5 Dance Shows to See in L.A. This Week

Alexx Shilling & Willy Souly in Studio
Alexx Shilling & Willy Souly in Studio
Photo by Gary Leonard

This week’s dance shows include classic and contemporary ballets, Philippine dance with a Hawaiian connection and multimedia dance at REDCAT.

American Contemporary Ballet
American Contemporary Ballet
Photo by Anastaia Petukhova

5.  A solo is a lonely thing

Lincoln Jones and his American Contemporary Ballet launch a new season of DANCE+DESIGN. The one hour lecture demonstration spotlights the classical ballet solo, specifically solos in George Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations. The post show reception features live jazz, refreshments and a chance to chat with the dancers. Gensler 500 S. Figueroa St., dwntwn.; March 21, 2, 4, & 6 p.m.,  March 22, 2 & 4 p.m.; $30. ACBdances.com.

Festival Ballet's Swan Lake
Festival Ballet's Swan Lake
Photo by Dave Friedman

4.  A swan flies in from San Francisco

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Students from the respected Huntington Beach training company Festival Ballet are joined by San Francisco Ballet principal dancers in Swan Lake. Yuan Yuan Tan appears as the dual role of the white swan Odette and the devilish black swan Odile, with Tiit Helimets as Prince Siegfried.  Irvine Barclay Theater, 4 242 Campus Drive, Irvine;  Sat., March 21, 7 p.m., Sun., March 22, 2 p.m.; $45, $40 children under 12 and seniors.  949-854-4646, thebarclay.org.

3. About that Filipino/Hawaiian connection

For 25 years, Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts has celebrated the dance and music of the Philippines. Led by Barbara Ele and Joel Jacinto, the L.A.-based troupe explores the historic ties between the Philippines and Hawaii with Mana, the latest presentation of the Aratani World Series. Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC), 244 S. San Pedro St., Little Tokyo; Sat., March 21, 7 p.m.; $20-$35. 213-628-2725, https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9956443.

Alyssa Bross and Kenta Shimizu in Los Angeles Ballet's Sleeping Beauty
Alyssa Bross and Kenta Shimizu in Los Angeles Ballet's Sleeping Beauty
Photo by Reed Hutchinson

2.  The penultimate Sleeping Beauty

His music continually surfaces in ballets, but Tchaikovsky only wrote music specifically for three ballets—the Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. For its 2014-2015 season, Los Angeles Ballet took on the challenge of presenting all three. With Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty under its belt, the Tchaikovsky Trilogy continues with its new production of Sleeping Beauty with choreography from co-artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary after Marius Petipa. After this week’s show, the production moves to UCLA’s Royce Hall for the final two performances. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale; Sat., March 21, 7:30 p.m.; $35.50-$103.50; $29-$83 seniors, students & children. 310-998-7782, losangelesballet.org.

zoe/juniper
zoe/juniper
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1. A dance week at REDCAT

With a trio of locals and a duo from Seattle, REDCAT brims with dance this week. In the quarterly showcase Studio, three local choreographers offer distinctly different approaches. Victoria Marks employs live percussive music from Joe Westerlund for Solar Duplex with Willy Souly and Alexx Shilling. Taking a sports metaphor, choreographer Sarah Leddy’s ensemble explores the soccer in A Beautiful Game. The five women who comprise Szalt unveil F L W R 1, previewed during two recent weekends of sold out art gallery performances. Later in the week, zoie/juniper (Seattle-based choreographer Zoe Scofield and visual artist Juniper Shuey) combine contemporary dance with video and multi-colored paper sculptures in Begin Again. REDCAT, 631 West 2nd St., dwntwn.; Studio on Sun.-Mon., March 22-23, 8:30 p.m.; $15, $12 students. Begin Again on Thurs.-Sat., March 26-28, 8:30 p.m., Sun., March 29, 7 p.m.; $20-$25. 213-237-2800, redcat.org.


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