Seeing the International Exposure contemporary dance festival in Tel Aviv made me feel as if my nervous system got disconnected, and I had to create new neural pathways. The best of the Israeli dance makers are that good. And guess what? This work is rippling out to San Diego.
Anyone who has sung Christmas carols has come across the German Christmas song “Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming” by Michael Praetorius. Ruben Valenzuela’s BachCollegium San Diego gave a smart concert devoted to the sacred music of Praetorius and his circle of 17th-century German composers at La Jolla’s St. James’ Episcopal Church on Friday (Dec. 20).
As we watched the production on Thursday (Dec. 19) at the Civic Theatre, my companions and I were struck by the old faded sets and costumes. The choreography was even less inspired than I remembered from 2011.
You’ll want to wash the storyline, the gags, the characters in snow…But If you’re a Christmas fanatic, Lawrence Welk fan club member, and still enjoy the film from 1954, this musical is your big mug of eggnog.