December 31, 2006 |
RASTA THOMAS Ballet star Not many dancers have performed leading roles with the Kirov Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and National Ballet of Cuba, plus Twyla Tharp's "Movin' Out" on Broadway and a featured solo at the Academy Awards. But Rasta Thomas has earned credits and medals galore without, somehow, establishing himself in the ballet public's mind as indelibly as other dancers who've spent their careers in one place or company.
June 27, 2009 |
Making dances about dance is a familiar postmodernist occupation. But what about making a dance about a dance and its first audience? And blending in a contemporary audience to boot? Think wheels within wheels, layers upon layers. The boggling idea comes off as a delight only when someone like avant-garde choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer tackles the project. Rainer's "RoS Indexical," which received its West Coast premiere Thursday at REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles, revisits the 1913 Paris premiere of the Vaslav Nijinsky-Igor Stravinsky ballet "The Rite of Spring," which sparked the most famous riot in dance history.
May 8, 1993 |
Honorary Doctorates: Los Angeles Master Chorale Music Director Paul Salamunovich will receive an honorary doctorate from Loyola Marymount University at the university's 1993 commencement today. Other honorary doctorates to be awarded in the coming week: to Helen Gorman Kushnick, former executive producer of the "Tonight Show With Jay Leno," from William Woods College in Fulton, Mo.
June 21, 2005
Stage bound: "The First Wives Club," the 1996 movie about spurned wives seeking revenge, has joined the lineup of films being developed into Broadway musicals. Producers Paul Lambert and Jonas Neilson plan to match the material with new songs -- and perhaps some of the old hits as well -- by the veteran Motown songwriters Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland.
April 26, 1988 |
'The Man Who Envied Women' U.S.A., 1987, 125 minutes, 8 p.m. Warner Building, AFI, 2021 N. Western Ave., Hollywood For people who are into deconstruction in a big way. Yvonne Rainer's video portrait of divided male/female consciousness--an academic structuralist and his embittered ex-wife--is a compendium of fascinatingly apt contemporary jargon and political attitudes. But Rainer's mannered style and Jackie Raynal's awkward performance sabotage the text.
June 24, 2009 |
It was already big news in L.A.'s dance world that REDCAT would be serving up the West Coast premiere of works by choreographer Yvonne Rainer. Now comes word that when Rainer's "RoS Indexical" and "Spiraling Down" are performed at the downtown venue Thursday through Sunday, the esteemed 74-year-old will be on stage as well. Rainer is stepping in for Pat Catterson, who is unable to make the performance (and at 63 was the oldest of the four dancers on the bill). Rainer was a major figure in dance in the 1970s but took a 25-year hiatus to concentrate on filmmaking.