5 Dance Shows to See This Week: Dancing With Blue Trash Bags

Invertigo Dance Theatre in After It Happened
Invertigo Dance Theatre in After It Happened
Photo by Joe Lambie

This week's dance shows include an Invertigo dance/theater performance about a community after a disaster, Travis Wall and friends bringing television dance to the stage, and dueling Swan Lakes.

5. Finding out what happened

In After It Happened, Invertigo Dance Theatre’s nine dancers, two musicians and a raft of blue trash bags mourn the trauma and celebrate the resilience of a community grappling with their upended world after a natural disaster. Choreographer Laura Karlin takes a page from percussive performance group Stomp to showcase the transformational theatrical possibilities of commonplace objects, in this instance the blue trash bags. Tickets at 424-229-2141 or www.invertigodance.org/aih. At the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A.; Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun. 6 p.m. Thru Oct. 19, $27-$35, $20 students. 310-477-2055, www.odysseytheatre.com.

Australian Ballet in Swan Lake
Australian Ballet in Swan Lake
Photo courtesy of the Australian Ballet

4.  Swan Lake from down under 

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Yet another choreographer has found parallels between the personal turmoil of England’s Prince Charles and Swan Lake’s Prince Siegfried. While Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake focused on Charles’ relationship with his icy royal mother (and those male swans in feathered knickers), Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake for the Australian Ballet considers the tabloid triangle of Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Camilla, now Duchess of Cornwall. At the Music Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; thru Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 11, 1:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 12, 2 p.m., $36-$152, 213-972-0777, www.musiccenter.org.

3. Mouth to mouth at the Moss

In the last year or so, choreographer Danielle Agami and her eight-member contemporary troupe Ate9 Dance Company have established themselves as a major force on the local dance scene. These performances offer Agami’s latest, mouth to mouth, featuring dancers Sarah Butler, Ariana Daub, Thibaut Eiferman, Rebecah Goldstone, Sarah Lyman, Scott McCabe, Genna Moroni and Agami. The Sunday show is followed by the company’s first fundraising gala dinner. Tickets for show and gala at www.ate9dancecompany.com/general-admission-ticket-mouth-to-mouth or via email at ate9.moroni@gmail.com. At the Ann & Jerry Moss Theater, New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica; Sat., Oct. 11, 8:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 12, 4 p.m., $35, $25; gala $150 includes show, dinner & parking. www.mosstheater.com.

Kenta Shimizu and Alynne Noelle in Los Angeles Ballet's Swan Lake
Kenta Shimizu and Alynne Noelle in Los Angeles Ballet's Swan Lake
Photo by Reed Hutchinson

2. Locavore Swan Lake

Launching its 2014-2015 season, Los Angeles Ballet reprises artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary’s elegant and romantic version of Swan Lake. Perhaps because they trusted the audience to appreciate the classic ballet, when it premiered in 2012 this Swan Lake sold out most of the performances. That made it a logical choice for this expanded four program season, which promises to delight lovers of story ballets. With Swan Lake, the Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty, LAB tackles the daunting task of performing all three full-length ballets for which Tchaikovsky composed the music during one season, plus a contemporary Directors Choice program with works by George Balanchine and Jyrie Kylian. Continuing its commitment to bring great ballet to greater L.A., Swan Lake opened in the South Bay, moves to Northridge this week, then to Westwood, and finishes in Glendale. Video previews and tickets at www.losangelesballet.org or 310-998-7782. At Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge; Sun., Oct. 12, 2 p.m. Also at UCLA Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr., Wstwd.; Fri.-Sat., Oct. 17-18, 7:30 p.m. Also at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale; Sat., Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.;  $31-$99, 20% discount students & seniors, 310-998-7782, www.losangelesballet.org.

Shaping Sound
Shaping Sound
Photo courtesy of Shaping Sound

1. Off the small screen, onto the big stage

Travis Wall has bloomed from a winning contestant on TV's So You Think You Can Dance into a significant player among the emerging generation of young choreographers, with wide-ranging commissions from Los Angeles Ballet and Las Vegas. Wall may have started with the highest profile, but the two-year-old company Shaping Sound is a collaborative quartet of Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance, and Kyle Robinson, whose collective profile was heightened by the Oxygen reality show All The Right Moves. Tickets at www.ShapingSoundCo.com. Ricardo Montalbán Theatre, 1615 Vine St., Hlywd.,; Oct. 11-12, 8 p.m., $39-$79. 323-871-2420, www.themontalban.com.


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