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June 22, 2004 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
Extravaganza. Former Joffrey Ballet dancer Josie Walsh has a taste and talent for it -- plus a knack for juxtaposing ballet, gymnastics, aerial acrobatics and hard-edged rock dancing in propulsive showpiece choreography. What she can't do yet is tell stories persuasively, so don't expect her new "Garden of Reason" to be remotely reasonable when it comes to plot and character development.
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December 27, 2013 | By Laura Bleiberg and Lewis Segal
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Josie Walsh and Melissa Barak | Artistic director-choreographer; artistic director-choreography-dancer There's an undeniable synchronicity to the career arcs of Los Angeles natives Josie Walsh and Melissa Barak. They are alumnae of Westside Ballet; both became ballerinas with prominent national companies - Walsh with Joffrey Ballet and Barak with New York City Ballet.
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May 22, 2006 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
Partners on and off the stage, dancer-choreographer Josie Walsh and rock guitarist-songwriter Paul Rivera have created a contemporary music theater boasting tremendous energy and imagination. They call Walsh's company Myo and Rivera's band Kyo. In reviving and revising their two-act "Garden of Reason" -- at the Ivar Theatre in Hollywood through June 11 -- they again ask aerialist Ingrid Hoffman to expand the work's movement design high above the stage floor.
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May 22, 2006 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
Partners on and off the stage, dancer-choreographer Josie Walsh and rock guitarist-songwriter Paul Rivera have created a contemporary music theater boasting tremendous energy and imagination. They call Walsh's company Myo and Rivera's band Kyo. In reviving and revising their two-act "Garden of Reason" -- at the Ivar Theatre in Hollywood through June 11 -- they again ask aerialist Ingrid Hoffman to expand the work's movement design high above the stage floor.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2013 | By Laura Bleiberg and Lewis Segal
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Josie Walsh and Melissa Barak | Artistic director-choreographer; artistic director-choreography-dancer There's an undeniable synchronicity to the career arcs of Los Angeles natives Josie Walsh and Melissa Barak. They are alumnae of Westside Ballet; both became ballerinas with prominent national companies - Walsh with Joffrey Ballet and Barak with New York City Ballet.
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July 30, 2001 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
A few capable soloists do not a ballet company make--especially when the choreography on view overreaches for an international standard that leaves most everyone cruelly exposed. The proof: "Shakespeare Without Words," a three-part program by the locally based Aeolian Ballet Theatre at John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Friday.
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May 14, 2012 | By Jean Lenihan
The final bill of Los Angeles Ballet's sixth season, “NextWave LA” is the company's annual new works program (known previously as “New Wave LA”), featuring area choreographers . It's where you can count on loud amplifiers, the shedding of tutus and hair clips, and the sight of the self-same ballerina you saw comporting like a regal queen in “Swan Lake” or “The Nutcracker” now writhing in extreme throes. This year's contemporary bill -- featuring premieres by TV veterans Sonya Tayeh and Stacey Tookey (“So You Think You Can Dance")
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June 5, 2000 | VICTORIA LOOSELEAF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Being an all-female company, it's no surprise that Donna Sternberg & Dancers wished to explore myths, fables and legends from goddess cultures around the world. That they did so in such a mundane, uninspired fashion in the seven-part premiere "Nuestras Partes Nobles Tienen Los Dientes" at Loyola Marymount's Strub Theatre on Friday--part of their 15-year anniversary celebration--was particularly disappointing. But to have so little new to say--choreographically at least--was even worse.
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November 5, 2001 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
With its high-energy dancers, actors, aerialists, martial artists and rock musicians crammed onto the tiny stage of the Ivar Theatre in Hollywood, "Avalon" looked like a stadium spectacle or Las Vegas showroom production in miniature at its premiere Friday. Laser effects and some sort of revolving or telescoping set may have been missing, but otherwise, Josie Walsh's multidisciplinary fantasy had big ambitions and plenty of talent to realize them.
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March 20, 2000 | VICTORIA LOOSELEAF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In real estate, the prevailing axiom is "location, location, location." In Collage Dance Theatre's latest work, "Sub Versions," which opened Saturday at the Subway Terminal Building in downtown Los Angeles, this dictum proved formidable. Perhaps the most brilliant aspect of the piece, though, was the fact that artistic director-choreographer Heidi Duckler actually thought to stage her site-specific work in this labyrinth of yore.
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June 22, 2004 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
Extravaganza. Former Joffrey Ballet dancer Josie Walsh has a taste and talent for it -- plus a knack for juxtaposing ballet, gymnastics, aerial acrobatics and hard-edged rock dancing in propulsive showpiece choreography. What she can't do yet is tell stories persuasively, so don't expect her new "Garden of Reason" to be remotely reasonable when it comes to plot and character development.
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April 18, 2005 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
Depictions of desperate women linked most of the pieces in "Power, Passion and Soul," a potent, uneven 13-part program at the Ivar Theatre on Saturday. Producer Deborah Brockus said the event was intended to showcase fusions of modern and jazz dance -- but hybrid form proved less notable than intense emotion in works by nine locally based choreographers and companies.
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June 23, 2003 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
Josie Walsh's "Gone With the Whim" shouldn't be looked at too closely. At the Ivar Theatre in Hollywood, this energetic two-act contemporary dance musical displayed so many problems of structure, narrative, characterization and tone on Saturday that it clearly reflected the philosophy that tomorrow is another day -- for rewrites.
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