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.