3 Questions: Raiford Rogers

Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet's last local concert was two years ago, when the company presented the debut of "Still Life," a stirring, three-movement work Rogers choreographed to an orchestral score by Zbynek Mateju. The Czech composer had proposed a collaboration with Rogers via email, and the two worked for more than a year without having …

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ABT Review: All-Ratmansky Program

American Ballet Theatre has a lot to offer these days, and its one big, thrilling, ace in the hole is Alexei Ratmansky, its artist in residence. The choreographer—Russian-born and schooled, his skills expanded and fine-tuned in Denmark and Canada—treats the classical art form in an expansive way. He has a complete grounding in technique, of …

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Review: BodyTraffic at the Broad Stage

Is there a more fabulous pairing on the LA dance scene than whip-smart, oversized Andrew Wojtal  and the physically omniscient Guzmán Rosado in Richard Siegal’s “The New 45”? Naw, I doubt it. Not quite a couple, but something closer to buddy-movie material, Wojtal and Rosado slip in and out of one another’s orbit, wiggling body …

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Review: New repertory from Barak Ballet

I think Melissa Barak is one of our most talented and skillful ballet choreographers, one of the increasingly rare dance-makers who still believes in classical dance as a medium of artistry.    I also find that the qualities that attract me to her work—its orderliness, romance, effortless flow, and her insightful use of the ballet …

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Addendum: Trey McIntyre Project

Here are a few more details about Trey McIntyre Project's new, not-yet-titled ballet, which is being co-commissioned by the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and will be performed on the outdoor Plaza, Nov. 23-25.  In a prepared statement, McIntyre said the piece "will further examine the performer/audience relationship and seek to turn inside-out some of …

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The LINES-Hubbard Street Collaboration

For the past three weeks, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, now led by Glenn Edgerton, have been in rehearsal in the dance studios at UCI. King is making a new piece for both companies. This is an unprecedented, and to my mind, potentially very exciting collaboration. King's still-untitled ballet will have …

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