One of the best and most original dance photography collections I’ve seen in a while…each photo has personality and tells a story (normally an homage to some part of life in the city they were taken in). I could get lost in this for hours…
“A few years ago, I read an interview with Paul Taylor in which he said: “I don’t know what modern dance is today.” I often think of that quote, sorry that the interviewer didn’t ask him to explain. I imagine he was puzzled by the current emphasis on virtuosity, so different from the way modern dance began, and also, perhaps that it is recycling old ideas, something that would have been anathema to the Modern Dancers of his youth. We often read how ballet has borrowed from modern dance, which it certainly has, but the borrowing has been a two-way street. When modern dancers began to take ballet classes in the late 1970s and ‘80s modern dance changed as well, becoming more elongated, more precise, less dangerous. Turns are now pirouettes; high extensions and pretzel partnering are turning up in modern dances — now often called “contemporary dance,” a non-genre genre that’s somehow slipped into the vocabulary. The power of a simple run — or a simple anything — is not often on view today.”—Alexandra Tomalonis (via headandtoes)
LA STAGE Alliance announces LA Dance Advance, an initiative to increase connections between Los Angeles area dance artists and regional and national audiences. LA Dance Advance is intended to build the organizational capacity of participating dance companies and choreographers to expand their regional and national audiences.
Approximately 7 to 9 LA-based dance companies/choreographers will be selected for this nine-month initiative, October 2011 through June 2012. In LA Dance Advance, participants will conduct self-assessments, work with a coach, attend workshops, network with their peers, develop a brief plan for audience growth, and apply for small implementation grants.
LA Dance Advance is a response to the fact that dance has long faced challenges in Los Angeles, including a lack of community connections and support structures. As a result, LA dance companies and choreographers have often experienced difficulties developing local followings and/or generating in- or out-of-region booking opportunities.
You may find a program overview at LASTAGEAlliance.com/
*Who Should Apply:* LA Dance Advance is for dance companies and choreographers located in Los Angeles County with a demonstrated capacity to reach audiences and at a threshold of audience growth. This means organizations that are poised for increased touring in- or out-of-region, as well as those already actively touring but seeking to perform more in-region. Participants can be nonprofit, unincorporated or for-profit dance companies, or individual choreographers employed by or volunteering for dance companies. While LA Dance Advance includes small implementation grants, it is not primarily a funding program. A limited number of participants (approximately 7 - 9) will be selected.
LA Dance Advance is not intended for dance companies and choreographers that already have a well-established capacity for both touring and local performing on a regular basis. Also, it is not designed for emerging dance artists, those without a track record of touring and reaching audiences inside and outside of the region, those whose primary focus is dance education, and students enrolled in a degree program.
*How to Apply:* The LA Dance Advance has a two-stage application process: 1. Letter of interest (brief Online Form): Submission Deadline is September 15, 2011 5pm Please visit LASTAGEAlliance.com/DanceAdvance to access the Letter of Intent online form.
2. Full application: Those invited to submit a full application will have a deadline of October 14, 2011 Participants will be announced in the first week of November.
LA Dance Advance is a collaboration of three organizations: LA STAGE Alliance, which is administering the initiative; the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, which is providing financial and professional support; and the Southern California Dance Futures Fund, which is providing dance-specific leadership and assistance. Funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Okay, so I have my first totally solo belly dance gig on Thursday night.
And of course I sort of procrastinated and am now freaking out. I can’t get my brand new costume to really fit me in time and trying to alter it myself has been like a comedy of errors. Plus, I have not finished my choreography although I did get permission to use 2 numbers from the dance company I’m in, so that will make it easier.
Tonight’s mission - finish fixing costume bra to the best of my abilities.
Tomorrow’s mission - figure out sound issues and rest of choreography!
New project seeks male and female contemporary/modern dancers with strong technique. Must be available for Sunday rehearsals 11-1. Unpaid rehearsals to start but paid future performances. Audition: Sunday August 28th 11:00-1. Please bring resume and photo.
Live Arts Los Angeles 4210 Panamint Street (on the corner of Eagle Rock Blvd.) Los Angeles, CA 90065
Please let us know if you are planning to attend the audition and/or contact us for more information at: firstname.lastname@example.org
auditioning for Robert is a great experience because he really pushes you!
Robert Moses’ KIN
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at ODC Commons ( 351 Shotwell at 17th Street)
ABOUT RMK: Since founding Robert Moses’ Kin in 1995, Robert Moses has collaborated with a number of prominent dancers, musicians, composers, sculptors, authors, poets, and designers to realize the concept of dance as a unifying form of art, an art form that speaks broadly from a specific place. While touring nationally and creating over 90 original works, Robert Moses’ Kin has earned a host of awards, including four Bay Area Isadora Duncan Awards (IZZIES), a Bay Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery Award in Dance (Goldie) and a San Francisco Weekly Black Box Award for Choreography.
