This week's dance picks include Trey McIntyre's latest tricks, Hula in Little Tokyo, Lewis Carroll meets Mister Alice, and 21st century dinner theater.
4. Trey McIntyre's Latest Tricks
As much conjurer as choreographer, Trey McIntyre first mesmerized the dance world with his dramatic and seductive productions, then established his own eponymous company, eschewing the big cities for the unlikely locale of Boise, Idaho. From there his chamber troupe has toured the United States, and it most recently attracted funding from the U.S. Department of State to tour Asia. Trey McIntyre Project has become a familiar feature at SoCal venues, including the Hollywood Bowl with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, plus a 2009 residency at Orange County's Segerstrom Performing Arts Center, which included a multimedia, site-specific episode with the audience following the dancers out of the theater onto the adjoining plaza. Another site-specific event is part of this visit, along with Ladies & Gentlemen, inspired by progressive parenting espoused in Free to Be You and Me, the duet Bad Winter, and another new work tentatively titled Unkindness of Ravens that came out of the recent Asia tour and finds dancers from the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company joining McIntyre's dancers. Come early for co-founder John Michael Schert's free preview talk one hour before each show then catch the conjurer's most recent magic tricks. Segerstrom Hall and Arts Plaza, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa; Fri., Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 24, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 25, 2 p.m.; $15-$60. scfta.org.
3. Hawaiian dance in Little Tokyo
This benefit concert titled Ohana features dance and music from the South Pacific islands. Hawaiian dance troupe Keali'i Caballos & Halau is joined by Daniel Ho & Friends, Nobuko Miyamoto, On Ensemble, and Cold Tofu Impro. The performance is followed by a celebration in the outdoor plaza. Top ticket price also includes a pre-performance reception. At the Aratani Japan Theater, 244 S. San Pedro St., dwntwn.; Sat., Nov. 24, 7 p.m. 213-680-3700, www.jaccc.org.
3. They call me Mister Alice
In this interpretation, choreographers Fuko Takenaka and Shuhei Meguri offer Mr. Alice, a new perspective on Alice in Wonderland, asking the question: “What if Alice is a boy?” Find out at the El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood; Wed., Nov. 28, 12 & 7:30 p.m., $25, https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/918724. 818-508-4200, www.elportaltheatre.com.
1. 21st century dinner theater
Bringing the idea of dinner theater into the 21st century, Teatro Zinzanni has taken over the Plaza area of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts with a 3-hour extravaganza that combines fine dining with dance, cabaret, improv comedy, cirque and vaudeville. The show is ever-changing, encouraging repeat visits. The price includes the five course meal but not beverages or gratuity. The show has been extended into February 2013 and a New Year's Eve show has been added. At the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa; Wed.-Sat., 7 p.m.; Sun. 12 & 7 p.m.; Mon., Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m. Continues through Feb. 17, $122.85-$163.80., 714-556-2787, www.scfta.org.
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