Contemporary cool from coast to coast with L.A., Philadelphia and New York companies
Mark your dance calendar for September 21–25 for the award-winning Laguna Dance Festival’s 12th year, which will bring three renowned dance companies to Laguna Beach in its quest to showcase new and established dance companies and artists, increase public appreciation and provide quality dance education.
Veteran performer, teacher and choreographer Jodie Gates, founder and director of the Laguna Dance Festival, as well as Director and Vice Dean at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, voices her excitement in her selection of this year’s dance companies.
“I curated this season’s programs with different international choreographers who possess a variety of aesthetics and perspectives,” she says. “For anyone curious about dance, there’s a performance this September that will definitely pique your interest. From edgy to ethereal, there is something special for everyone.”
Indeed, the New York-based Abraham.In.Motion, led by its founder/choreographer and 2013 MacArthur fellow Kyle Abraham, provides the thought-provoking Pavement, which transforms the stage into a basketball court in a creative reimagining of John Singleton’s film Boys N The Hood.
Returning to the festival is Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, BalletX, which challenges the boundaries of classical ballet by encouraging formal experimentation, while preserving rigorous technique. BalletX will be joined by Laguna Dance Festival favorite BODYTRAFFIC of Los Angeles for one exceptional evening with two of the nation’s most popular boutique dance companies.
BalletX will also be offering an afternoon of entertaining dance featuring distinguished choreographers Jorma Elo (Finland), Cayetano Soto (Spain), Amy Stewart (USA), and Matthew Neenan (USA).
Gates promises you won’t be disappointed.
“My favorite part about the companies we present is that a season never goes by that we don’t have first-time attendees coming out after the show with their jaws on the floor. They expect to come sit in the intimate 440-seat Laguna Playhouse and watch a nice performance, but what they get is incredible world-class dance–up-close, personal, and thought-provoking, with a huge wow factor.”