L.A.'s Drool-Worthy Dance Season

August 9, 2016

Los Angeles’s concert dance renaissance is hitting a new high this fall.

L.A. Dance Project  (photo by Laurent Philippe)

The city will host one of the coolest performances we’ve heard about all year: A program next month featuring Ate9 dANCE cOMPANY, BODYTRAFFIC and L.A. Dance Project. Each was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic—which will be playing live—for a show in the iconic, 17,500-seat outdoor Hollywood Bowl.

Say what?! That’s huge!

Although contemporary dance is by no means new to Los Angeles, in the past few years, these three powerhouse companies based in L.A. have drawn national—and international—attention with major tours, amazingly versatile dancers and buzz-worthy choreography. Just last month, I was blown away by the incredible level of the LADP dancers, who not only tackled Justin Peck and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui choreography brilliantly, but breathed new life into rarely-seen Graham duets with fresh, expansive dancing (and great costumes by Janie Taylor). BODYTRAFFIC—which recently picked up some former Cedar Lake dancers—has continued to curate one of the most interesting reps in the country, counting Victor Quijada, Joshua L. Peugh, Hofesh Shechter and Kyle Abraham among its choreographers. And then there’s the innovative Danielle Agami who’s made Ate9 into a kookier, younger, American version of Batsheva.

Photo via ate9dancecompany.com


Sofiane Sylve and Carlo Di Lanno in Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2016.

(© Erik Tomasson)

But Los Angeles can also now claim to be home (at least part-time) to a singular dance legend: William Forsythe. The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance faculty member is being celebrated in a major way this season with a month-long Fall For Forsythe festival throughout the city. Think site-specific performances, intimate conversations, open rehearsals and—best of all—a shared program of Forsythe choreography danced by San Francisco Ballet (Pas/Parts 2016), Pacific Northwest Ballet (The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude) and Houston Ballet (Artifact Suite). Read more about it in Dance Magazine‘s Fall Preview in our September issue.

As if that weren’t enough, Mikhailovsky Ballet, Akram Khan Company, American Ballet Theatre, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Deborah Hay, Cullberg Ballet, Ragamala Dance Company, Lucinda Childs Dance, Urban Bush Women and CONTRA-TIEMPO all have performances scheduled in the Los Angeles area this fall.

No one can say this city doesn’t love dance.


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