Toe Shoe Tango
New choreography downtown, contemporary dance in Glendale, Japanese folk dance in Little Tokyo, disco on a plaza, more SoCal dance this week, plus a peek at next week.
Live This Week
A festival in threes, week #1
The opening salvo of this year’s three-week REDCAT NOW Festival offers a trio of dance and performance artists with distinct and varied perspectives on their chosen art. This curated festival brings new and innovative dance, theater, music, and multimedia performance from SoCal artists. This first week includes Achinta S. McDaniel and artists from her company Blue13 bringing South Asian fusion dance in Restless autumn, restless spring. Lindsey Red-tail offers You can vision with Them, inspired by a tale of a search for water and inspiration from the wind. Musician and performance artist X’ene Sky explores ways that Vengeance manifests itself. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., downtown; Thurs.-Sat., Aug. 18-20, 8:30pm, $20, $16 students. REDCAT.
Week two of this year’s REDCAT NOW Festival brings two dance works along with one inventive opera. For his solo Novena, choreographer Jay Carlon draws on his Filipino heritage as well as Bisaya rituals for grieving and healing from the southern Philippines. Choreographer Stephanie Zaletel and her contemporary troupe szalt explore foundational motor actions and intuitive choreography in 5 basic movements (vagus except). Joe Diebes brings his experimental opera Eng. More on the artists and week 3 of the festival at the website. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., downtown; Thurs.-Sat., Aug. 25-27, 8:30pm, $20, $16 students. REDCAT.
And then there were six
Dance genres from contemporary to tango choreographed by Marine de Vachon take the stage in six works presented under the banner Fused from Contempo Arts Productions. The Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale; Fri., Aug. 19, 7:30pm & Sat., Aug. 20, 2 & 7pm, $29-$99. The Alex Theatre.
Do you disco?
The popular summer series continues with Dance DTLA Disco. A free lesson is followed by open dancing. Come to dance or to enjoy the music and free show. Music Center, Jerry Moss Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown; Fri., Aug. 19, 7-11pm, free. Music Center.
Folk dance for Nisei Week
Among the festivities at this year’s Nisei Week, the Japanese folk dance Ondo is part of the festival finale at Japanese Village Plaza, 335 E. 2nd St., Little Tokyo; Sun., Aug. 21, 4:30pm, free. Nisei Week.
A Peek at Next Week
MashUp Contemporary Dance Company: Power at Musician’s Choice Studios, 3820 Hoke Ave., Culver City; Fri., Aug. 26, 7:30pm, $30. Eventbrite.
HomeLA: Jas Lin’s Schindler House Haunting at at MAK Center, 835 N. Kings Rd., West Hollywood; Fri.-Sat., Aug. 26-27, 6:30pm, free w/ reservation at MAK Center.
3rd Annual Inland Empire Dance Festival at the Box theatre, 3635 Market St., 2nd floor, Riverside; Sat., Aug. 27, 6pm, $25. Eventbrite.
REDCAT NOW Festival Week #3: The Rock Collection, Sarahjeen François, and Sara Lyons at REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., downtown; Thurs.-Sat., Sept.1-3, 8:30pm, $20, $16 students. REDCAT.
Compañia Chicanas Gitanas’ NOCHES FLAMENCAS atEast Los Angeles Courtyard Theater, LA Music & Art School, 3630 E 3rd St., Boyle Heights; Fri.-Sat., Aug. 26-27, 8pm, free. Humanitix.
The Getty 25: Celebrates Watts at Watts Community Labor Action Committee (WLCAC), 10950 S. Central Ave., Watts; Sat.-Sun., Aug. 27-28, 11am-6pm, free. WLCAC.
Dance DTLA Bachata at the Music Center, Jerry Moss Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown; Fri., Aug. 26, 7-11pm, free. 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.