Dance in L.A. Is Alive and Kicking
L.A.'s pop-up dance festivals offer an opportunity to savor small samples from different dance companies without committing a whole evening to one troupe. Noelle Andressen and her Rubans Rouges (Red Ribbons) Dance Company host Awakenings and Beginnings, a new entry on the local festival scene, showcasing 10 SoCal troupes for one night only. The starting aesthetic is modern dance, but each ensemble incorporates physical theater, video, ballet, hip-hop and other elements. Some familiar faces include Amanda Hart's Hart Pulse Dance Company and Nancy Evans Dance Theater, both which have hosted their own festivals. Other participants include Santa Barbara–based ArtBark International, which evolved from the physical-theater ensemble SonneBlauma; Megill & Company, known for wryly blending dance with theatrical antics; Wendi Baity's Relentless Dance Theater, injecting a hip-hop audacity into a modern-dance aesthetic; Robert Salas' newly organized Movement Theatre CoLab; and Alex Floyd's OdDancity, which celebrates its first anniversary with this show. This is the debut festival, but Andressen has big plans for its future. The Brewery, 616 Moulton Ave., dwntwn.; Sat., Jan. 19, 7 p.m.; $15, $12 seniors & students; brownpapertickets.com/event/296599.
Sat., Jan. 19, 7 p.m., 2013
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