Robert Moses’ Kin has toured to universities, colleges, and festivals throughout the U.S., including Jacob’s Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, Colorado Dance Festival, Dance Center at Columbia College, University of Nevada, University of Texas, Orange Coast College, Dance Umbrella, Stanford University, ProArts Collective, the Maine Festival, and New York’s City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, among other venues. In addition to his work with Robert Moses’ Kin, Moses has choreographed for San Francisco Opera, Ailey II, Philadanco, Cincinnati Ballet, Eco Arts, Transitions Dance Company of the Laban Center in London, African Cultural Exchange (UK), Bare Bones (UK), Oakland Ballet, Moving People Dance, and Robert Henry Johnson Dance Company, among others. He has choreographed for film, theater and opera, with major productions for the Lorraine Hansberry Theater, New Conservatory Theater, Los Angeles Prime Moves Festival (L.A.C.E.), and Olympic Arts Festival.
I’ve been awful about updating lately. I’m so ridiculously busy with work and everything that I have little to no time to dance, let alone write about it. I do have some ruminations that I need to post here but they will have to come as soon as they can.
For now, here’s what I’ve been working on dance-wise lately:
Just finished a Middle Eastern folk dance show. Yes, you heard me right. I wish I had video but I don’t yet. We may perform it again in September and we may actually even tour with it, which would be fun.
Currently in rehearsal with the wonderful Rachel Lopez, working on a piece for a showcase type show in July in LA.
And of course, still bellydancing. Actually getting much better at it, but since I think I’ve decided that I actually want to pursue it *gulp*, I need to work much harder and get my butt in classes.
Diavolo Dance Theater, a premiere dance company based in Los Angeles, is seeking both men and women to join their 2011-2012 touring season. Performers must have a strong background in modern dance, contact improvisation and some gymnastics ability will help.
Diavolo is currently in its 12th season touring nationally and internationally (the only LA based dance company that travels the world). Artistic director Jacques Heim choreographed KA for Cirque de Soleil, which is currently running in Las Vegas. Diavolo Dance Theater is an award-winning multidisciplinary performance troupe that features an eclectic group of dynamic dancers, gymnasts and actors who fly across the stage on and around large-scale, architectural props and everyday items.
Auditions will be held in Los Angeles Saturday May 28th @ 10am at the Diavolo Space (616 Moulton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031).
The HARC Foundation, a 21 year-old Los Angeles based 501(c)(3) creative arts organization, is currently seeking Contemporary Dance entries from Emerging Choreographers in Los Angeles County, California. The Choreographer of the winning entry will receive a 2011 HARC Award of $2,500.00, promotional benefits and a public presentation of the winning work during the first quarter of 2012 in Association with Highways Performance Space of Santa Monica, CA and presented at Highways Performance Space, an intimate black box space.
The HARC Foundation’s Pilot Program is a new Division of HARC's Annual National Creative Arts Competitions and is specifically designed to engage more creative artists in local or regional areas of the U.S.
Please review the HARC Awards Entry Requirements & Specifications and The HARC Awards Official Rules before entering your work in the 2011 HARC Awards Choreography competition. All entries must comply with the Rules, fulfill the stipulated Entry Requirements and Specifications and Applications must be made on the HARC Awards Official Application Entry Form.
To be eligible for award consideration, all entries must be postmarked by June 30, 2011 and must be received no later than July 10, 2011. Judging will take place in August 2011 and announcement of the HARC Award Recipient and winning work will be made in early September 2011.
“You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscript to store away, no painting to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that fleeting moment when you feel alive. It is not for the unsteady souls.”—Merce Cunningham
One of my by-weekly habits is browsing Craigslist just on the off chance that an audition or some other cool opportunity is buried in the gigs section. Today I found this and I just wanted to re-post it because one of the first things I did in LA was an internship at a talent agency in their dance department. Now I did it at the time because I wanted to work in a talent agency (dance department or not) but I think it’s a good way to see how the commercial dance industry works, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Personally, I am not a commercial dancer and I don’t have the desire to be so getting that knowledge wasn’t that helpful to me, but it was still interesting and helped me understand the LA scene a little more.
THE MOVEMENT / Dance Education & Choreography Department Intern needed
THE MOVEMENT is looking for interns to assist in our various departments. As an intern at THE MOVEMENT, you can expect to learn about the management side of the dance industry through duties that may include the following:
- Take audition appointments from casting directors and comunicate with clients and their agents; if applicable. - Pull/email client materials for project submissions - Use Breakdown Services and other casting websites - Learn the process of how to choose which clients to submit on projects - Screen new client submissions and view choreographers reels - Assist with new client set up and paperwork/track materials. - Heavy internet data collection and research. - Attend showcases and performances with managers.
This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning first hand the operations of a management company that focuses on choreographers & dance educators.
Applicants must be well organized, detail-oriented, have excellent phone and computer skills, be able to multi-task and succeed in fast-paced industry. A background or interest in dance is mandatory. A commitment of at least 15 hours a week is mandatory. Please, no one seeking representation. We would also prefer if you were not a dancer perusing a career in the entertainment industry at this time; i.e - auditioning, choreographing, teaching, etc. Willing to work around work/school schedule. This is a NON-PAYING INTERNSHIP. You must also be located in Southern California.