September 8, 2003 |
For 33 years, choreographer Gloria Contreras has forged her own contemporary ballet tradition in Mexico City, sometimes tapping into the rhythms of Latin America, often visualizing the music of towering European and Euro-American composers. Over the weekend, she brought four members of her chamber-sized company, Taller Coreografico de la UNAM, to the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach for a sampler program that was greeted with bounding enthusiasm.
February 15, 1999 |
The ballets of Gloria Contreras form a kind of alternative universe in 20th century classicism. Complex in rhythm, rich in gestural imagery and powerful in group body sculpture, they can also seem curiously limited in their use of steps, compared to the work of contemporary Euro-American choreographers. And for all their focus on Balanchine-influenced music visualization, they're seldom completely abstract.
February 4, 1999
* Dance. Mexico City's provocative contemporary chamber ballet ensemble Taller Coreografico de la UNAM dances two programs of short works by Gloria Contreras at 8 p.m. on Feb. 12 and 13 in the Luckman Theatre on the campus of Cal State L.A., 5151 State University Drive. $20 (students, seniors) to $40. (323) 343-6600. * Theater. International City Theatre's brand-new musical "Frankenstein," adapted by Carol Weiss, opens Feb. 12 at the Center Theatre, 300 E. Ocean Blvd.
August 31, 2003 |
Since it was created in 1966, the Art Academy of Mexico has been the most important association of artists in the country, honoring achievement and innovation in architecture, art history, graphics, music, painting and sculpture -- but never dance. On Sept. 25, though, ballet choreographer Gloria Contreras will be inducted into the academy, and she plans to accept with a speech describing her attempts to upgrade the image and practice of contemporary classical dance in her native land.
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February 21, 1998
Teresa Monteon Orozco Archuleta of Ventura, an educator, Oxnard College administrator and longtime champion of women's and minorities causes, died Wednesday after a decade-long battle with breast cancer. She was 46. "It's a true loss to the community," said Oxnard Mayor Manny Lopez, who along with his wife, Irma, was friends with Archuleta for more than 20 years. "She was someone who should have had many, many more years to contribute to society."
September 16, 2001 |
Decisions, decisions. Consumed by either competitive zeal or perverse whimsy, many major local dance presenters are going head-to-head this busy season, forcing hard choices upon Southland audiences. On Oct.