Keith Glassman & Dancers in the shadow of LAX


The West Los Angeles sky was grey, low-hanging, and pregnant with jets on airport take-offs and approaches. Into this weird netherworld Keith Glassman set loose a tribe of good movers in a ramp-and-rooftop dance exploration last Friday evening. The event was produced by former Merce Cunningham dancer Jim Self and “Pak” Trules.

As airplanes trolled above, on the ground, the choreographer deployed a crawling, climbing and creeping crew who seemed to be calculating distances. It happened at a Manchester industrial building nearby LAX. The whole spectacle unfurled with the choreographer’s characteristic gentle but persistent touch — it injected calm activity into a jangly urban environment. And it was often beautiful.

photo credit: Rollence Patugan, 4th Wall Photography

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