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First of ‘Split’ series pleases Alex officials

Joyce Rudolph

Alex Theatre officials are pleased with the attendance of the

first of four “Split: Dance In and Out of LA” performances Friday

night, which spanned a lengthy three hours and had some material


better suited for adults.

The program combined four companies: the New York-based Forces of

Nature, Deborah Brockus’ Brockus Project Dance Company, a premiere by

L.A. choreographer Robert Gilliam and Pasadena-based Fast Feet.


A large number of people waiting to buy tickets at the door,

delayed the start of the performance by 20 minutes, said Barry

McComb, Alex executive director.

“We had 500 patrons attend the perfor- mance. For a first-time

dance event, particularly in early January, which is not the best

time of year for selling tickets, we are very pleased,” he said.

McComb said he received raves from the audience on the final piece

by Forces of Nature, featuring a history of African-American dance.


But McComb did receive a couple of comments of concern about

Gilliam’s premiere piece, “Chained Heat,” which paired gay, lesbian

and straight duos in provocative movements.

“That caught us by surprise,” McComb said. “We were aware of the

fine reputations of the dance group, but I had not personally seen

the video of their work.”

Two parents suggested The Alex should have placed a disclaimer for

the adult content in the program. Advertising for future dance


performances will carry a disclaimer, McComb said.