A lot of livin’ (and singin’) to do: Jack Jones @The Barclay

Featured · Music
Frank Sinatra called Jack Jones, “one of the major singers of our time.” Mel Torme said he is “the greatest ‘pure’ singer in the world.” George Chakiris who himself recorded four memorable albums at Capitol Records recently said, “He has a wonderful voice and he never stopped working on it. The last time I saw ...

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago brings rare Forsythe creation to the Barclay

Dance
There’s history here. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago was first presented by the Irvine Barclay Theater at UC Irvine nearly 25 years ago under the auspices of its founding director, Lou Conte. The company, since 2009 under the leadership of artistic director Glenn Edgerton, has moved from its jazz-dance roots to being one of the nation’s ...

Let’s honor Rudy Perez

Dance
A very nice upcoming event at the UC Irvine’s Experimental Media Peformance Lab will honor an American modern-dance iconoclast, dancer/choreographer Rudy Perez. The free event features an appearance by Perez, world premier by the Rudy Perez Performance Ensemble as well as a short documentary on his extraordinary choreographic achievements. Mr. Perez joined the legendary Judson ...

National Choreographer’s Initiative off to the races, for 12th year 2

Dance
The National Choreographers Initiative (NCI), since 2004 pursuing its proclaimed mission “to support and nurture the process of developing new choreography” is kicking off another summer session from its base at the University of California, Irvine campus in Orange County. Molly Lynch, Associate Professor of Dance in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at ...

Jorma Elo’s smart-looking “Overglow”

Dance
We haven’t seen “Overglow” yet. It was created just this past summer in the mystical terrain of Santa Fe, New Mexico. There, superstar choreographer, Jorma Elo, sculpted “Overglow,” set to music by Beethoven and Mendelssohn, on the bending human pretzels of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, located outside Washington ...

Electric blue for Aszure Barton

Dance · Reviews
Barton stretched her torso, and stretched the lycra, too, of designer Fritz Masten’s smart electric-blue pantsuit. Named for the color, the choreographer admitted in a private conversation that blue’s her favorite. (more…) I enjoyed the Irvine Barclay Theater performances of this 35-year-old Canadian-born choreographer who has as a key patron Mikhail Baryshnikov. Read my Aszure ...

Angelin Preljocaj’s “Empty Moves”

Dance · Reviews
I loved this thoughtful, high-quality dance work presented at the Irvine Barclay Theatre this week — found it smart and profound. Having sat through another entire dance concert since, I’m still pondering this one. Read my review in the Los Angeles Times.