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September 8, 2002 | ANDREW VONTZ
You'd never know it from looking at the members of Linkin Park, but androgyny is a proud tradition in rock 'n' roll. From Mick Jagger to David Bowie, Steven Tyler and Marilyn Manson, rock star charisma often resides in a subversive hint of femininity beneath the swaggering machismo. It's that dichotomy between hard and soft, masculine and feminine, that inspired L.A. designer Ryan Heffington, 29, to create his Rock 'n' Sissy line three years ago.
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April 6, 2008 | Emili Vesilind, Times Staff Writer
AT first blush, L.A.'s dance performance scene seems about as electrifying as a tree sloth. Touring troupes at the Music Center? Snooze city. Fortunately, it has an underbelly, buoyed by a few DIY-minded artists, including dancer and choreographer Ryan Heffington, who's been challenging the status quo for years as co-choreographer of Hysterica, the edgy contemporary dance company. These days, he's been infiltrating hip-and-dingy Eastside bars with Fingered.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 1999 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
Kitty McNamee's locally based Hysterica Dance Company specializes in dances of transformation--fast, aggressive showpiece movement in which sexy stretches become grotesque contortions, hands warp into claws, powerful dancers grow painfully disabled, and a strutting, muscular, tattooed jock turns flamboyantly effete. In her plotless mood- and image-dominated pieces, the world is a dangerous place and radical change represents either a survival mechanism or just one more hazard to dance through.
ENTERTAINMENT
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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July 24, 1998 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
Trying to prevent the onslaught of madness, Shakespeare's King Lear orders his feelings away with the words "Hysterica passio, down." On Wednesday, however, he might have said, "Hysterica Dance Company, down," when Kitty McNamee's locally based ensemble presented five nightmarish pieces at the Open Fist Theater in Hollywood. Borrowing images and movement idioms from pop culture, McNamee evoked a compulsively violent, out-of-control society through fragmentary glimpses of crazed individuals.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2002 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Flung onto the stage of the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Friday like a contemporary Petrushka, Ryan Heffington spent the opening scene of the exciting new abstract dance drama "Sticks and Stones" twitching, trembling and trying desperately to escape. "Freedom equals fear," sang Katie Eastburn from the couch she shared with composer Matt Sims, overlooking the action.
NEWS
February 19, 2004 | Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
Illusion of Safety's "Thermonuclear Holy War" is blasting on a CD player. Five women are popping and locking and whipping their heads around as if on crystal meth. And when hip-hop choreographer Tabitha D'umo, newsboy cap perched jauntily atop her long, curly hair, asks the girls to slide forward on one knee at an equally lightning-fast clip, they get down with it. Welcome to "Stabbing the Classics," a collaborative effort bowing tonight at Hollywood's Open Fist Theater.
IMAGE
April 6, 2008 | Emili Vesilind, Times Staff Writer
AT first blush, L.A.'s dance performance scene seems about as electrifying as a tree sloth. Touring troupes at the Music Center? Snooze city. Fortunately, it has an underbelly, buoyed by a few DIY-minded artists, including dancer and choreographer Ryan Heffington, who's been challenging the status quo for years as co-choreographer of Hysterica, the edgy contemporary dance company. These days, he's been infiltrating hip-and-dingy Eastside bars with Fingered.
NEWS
May 30, 2002 | Heidi Siegmund Cuda
Larry Pollack and Tom Dillon, who cheesed up the Sunset Strip with a mechanical bull (Sunset Chop House) and shouting sushi chefs (Miyagi's), have added Rome to their list of campy playhouses. They had artist Natalie Gray reproduce Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel masterpiece on the restaurant's dome ceiling.... The Parlour Club on Santa Monica Boulevard is off the hook. I popped in last week and was blown away by Mount Sims, a DJ-dance-fashion-art collective that's ready for off-Broadway.
NEWS
February 19, 2004 | Victoria Looseleaf, Special to The Times
Illusion of Safety's "Thermonuclear Holy War" is blasting on a CD player. Five women are popping and locking and whipping their heads around as if on crystal meth. And when hip-hop choreographer Tabitha D'umo, newsboy cap perched jauntily atop her long, curly hair, asks the girls to slide forward on one knee at an equally lightning-fast clip, they get down with it. Welcome to "Stabbing the Classics," a collaborative effort bowing tonight at Hollywood's Open Fist Theater.
MAGAZINE
September 8, 2002 | ANDREW VONTZ
You'd never know it from looking at the members of Linkin Park, but androgyny is a proud tradition in rock 'n' roll. From Mick Jagger to David Bowie, Steven Tyler and Marilyn Manson, rock star charisma often resides in a subversive hint of femininity beneath the swaggering machismo. It's that dichotomy between hard and soft, masculine and feminine, that inspired L.A. designer Ryan Heffington, 29, to create his Rock 'n' Sissy line three years ago.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2002 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Flung onto the stage of the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Friday like a contemporary Petrushka, Ryan Heffington spent the opening scene of the exciting new abstract dance drama "Sticks and Stones" twitching, trembling and trying desperately to escape. "Freedom equals fear," sang Katie Eastburn from the couch she shared with composer Matt Sims, overlooking the action.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 1999 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
Kitty McNamee's locally based Hysterica Dance Company specializes in dances of transformation--fast, aggressive showpiece movement in which sexy stretches become grotesque contortions, hands warp into claws, powerful dancers grow painfully disabled, and a strutting, muscular, tattooed jock turns flamboyantly effete. In her plotless mood- and image-dominated pieces, the world is a dangerous place and radical change represents either a survival mechanism or just one more hazard to dance through.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 1998 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
Trying to prevent the onslaught of madness, Shakespeare's King Lear orders his feelings away with the words "Hysterica passio, down." On Wednesday, however, he might have said, "Hysterica Dance Company, down," when Kitty McNamee's locally based ensemble presented five nightmarish pieces at the Open Fist Theater in Hollywood. Borrowing images and movement idioms from pop culture, McNamee evoked a compulsively violent, out-of-control society through fragmentary glimpses of crazed individuals.
NEWS
April 6, 2001 | VALLI HERMAN-COHEN
Five beginning designers, many with varied artistic pasts, ventured into fashion Friday night with runway presentations that were more like fantastically dressed performance art pieces staged in the Laboratory. The usual conventions of the fashion show were abandoned in favor of dance numbers and interpretive pantomimes performed by models and a ragtag band of friends and supporters. These collections weren't a showpiece for the arts of tailoring, draping and fitting.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2001 | VICTORIA LOOSELEAF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Terpsichorean gods and goddesses were on view Thursday at Highways Performance Space when Hysterica Dance Company and MizeranyDance! presented "Songs of Soft & Hard." The evening's reigning deity, however, was Michael Mizerany, who premiered his achingly beautiful "2 X 2" as if possessed. The initial offering of the "2 X 2" suite, "First Kiss," set to music of Mozart, featured the choreographer coupled with Jeff Bulkley in a sublime mating dance amplified by balancing feats and erotic caressing.
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