui Okpokwasili, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, and Beverly Semmes. The performance duo Las Nietas de Nono are among the artists in No Humans Involved. UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Tues.-Sun., 11 am-6 pm to Jan. 22, 2022, free no reservation required. Details and Covid protocols at Hammer Museum.
A Peek at Next Week
- Parsons Dance at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa; Sat., Nov. 20, 7:30 pm. SCFTA.
- Martha Graham Dance Company at The Soroya, Northridge; Fri., Nov. 19, 8 pm. The Soroya.
- Luminario Ballet at the Avalon, Hollywood; Sun., Nov. 21, $35 + Luminario Ballet.
Dance Films: Live and Online
Looking for something?
Not a live performance, but definitely a live film premiere as LA Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC) unveils FINDING MEEMOO featuring the company dancers and the five-year old son of artistic director Jamila Glass who also was the film’s executive director. The dancers include Christian Beasley, Kate Coleman, Hyosun Choi, Jamila Glass, Nicole Hagen, Tess Hewlett, JM Rodriguez, Ryan Ruiz, Angel Tyson, and Colleen Hendricks. At dots SPACE, 3951 Higuera St., Culver City; Thurs., Nov. 18, 6:30 pm, $5-$30, & at 8 pm, $20-$30. Details on the related family-friendly activities, tickets, and Covid protocols at FINDING MEEMOO.
The 5th annual Los Angeles Dance Shorts Film Festival presents 16 films. The evening includes a pop-up performance before the screening. Live or online at Mimoda Studio, 5774 W. Pico Blvd., Pico-Robertson; Sat., Nov. 13, 7:30 pm, $20; Online Sat., Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., $12. Details, tickets, & Covid protocols at Los Angeles Dance Shorts Film Festival.
The film of bound / less, the October 23rd performance from MashUp Contemporary Dance Company celebrating Women’s Equality Day now is online, viewable through Nov. 30, free. MashUp Contemporary Dance Company.
A myth extended
Drawing a contemporary perspective on an ancient Persian story, The Scarlet Stone (Moher-ye Sorkh) combines traditional and contemporary Persian dance, music, and animation to find parallels between the myth and the 1979 Iranian Revolution, along with its aftermath. The 80-minute film in Persian with English subtitles has been extended online thru Nov. 30, free at Tirgan.
Back for more
In January 2021, LA choreographer Jacob Jonas and his Jacob Jonas/The Company began a weekly roll out of 15 short dance films with artists from around the world under the banner Films.Dance. The project earned boasting rights with many of the films later winning film festival awards. Now comes Films.Dance Round Two, again with dance, dancers, and filmmakers from around the world. The original films, a preview, and e-mail sign up for free weekly film delivery at Films.Dance.
LA dance gets a little love
The third season of the Music Center’s digital series For the Love of L.A. keeps adding new videos filled with curated dance, music, and visual arts. Online free, at Music Center.
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.