I’m often asked for names of interesting dance companies in Los Angeles. An intriguing locally produced series, Brand Associates’ Dance Series, offers a good selection in its two remaining showcases on a four-company roster on subsequent Saturday afternoons.
The performances take place at the Skylight Gallery of Glendale’s fun Brand Library & Art Center. The four companies are woman-led, another attraction to the series.
Alas some weighty performances — the Kirov, Bill T. Jones, Twyla Tharp, others got our attention. We missed out on Sarah Reich’s Tap Music Project (Oct 3) and blue13 dance company under the direction of Achinta McDaniel.
Arianne Macbean & The Big show Co. integrates movement, text, theater, visual imagery and music. Playful, enigmatic and engaging, The Big Show Co. will present The Collective Memory Project, a work-in-progress based on memories of local veterans, performers, and audience members. October 17.
Pony Box Dance Theatre, founded by Jamie Carbetta, integrates visual art to create theatrical, unpredictable contemporary dances. The troupe will present The Line, a dance for seven men that explores the phenomenon of conformity and the eternal tension between the demands of the collective and the needs of the individual in human relations. October 31.
Brand Associates’ Dance Series | Brand Library & Art Center | thru October