Beginning April 16th, this site will be shut down. HOWEVER, I'll be launching a new blog at artfulefforts.com with more content published every week created specifically with artists in mind. All the reviews currently published here will be available on the new site. Head over to artfulefforts.com and subscribe to be notified. And follow @artfulefforts … Continue reading Important Announcement!
What makes you, you? How can you know another person? How do we relate to ourselves and one another? These are just a few questions Rebecca Lemme’s (of Acts of Matter) I/D so eloquently answers. I/D premiered in its full form last weekend at the Odyssey Theater on a split bill with DANCE AEGIS. DANCE … Continue reading Finding Ourselves in Others with Rebecca Lemme’s I/D
Making sense of Andrew Pearson’s The Ballad of Lady M., a mixed-media dance piece, that premiered at The Ruby Street in October 2019. I saw The Ballad of Lady M. by Andrew Pearson (of Bodies in Play) at The Ruby Street on October 26th and reflected upon its messages and meanings for days - an … Continue reading The Ballad of Lady M. Subverts Expectations
LACDC’s latest work, Terra, explores the concept of home as they build a creative community in their new space, Stomping Ground LA. Each collaborator brings their own unique experiences and understanding to this fresh take on interactive performance. Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company is christening their new space, Stomping Ground LA, with Terra, an innovative … Continue reading Exploring LACDC’s New Home with the Creators of Terra
A masterclass teacher once shared a surprising philosophy of movement with me that shaped my whole approach to dancing and later writing: dancers are lazy. Growing up in a serious ballet studio, we were encouraged to take many masterclasses, so I acquired a wealth of knowledge from a diverse array of masterful teachers. Among my … Continue reading What my master-class ballet teacher taught me about writing
In the competitive world of dance, it can be hard for new voices to find spaces to experiment and foster their work. LACDC’s Choreography Lab is creating that space. On July 11th, 2019, LA Contemporary Dance Company’s (LACDC) inaugural Choreography Lab at Renaissance Arts Academy welcomed onlookers and community members alike for an all-around nurturing … Continue reading LACDC’s “huge experiment”, Choreography Lab, is a huge success
On opening night of “Choose Your Identity”, the Fais Dodo set the perfect scene for a rock-and-roll themed performance. The stage was small, but the rows of chairs were set a few yards from the stage to make room for a dance floor. The backdrop of the black stage was covered in red curtains, reminiscent … Continue reading Luminario Ballet’s “Choose Your Identity” is still trying things on
On the evening of May 16th, Ate9 welcomed us to their “living room” at The Ruby Street- a church turned event space with a family beach house atmosphere. The dancers circulated the venue, catching up with friends and attendees before finding their places among the audience. Ate9 choreographer and founder Danielle Agami commanded our attention … Continue reading Ate9’s “1 to 3” gives us a taste of their potential
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You can now watch The Asylum on Amazon Prime! We set off, on October 20th, 2016 for the 48 Hour Horror Film Project, knowing we wouldn't be getting much sleep- and not knowing much else. What we came up with turned out to be some of our favorite work yet, feeling we've settled into horror … Continue reading The Asylum 48 Hour Horror Film Project BTS Story (in Pictures)