The Skirball Cultural Center doesn't present much dance, but when it does, the group usually is a modern/contemporary company, usually from New York, usually worth attention, and usually connected with Jewish culture. Choreographer Tere O'Connor and his troupe clearly fill the first three criteria, and the two works being performed, Sister
, may touch on the fourth element. As a choreographer, O'Connor is known for finding unexplored middle ground between seeming unalterably opposite elements. The two works scheduled here are part of a multiyear project titled BLEED
, which O'Connor has described as exploring how conflicting cultures eventually blend in a symbiotic relationship. Given how much blood is spilled in cultural/geopolitical/religious conflicts, the search for blending rather than bleeding is a noble endeavor. After seeing parts of BLEED
in a studio setting, Skirball director of programs Jordan Peimer convinced O'Connor to stage the performance in the Getty Gallery rather than the theater. As an extra bonus, on Saturday morning, O'Connor and the dancers offer Movement for Non-Dancers, a free workshop about his approach to movement and a chance for participants to develop a bit of their own choreography. (Advance reservations required: firstname.lastname@example.org.) Skirball Cultural Center, Getty Gallery, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood; April 3-4, 8 p.m.; free workshop Sat., April 5, 11 a.m.; $25, $20 full-time students. (310) 440-4500, skirball.org.
April 3-4, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 5, 11 a.m., 2014