May 6, 1989 |
"It's almost like dancing with a couple of aliens connected to me," says Alfred Desio about the transducers he wears on his tap shoes to link him to electronic equipment. "They're alive in their own way," he explains, "with their batteries charging a small computer and each doing specific things." What they do is translate Desio's tap sounds into electronic music, as the audience will discover at 3:30 this afternoon in the Bing Theater, USC, when Desio performs in concert with his wife, Louise Reichlin.
August 20, 1986 |
American Tap, Spanish flamenco and Indian kathak focus more intently on percussive step-rhythms than any other dance forms and they also share non-theatrical origins plus an emphasis on improvisational interplay between dancer and musician. By juxtaposing these forms, the stimulating "Sole Music" program, Monday in Theatre 2 of the Los Angeles Theatre Center, inevitably highlighted the points in common and made the inevitable anomalies seem pointless.
March 7, 2007 |
Looking out at the crowd gathered in front of him, dancer Channing Cook Holmes struggled to describe the singular magic of his late mentor, Alfred Desio. But he couldn't recall what he intended to say as he stood fighting back grief, clad in a neat gray suit, smart yellow tie ... and stocking feet. So he slipped on a pair of shoes and started dancing. That's what happens at a memorial for a tapper.
October 5, 2001
Beginning a new Distinguished Faculty Recital series, the Colburn School of Performing Arts presents 15 members of its faculty in a free performance of an all American program, Sunday at 3 p.m. in Zipper Hall at the school, 200 S. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles.
May 3, 1988 |
Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers' New Works Dance Festival VI, seen Sunday afternoon at the Coronet Theatre, confirmed the company's artistic platform and its split personality, with six new pieces by six choreographers and a program divided almost evenly between modern dance and tap. In its ninth season, the company is operating at a workshop level: The choreography and the dancing were earnest and purposeful, but lacked assurance and authority.
November 17, 1986 |
Los Angeles Choreographers and Dancers gave a mixed and not very satisfying program Saturday at the Japan America Theatre.