Harriet & Charles Luckman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 23, 1996

Contact: Diane Turner
Harriet & Charles Luckman
Fine Arts Complex
Phone: (323) 343-6616
Fax: (323) 343-6423

THE LEWITZKY DANCE COMPANY, ONE OF THE WEST COAST'S LEADERS IN MODERN DANCE, AT LUCKMAN THEATRE ON MAY 25

Los Angeles, CA -- April 23, 1996 -- Explosive, evocative, disciplined and unconventional, the Lewitzky Dance Company appears at Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Theatre on Saturday, May 25 at 8 p.m. For tickets call TicketMaster (213) 480-3232/(714) 740-2000.

Limitless strength and flexibility of the dancers and their repertoire have earned founder Bella Lewitzky an international reputation as a trailblazer in modern dance.

The program to be performed at Luckman Theatre includes Impressions #1(Henry Moore), choreographed by Bella Lewitzky and the cast. It is the first dance in the Impressions trilogy and is motivated by the anthropomorphic wood and metal pieces of English sculptor Henry Moore. The all-female cast of this piece becomes a kind of mobile structure, portraying an extraordinary sense of human caring--the heart of Moore's and Lewitzky's work. The second piece is called Displacements and is choreographed by Susan Rose. Lewis Segal of the Los Angeles Times calls this " Brainy, breezy, and energizing. 'Displacements' made a persuasive audition piece." Episode #4 (Turf) deals with antagonisms, separateness, and territoriality. It shows the conflicts between people and their boundaries of attempted control.

Bella Lewitzky has become one of the West Coast's leading representatives of modern dance and has been changing the landscape of her chosen art form for more than five decades, first as a riveting dancer of legendary power and excitement, and now as a choreographer of sensitivity, intelligence and inventiveness. Lewitzky's choreography extends beyond dance to encompass drama, discipline, attitude, relationships and rituals. Her dancers "create drama in space...they appeal always vehemently and often poignantly," said Los Angeles Times critic Martin Bernheimer.

The Lewitzky Dance Company is a chamber-size ensemble of solo-calibre artists devoted to maintaining the Lewitzky repertoire, choreographing new works, and developing existing and new audiences for dance through touring, workshops, and demonstrations. The company's versatility appears in all its facets: in its concerts; in its repertoire, conventional to experimental; and in its sound, classical to electronic--all reflecting the basic Lewitzky philosophy that art is an on-going process, and that the only constant is change.

Luckman Theatre, part of the Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, is noted for its integrity in bringing innovative dance, music, and theatre to Southern California. It's located at the Eastern Avenue exit of the I-10 (San Bernardino) freeway, on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles. Luckman's beautiful red brick structures house one of the newest performing arts theatres and fine arts galleries in Los Angeles. The fine arts gallery--free to the public-- is open one hour prior to each theatre performance and Monday through Thursday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For theatre ticket information call TicketMaster at (213) 480-3232/(714)740-2000 . For Information about the Luckman Fine Arts Complex call (323) 343-6610.


WHO:
Luckman Fine Arts Complex presents The Lewitzky Dance Company.

WHAT:
Critically acclaimed ensemble of solo-calibre artists perform works by founder Bella Lewitzky and others which demonstrate limitless strength and flexibility, and show a range from conventional to experimental.

WHERE:
Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Theatre, at junction of I-10 (San Bernardino) and I-710 (Long Beach) freeways.

WHEN: Saturday, May 25 at 8 p.m.

TICKETS:
$25/$22 (student & senior prices available)
TicketMaster (213) 480-3232/(714) 740-2000.

INFO:
Luckman information--(323) 343-6610.

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