Thoughts on Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet

The annual — sometimes biannual — performance by Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet has come to feel like a special L.A. summer tradition, akin to s’mores around a beach fire pit or music at the Hollywood Bowl amphitheater. This year, that single performance at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State L.A. (thank you, Wendy …

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Review: ‘Pepperland’ & Raymonda, etc.

Mark Morris — that most-musical choreographer and sometimes-conductor, who was the 2013 director of the Ojai Music Festival — has shown little interest in setting his dances to rock ’n’ roll or other popular music. So “Pepperland,” seen this weekend at the Segerstrom Center, is an outlier. The piece was a commission, made for the …

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Review Contra-Tiempo in ‘Agua Furioso’

Now 10 years old, Contra-Tiempo is one of Los Angeles’ most ambitious and accomplished home-grown dance companies, but your average resident would be hard-pressed to know about this striking group. It gets most of its gigs on the road, away from L.A., which is a loss for us. Artistic director Ana Maria Alvarez gives her …

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Home Grown @ Bootleg: A Leg up for Los Angeles Dance

A pilot program with exciting potential to promote local dance by giving companies more performing opportunities--which is what Los Angeles dancers say need and want--debuts in February. It is called Home Grown @ Bootleg and the first weekend of concerts will feature Antics, which under the direction of Amy “Catfox” Campion combines street dance with …

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Upcoming dance season: Laguna Dance Festival

The Laguna Dance Festival begins Thursday night. Here are the major events: ** A "sampler" of dance; choreography from Jennifer Lott, Jessie Ryan and Saleemah E. Knight; Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m. Laguna Art Museum. Free ** Backhausdance, Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m., Laguna Playhouse ** LINES Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. and Sept. …

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