Star-Crossed Hoofers

Forbidden passions, blood feuds and two well-armed families jockeying for political advantage. No, not Game of Thrones. It's Romeo and Juliet, the Shakespeare tragedy that choreographers just can't resist. Jerome Robbins used jazz dance in West Side Story to transport the suicidal lovers to the world of midcentury New York City street gangs, while in his Hollywood years, George Balanchine created a version pitting dancers in pointe shoes against tap dancers in dance duels. In that same inventive spirit, Blue 13's Achinta S. McDaniel and her Bollywood dancers teamed with So You Think You Can Dance hip-hop choreographer Sara Von Gillern and a crew of street dancers. The result, Fire and Powder, has Juliet with her hip-hop Capulet crew, while Romeo and his Montague clan bring Bollywood to the mix. The highly energized, very L.A. dance styles promise to be well-matched as they go toe-to-toe in this dance battle, which includes a nod to West Side Story. It's not required, but audience members can learn some of the choreography at youtube.com/blue13dancecompany, choose to side and sit with Team Capulet or Team Montague, and then stand and perform their side's moves during the show as part of a flash mob. Details on this and other imaginative participatory fun are atblue13dance.com. Preshow activities begin at 6:30 p.m. Ford Theaters, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hlywd.; Sat., Aug. 3, 8:30 p.m.; $30-$45, $15 students, $12 children. (323) 461-3673, fordtheatres.org/en/events/details/id/568.
Sat., Aug. 3, 8:30 p.m., 2013

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John Anson Ford Amphitheatre

2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, CA 90068

323-461-3673

www.fordamphitheatre.org