August 13, 2001 |
While watching the exquisite progressive hula choreographed by Patrick Makuakane on Friday night at California Plaza in downtown L.A., it was easy to think of the best answer to what is my favorite kind of dance: "Good dance, no matter what the genre." Of course, it's easy to admire the soft curves and sharp sways of Hawaiian dance in all its forms; even the glitziest tourist destinations now often feature performers from reputable halaus (hula schools).
August 5, 2003 |
There is a wonderful documentary to be done about hula dancing, that sexy, feminine, macho, ancient, modern, thoroughly captivating and expressive form of dance that celebrates the culture and land of Hawaii. Alas, tonight's "P.O.V." installment, "American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawaii," is not it. Filmmakers Lisette Marie Flanary and Evann Siebens have followed three hula teachers in California as they instruct Hawaiian transplants and curious mainlanders.
April 5, 2004 |
Bertolt Brecht's dictum that art is not a mirror but a hammer came to mind at the Southern California premiere of the provocative dance theater piece "The Natives Are Restless" Friday night at the Carpenter Center.
January 1, 2004 |
When it comes to entertainment, we live in the land of plenty. To start the new year right, we offer for your consideration 52 reasons to celebrate 2004. Culled from across the region's film, dance, music, art, sports and cultural landscape, we've narrowed the field.