December 11, 1994 |
For Frank Guevara, there's more to life than Mexican hat dances. The modern dancer-choreographer doesn't believe that all Latinos should have to stick to folk forms. "There're a lot of people who don't accept modern work, who think that ethnic dance is what you should be doing," the East Los Angeles native says over lunch in a small Little Tokyo eatery. "They still see that as being the only dance for Latino people. We're going into 1995, and people still believe that."
July 14, 1995 |
Frank Guevara creates dances of such anguish that it is hard to imagine anyone, even a die-hard bigot, requiring greater suffering from a gay and Latino artist. In three new solos or duets for himself and/or Bogar Martinez, seen Wednesday at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, Guevara showed that he has become a master at turning painful inner states into physical realities. But there were some triumphs, too.
August 7, 1994
Regarding "A Look at the Rolodex of Dance," Jan Breslauer's article on the "Dance Kaleidoscope" festival (July 24): Bravo to the efforts of keeping dance in view and its diverse viewpoints. In an already divided dance community, it is important to keep both sides of dialogues open with hopes that one day we can all merge as strong ambassadors that represent all cultural aesthetics of Los Angeles. Since my name was brought up unnecessarily and for self-serving purposes by Frank Guevara, I feel I must respond as a Latino choreographer and artistic director, who has been through the ropes of auditioning for this event seven times and taken only once into the programming, and has served for two years as a panelist for the "Dance Kaleidoscope."
February 27, 1993 |
Frank Guevara serves as producer, artistic director, choreographer and lead dancer for the program by Dance Theatre of East L.A. running at the Nosotros Theatre in Hollywood through Sunday. Guevara's professional background lies solely in the field of commercial dance, and whatever his training or ambitions might be beyond the realm of dance-based TV commercials, music videos, industrial shows and nightclub routines, he keeps relying on tricks of the trade.
July 16, 1994 |
Frank Guevara continued to emerge as an independent Latino choreographer in the four new works introduced by his Dance Theatre of East L.A. on Thursday as part of the "Ecce Lesbo/Ecce Homo" festival at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica. Nothing equaled the new "Hombres" in terms of achieving meaning and expression through pure movement.
September 17, 1990 |
Just in time for Mexican Independence Day, the East L.A. Choreographers Showcase offered a reprise of Carola de la Rocha's ambitious pageant, "La Revolucion," in the cozy Playhouse at Cal State Los Angeles. Nearly 30 members of her Los Angeles Mexican Dance Company traced, in dance terms reminiscent of "The Red Detachment of Women," the transition from aristocracy to people's republic.