5 Dance Shows in L.A. to See This Week, Including the Return of L.A. Dance Project

Los Angeles Dance Project
Los Angeles Dance Project
Photo by Benjamin Millepied

This week’s dance shows include an homage to the car, the return of Benjamin Millipied’s mostly not in L.A. Dance Project and composer/choreographer Brian Moes’ latest.

5.  Drive and dance

The car and its drivers may be in current disfavor in some circles, but Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, L.A.’s preeminent site-specific dance theater company, considers the special relationship between Americans and their automobiles in this reprise of Parts and Labor. The work involves dancing on, under, in and over vehicles; at the time of its premiere in 1992, it was reviewed as “uproariously inventive music and dance.” Tickets for the one-night-only event at www.heididuckler.org. At Ace Museum, 400 S. La Brea Ave., Hllywd.; Sat., Oct. 25, 8 p.m. 323-965-8200, www.acemuseum.org.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre
Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre
Photo courtesy of Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre

4.  Dance with a mountain view

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Benita Bike’s DanceArt performs three works in this scenic venue. Brand Library & Art Center, 1601 West Mountain St., Glendale; Sun., October 26, 2:00 p.m., free.

3.  Tattoo or fingerprint?

Artistic director Brian Moe leads the nine-dancer troupe INKED Dance in a concert that includes The L.A. Symphony, Moe’s latest choreography and composition, plus other repertoire dances. Tickets at www.inked-dance.brownpapertickets.com. At Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater, Cal State Long Beach, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach; Oct. 24-25, 8 p.m., $20, $15 students & seniors. www.csulb.edu.

2.  Breakdance legato

Dancer/choreographer Jacob “Kujo” Lyons brings the b-boys and b-girls of his troupe Lux Aeterna to the stage with two works. Lyons’ Duet and Eponym employ the strength and counterbalance of breakdance to take the form in a softer direction. At Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W. Pico Blvd., W.L.A., Thu., Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m., $35, $25 students. 310-286-0553, www.theatreraymondkabbaz.com.

Dancer Charlie Hodges of L.A. Dance Project
Dancer Charlie Hodges of L.A. Dance Project
Photo courtesy of L.A. Dance Project

1.  Millepied brings it home

Despite its name and its growing number of staff and dancers based here, the L.A. Dance Project spends most of its time away from L.A., touring Europe and the United States. Fortunately, this collection of riveting dancers returns to its namesake town with a triptych program that includes the reprise of a modern dance classic, a U.S. premiere based on the choreographer’s time in L.A., and a preview of a new work from artistic director Benjamin Millepied. The reprise is William Forsythe’s 1993 Quintett, which was part of the Dance Project’s Music Center debut in 2012, and one of the first times Forsythe allowed the piece to be performed outside his own company. The U.S. premiere on the program is Emanuel Gat’s Morgan’s Last Chug. Born in Israel and in recent years based in France, Gat reports that his new work was inspired by his time in L.A. working with the company. In the third slot, Millepied previews a new work. Set to music by Philip Glass, the new (apparently unnamed) dance is only being previewed here, the official premiere being saved for performances outside Los Angeles. At the Theater at the Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, dwntwn.; Fri., Oct. 24, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 25, 7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 26, 3 p.m.; $25-$75. (213) 623-3233, www.ladanceproject.com, www.acehotel.com/#losangeles/theatre.


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