June 26, 2006 |
Dancer-choreographer Samuel Donlavy attempted over the weekend to reclaim the place in the local contemporary scene that he occupied more than 10 years ago before a series of crises interrupted his career. "I am home and I have come back to dance," he declared at the beginning of his Saturday program at Studio A in Silver Lake -- a three-hour event titled "Rejoice and Celebration." "I am HIV-positive for 20 years strong," he said.
May 17, 1997 |
Samuel Donlavy is an emerging, local dancer-choreographer born to a belief in dance as a vehicle for intimate, personal expression--and intimate, personal reception, too. In a program note for his seven-part "Color Me, HERE" performance at LACE in Hollywood on Thursday, he invited his audience to "color me, what-ever-you-may-like," and provided plenty of intuitive, poetic choreography to be individually interpreted or "colored."
August 12, 1995 |
In almost all the works choreographed by Samuel Donlavy and danced by him and his company Thursday at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, a dominant impression nagged. Theatrical concept seemed to come first and movement second. It almost never worked the other way round. Movement did not generate concept. It didn't amplify it or allow alternative or unpredictable interpretation. It never developed its own logic. Sometimes it even diminished the idea.
October 12, 1993 |
Along with repeats of previously reviewed Laura Gorenstein pieces, the Sunday afternoon "Voices in Motion" program at the Ivar Theatre paired veteran local choreographer Shirley Martin with relative newcomer Samuel Donlavy. If nothing else, the contrasts proved illuminating. Formed in 1982, the Martin Dancers welcomes participants from an extremely wide range of ages, physical types, levels of experience and talent.
March 22, 1994 |
The "Voices in Motion" series, created as a showcase for emerging local choreographers, returned to the Ivar Theatre in Hollywood over the weekend in its third edition. The program booklet credits four government agencies with making possible ("in part") programs of the Inner City Cultural Center. However, this ICCC event was largely made possible by the choreographers themselves, who contributed up to $750 apiece in order to appear in the two-day, three-night series.
June 8, 1993 |
Theater and pageantry dominated the four-part installment devoted to Filipino culture in the "Voices in Motion" series Sunday afternoon at the New Ivar Theatre in Hollywood--to the detriment, some might say, of the promise in the series title.