Sometimes the allure of watching a dance performance comes from seeing the latest from an intriguing choreographer. In others, the attraction is the chance to experience an extraordinary dancer. L.A. Contemporary Dance Company's Then. Now. Onward! boasts both. Opening tonight and running through the weekend, the company's repertory show is almost an excess of riches. Established choreographer Arianne MacBean, emerging dancemaker Lindsey Lollie and company artistic director Kate Hutter each contribute a new work, but the frosting on the cake is guest artist Charlie Hodges. A destination dancer for those in the know, Hodges danced with several ballet companies before making a major spash in Twyla Tharp's jukebox dance musicals Movin' Out, The Times They Are a Changin' and his award-winning turn in Tharp's Sinatra show Come Fly Away. L.A. had a chance to be wowed most recently when Hodges danced at Disney Hall with Benjamin Millepied's L.A. Dance Project (Hodges is both dancer and ballet master for that company). Longtime friends Hodges and Hutter dance their collaboration Unravel. Catch a preview of the evening at lacontemporarydance.org/media.
April 4-6, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 7, 7 p.m., 2013
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