Best of 2013: Laura Bleiberg picks BodyTraffic, ‘Rite of Spring’
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Cast members perform “Wien” during a dress rehearsal of “L.A. Moves,” presented by the Barak Ballet at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)
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A photo of the Mark Morris Dance Group performing “Grand Duo.” From left to right: Lauren Grant, Marjorie Folkman (partially obscured), and Matthew Rose. (Marc Royce / Valley Performing Arts Center)
Melissa Bourkas and Miguel Perez of dance company BodyTraffic perform “Kollide” at the Broad Stage in October 2013. (Ben Gibbs )
Members of the Joffrey Ballet in a promotional image for their production of the original 1913 Nijinsky-Stravinsky “Rite of Spring.” (Herbert Migdoll / The Music Center)
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The Nederlands Dans Theater performing ‘Chamber.’ (Rahi Rezvani / For The Times)
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Adam Maskell and Hannah Vassallo in “Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty” (London). (Simon Annand)
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Dancers from the Alonzo King Lines Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago join up for “Azimuth” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in June, 2013. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
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A scene from a dress rehearsal of David Roussève’s latest dance-theater piece, “Stardust,” at the REDCAT in downtown L.A. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Ballet’s Dylan Cobb in “La Sonnambula.” (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
Dancers Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild attend the 2013 Princess Grace Awards Gala New York City in October 2013. (Neilson Barnard / Getty Images for Princess Grace Foundation)
In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form:
2013 was a busy year in dance. It was difficult to catch everything. But of those performances I did see, these 10 made memories.
The launch of @TheBarakBallet gives talented L.A. choreographer Melissa Barak and her compelling dancers a needed home for her detailed rep.
Before Ojai, @MarkMorrisDance was @VPACatCSUN, where fans gleefully lapped up 3 of Morris’ exuberant, visionary pieces, spanning 30 years.
Kyle Abraham’s “Kollide” was one reward of BodyTraffic’s breakthrough on @TheBroadStage. Barak Marshall & mom, and dancers were also gifts.
“Rite of Spring” heralded @joffreyballet’s commitment to history. Its brilliance shone brightest, though, in Forsythe’s “In the Middle...”
For its astonishing dancers, @NDTdance makes this list. Medhi Walerski’s “Chamber” had pulsing power; Paul Lightfoot-Sol Leon works? Meh.
What would Tchaikovsky make of Matthew Bourne’s “Sleeping Beauty”? He’d applaud the romantic ache & love the danced reflection of his music.
Alonzo King’s ballets are hypnotic epic poems. In “Azimuth” he meshed his own regal Lines’ dancers with @HubbardStreet’s whip-fast troupe.
David Roussève’s sinuous solo brought his new “Stardust” to poignant catharsis. Teen angst captured in tweets, video and flowing gestures.
Los Angeles Ballet captured the roiling Romanticism in Balanchine’s “La Sonnambula,” a haunting piece of melodrama persuasively performed.
.@nycballet Tiler Peck & Robert Fairchild, @sfballet Damian Smith & Yuan Yuan Tan, & other guests made @FBToc gala an exceptional event.
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