dance kaleidoscope 2000

May 30, 2000





Margie Yu
Public Affairs Asst.
(323) 343-3047


of Events


LOS ANGELES, May 30, 2000 - Fourteen works will be premiered during Dance Kaleidoscope in July 2000. The festival, Southern California's leading dance showcase, features a total of 28 artists/companies in five performances at four locations. Evening performances take place at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex on the campus of Cal State L.A. on July 14 & 15, the Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo on July 22, and the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood on July 23. A noontime "Kaleidoscope Teaser" program is scheduled at California Plaza's Marina Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles on July 5.

Except for the California Plaza performance, which is free, tickets for all evening shows are priced at $18 for the general public and $12 for Dance Resource Center members, students with ID and senior citizens. A 'K48-Pass,' priced at $48, provides admission to the four, paid-admission evening shows at a discount of $6.00 per ticket. For Kaleidoscope tickets and information, call 323 343-MOVE (6683).

The Kaleidoscope 2000 premieres include :
* brand new solos from Stephanie Gilliland and Jeff Slayton (July 14, Luckman)
* the West Coast premiere of the living dance documentary, The Horse's Mouth Greets the New Millennium, conceived and directed by Tina Croll and James Cunningham (July 22, Japan America Theatre)
* the first California showing of Loretta Livingston's collaboration with video artist Kate Johnson, Solo Traveler/Viajera Sola (July 14, Luckman)
* a Kaleidoscope-commissioned work from Hae Kyung Lee (July 23, Ford)
* a work to traditional Balinese dance music by Pat Taylor (July 23, Ford)
* a new site-specific work from Shel Wagner and Stefan Fabry (July 15, Luckman)
* the first Los Angeles viewing of Laura Gorenstein Miller's About Anne: A Diary in Dance (excerpt) (July 15, Luckman)

The July 14 opening evening program at the Luckman is entitled "Angels Flight." The seven works featured relate to that theme, which takes its name from the historic funicular railway that is a landmark of downtown Los Angeles.

The festival has traditionally embraced both veteran and emerging choreographers. In 2000, ten choreographers are having their work shown at Kaleidoscope for the first time this year. These include * Rebecca Bryant & Nehara Kalev - Bryant has worked with David Rousseve and Victoria Marks. Kalev, an Oberlin grad, has pursued her dance interests to Brazil, Indonesia, Ghana and Benin. (July 5, California Plaza)
* Marie de la Palme, co-founder of the Sacred Dance Festival in Avignon, France, relocated to Orange County from New York City where she was a principal dancer for Alvin Ailey III and Joyce Trisler companies. (July 15, Luckman)
* Laura Everling, a graduate of the University of Utah, is currently a member of Jacques Heim's Diavolo Dance Theater. (July 5, California Plaza; July 23, Ford)
* Regina Klenjoski Dance Company - Klenjoski's work has been presented in Manhattan, Chicago and Avignon and Paris, France. (July 5, California Plaza)
* Laura Gorenstein Miller/ Helios Dance Theatre Artistic Director Miller's work has been presented at UCLA's Royce and Schoenberg Halls, The Getty Center, and California Institute of the Arts (July 15, Luckman)
* Robin Prichard, who is now pursuing an MFA at UCLA, has presented her choreography at a number of venues in New York City including Joyce/Soho. (July 15, Luckman)
* Banafsheh Sayyad/ Namah Ensemble performs mystical Persian dance. (July 23, Ford)
* Rose Lago Thomas' work has been presented throughout L.A. and Orange Counties by the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture and Silayan Dance Company, among others. (July 5, California Plaza)
* Maura Townsend/Project 21 - Townsend has performed with the companies of Winifred Harris (Between Lines), Pat Taylor (JazzAntiqua) and Lula Washington. (July 23, Ford)

The Cal State L.A. Department of Theatre Arts and Dance sponsors Dance Kaleidoscope in co-sponsorship with the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.


