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L.A. Contemporary Dance Company

It is always a pleasure to see what L.A. Contemporary Dance Company is up to every so often. Their Spring repertory feature Then. Now. Onward! shined like a hidden gem over in the quiet downtown Los Angeles loft at Diavolo Dance Space. The intimate setting provided dynamic views of new works by in house and featured choreographers.

En Route choreographed by Lindsey Lollie, features a live performance of original music by composers Peter Gonzales and Austin Wintory. In this work, the dancers create an atmosphere of abstract and real human interaction divided by the growing pains of change. Each new element introduced causes a stir in the spirit presenting imbalance, unity, isolation, fear, departure, intimacy, conflict and embrace. Every new reaction, no matter how graceful or odd - always leads to adaptation, showing how resilient we really are. A powerful and dynamic showing of music and movement uniting to create a unique mood for the dancers and the environment in which they coexist.

100 Times is Not Enough choreographed by Arianne MacBean highlights the pressures we all come across when we are within our claimed areas of expertise. LACDC's artistic director and soloist Kate Hutter puts on a clever and believable performance complete with spoken satire that bursts into a unique conglomerate of dancers strutting a madness of repetition in the quest for meaning. Arianne certainly adds another spice to the already flavorful repertory!

Next was a fluid and fresh piece danced by Kate Hutter and guest artist Charlie Hodges (of L.A. Dance Project). The duet Unravel was like a brisk, cool wind. Simply beautiful and refreshing. An ode to dance. Originally performed in 2012 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington D.C. with Kevin Williamson (who we all love), this marked the West Coast premiere.

The final piece Prite Oef Stringh choreographed by Kate Hutter is inspired by the 100th anniversary of The Rite of Spring with original music by award-winning composer, Austin Wintory. Together they draw on the themes of the original rite and focus on the sacrifice of the individual to the group mentality. The group morphed into an amoeba of aquatic movement, then into a school of darting fish. Each morph was a new treasure of color. Stand out dancer Melissa Schade captivated our collective minds with a display of unadulterated ecstasy and each dancer played off of the abundant energy that grew like a cloud. Hats off to Kate Hutter for gifting this to her audience.

The L.A. Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC) is a non-profit repertory dance company that offers Los Angeles professional and innovative dance experiences throughout the year. LACDC performs a diverse repertoire of modern, ballet and jazz influenced works reflective of L.A.’s vibrant culture. By affording choreographers and dancers the opportunity to create concert length work in an experimental and collaborative environment, LACDC strives to foster the development of new forms in the contemporary dance genre relevant to today’s audiences. For more info please visit www.lacontemporarydance.org





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