Dance Kaleidoscope 1996

For Immediate Release: May 6, 1996

Contact: Linda Chiavaroli
United Arts
Phone: (213) 256-7828, FAX: (213) 256-8396
or Carol Selkin
Cal State L.A. Public Affairs Director
Phone: (323) 343-3050, FAX: (323) 343-6405

DANCE KALEIDOSCOPE 1996 OPENS JULY 19 AT CAL STATE L.A.

Featuring 40 Companies In Five Programs

Los Angeles, CA -- May 6, 1996 -- Dance Kaleidoscope 1996, an annual dance festival showcasing works of choreographers from all over Southern California, will present performances by 40 companies in five different themed programs in three distinctive locations this summer.

On Friday, July 19, the festival will open with Body Language in Luckman Theatre on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles. The program will reveal a panorama of expressive styles: traditional dances from Cambodia, Ireland and the Indian state of Manipur, and Flamenco, tap, cutting edge modern, Mexican folkloric and ballet. First Person...Present, at Luckman Theatre on Saturday, July 20, will spotlight emerging choreographers or known practitioners working in a new context.

Kaleidoscope will expand its presence on the west side of Los Angeles with two additional performances on Sunday, July 21 at the Strub Theatre on the campus of Loyola Marymount University; last year's single performance at Loyola was sold out. Role Play, showing at 2 and 7 p.m., will explore attitudes of men and women toward each other and toward life in general.

The festival will move to the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre for two other programs on Saturday, July 27. Dance It Up!, a one-hour show for children and their parents at 10 a.m., will demonstrate a spectrum of movement possibilities from ancient Aztec ritual to contemporary jazz dance. In Crossroads, showing at 8 p.m., six Los Angeles-based choreographers will meld their cultural traditions -- African-American, East Indian, Jewish and Filipino -- with '90's visions.

The following 20 artists/companies will be presented at the festival for the very first time:
Don Bondi
Pallas Sluyter
Suchi Branfman
Lisa Townsend
Casey Carney
Allianza Ximalli-Xipetotec
Sam Donlavy
Country Knight Cloggers
Monica Favand
Dance Electric
Brian Frette
Debi Toth and Dancers
Malathi Iyengar & Rangoli Dancers
Hae Kyung Lee & Dancers
Walter Kennedy
Licia Perea y Danzantes
Kitty McNamee
Notario Dance Company
Sohini Ray
Rhapsody in Taps

Tickets for all Dance Kaleidoscope performances, except the one-hour family show, are priced at $18 for the general public and $12 for Dance Resource Center members, students with ID and senior citizens. Admission to the family show is $7.

Tickets for performances at Luckman Theatre may be ordered through TicketMaster at (213) 480-3232 or (714) 740-2000.

Tickets for performances at Loyola Marymount and the Ford may be ordered through THEATIX at (213) 466-1767.

Dance Kaleidoscope began in 1979 and was originally presented at the Ford Amphitheatre by the Los Angeles Area Dance Alliance until 1985. In 1989, the Cal State L.A. Department of Theatre Arts and Dance assumed sponsorship of the festival in co-sponsorship with the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.

Additional support for the 1996 festival has been provided by the California Arts Council, Capezio/Ballet Makers Foundation, Times Mirror Foundation, Loyola Marymount University and the National/State/County Partnership of the Los Angeles County Music and Performing Arts Commission.

Luckman Theatre is on the campus of Cal State L.A., located at the Eastern Avenue exit of the San Bernardino (10) Freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 freeways. Free parking is available on the campus.

The Strub Theatre is on the campus of Loyola Marymount University, located on Loyola Boulevard at West 80th Street in Westchester, six minutes north of LAX. Parking is free.

The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre is a 1200-seat outdoor performance space located in the Hollywood Hills, off the Hollywood (101) Freeway just north of the Hollywood Bowl. On site, stacked parking is available for $4 per vehicle. Free, non-stacked parking is available, for evening performances only, in the Hanna-Barbera lot at 3400 Cahuenga Blvd., 1.8 miles north of the Ford. A shuttle, which costs $1.00 per person, runs to the Ford about every 15 minutes for 1 and 1/2 hours before curtain and immediately after the performance.


Dance Kaleidoscope Festival schedule is as follows:

Body Language
Luckman Theatre, Cal State L.A. - July 19 at 8 p.m.
Isaacs, McCaleb & Dancers (modern)
Dance Celeste (Cambodian Classical Dance)
Sophiline Shapiro, Artistic Director
Annee Albritton (Irish Step Dancing)
Laila and Adam del Monte (Flamenco)
Michael Mizerany (modern)
Hae Kyung Lee & Dancers (modern)
Rhapsody in Taps (tap)
Linda Sohl-Donnell, Artistic Director
Sohini Ray (East Indian - Manipuri)
Charles Maple & Dancers (ballet)
Ballet Folklorico del Pacifico (Mexican folkloric)
Jose Vences and Adriana Gainey, Artistic Directors

First Person...Present
Luckman Theatre, Cal State L.A. - July 20 at 8 p.m.
Dance Electric
Veronica Apodaca-Mendonca, Artistic Director
Licia Perea y Danzantes
Walter Kennedy
Suchi Branfman
Classic Kite Tails
Rudy Perez, Artistic Director
Karen J. Woo
Sam Donlavy
Lisa Townsend
Kitty McNamee
Monica Favand
Diavolo Dance Theatre
Jacques Heim, Artistic Director

Role Play
Strub Theatre, Loyola Marymount University - July 21, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Naomi Goldberg's Los Angeles Modern Dance & Ballet
Casey Carney
Tribute to Antony Balcena
Antony Balcena's Memorial Dance, performed by Nan Friedman
Don Bondi
Hae Kyung Lee & Dancers
THE BRIDGE Dance Theatre
Phyllis Douglass, Artistic Director
Brian Frette
Notario Dance Company
Brook Notary, Artistic Director
Silayan Dance Company
Dulce Capadocia, Artistic Director
Debi Toth & Dancers
Juan Talavera and the Men of Flamenco

Dance It Up!
Narrated by Llewellyn Crain
John Anson Ford Amphitheatre - July 27 at 10 a.m. (one-hour family concert)
Allianza Ximalli-Xipetotec (Aztec tradition)
Sonia Solis-Sanchez, Artistic Director
Country Knight Cloggers
Scott Singer and Brian K. Tillis, Co-Artistic Directors
Annee Albritton (Irish Step Dancing)
Next Generation (jazz)
Marguerite Derricks, Artistic Director
Alfred Desio & Colburn Kids (tap)
Kultura Philippine Folk Arts
Celia de Fato, Artistic Director

Crossroads
John Anson Ford Amphitheatre - July 27 at 8 p.m.
Next Generation (jazz)
Marguerite Derricks, Artistic Director
Kayamanan Ng Lahi (Filipino)
Joel Jacinto, Artistic Director
Malathi Iyengar & Rangoli Dancers (East Indian)
Naomi Goldberg's Los Angeles Modern Dance & Ballet
Bre Dance Theatre
Clifford Breland, Artistic Director
Kultura Philippine Folk Arts
Celia de Fato, Artistic Director

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