It was June of 1984, when the West German dance company, Tanztheater Wuppertal, under the artistic direction of Pina Bausch, made its American debut at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Opening the 10-week long Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles with Bausch’s 1975 work, “The Rite of Spring,” dozens of barefoot women and bare-chested men were thrashing amid tons of leaves and peat moss to Stravinsky’s visceral and anarchic score.
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continue Reading
One would think that a dance inspired by the events of the January 6 insurrection—yes, a dance!—would not be the ideal stuff of theater, but the eight members of Laurie Sefton Creates (formerly Clairobscur Dance Company), succeeded in giving life to Sefton’s premiere “Herd. Person?”, while the dance, itself, was occasionally problematic.Continue Reading