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 L0A1625 CND Kayoko Everhart as Carmen and Daan Vervoort as Don José by David Bazemore
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Dance
 
UCSB Arts & Lectures presented Spain’s national dance company, Compañía Nacional de Danza, for its contemporary adaptation of Carmen over two nights, Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at The Granada Theatre.
 
While the dancers possessed great skill and gave theatrical performances, the piece as a whole fell short of a truly contemporary retelling.

Christine Rocas and Rory Hohenstein Photo by Cheryl Mann
Review
Dance
Beyond The 805
The Joffrey Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is a dynamic, contemporary take on the classic ballet. From the various costumes and settings spanning the 1930s, 1950s, and 1990s to the contemporary twists to the ballet choreography, watching Joffrey Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet is a refreshing and captivating experience.
 
 
Christine Rocas and Rory Hohenstein The Joffrey Ballet’s Romeo & JulietPhoto by Cheryl Mann
Bodies2
 
Review
Dance
Beyond The 805
 
The penultimate evening of FLAX’s The Dialectic of the Stars Bodies2 features choreographer and dancer Noé Soulier. Fabien Danesi, the curator of the series, describes LA as “both cinematographic and paradisiac, but also artificial”. His inspiration for The Dialectic of the stars draws a star in Los Angeles: a place of contradiction, hallucination and mystery, at once “political and poetic.” I keep his portrait of Los Angeles at the forefront as he introduces Soulier.
 
 
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