The Luckman, at Cal State Los Angeles, is a great for dance, with excellent sight lines. Curtains in the auditorium can close off seats, making it feel comfortable whether it’s a sold-out house of 1,152 or a comfy group of 500. After an early, active period of regular dance offerings (the theater opened in 1994), the theater dropped off the dance map in recent years. This season, the Luckman is presenting two companies.
- Rubberbandance, March 9, 2013
- Northwest Dance Project, April 20, 2013
Rubberbandance, 10 years old this year, was founded by Victor Quijada, graduate of the LA County High School for the Arts where he was a student and protege of Rudy Perez. Quijada was profoundly influenced by hip-hop culture and it is an integral part of his choreography. Launched in L.A., Rubberbandance is now based in Montreal.
Northwest Dance Project was co-founded in Portland, Ore., in 2004 by Sarah Slipper, a former member of Royal Winnepeg Ballet, and by Scott Lewis, as executive director. What distinguishes this small contemporary company is that it performs only original dance works, meaning (if I’m understanding correctly) that its entire repertory is composed of commissioned ballets. The company’s rep for this season includes ballets by Slipper, Didy Veldman, Luca Veggetti and others. The Luckman program has not yet been announced.