August 22, 2004
As someone who lived in Los Angeles and worked in the dance community for a number of years, I find the situation that dance companies face extremely appalling. When I read in Lewis Segal's very thorough article "Late for the Dance" (Aug. 8) that BalletFest, New World Flamenco Festival and more are being "hit" for extinction then I have to wonder -- are there any real champions of dance in Southern California? Everyone seems to care about the Bolshoi or American Ballet Theater, and there are always millions upon millions of dollars for big, opulent buildings, but now the bare pittance for dance companies is dwindling even more.
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September 15, 1986 |
Dressed in colorful tights and stark-white, in flamenco costumes and bathrobes, 143 dancers from 26 California dance companies joined together Sunday to perform a new work, filling Grand Avenue with dance choreographed by Bella Lewitzky. It was a fitting high point as city and state officials, artists and fund-raisers participated in the formal "ground-breaking" of the new home for Lewitzky's Dance Gallery on Bunker Hill at 4th Street and Grand Avenue. Scheduled to open in 1988, the $17.
June 12, 2011 |
To her admirers, Alicia Alonso is the gracious grande dame of Cuban classical ballet. To detractors, she's a conservative cultural czarina who has clung to power even longer than Fidel Castro. But even some of her fiercest critics will concede that Ballet Nacional de Cuba — the 63-year-old company that Alonso principally founded and rules as artistic director — still rates among the hemisphere's most technically skilled ensembles, despite financial hardships, dancer defections and other woes.
October 8, 1988
Reading about the new partnership between Joffrey Ballet (based in New York and Los Angeles) and Cal State L.A. made me realize that even here art is about politics ("Joffrey and Cal State L.A.--Both to Benefit?" by Lewis Segal, Sept. 27). In the 10 years since I relocated from New York City, I see less and less support and opportunity for the Los Angeles dance companies. It never ceases to amaze me how the arts organizations and institutions continually look toward New York for their glory.
June 4, 1989
So, Aman's dirty laundry has finally been aired. In a piece more worthy of a gossip column than the arts and entertainment magazine of the Los Angeles Times, Perlmutter has revealed all. Or has she? Did she bother to check the accuracy of statements made by Anthony Shay and Bonita Edelberg with current Aman artistic directors Barry Glass and Leona Wood? Perhaps Mr. Glass and Miss Wood found other topics more interesting than gossip about disputes of more than a decade ago. It is a pity that Perlmutter chose to focus her article on this dead issue, rather than on the more interesting subjects of Aman's upcoming concert and world premieres, the state of ethnic dance in general and on the vibrancy of the arts scene that comes from having two such interesting dance companies in Los Angeles.
December 2, 1992 |
Before the centennial "Nutcracker" ballet festivities grab too much attention, let's take a few moments to cheer and reflect on the first appearance of the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, last weekend. Modern dance--indeed, modern work of any kind--generally has taken a back seat at the center.
October 31, 1994 |
After reading Martin Bernheimer's commentary ("Balletic Blight Still Plagues L.A.," Calendar, Oct. 16), I felt I should set the record straight on the status of dance in Los Angeles. Bernheimer seems to think that the end-all and be-all for Los Angeles would be a ballet company. How does he propose we pay for it? And what do we do with the large number of dance companies that already exist? And, may I say, barely exist, in some instances.
November 12, 1995 |
Choreographers form dance companies to ensure their creative freedom--but, as Twyla Tharp and Bella Lewitzky have detailed in these pages, sustaining those companies immediately becomes their prime task. What happens to creativity when you're constantly touring, teaching, doing interviews and fund-raising? Lar Lubovitch is the latest to rebel against these conditions.
February 17, 2002
Lewis Segal's Perspective on trading "bootleg" ballet videos brings up crucial questions about copyright law ("Psst--Wanna See a Ballet Video?," Feb. 10), the most important being making art available to the most people while not violating the copyright owners' ability to profit from their work. Since home video became a viable medium in the late '70s, hundreds of bootleg videos have hit the streets. Many violated clearly defined copyrights--and deserved to be stopped. However, many also brought to eager fans films/TV shows/concerts/performances that were thought "lost" or "unavailable."
September 27, 1991 |
Los Angeles-based Aman Folk Ensemble will work in modern dance for the first time beginning this spring, collaborating with New York composer-choreographer Laura Dean under the auspices of a new national dance fund. The 24-month project, which will eventually enter Aman's repertory, will be funded by Philip Morris, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts.