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February 11, 2005 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
At age 34, flamenco star Sara Baras doesn't dance with the weight of the art's resident sibyls or earth mothers. Nor does she embody private passions and the pride of the Gypsy underclass. No, at UCLA's Royce Hall on Wednesday, Baras danced for pleasure, connecting with her audience through eye contact and gestures -- even blowing kisses at one point.
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February 23, 2007 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
During the post-Franco era in Spain, flamenco has changed from a cherished traditional idiom belonging to a proud minority into something of a national obsession, with stratospheric levels of technical expertise matched by a restless attempt to free the idiom from the formal structures and expressive goals that used to define it.
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February 23, 2007 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
During the post-Franco era in Spain, flamenco has changed from a cherished traditional idiom belonging to a proud minority into something of a national obsession, with stratospheric levels of technical expertise matched by a restless attempt to free the idiom from the formal structures and expressive goals that used to define it.
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February 11, 2005 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
At age 34, flamenco star Sara Baras doesn't dance with the weight of the art's resident sibyls or earth mothers. Nor does she embody private passions and the pride of the Gypsy underclass. No, at UCLA's Royce Hall on Wednesday, Baras danced for pleasure, connecting with her audience through eye contact and gestures -- even blowing kisses at one point.
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February 6, 2005 | Valerie Gladstone, Special to The Times
Her long, dark hair pulled back severely, Sara Baras moves sinuously to the gentle rhythms of two guitars, a revealing red dress swirling around her. Having dispensed with traditional flamenco's cumbersome ruffled skirt, ornate hair combs and enormous flowered shawl, the 34-year-old dancer expresses age-old passions with an exhilarating freedom. A spotlight follows her as she curves her hands in graceful arabesques, while the singers accompanying her raise their voices in plaintive cries.
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December 16, 2007 | LEWIS SEGAL
In 2007, American ballet treaded water (as usual), but a few once-scruffy modern dance ensembles made it into some of our most prestigious venues with major success. What's more, world dance companies had a banner year: changing staging strategies, styles and philosophies as if the tension or disparity between folkloric authenticity and accessible entertainment had to be resolved once and for all. Below is a list of highlights from one aficionado's datebook, in chronological order.
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February 22, 2007
TODAY POP MUSIC Singers still feeling benevolent Jackson Browne has barely caught his breath after playing the recent benefit concert for ailing musician Wally Ingram, then he's back on stage for another medical-themed fundraiser. Browne will be joined by the similarly philanthropic Willie Nelson and singer-poet John Trudell at "Give Love, Give Life," benefiting ovarian cancer research at the Cedars-Sinai Women's Cancer Research.
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June 9, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Manfred Eicher, the founder of the ECM record label, will be artist in residence in 2004-05 at UCLA Live, curating a monthlong March festival, "Elective Affinities," featuring performances by the label's jazz artists. The UCLA Live season also will feature the West Coast debuts of the groundbreaking British theater companies Cheek by Jowl and the Royal Court, and Matthew Bourne's "Nutcracker!"
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June 13, 2006 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
A celebration of playwright Samuel Beckett's centenary, violinist Gidon Kremer playing music by Bach and Busoni, and a rare Southern California appearance by Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band will highlight the 2006-07 UCLA Live season. The season, which will begin Sept. 15 and was announced Monday, will consist of 62 events or about 162 performances, compared with 68 events comprising 153 performances in 2005-06.
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February 6, 2005 | Valerie Gladstone, Special to The Times
Her long, dark hair pulled back severely, Sara Baras moves sinuously to the gentle rhythms of two guitars, a revealing red dress swirling around her. Having dispensed with traditional flamenco's cumbersome ruffled skirt, ornate hair combs and enormous flowered shawl, the 34-year-old dancer expresses age-old passions with an exhilarating freedom. A spotlight follows her as she curves her hands in graceful arabesques, while the singers accompanying her raise their voices in plaintive cries.
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