September 12, 2013 |
A dance season has tended to be defined by one or two international companies of hefty size that have the selling power equivalent of a blockbuster movie. As with the blockbuster, however, that model has morphed. It has become prohibitively expensive and difficult to entice the elite, overseas classical companies - think the Paris Opera Ballet or England's Royal Ballet - to tour the West Coast. That said, we still have a strong contingent of impressive talent heading our way this fall, as presenters such as the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, the Music Center and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts entice audiences with respected A-list artists, including Australia's Lucy Guerin, the Nederlands Dans Theater 1 and Russian ballerina Diana Vishneva, respectively.
March 20, 2011 |
Amid the national politics and global courts of the Hague, there's also a vibrant arts scene. You may know that Vermeer's classic painting "Girl With a Pearl Earring" hangs in the tiny Mauritshuis museum, but this picturesque Dutch city with a smalltown vibe is also home to the esteemed, forward-looking Nederlands Dans Theater. Always composed of solid performers since its 1959 founding, the troupe vaulted to prominence under Ji?í Kylián, who led for years, beginning in 1978, with his emotional and kinetic choreography.
March 20, 2011
Nederlands Dans Theater Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday Cost: $30 to $120 Information: (213) 972-0711 or musiccenter.org
April 1, 2004 |
The slowest, the fastest, the bleakest, the deepest, the hyperkinetic, the anti-kinetic, the sweetest, the most dangerous: Nederlands Dans Theater offered a whole spectrum of extremes in a program of three mysterious recent works by Jiri Kylian at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Tuesday.
March 28, 2004 |
"I always try to look for different ways of expression, different corners of the soul. If you find some obscure corner, some hidden place that you haven't found yet, it's interesting to investigate and find what's behind that door." Jiri Kylian, whose distinctive and influential choreography has made him a leading figure in the dance world for more than 25 years, was discussing what motivates his choreography these days.
April 14, 2003 |
The only problem for Nederlands Dans Theater II has always been to steer its young performers (ages 17 to 22) away from the fabled expressive depth and nuance that makes its parent company one of the world's great contemporary ensembles. Instead, this dancing farm team needed to develop its own distinctive identity from sheer fervor, muscle power and animal energy, even in repertory handed down from above.