November 18, 2004 |
On the cusp of turning 75, postmodern dance icon Rudy Perez is not only alive and kicking -- thank you very much -- but still making relevant work. One of the co-founders of New York's seminal Judson Dance Theatre in 1962, Perez nearly 30 years ago moved to Los Angeles, where he continues to blaze trails despite failing eyesight. Celebrating Perez and his work, MOCA Grand Avenue is hosting the world premiere screening of "Countdown: Reflections on a Life in Dance."
June 16, 2003 |
Revisiting dance from the 1960s has its downside, as was evidenced when the 1964 Rudy Perez work "Countdown" was performed by Victor Quijada on Friday night at the Electric Lodge in Venice. He not only filled the audience with admiration for his brooding portrait of a seated film noir-type hero reaching for a cigarette, but he also filled the room with smoke. For Californians unused to being in stuffy spaces with lighted cigarettes, it was tough to stay in the moment as firmly as Quijada did.
September 25, 1992 |
Much as its title suggests, Rudy Perez's "The Dance-Crazy Kid From New Jersey Meets Hofmannsthal" is not in the vein of a '50s screwball comedy--despite any stray association to, say, "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein." But, as titles go it is a catchy one and a sizable crowd showed up at the Pasadena Armory Arts Center for the premiere of what has heretofore been a work-in-progress. The "Kid" is not even Perez himself, although perhaps an alter ego in the person of Ruth St.
August 7, 1994
Regarding "A Look at the Rolodex of Dance," Jan Breslauer's article on the "Dance Kaleidoscope" festival (July 24): Bravo to the efforts of keeping dance in view and its diverse viewpoints. In an already divided dance community, it is important to keep both sides of dialogues open with hopes that one day we can all merge as strong ambassadors that represent all cultural aesthetics of Los Angeles. Since my name was brought up unnecessarily and for self-serving purposes by Frank Guevara, I feel I must respond as a Latino choreographer and artistic director, who has been through the ropes of auditioning for this event seven times and taken only once into the programming, and has served for two years as a panelist for the "Dance Kaleidoscope."
January 7, 1989
More than $81,000 in matching grants to 19 local arts organizations have been approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The grant recipients, which were recognized for innovative contributions to the cultural health of the area, include dance and music groups, inter-disciplinary and multidisciplinary organizations, theater groups, and media arts organizations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1994
Farmers and ranchers whose land was burned during the October fires may apply for reseeding grants from the Department of Agriculture. The goal of the grant program is to reseed barren hillsides before heavy rains cause erosion and possible mudslides, officials said. Owners of farms and ranches can receive as much as $3,500 from the federal government to pay for planting grass and trees on the burned land.
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March 31, 1994 |
Port Hueneme police have arrested two additional suspects in a gang-related shooting that left a 15-year-old Oxnard boy dead last weekend, authorities said Wednesday. Victor Raul Aguilar Jr., 21, and a 17-year-old male, both of Oxnard, were arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of Cesar Rueney Mata on Sunday in front of the Tradewinds Market on North Ventura Road in Port Hueneme. Aguilar and the 17-year-old were arrested when police stopped two cars leaving a funeral wake for Mata.
April 29, 1985 |
Hot, airless and cramped, with ruinous sight lines: Academy West studio in Santa Monica may be the worst local venue for dance. From the third row--this reviewer's perch for the Rudy Perez Performance Ensemble on Saturday evening--floor work and footwork simply can't be seen. Too many heads are in the way. Perez is a major creative force in local modern dance; it is tragic to find him so badly showcased.