After a lull of several years, Dance/LA returned to the local concert scene Friday to present three new works at the Barnsdall Park Gallery Theatre. Some of the principals have changed, but the strongly danced program reflected a continuing commitment to individualism in repertory and ensemble values in performance.
"Nothing Suite" featured the dual talents of dancer/choreographer d'Warf in a theater/dance piece that took a sly look at life in the fast lane. Nancye Ferguson made a striking guest appearance in an acting role, ably joined by Janet Carroll and Anita Pace-Warfield in the seriocomic affairs of a libidinous and chemically adventurous quartet.
Paul M. Young's composite score cued the action as it moved through amorous misadventure (romantic strings), hallucinatory "bad trip" (weirdo music), sharp-edged pas de trois (hard-driving rock), and simultaneous solos accompanied by a bittersweet ballad as they wound and unwound, folded and released.
Former Dance/LA artistic director Ronnie Brosterman contributed "A is for. . . ," an absorbing study of attraction and repulsion featuring Pace-Warfield, Cathy Milne and Rene Olivas Gubernick. Tenderness gave way to dependency, manipulation and gestures of hunger, loneliness and defiance.