‘Radical Bodies’ in California exhibit and on the streets of New York

Dance · Language & ideas
Politics was not the intended focus of the day-long conference that opened “Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, and Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955-1972,” an exhibit at UC Santa Barbara’s AD&A Museum. Art was. The hugely instructive exhibit unearths and traces the influence on American modern dance of three groundbreaking, bi-coastal dancer/choreographers. ...

Meg Stuart: female brutalism tinged by vulnerability

At left, a portrait of the expatriate choreographer Meg Stuart who is visiting Los Angeles this week. Her bravura solo, “Hunter” will be  performed at REDCAT this weekend. Many choreographers in Los Angeles will find Meg fascinating and real. I am personally very attracted by her distinctive brand of female brutalism — mixing raw emotion ...

Peggy’s place

Film · Visual arts
Art of This Century, view of the Abstract Gallery, New York, ca. 1943. Courtesy Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. Left to right (paintings): Vasily Kandinsky, Landscape with Red Spots, No. 2, 1913; Kazimir Malevich, Untitled, ca. 1916; Francis Picabia, Very Rare Picture on Earth, 1915; Albert Gleizes, Woman with Animals (Madame Raymond Duchamp-Villon), 1914 (partially visible ...

Cinefamily in Chantal Akerman tribute

The honoring of a highly respected filmmaker, Belgian-born Chantal Akerman (1950 – 2015), who died October 5 in Paris, apparently by her own hand at age 65 — a sad occurrence. The Cinefamily will screen Akerman’s chef d’ouevre, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce-1080 Bruxelles, which when premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1975, ...

Girlz n the hood hang out with Misty Copeland

Dance · Film
It was a real girl’s night out — a few righteous gents joined in — as Dance Camera West and The American Cinematheque joined forces, Tuesday evening, to host a sneak preview screening at the Aero Theatre of “A Ballerina’s Tale,” the new documentary about our first African-American principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre, Misty ...

Still in time for October dance month @ Brand Library & Art Center

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 ...

Review: Twyla Tharp’s 50th, reminder of a revolutionary

Dance · Reviews
photo: Sharen Bradford, New York Times Watching Twyla Tharp’s 50th Anniversary Tour performance at The Wallis in Beverly Hills was like taking a trip down memory lane with an old friend. (The Wallis co-commissioned the tour with four other presenters including The Joyce Theater in New York.) The old magic was there in Tharp’s juxtaposition ...

Congratulations, Raven Wilkinson, recipient of Dance/USA 2015 Trustees Award

Two of classical ballet’s loveliest and most well-spoken ballerinas, American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland in a charming interview with a woman on whose shoulders she stands, the pioneering African-American ballerina Raven Wilkinson. Photo credit, Raven Wilkinson portrait, Andros on Ballet

Bringing ballet to Beethoven: Melissa Barak @ the L.A. Phil

Dance · Music
We chatted recently with Melissa Barak, artistic director of Barak Ballet, concerning her upcoming choreographic contribution to the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s annual gala concert September 29 at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The festive all-Beethoven program includes not only the Philharmonic but its conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, doing double duty with the Simon Boliivar Symphony of Venezuela. ...

Barrie Chase rocks the Hermes sandal 4

Dance · Fashion
An interview with the statuesque and still gorgeous Barrie Chase spurred a Facebook exchange about the hip-looking Grecian-style sandals the cool sixties dance-doll wears in these photos. First to comment was longtime ballet master and presenter Don Hewitt, “I have called them Hermes sandals. I thought Bologna’s famous bronze of Mercury/Hermes “en attitude” was wearing ...