When we had to do a movement phrase crossing the floor, I started to think that being onstage was a very bad idea. This year’s Live Arts Fest offered not just a look at dance legacies, but actual somatic experience. Plus a lesson that choreographers age incredibly well … Bella Lewitzky started her company at 50 and led it for 30 years; and Robert Cohan, whom the little festival that could brought from London, showed a fresh new work he’d created at 90.
Gaga. Opera. A foot-stomping dance-off with tap, flamenco, and Bharata Natyam artists shaking the floor. The PGK Dance Project’s “San Diego Dances” kept the thrills coming. The excitement began with the venue …
The Spreckels Theatre was described by one visiting international company as an ideal stage for dance. This weekend it’s the site for two unique programs with work by four choreographers—both modern dance and ballet—in City Ballet of San Diego’s “Ballet and Beyond.” And newcomer Geoff Gonzalez proves he can hold his own with …
Is it just San Diego, or do dance artists everywhere cook up provocative titles to get folks in the door, and then give them art? That’s what happened at “Sweat: Hot Dances for a Hot Night,” where Randé Dorn’s richly psychological work was the discovery of the evening … though there were certainly some sexy moments, provided by the guys.
A novelist of dance, Blythe Barton, in her longer work, creates vivid societies onstage. In “The only real world I know is mine,” her premiere at the San Diego Fringe Fest, Barton’s world was a generous place that I wanted to live in.
In spite of strong choreography and superb dancing, watching Zaquia Mahler Salinas’s “Hirudinea and Her Host” made me feel like I was in an artsy gentleman’s club. Find out why I think Salinas made problematic artistic choices … and join the conversation.