DANCE KALEIDOSCOPE 2000 (Schedule as of 4/27/00)

PROGRAM A: Angels Flight
Friday, July 14, 8:00 p.m.
Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State L.A.
5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles

Stephanie Gilliland-
Solo from the artistic director of TONGUE (Premiere)
Jim Orrante-
Principal from Ballet Met of Columbus, OH, and graduate of L.A. County High School for the Arts performs a solo by choreographer TBA (Premiere)
Jeff Slayton-
Solo by the former Merce Cunningham dancer inspired by the passing of his wife, modern dance choreographer Viola Farber (Premiere)
Loretta Livingston-
Solo Traveler/Viajera Sola, a collaboration with video artist Kate Johnson (California Premiere)
Linda Sohl-Donnell-
Dragonfly, a duet for tap dancer Sohl-Donnell and musician M.B. Gordy
Laila & Adam del Monte-
Flamenco fusion
Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts


Saturday, July 15, 8:00 p.m.
Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State L.A.
5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles

Shel Wagner & Stefan Fabry-
A site-specific piece from experienced contact improvisation artists, To go, please (Premiere)
Marie de la Palme-
Le Coeur Illumine (The Illuminated Heart) is a metaphor for the dynamics of an interaction with God.
Cindera Che-
Taiwan-born choreographer creates a trio set to live Hawaiian music.
Robin Prichard-
The choreographer evokes the landscape of the desert southwest in when sandstone sings.
Helios Dance Theatre-
Laura Gorenstein Miller presents an excerpt from her About Anne: A Diary in Dance, inspired by Anne Frank's A Diary of a Young Girl. (Los Angeles Premiere)
Swetha Bharadvaj-
Tarangam, a solo in the Kuchipudi style from Southern India
Naked With Shoes-
Jeffrey Grimaldo in his solo, Sin Zapatos.
Aida Amirkhanian-
La Donna (solo): "A toast and a dance to all women with or without their hats on..." (Premiere)
Ballet Folklorico del Pacifico-
Boda en Xicontepec glimpses life and tradition in a small Mexican village of the Huasteca region


Saturday, July 22, 8:00 p.m.
Japan America Theatre
244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles (Little Tokyo)

The Horses Mouth Greets the New Millennium (West Coast Premiere)-
This "living documentary," conceived and directed by New York avant-gardists Tina Croll and James Cunningham, returns to L.A. with an all new edition including performers Lawrence Blake, Dulce Capadocia, Grover Dale, Kathleen Knapp, Linda Lack, Carol Lawrence, Hae Kyung Lee, Carla Luna, Francisco Martinez, Stella Matsuda, Yvonne Mounsey, Don Redlich, Gema Sandoval, Anthony Shay and Medha Yodh, among many others.


Sunday, July 23, 7:30 p.m.
John Anson Ford Theatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood

Project 21/Maura Townsend-
Modern dance piece inspired by the voices in bondage in Sudan and Mauritania (Premiere)
Sharanya Mukhopadhyay & Laria Saunders-
Dashavtar portrays ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu in the classical Odissi style from Eastern India.
Laura Everling- Shed, Mother reflects the double life of the amphibian, a creature of water and land. (Premiere)
Parijat Desai-
Elements of Indian classical dance, postmodern technique and yoga are combined in Rewired (3 for Outcaste)
Hae Kyung Lee & Dancers-
Ms. Lee explores her Korean ancestry from a post-modern point of view in this commissioned work. (Premiere)
Katja Biesanz-
Transit, a solo influenced by a stay in Finland and the death of an aunt (Los Angeles Premiere)
Namah Ensemble-
Prayer #7 at the Door of Submission, a trio inspired by the movements of the Moslem prayer ritual
JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble-
Pat Taylor's Legong, a fusion of jazz dance and traditional Balinese dance music (Premiere)


Wednesday, July 5, 12 noon
Grand Performances: California Plaza - Marina Pavilion
350 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles

This outdoor lunchtime program includes performances by Rose Lago Thomas,* Rebecca Bryant & Nehara Kalev, Parijat Desai, Laura Everling,* Regina Klenjoski Dance Company and Shel Wagner & Stefan Fabry.*

*performing premieres


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