Wendy Whelan’s duet “First Fall” with Brian Brooks has grown to a new suite, “Some of a Thousand Words,” and the string quartet Brooklyn Rider performs with them LIVE
Powerful movers with bodybuilder thighs, Malpaso Dance presented one of the most satisfying dances I’ve ever seen—”Indomitable Waltz” by Aszure Barton.
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.
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.