The next couple of weeks are busy ones in So Cal for dance. One is particularly special for me and all of us at RCC Dance. Two of our alumni, Kevin Lopez and Marielle Coe, will be dancing in Cal State Long Beach’s Faculty Dance Concert. It’s great to see our students as they move on and transfer – to see them in performance is even more wonderful! Here are the details: April 25-27 at 8pm, April 28 at 2pm & 8pm at CSULong Beach’s Martha Knoebel Theatre (next to the Big Blue Pyramid). Ticket price for students is $16. The only downside is this particular theatre is relatively small, so certain performances may sell out – best to get your tickets in advance. Ticket Office phone # is 562.985.7000 or online at http://www.csulb.edu/dance.
For those of you who favor musical theatre, there is a perfect opportunity to see an excellent production starting this Thursday at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for a five week run. “Biilly Elliott the Musicial” has a dance theme, which drives the action of this musical adaptation of the movie, “Billy Elliott”. It is suitable for children – great article in today’s LA Times written by Susan King about the four young men who share the role of Billy as the production tours the U.S. I have not seen the show yet, but some trusted friends who have seen the show really loved all aspects of the production and the very strong dancing by the cast.
In a more academic setting, UC Irvine will be featuring the work of dance graduate students in “Dance Escape”, which will be presented Thurs., April 19, Fri., April 20 and Sat. April 21 at 8pm, with a 2:00pm matinee performance on Sat., April 21. UC Irvine has an excellent program, if I do say so myself (full disclosure – I am a graduate of the MFA program at UCI, as are several of my RCC colleagues).
Hope some of you will be able to attend one of these dance performances – I’ll be putting up more information later this week!
For those of you who have free time during Spring Break, there are several events going on at UCR and at the Culver Center, which is a great space in downtown Riverside. All events are related to the work of indigenous choreographers who use their traditional dance forms to express themselves in today’s world. All of the master classes, workshops, lectures and screenings would be extra credit, and the performance on April 19 would be appropriate for the mandatory concert critique. Here is the information on the residency, courtesy of Kathleen DeAtley from UCR:
UC RIVERSIDE Department of Dance presents
Indigenous Choreographers Residency
Jack Gray • Rulan Tangen • Tanya Lukin Linklater
Jacqueline Shea Murphy, coordinator
April 11 – 19, 2012 UC Riverside
• Events with Jack Gray and Rulan Tangen
•• Events with Jack Gray, Rulan Tangen and Tanya Lukin Linklater
APRIL 11, Wednesday
• 4:00-6:00 pm Master class and movement workshop in Indigenous Contemporary Dance
MaryLu Clayton Rosenthal Dance Studio, ARTS 300
Free – open to the campus – dancers of all ages and abilities welcome
• 6:00-7:00 pm Welcome reception
MaryLu Clayton Rosenthal Dance Studio Patio, ARTS 300
Free – open to the public
APRIL 12, Thursday
•• 7:00-9:00 pm Recent work by Indigenous Choreographers 2012: screening and discussion
Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts, Downtown Riverside
Admission: $5 – open to the public
APRIL 14, Saturday
• 3:30 pm Accessing Indigenous Archives: Embodied Explorations
A panel discussion at the annual UC graduate student conference Dance Under Construction
Dance Studio, ARTS 100 Free – open to the public
APRIL 18, Wednesday
• 4:00-5:30 pm Real People, Real Movement – Identity in Motion
Indigenous contemporary dance workshop hosted by Native American Student Programs / The Well
Highlander Union Building, HUB 269
Free – open to the campus
APRIL 19, Thursday
•• 7:00-9:00 pm Performance and Talk Back
New choreographic work by Jack Gray and Rulan Tangen, alongside an installation
of dance video and photographic work by choreographer Tanya Lukin Linklater
Culver Center of the Arts Atrium, Downtown Riverside
Free – open to the public
DIRECTIONS: UCR Campus UCR Culver Center of the Arts
PARKING: UCR Campus permits available at the University Kiosk
UCR Culver Center/Downtown Riverside public parking available in nearby lots
INFORMATION: Prof. Jacqueline Shea Murphy, UCR Department of Dance
Residency made possible by the UC Riverside Chancellor’s Strategic Investment Fund Initiative Grant and hosted by the California Center for Native Nations.
Additional support provided by the UCR Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs, Culver Arts Research Lab (CARL) residency program, Department of Dance, and Native American Student Programs
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Decided to check on the blog of one of my favorite dance critics, Deborah Jowitt, and lo and behold – she has written a wonderful overview of Paul Taylor Dance Company’s recent New York season. Since Dance 6 has just watched excerpts from “Dancemaker”, it is especially timely to read Jowitt’s commentary on premiered works, as well as old favorites. Since it is the 50th birthday of “Aureole” – one of Taylor’s signature pieces – Jowitt takes the opportunity to laud and question Taylor’s output, but ultimately, she does a bit of gushing – nothing wrong in that!