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When Life Was Upended, They Went Another Way

When the pandemic shuttered theaters in March 2020, dance and its audience went online, and began exploring the possibilities of streamed performances, online encores of past performances, and unexplored potential of film as a stage for dance. Even before the pandemic, choreographer Jacob Jonas and his Jacob Jonas The Company had a history working with …

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Collected Nightmares of the 13th Century — The Male Gaze, Trauma, and John Proctor

Even over my unstable Zoom connection, Kathryn Valentina is immediately bewitching. She has the frenetic energy of a young, queer anarchist, and a ‘Fuck Ronald Reagan’ poster to match. “I drew a cat on it,” she says, gesturing with one lanky arm. “It’s the cat from the meme.” K.V. calls out to me as a …

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The Uncertainty of Getting Out and About

Live dance inspired by a chandelier in Beverly Hills, out-of-town visitors on a downtown outdoor stage, uncertainty considered Santa Monica, site specific dance in Santa Ana, and new architectural steps in Culver City, plus online dance inspired by veterans’ letters, Covid vaccines, the samba, a prior pandemic, and more SoCal dance this week. Unalterable impermanence …

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Sweet Deceptions

Live dance reconsiders Hansel and Gretel downtown and struts on a Culver City staircase, online anniversary celebrations, notes from a prior pandemic, the best of a dance film fest, spotlighting locavore dance, online encores, where to take online and live dance classes, plus more SoCal dance this week. Live This Week Hunger games One reward …

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Moseying Into the New Now

Live dance with a stroll at an historic Chinatown park, contemporary moves in an Arts District parking lot, a downtown plaza hosts a New York visitor, and ballet with a live orchestra in a Pasadena gazebo, plus online offerings of recent live concerts and considering the era Little Tokyo was Bronzeville, and lessons from a prior plague, plus recent online encores, where to take online dance classes, and more SoCal dance, live and online, this week.

Chip Rosenbloom & John Torres Compose Genius Music and Lyrics for the Hilarious Production of “Bronco Billy – The Musical

Based on the 1980 Warner Bros film of the same name, starring Clint Eastwood, Bronco Billy – The Musical is a new take on the Wild West story. The show, directed by Hunter Bird, was a hit when it debuted in Hollywood two years ago. The Skylight Theatre Company brought the musical to life with …

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Piazzolla Con Brio

Many places around the world celebrate this year Astor Piazzolla’s centenary of his birth (1921-1992.) A full-page article published recently in the Los Angeles Times triggered some personal memories about my encounter with Piazzolla when I was seventeen years old. I decided to make a documentary on him, his music, his influence on some contemporary …

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