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Monday, May 6, 2019

Billy Elliot, all grown up: The boy who originated the stage role dances into Matthew Bourne's 'Cinderella' by Christina Campodonico

If “Billy Elliot” had a sequel, it might look like the life of Liam Mower. At age 12, Mower won the title role of the original West End production of “Billy Elliot: The Musical” in L…

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 10:29PM
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Moving Blind: Visually Impaired Performers Dance from the Soul by Christina Campodonico

By Christina Campodonico When former Soul Train dancer Sylvia Taylor lost her sight as the result of a botched eye surgery about nine-and-a-half-years ago, it put her life on pause. “…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tchaikovsky in Dance, American Contemporary Ballet by Christina Campodonico

By Christina Campodonico At first glance, 19th century story ballets -- about women trapped in swan bodies, a princess in a perpetual sleep, and a Nutcracker Prince transported to a Land of…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Bullying, Angst, Adolescent Identity: Laurie Sefton & Clairobscur Dance by Christina Campodonico

by CHRISTINA CAMPODONICO Sefton’s choreography can feel like watching a teenager’s diary come to life. At a Clairobscur Dance Company rehearsal — of which Sefton is the founder an…

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Dance, Identity and Deforestation: Heidi Duckler Imagines When I Am King by Christina Campodonico

by CHRISTINA CAMPODONICO Heidi Duckler first encountered the King Hing Theater in Chinatown, the dormant cinema was filled with not entirely unexpected flotsam. “It was full of movi…

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Frida Kahlo meets John Coltrane in electric dance homage by Christina Campodonico

Frida Kahlo and John Coltrane are an unlikely pair, but at the Ford amphitheater in Hollywood, they proved an exhilarating match. The Los Angeles-based Latin dance theater troupe Contra-Tiem…

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 08:20AM
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

American Contemporary Ballet: When Dance Meets Design by Christina Campodonico

by CHRISTINA CAMPODONICO many, talking about ballet can feel like speaking in a foreign language. (Its mother tongue is French, after all). But choreographer and American Contemporary Ba…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

'Juliet and Romeo'? Royal Swedish Ballet gives Shakespeare a twist at Segerstrom by Christina Campodonico

Swedish choreographer Mats Ek shocked the dance world when he announced in January that he would be retiring his repertoire of works from the world stage. The news means Southern California …

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 07:32AM
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Los Angeles Ballet's 'Romeo and Juliet' a happy alliance between dance families by Christina Campodonico

The Montagues and Capulets may be feuding once again, but in Los Angeles Ballet's forthcoming production of "Romeo and Juliet," Shakespeare's tragic love story is a happier family affair. Th…

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 03:56PM
Sunday, March 13, 2016

Garth Fagan Dance pays tribute to the director behind 'The Wiz' by Christina Campodonico

If there is such a thing as dance heaven, Garth Fagan Dance showed Saturday that it knows the path there. The Rochester, N.Y.-based company presented the West Coast premiere of “Geoffrey H…

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 06:34PM
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Dance Resource Center Responds to LA Dance Community’s Unique Challenges with Home Grown Program by Christina Campodonico

by CHRISTINA CAMPODONICO choreographer and professional journalist Maritza Navarro, pursuing dance has never been a question of “either/or,” only “and.” “[Dance has] always …

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Performance, Architecture, Los Angeles. Discovering Dance at homeLA. by Christina Campodonico

by CHRISTINA CAMPODONICO I arrive at the apartment complex in Angelino Heights, via a winding drive that leaves me mildly disoriented, a woman is sitting on the building’s tiered f…

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

In 'New Faithful Disco,' Meg Wolfe and dancers groove through a wild night out by Christina Campodonico

The party may already have been over when “New Faithful Disco” started, or perhaps it just had begun. The new dance piece by Los Angeles choreographer Meg Wolfe made its world premiere a…

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 09:11PM
Monday, June 22, 2015

A bubbly mix of Balanchine, Astaire from American Contemporary Ballet by Christina Campodonico

Ballet isn't often served with a side of champagne truffles, but Los Angeles-based American Contemporary Ballet invited audiences to enjoy confections, literal and figurative, at weekend per…

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times at 06:53PM

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