Witches, wolves and the music of Pink Martini audaciously invade the Cahuenga Pass as five dance companies display the wealth of local dance and the diverse sources of choreographic inspiration in this edition of the L.A. So-Cal Dance Invitational (no, that's not redundant; there's also a So-Cal Dance Invitational in Orange County, in January). Invertigo Dance Theatre's Waiting at Home for the Witches offers a light-hearted take on the toil and trouble brewed up by the husbands of Macbeth's three witches' when the guys are stuck at home. Reconsidering the cautionary tale of Little Red Riding Hood, L.A. Contemporary Dance Company reprises Holly Rothschild's provocatively sexual The Better to See You With. Pink Martini provides the music for Andy Vaca's Jazzworks – Long Beach's contribution, General Education. In a more inspirational vein, Lula Washington Dance Theatre brings Beautiful Venus and Serena, an homage to tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams. With the state in full drought mode, Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre offers Brodie's topical Body of Water and Beyond the River, plus Fuerza (Force) from company member Javier Gonzalez. The show celebrates the wealth of SoCal dance and the launch of another summer dance series on the Ford's refurbished al fresco stage. John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hlywd.; Fri., June 20, 8:30 p.m.; $30-$50, $20 students, $12 children 12 & under. (323) 461-3673, fordtheatres.org.
Fri., June 20, 8:30 p.m., 2014
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