New company members Iago Breschi and Elizabeth Fittro—and a stunning apprentice, Marta Kelly—brought excitement to City Ballet of San Diego’s show last weekend. And veteran dancer Ariana Gonzalez, looking like she had WD-40 in her shoulders, was at the top of her game.
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Trisha Brown’s dance, in “In Plain Site,” is plain the way Shaker art or a Zen rock garden is plain: Brown stripped movement to its essence, creating series of clean, simple gestures, often performed in silence. It’s simple and impeccable … “heroism of the ordinary.” And it moved me to tears.
When the Tijuana dance company Lux Boreal made Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2008, I wrote that they were raising the bar for dance in Tijuana. And, whether or not it’s Lux Boreal’s influence (I suspect it is), the six mostly-from-Baja works in “4×4 TJ Night,” curated by the company, were super, the best of them showing complexity and wit, as well as serious technical chops.
Tiny youTurn Arts, which puts on just one show a year, can hardly fill the gap left when Sushi went bust in 2011. Still, youTurn producers Erica Buechner and Anne Gehman have made terrifically savvy curatorial choices—like this year’s guest artist, Jesse Zaritt, whose solo, “send off,” felt wickedly ironic … and also holy.
Colony collapse disorder as part of a dance? In “Bee Conscious,” Lara Segura deftly weaves in lessons about bees and presents witty dance that’s a pleasure to watch. There’s a striking Alvin Ailey moment, and utter hilarity when John Paul Lawson vamps as a queen bee.
What does it mean to be a man? It’s a big question, and Michael Mizerany explores it with depth, wit, and steamy sensuality in “ManTrap,” running this weekend at Diversionary Theatre.