"We have a tendency as dancers to compartmentalize," says a bubbly Moore, "but movement is movement. It doesn't matter if you stand at the barre or put on tap shoes. I think of somebody who's used to only going to ballet performances, to see the work of Travis, Josie and me, it's going to be thought-provoking."
As for the company's dancers, they seem to thrive on the new movement vocabularies. Andrew Brader, 24, has been with L.A. Ballet since its inception and is in works by Walsh and Tayeh. "Sonya's movement is not as familiar as what we're used to. There's a rawness to it, and getting it into the body is at first uncomfortable, but she keeps pushing and it becomes ingrained. Josie's movement is more accented. There's more intention behind it."
Walsh, 38, has her own company, MYOKYO. She's produced several full-evening works that are a mash-up of pointe shoes, aerial dances and industrial rock music, composed by her husband, Paul Rivera. She calls it "renegade ballet." Walsh's premiere for six dancers, "Transmutation," while making use of classical technique, also features thrusting tango gyrations, huge grand plies on pointe and sexy split leg lifts — all to Rivera's pulsating score.