Revived Dance Kaleidoscope Planned for July

Twenty-three Southern California companies and solo artists have been selected to perform in the revived Dance Kaleidoscope festival this July at Cal State L.A.

The festival, an annual summer event last performed here in 1985, will be presented at the university’s East Los Angeles campus in the State Playhouse. It will consist of three mixed-bill programs, each repeated once, scheduled for July 21, 22, 23 and 28, 29 and 30.

The companies selected to participate are Levy and Goldberg, choreography by Naomi Goldberg; Craig/Johnson, performance art by Karen Johnson and Stephen Craig; Big Flood Dance Company, choreography by Ferne Ackerman; California Theatre Ballet; Karpatok Hungarian Folk Ensemble; Pacific Dance Ensemble, choreography by Mark Taylor of New York; Betzi Roe of Santa Barbara; Rene Olivas Gubernick, performing his choreography with Martha Kalman; Patricia Sandback of San Diego; David Leahy Dance Company; Sarah Elgart & Co; Danzas D’Espana, choreography by Linda Vega; Antony Balcena; Blue Palm; Tina Gerstler Dance Company and John Malashock Dance Company of San Diego.

Soloists selected are Young Ae Park, Stephanie Gilliland, Greg Bielemeier and Jessica Vallot.


The original Dance Kaleidoscope, launched in 1979 to showcase Los Angeles-area dance, was last presented in 1985, a year before its sponsoring organization, the Los Angeles Area Dance Alliance, dissolved. California State University, Los Angeles, is sponsoring the revived festival, which it plans to present annually.

Panelists on this year’s selection committee were Sasha Anawalt, free-lance dance writer; Donald Bradburn, professor of dance at UC Irvine; Barry Glass, director of the Aman Folk Ensemble; Gail Matsui, project director, Japan America Theatre; Lola Montes, director of Lola Montes and her Spanish Dancers; Judy Scalin, director of the dance department at Loyola Marymount University; Lula Washington, director of the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Theatre; Lee Werbel, grants manager for the National/State/County Partnership; Tim Miller, performance artist, and Warren Lucas, a Los Angeles-based dancer and choreographer.