Fresh. Vital. These are not words I expected to use for the Martha Graham Dance Company’s performance at the Civic Theatre on Wednesday. … What a happy surprise, then, to see the exciting show the Graham company did here, performed by dancers who seemed enraptured by this work.

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Some dances have such wildly inventive movement, and it flashes by so quickly, that the minute the piece ends, I want to see it again. That’s how I felt when I caught the premiere of “Odeon” by Ephrat Asherie Dance at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival last summer. I felt that way again when ArtPower presented “Odeon” at the Balboa Theatre last week.

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Litvak Dance may be a newborn, but there were no tentative baby steps in the repertory company’s sold-out debut concert last weekend. Litvak exploded onto the stage at UCSD’s Molli and Arthur Wagner Theatre with assured dancers performing work by four choreographers, shifting deftly between styles. And the closing piece by artistic director Sadie Weinberg was so glorious and theatrical, it begs to be shown on a larger stage.

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Relentless, brutal, an emotional roller-coaster … In “OCD Love,” L-E-V Dance Company’s six dancers occasionally connected and, more often, struggled, creating a society onstage that was high on alienation, short on comfort, and electrifying to watch. With influences from the Tel Aviv club scene, this Israeli dance company …

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For a number of recent dances, Malashock has picked contemporary classical music with wide-ranging moods, dynamics, and tempi, and it’s led to some of his richest, most complex work. That’s the happy case with “yKNOT.” set to several pieces performed by the sextet yMusic Ensemble.

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