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Great Moments in L.A. Dance in 2013

Gregory Maqoma in "Exit/Exist." photo: John Hogg

With strong flavors of Stravinsky, Balanchine, and Trisha Brown, 2013 was a satisfying year for iconic dance, and dance music, in Los Angeles. The centennial of Stravinsky’s game-changing “Rite of Spring” for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes delivered unto us both the Joffrey’s faithful reconstruction of the nervy Nijinsky choreography and, earlier in the year, conductor Gustav Dudamel’s first galloping ride conducting the piece with the L.A. Philharmonic. As well, impassioned performances of the standout Stravinsky-Balanchine collaboration “Agon” … [Read more...]

Bruno Beltrão’s Grupo de Rua in “H3″

H3 - 04  C SCUMECK

[First published on Seattle Dances.] I have been waiting all fall for the Seattle debut of Bruno Beltrão’s company, Grupo de Rua. From what I read, I expected to see dark, volcanic Brazilian street dancers performing hip-hop without the accompanying loud, rapping pulse -- to thus feel time stilled and movement writ large. Though hip hop started up here in the US, I anticipated seeing it more vividly and expressively from these guys. Tough, daring freezes and suicides seemed like they’d be the perfect vernacular for the cruelly stratified, … [Read more...]

Bruno Beltrão’s Grupo de Rua

Bruno Beltrao | Grupo de Rua’s H3

At On the Boards, Fri - Sun Jan 28 - 31, 2010 @ 8pm. This ghostly, washed-out photo of Grupo de Rua, the contemporary Brazilian troupe run by Bruno Beltrão that's performing at On the Boards this weekend, is actually a good indicator of the luminous cinematic quality of H3, a 50-minute dance work for nine men. (Check Seattle Dances soon for a full review of the show.) Also, check out the link below to watch their crazy beautiful backward run formations. It's another sellout for On the Boards, but there may still be seats left for Sunday … [Read more...]

2009: Five Best Moments in Dance


In Seattle and otherwise... 1) "Esplanade" at the UW Meany Hall World Dance series. The dance that I saw as a young child that hooked me forever. It looked a little off-balance with a full-size woman in the jumping-over-bodies role (Lila York, for whom it was created, told me once that it indicated Paul Taylor's belief that the meek shall inherit). (photo by Lois Greenfield of Paul Taylor Dance Company, taken from 2) Hannah Wiley and the UW Chamber Dance Company put on another fantastic program -- this one themed around social … [Read more...]

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