May 9, 2005 |
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.
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.
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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July 17, 2004 |
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.
July 29, 2002 |
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.
December 22, 1999 |
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.