5 Dance Shows to See in L.A. This Week: Last Chance for the Brewery's Home Invasion

American Contemporary Ballet
American Contemporary Ballet
Photo by Anastasia Petukhova

This week's dance shows include a major retrospective of Judson Church alum Yvonne Rainer, an encore from a Hollywood Fringe winner and site specific dance at the Brewery.

5.  A new Tchaikovsky ballet without swans

For the second summer, choreographer Lincoln Jones and his American Contemporary Ballet have recruited additional dancers to showcase larger dances for Music + Dance: LA II.  Continuing its partnership with Da Camera Society, ACB debuts Jones’ Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in a salon style performance with live music. Tickets: At ACB Studios, 5900 Wilshire Blvd., mid-Wilshire; Fri.-Sat., Aug. 15-16, 7 & 9 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 17, 2 & 4 p.m., $40.

4.  She put Baryshnikov in a dress  

Mikhail Baryshnikov persuaded her to return to choreography after two decades in film and she put him in a dress (well, half dress, half pantsuit) to perform one of her signature solos. Rehearsal video of Baryshnikov performing that solo is part of "Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Films," a major exhibition of her half century in dance, choreography and film. In the 1960s, Rainer was among the dancers and choreographers identified with New York’s Judson Church who brought American modern dance into a post modern era. One exhibit hall displays notebooks, journals and a loop of video clips of rehearsals and performances that explore how Rainer's choreographic dance ideas paralleled New York’s visual art scene’s efforts to eliminate ornamentation, theatricality and emotionalism. By the late 1970s, Rainer moved completely into filmmaking and abandoned choreography for two decades. A second exhibit hall is devoted to screening her films (schedule at the Getty website). In 2000, Baryshnikov enticed Ranier to restage that solo on him and rekindled her choreographic spark. More recent films reflect new blending of dance and film, but dance fans will find special delight in the earlier performance photos capturing Trisha Brown, Douglas Dunn, David Gordon, Valda Setterfield, and Ranier when they were younger, part of the Judson Church movement, and not yet fully aware how they would change American dance. At the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood; Tuesdays to Sundays thru Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; $15 parking. (310) 440-7300,

HomeL.A. at the Brewery
HomeL.A. at the Brewery
Photo by Andrew Mandinach

3. Home invasion dance 

The inventive site-specific, home-invasion dance event returns for the last of three performances, this time HomeLA: STUDIO // The Brewery occupies an artist’s studio at the Brewery. Address provided with reservation at http://brown? Sun., Aug. 17, 6 p.m. $15 advance purchase, $20 at door.

2. Folklorico at the Ford

Ballet Folklorico Ollín brings Mexican folk dance and mariachi music to the stage in Retablos de Mexico: The Tradition Continues. Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando, Hermanos Herrera and two-time Grammy Award winners Mariachi Divas provide live music. Fri., Aug. 15, 8:30 p.m., $35. John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hlywd., 323-461-3673,

Sandy Simona in Lost in Lvov
Sandy Simona in Lost in Lvov
Photo by Rasika Rewanpathirana

1. Fringe Festival Encore

Sandy Simona wrote, choreographed and performs Lost in Lvov, a portrait of three sisters who leave something of themselves behind and what they acquire when they emigrate from Lvov, Ukraine, to America. While giving voice to the sisters, Simona erupts into dance when emotions are too strong for words. Part of the recent Hollywood Fringe Festival, the 60-minute solo show was selected by for an Encore! Producers Award, which includes an additional performance. Tickets: Sun., Aug. 17, 6 p.m., $15. Schkapf, 6567 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.

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