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June 23, 1990
Regarding Lewitzky's plan to sue the National Endowment for the Arts over grant policy: Perhaps taxpayers should sue the artistically deranged for attempting to force us down to their lowest common denominator--and expecting us to pay for it! ARTHUR L. GEMME San Pedro
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November 27, 2011 | By Donna Perlmutter, Special to the Los Angeles Times
We all know what happens when great composers, writers and artists die: Their work lives on. But what about groundbreaking choreographers — say, Martha Graham, José Limon, Merce Cunningham, Antony Tudor, Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine — those creators whose inspiration floats on a flashing moment, an instant image, a looming structure, perhaps never to be recaptured? A question of survival follows. Because, unlike music (written in scores), art (hanging on museum walls) and books (housed in libraries)
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May 9, 2005 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
The tribute to the internationally known dancer and choreographer Bella Lewitzky was initially conceived as a living bouquet to the woman affectionately considered the doyenne of modern dance in Southern California. But with her death last year at age 88, the program Saturday at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts instead became an homage to her legacy, with four former company members each choreographing a new piece and the evening book-ended with two of her dances.
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January 6, 2008
Melissa Barak was a great favorite of mine at the New York City Ballet, and I and many others miss her ("Naughty & Nice," by Elizabeth Khuri, Dec. 9). There was a cheerfulness about her as well as a beautiful line. The pieces she created for NYCB were very balletic, a real joy to watch. I am so happy she's doing well on the West Coast--and those photos, wonderful! Carl N. Steeg New York -- Ballet gets short shrift in Los Angeles, as elsewhere, I suppose, so it was great to read about Barak.
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September 21, 1986 | SHELLEY BAUMSTEN
What do you give the woman who has everything? If the woman is Bella Lewitzky and you're a former member of the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company, you give a dance concert in her honor. At 70, this dancer/choreographer/company director/educator already has almost everything else she ever wanted: a renowned, Los Angeles-based modern dance company that turned 20 this year, and the Dance Gallery, a $15.5-million dance theater-cum-institute that's Lewitzky's brainchild, broke ground on Sept. 14.
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June 21, 1997 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
Southland modern dance matriarch Bella Lewitzky dominated the sixth annual Lester Horton Awards, announced Friday at the Japan American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo.
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July 17, 2004 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles-based modern dance pioneer Bella Lewitzky, who transformed herself from a powerhouse dancer into an indomitably independent, internationally known choreographer, master teacher and arts advocate, died Friday at an assisted-care facility in Pasadena. She was 88. The cause of death was complications from a massive stroke she suffered Tuesday, said her daughter, Nora Reynolds Daniel.
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October 20, 1985 | LEWIS SEGAL
With a $30,000 start-up grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, Bella Lewitzky's Dance Gallery in Los Angeles and the City Center Theatre in New York have launched a major dance presentation network embracing 10 states and six countries. The network is intended to widen touring opportunities for dance companies though block booking guarantees and the establishment of an international performing circuit.
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November 1, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES, Chris Pasles covers music and dance for The Times Orange County Edition.
When it came time for UC Irvine to celebrate its silver anniversary, Betty Tessman, manager of Lively Arts and Lectures at the university, knew just who to ring up. "We wanted to have a dance company here," Tessman recalled during a recent phone interview, "and I thought: Would there be anybody I could pick who would be better than Bella Lewitzky?
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June 8, 1990 | ALLAN PARACHINI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The famed Bella Lewitzky Dance Company in Los Angeles is considering rejection of a $72,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in what would be the most serious episode yet in a continuing artist protest over anti-obscenity provisions in the endowment's 1990 grant guidelines.
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May 9, 2005 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
The tribute to the internationally known dancer and choreographer Bella Lewitzky was initially conceived as a living bouquet to the woman affectionately considered the doyenne of modern dance in Southern California. But with her death last year at age 88, the program Saturday at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts instead became an homage to her legacy, with four former company members each choreographing a new piece and the evening book-ended with two of her dances.
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December 17, 2004
Regrouping: The '70s rock band Queen is planning a tour next year with guitarist-vocalist Paul Rodgers replacing frontman Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991. Remembering: A memorial service open to the public for Los Angeles modern-dance innovator Bella Lewitzky will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mark Taper Forum downtown. A veteran dancer and choreographer, Lewitzky died in July at 88.
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July 20, 2004
Bella Lewitzky, the internationally known dancer and choreographer who died in Los Angeles on Friday at 88, acquired many of her ideas about movement, dance and independence while growing up on her father's chicken ranch in San Bernardino. In July 1998, she spoke with writer Barbara Isenberg about her early years for Isenberg's book, "State of the Arts: California Artists Talk About Their Work." (William Morrow).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2004 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles-based modern dance pioneer Bella Lewitzky, who transformed herself from a powerhouse dancer into an indomitably independent, internationally known choreographer, master teacher and arts advocate, died Friday at an assisted-care facility in Pasadena. She was 88. The cause of death was complications from a massive stroke she suffered Tuesday, said her daughter, Nora Reynolds Daniel.
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July 29, 2002 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's never surprising to find the restless creativity and focus on pure movement values that distinguished Bella Lewitzky's style of modern dance reflected in choreography by her former company members. She was a great teacher and her dancers learned their lessons well.
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December 22, 1999 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
In what she acknowledges as the worst thing that ever happened to her during a 60-year career as dancer, choreographer, teacher and arts advocate, 83-year-old California dance matriarch Bella Lewitzky has lost her right leg to a long-term arterial disease. The amputation took place Oct. 27 at Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, where Lewitzky and her husband, Newell Taylor Reynolds, had moved following the disbanding of her internationally known Southland modern dance company in 1997.
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June 7, 1990 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
In a sunny courtyard at Mills College, Bella Lewitzky sits on the ground doing stretching exercises, one leg straight in front of her and the other pulled up behind. The vertical stripes on her one-piece bathing suit heighten every spinal twist and turn--including the startling moment when Lewitzky bends forward over her outstretched leg, swivels her upper torso and touches a spot halfway between her knee and ankle with the back of her head. Yes, the back of her head . . .
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July 20, 2004
Bella Lewitzky, the internationally known dancer and choreographer who died in Los Angeles on Friday at 88, acquired many of her ideas about movement, dance and independence while growing up on her father's chicken ranch in San Bernardino. In July 1998, she spoke with writer Barbara Isenberg about her early years for Isenberg's book, "State of the Arts: California Artists Talk About Their Work." (William Morrow).
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March 7, 1999 | VICTORIA LOOSELEAF, Victoria Looseleaf is an occasional contributor to Calendar
The stage of the Luckman Theatre was awash in both flowers and tears as the curtain came down on the Lewitzky Dance Company's final performance, May 17, 1997. At 81, Bella Lewitzky, choreographer, teacher, arts activist and founder of a modern dance company that cut a broad artistic swath in Los Angeles for 31 years, was calling it quits.
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June 21, 1997 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
Southland modern dance matriarch Bella Lewitzky dominated the sixth annual Lester Horton Awards, announced Friday at the Japan American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo.
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