Infused with a Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland "Let's put on a show" sensibility, the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, under the artistic direction of Kate Hutter, made its debut Thursday night at Highways Performance Space. But plucky and sincere as the eight-member troupe is, the goods were far from delivered in its six-part program, "The Reveal."
Granted, Hutter -- a USC graduate and master of fine arts candidate at the State University of New York's Purchase College -- is young and still developing a movement vocabulary. What a news release calls her "signature work with voice, breath and rhythmic sections," however, could stand retooling.
Given to large female groupings, she typically intersperses frenzied hand motions with yoga-like postures, as in "Portraits of the Reveal." First presented at USC and inspired by photographer Imogen Cunningham, it features six dancers in slips who beam continually while running helter-skelter to string music best deemed lyric light.
In Hutter's "Triptych," seen at Purchase in December, a female quintet -- Lauren Dragicevich, Kristen Dusold, Devin Fulton, Jamila Glass and Allison Jones -- powers through head-clutching angst, skirt-swirling and backward skittering, seemingly detached from the Josquin des Prez score.