March 15, 1993 |
Although ISO has gained an international reputation for gymnastic daring and offbeat physical humor, some of us have long suspected that the company exists primarily as a showcase for Daniel Ezralow's Superman physique. (Doesn't its three-letter name stand for "I'm So Overdeveloped"?
February 25, 1999
Opera Leoncavallo's "I Pagliacci" usually is paired with Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana" to make a full evening in the theater. But Opera Pacific will pair the work with Orff's concert piece "Carmina Burana." Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland have created choreography for the Orff, which will be presented by their 12-member company, Bodyvox. This double bill was originally prepared for Portland Opera in 1997.
February 4, 1995 |
Although Daniel Ezralow's "Windows" begins with a quote from Alfred Hitchcock and other evidence that you're watching a whimsical choreographic spinoff of "Rear Window," this 47-minute 1992 dance suite on Bravo cable represents little more than a big-budget European remake of a 1989 KCET project titled "Episodes." As they did six years ago, Ezralow and his ISO Dance Theatre collaborators Jamey Hampton, Morleigh Steinberg and Ashley Roland adapt their familiar stage repertory to new environments.
November 8, 1993 |
The philosophy of John Stuart Mill may have hovered over UCLA this weekend. But was the greater good for the greater number really served when ISO, a sextet of dancing zanies, and the Bobs, a Bobby McFerrin-esque vocal foursome, put on a joint show at Royce Hall? Yes and no. As they have done in the past, the collaborators got locked into a format that somewhat resembled song-and-dance routines.
February 12, 1990 |
In "Time Out," ISO Dance Theatre reassembles classic images from '80s dance in a quasi-nostalgic cavalcade. Remember the high-intensity spotlights and billowing smoke of Twyla Tharp's "Fait Accompli" and "In the Upper Room"? They're here.
May 8, 1986 |
To see Momix at work is to believe in the true collaborative process--one defined by these madcap dancing daredevils as artistic anarchy. The scene is A&M Studios in Hollywood. Members of the dance troupe (an offshoot of Pilobolus) are rehearsing a descent from a catwalk on professional alpinists' ropes to the sound track from a Dracula movie. Their bodies askew in the air, Jamey Hampton, Ashley Roland and Morleigh Steinberg slowly twist from waist buckles attached to the ropes.