Missing Bella

At age 81, Los Angeles’ modern dance pioneer Bella Lewitzky closed down her dance company. That was 22 years ago and her works have been revived only sporadically since then. A good portion of her repertory is in danger of being gone for good, which would be a terrible outcome. A few people, happily, have …

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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: SF Ballet’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’

I have been a San Francisco Ballet fan since the early 1980s, when Michael Smuin ran the company. I was living in the city and had a ballet subscription. They have only gotten better since then, growing into one of this country’s most distinguished classical companies. Sadly, they infrequently come south to perform here. We’re …

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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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Upcoming dance season: Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Next up, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' International Dance Series: Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra, "Swan Lake," Oct. 2-7 Trey McIntyre Project, Nov. 23-25 Hamburg Ballet, "The Little Mermaid," Feb. 8-10, 2013 Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, "Rodin," May 3-5, 2013 The lowdown: As mentioned in an earlier blog post, the Center has decreased the …

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