3 Questions: Rachel Moore, Music Center

The Music Center kicks off a new initiative this summer, called The Music Center on Location. The downtown performing arts center is moving off campus, presenting two smaller dance companies and music artists at the Ford Theatres: Aszure Barton Dance in "Awáa" on Aug. 18 and Jacob Jonas The Company on Aug. 19, in shared program with …

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This Week: Laguna Dance Festival

Laguna Dance Festival returns this week and artistic director Jodie Gates is presenting two popular contemporary dance companies: Parsons Dance and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. The former was founded by David Parsons in 1985 as an outlet devoted (mostly) to his highly athletic and accessible modern dance works. His most famous piece, "Caught," a solo in …

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LA Rothbart is alleged mastermind of attack on Bolshoi director

News out of Moscow on the horrific acid attack against Bolshoi artistic director Sergei Filin, and the prime suspect -- even confessing  on Russian television -- is a principal dancer with the company. The alleged ringleader is Pavel Dmitrichenko, who appeared as Rothbart in "Swan Lake" in June 2012, when the Bolshoi Ballet appeared in a sold-out …

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Glorya Kaufman responds to my LAT article

In my Dec. 16 article for the Los Angeles Times wrapping up the year in dance, I expressed my disappointment with how heavy-hitter philanthropist Glorya Kaufman chose to lavish millions of dollars (exact amount undisclosed) on USC to start a new school for dance. I argued that donations are most urgently needed for daily operations to support …

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Pentacle director to take a step down

Ivan Sygoda, the longtime co-director of the arts management non-profit organization called Pentacle, will be stepping back from his duties this July, the New York-based organization announced this week. Sygoda will still be involved in some of Pentacle's projects, but he is handing off the day-to-day running of the organization to a group of in-house leaders …

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