5 Dance Shows to See in L.A. This Week: A Bellydance/Hip Hop Alice in Wonderland
Oguri, part of NOW Festival
Photo courtesy of New Original Works Festival
This week's dance events include a new production of Hair, a belly dance Alice pursuing a hip hop white rabbit, and new dance NOW.
5. Wonderland goes bellydance and hip hop
The setup certainly sounds like someone went down a certain rabbit hole or nibbled the wrong mushroom: Combine belly dance with street dance to retell the story of Alice in Wonderland. Yet mixing Middle Eastern dance with contemporary dance forms is exactly what the 20-member Bellydance Evolution and choreographer Jillina Carlano are all about. The five-year-old troupe combines contemporary dance, acrobatics, street dance, theatrical hip-hop and tribal dance to present narrative stories. Here they take on the Lewis Carroll classic with an original score by Paul Dinletir and Ozzy Ashkenazi's live beats. After all, what could be more appropriate than a hip-hop white rabbit? At John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hlywd.; Fri., Aug. 1, 8:30 p.m.; $23-$43, $12-$20 students & children. 323-461-3673, fordtheatres.org.See GoLA. Fri., Aug. 1, 8:30 p.m., $23-$43, $12-$20 students & children. 323-461-3673, www.fordamphitheatre.org.
4. What’s next NOW
The 11th annual New Original Works (NOW) Festival celebrates new dance and other performing arts. This weekend, Program II offers with Carole Kim’s multimedia work with dance by Oguri and Roxanne Steinberg, table-top puppetry by Marsian De Lellis and new dance and music by d. Sabela grimes. Next week, Program III closes the series with a new theatrical work by John Fleck and new dance by Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY. At REDCAT: Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, 631 W. Second St., dwntwn. ; Thurs.-Sat., 8:30 p.m. Thru Aug. 9, $40 festival pass, $20, $16 students. 213-237-2800, www.redcat.org.
3. Tappin' feet
This edition of the family series Big! World! Fun! features Sarah Reich’s Tap Music Project with an array of tap talent including Melinda Sullivan, Lee Howard, Gregg Russell’s Tap Sounds Underground, Steve Zee’s L.A. Ironworks, the Colburn School Tap Ensemble and Reich, plus live music. Preshow activities starting at 9 a.m. include lizard and insect search; reservations are recommended. At John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hlywd.; Sat., Aug. 2, 10 a.m., $5, free children 12 and younger. 323-461-3673, www.fordamphitheatre.org.
2. Two from the South Pacific
The Skirball Family Performances presents two family-friendly dance shows: Saturday is Filipino dance and music from Kayamanan Ng Lahi; on Sunday it’s Pacific Islands dance and music with Kutturan Chamoru. Free with museum admission. At Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood; Aug. 2-3, 12 & 2 p.m. $10, $7 seniors and students, $5 kids 2-12, free under 2. 310-440-4500, www.skirball.org.
Sarah Hyland, Jonah Platt, Mario, Hunter Parrish, Jenna Ushkowitz rehearsing Hair
Photo courtesy of the Hollywood Bowl
1. The Age of Aquarius returns
Adam Shankman directs a new production of the rock musical Hair with a star-studded cast of dancers and singers that includes Kristen Bell (Frozen) and Sarah Hyland (Modern Family). Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hlywd.; Fri.-Sat., Aug. 1-2, 8 p.m., Sun., Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m., $18.10-$75.60. 323-850-2000, www.hollywoodbowl.com.
See also: Our preview of Hair
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