March into Spring, or spring into March, either way you’ll need this dance guide:
Blythe Barton Dance set the barre high in horizontal mode, and there are dynamic offerings for every taste this month. Local dance companies are presenting full evenings and collaborating with orchestras. Notice the international accents. The American-born choreographer of Germany’s Hamburg Ballet presents work and accepts the Kyoto prize in San Diego. There’s a Cuban dance and music festival and Flamenco ballet from Spain. Bailamos toda la noche!
4-6 Balanchine Masterworks, City Ballet of San Diego, Spreckels Theatre. Get all the details in my preview (Mar. 3, Night and Day, UT San Diego). https://www.cityballet.org/
12 SD Young Choreographers Showcase & Prize, White Box.
It’s grown into two shows: 5 and 7 pm. Have a drink and a pizza at Solare in between. Winners are announced after the last show. Judges and audience members get to vote. Don’t discount this little contest. No joke, this is where emerging dance makers and performers launch careers. I’ve written about this in award-winning features: http://www.sandiegostory.com/when-dance-makers-test-work-compete-for-prizes-everyone-wins/ http://www.sandiegostory.com/next-generation-revealed-in-choreographers-showcase-prize/ Try to snag a ticket and vote: http://www.sandiegodancetheater.org/ChoreographersPrizeChoreographers.html
12 Noche Cubana is hailed as San Diego’s biggest and funniest Cuban music and dance celebration. Learn to Salsa. WorldBeat Center. http://events.worldbeatcenter.org/?event=noche-cubana-4
12-13 Romeo & Juliet, California Ballet, at Balboa Theatre. The program includes a new work by Guest Choreographer Jared Nelson titled Ruled by Secrecy. He’s the handsome guy who starred in Cal Bal’s Great Gatsby. http://californiaballet.org/romeo-juliet/
12-13 Lux Boreal Dance Company, a favorite from Tijuana, dances Stravinsky’s “Persephone,” in a brilliant collaboration with Steven Schick who directs the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus. I talk to Lux’s artistic director Henry Torres and Schick about their enduring friendship and collaborations. (Watch for my preview Mar. 10, UT’s Night and Day). http://www.lajollasymphony.com/about/March_Concert.php
14-20 Trey McIntyre is the featured guest at the Front & Main Dance Festival, in Temecula. City Ballet of San Diego and the PGK Project will also be there. http://frontmainfest.com/
15 Akram Khan and Israel Galvan in the California premiere of Torobaka, Irvine Barclay Theatre. It’s an easy road trip. www.thebarclary.org.
16 Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia is on a 20th Anniversary Tour and presents Images: 20 Years, a program to revisit five of the most celebrated choreographies of its repertoire. It’s directed by Ragaela Carrasco, one of the most important reps of flamenco art in Spain. Spreckels Theatre, presented by La Jolla Music Society. www.ljms.org.
17 “Shakespeare Dance,” is part of the John Neumeier Kyoto Prize lecture-performance, Univ. of San Diego. He’s the American-born master choreographer of Germany’s Hamburg Ballet. I’ll interview Mr. Neumeier in the coming days to find out more about this exclusive event. It’s free but you have to reserve seats. Pina Bausch was awarded the last dance Kyoto Prize, and anyone who was there can’t forget her dancers in long gowns. http://www.sandiego.edu/kyoto/
18-20 Malashock Dance performs The Firebird, part of the music in motion series with with the San Diego Symphony, Copley Symphony Hall. http://malashockdance.org/performances/
20 First Day of Spring, 2016.