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September 27, 1991 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
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.
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October 7, 1993 | ROBERT GRESKOVIC, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
During our post-modern age, Laura Dean has been supplying the dance world with clearly patterned dances of propulsively repetitious steps. Her often luminous creations have the air of folk dancing. But, as danced by Dean's own post-modern company or by the ballet companies for whom she sometimes works, these folkways resemble ones that might be done on the moon.
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March 26, 1989 | CRAIG BROMBERG
Just after Laura Dean guides you to her tiny office and through her company's rehearsal studios littered with pianos, autoharps, xylophones and dance wear, she sits down and makes what sounds like a dramatic confession. "I am not--repeat not-- a choreographer," this 43-year-old, world-renowned choreographer of spinning, dervishlike dances declares with thudding finality. That's news. Aren't Dean and her company supposed to be performing at Royce Hall, UCLA, on Friday and Saturday?
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March 6, 1993
The Laker legacy: Mikan. Baylor. West. Chamberlain. Goodrich. Abdul-Jabbar. Johnson. Benjamin--I don't think so. TERRY MATHEWS Los Angeles
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March 23, 1988 | EILEEN SONDAK
The absence of name recognition was blamed for the cancellation of Laura Dean's Saturday master class, a joint project by the foundation and the Dancer's Workshop of San Diego. "I just didn't feel people knew the name, and we didn't get enough people to sign up in advance," said Wendy Ellen Cochran, coordinator of the project. "We can't take a chance spending $300 to $700 a shot (for the artists), unless we know we're going to have sufficient students."
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April 3, 1989 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music/Dance Critic
Laura Dean, whose trendy company of 11 energetic dancers and four tireless musicians opened a two-night spin at Royce Hall on Friday, regards simple repetition as "a very deep and very profound part of our humanity." She said so on these very pages last week. We believe her. "Repetition," she added, "really frees the mind." We're not so sure. One mind's freedom may be another's straitjacket. One viewer's mesmerized involvement may be another's unadulterated ennui .
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October 7, 1993 | ROBERT GRESKOVIC, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
During our post-modern age, Laura Dean has been supplying the dance world with clearly patterned dances of propulsively repetitious steps. Her often luminous creations have the air of folk dancing. But, as danced by Dean's own post-modern company or by the ballet companies for whom she sometimes works, these folkways resemble ones that might be done on the moon.
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March 6, 1993
The Laker legacy: Mikan. Baylor. West. Chamberlain. Goodrich. Abdul-Jabbar. Johnson. Benjamin--I don't think so. TERRY MATHEWS Los Angeles
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April 13, 1987 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music/Dance Critic
It is tempting to think of Laura Dean as a brand-new phenomenon, as a brash young child of the times--or, if you will, as a latter-day enfant terrible . Her choreography--an essentially orderly but ultimately hysterical fusion of spinning maneuver, stamping orgy and geometrical trance--looks mod, mod, mod. Rhythmic reduction remains the primary concern. Her minimalist music--Dean cranks out her own--seems comparably mod.
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March 9, 1988 | EILEEN SONDAK
Friends of the Performing Arts, support group for the San Diego Foundation for the Performing Arts, continues its complementary lecture series with "Minimalism to the Max in the Work of Laura Dean" Thursday at the La Jolla Marriott Hotel. The program is designed to introduce people to the quirky style of the iconoclastic Dean. The celebrated post-modernist's dance designs will be on display March 18-19 when Laura Dean Dancers and musicians perform at the Spreckels Theatre.
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September 27, 1991 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 1989 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music/Dance Critic
Laura Dean, whose trendy company of 11 energetic dancers and four tireless musicians opened a two-night spin at Royce Hall on Friday, regards simple repetition as "a very deep and very profound part of our humanity." She said so on these very pages last week. We believe her. "Repetition," she added, "really frees the mind." We're not so sure. One mind's freedom may be another's straitjacket. One viewer's mesmerized involvement may be another's unadulterated ennui .
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 1989 | CRAIG BROMBERG
Just after Laura Dean guides you to her tiny office and through her company's rehearsal studios littered with pianos, autoharps, xylophones and dance wear, she sits down and makes what sounds like a dramatic confession. "I am not--repeat not-- a choreographer," this 43-year-old, world-renowned choreographer of spinning, dervishlike dances declares with thudding finality. That's news. Aren't Dean and her company supposed to be performing at Royce Hall, UCLA, on Friday and Saturday?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 1988 | EILEEN SONDAK
The absence of name recognition was blamed for the cancellation of Laura Dean's Saturday master class, a joint project by the foundation and the Dancer's Workshop of San Diego. "I just didn't feel people knew the name, and we didn't get enough people to sign up in advance," said Wendy Ellen Cochran, coordinator of the project. "We can't take a chance spending $300 to $700 a shot (for the artists), unless we know we're going to have sufficient students."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 1987 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music/Dance Critic
It is tempting to think of Laura Dean as a brand-new phenomenon, as a brash young child of the times--or, if you will, as a latter-day enfant terrible . Her choreography--an essentially orderly but ultimately hysterical fusion of spinning maneuver, stamping orgy and geometrical trance--looks mod, mod, mod. Rhythmic reduction remains the primary concern. Her minimalist music--Dean cranks out her own--seems comparably mod.
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