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Dancers soar to new heights in second Split: Dance In and Out of



Exuberant dancers will seem to fly above the stage in the Split:

Dance In and Out of L.A. performance beginning at 8 tonight at The


Alex Theatre in Glendale.

This installment of the quarterly dance series showcases Jean

Isaacs’ critically acclaimed San Diego Dance Theater and two local

companies, Tongue of Los Angeles and Brockus Project Dance Company of


Long Beach. Also on the program is Los Angeles-based choreographer

Lisa K. Lock.

“Tongue in particular defies gravity. They fly above the stage

with huge, soaring leaps and come back down into the ground,” said

Deborah Brockus, artistic director of Brockus Project.

“It’s almost like basic training -- dance style,” she said. “My

boyfriend likes it because it’s very athletic. It appeals to the

sports side of American culture.”


All three companies have their own style of modern dance, but

Brockus said their techniques have a similar base. The connection is

through the teaching philosophy of two schools.

Brockus first met Isaacs when she was a student at UC Irvine, and

she was influential in introducing Brockus to the style of modern

dance that Brockus’ company does today.

Brockus, Tongue artistic director Stephanie Gilliland and Lock

teach or have taught at the Idyllwild Arts Academy.


Lock’s dance works are short studies with a humorous look at

humans. Each piece is created with its own prop. One piece, done at a

ballet bar, pokes fun at dancers. Another segment is performed under

huge netting fabric and the dancer becomes a bird.

“She basically metamorphoses into different animals and different

humans,” Brockus said. “The audience is riveted watching this

transformation on stage.”

Issacs’ piece “A Geography of Risk,” compares the moving geography

of the West with the constantly changing relationships between


Brockus’ company will bring “Phoenix” to the stage, a work which

was loosely inspired by the events of Sept. 11. It shows people

facing difficulties and working together in the aftermath to achieve

a cathartic release, she said.

Her company will also present “Finding Balance on Quaking Land,”

which deals with living and finding a sense of balance in Los


“It will show how we need to think differently than people living

in other cities to be successful,” she said.

This show is family friendly, she said, and it will be two hours,

including intermission.

The series is co-sponsored by the Brockus Project Dance Company

and The Alex Theatre. The next installments are May 10 and Aug. 30.

Tickets range from $15 to $35. Balcony seats for $10 are available for students. For reservations, call 243-2539. The Alex Theatre is at

216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.



Shakespeare At Play is joining forces with Media Dance Centre and

Renaissance Art to present a day of fine art, live theater and dance

today in Burbank.

The event marks the christening of the alley between the three

businesses as the Theatre Arts Courtyard. A sign will be displayed

naming the alley off Palm Avenue between Third Street and San

Fernando Boulevard, said Debbie Gates, executive director of

Shakespeare At Play.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony begins at 2 p.m. There will be

Renaissance dancing at 2:30 p.m., followed by the play “Romeo and

Juliet” performed by members of Shakespeare At Play at 3 p.m.; the

ballet “Romeo and Juliet” danced by members of the Media City Ballet

Company at 4 p.m.; and a children’s performance of “Romeo and Juliet”

by students of Shakespeare At Play at 4:30 p.m.

Also planned are sword-fight demonstrations, free art classes by

Renaissance Art’s Jim Shendel, whose studio opened Feb. 15, a silent

auction and refreshments.



Students from the Gobetti/Ormeny Acting Studio are joining in the

worldwide reading campaign of Aristophanes’ ancient Greek anti-war

comedy “Lysistrata” at 7 p.m. Monday at The Victory Theatre Center in


This adaptation is by C.F. Balducci and it is directed by Victory

artistic co-director Maria Gobetti.

To date, 620 play readings are scheduled in 38 countries and in

all 50 United States to voice opposition to the war on Iraq. Proceeds

will go to charities working for peace and humanitarian aid in the

Middle East.

The play tells the story of women from opposing states who unite

to end a war by refusing to have sex with their husbands until the

men agree to lay down their swords.

The reading at the Victory will feature 25 actors ranging from 18

to 70 enrolled in the acting classes and actors who have done plays

at The Victory.

“It is not an anti-war protest,” Gobetti said. “It’s a pro-peace

movement. It’s a peaceful way to say, let’s remember the children.”

The $10 donation will go to War Child, a fund for children all

over the world touched by war, she said.

The Victory is at 3326 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank. For

reservations, call 841-5421.



The world premiere of Mayo Simon’s “A Twilight Romance” closes

this weekend at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank.

This new stage comedy stars Katherine Helmond and Robert Mandan.

Helmond won a Best Actress Golden Globe in 1981 for her portrayal of

Jessica Tate on the TV series “Soap.” Mandan played Helmond’s husband

Chester on the series that ran from 1977 to 1981.

They are reunited as a couple in this play that explores the

humorous dating dilemmas and rituals of two old lovebirds.

Directing is Jules Aaron, a recipient of 18 Drama-Logue Awards,

three Backstage West Garland awards and three Los Angeles Drama

Critic’s Circle Nominations for direction, winning the award for his

revival of “Equus.”

Final performances are at 8 tonight and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets

range from $25 to $37.50. The Falcon is at 4252 Riverside Drive, in

Burbank. For reservations, call 955-8101.


“Fuddy Meers,” the off-Broadway hit comedy that launched the

career of playwright David Lindsay- Abaire, is being produced by

Burbank’s Colony Theatre.

It tells the story of Claire, an amnesiac who awakens each morning

not knowing anything about who or where she is. She ends up being

kidnapped by one husband and pursued by another.

Directing is David Rose, who also directed “Bea[u]tiful in the

Extreme” and “Our Country’s Good,” which received six Ovation


The production contains strong language and is recommended for

mature audiences.

Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7

p.m. Sundays through March 9. Tickets are $22 to $28 and can be

reserved by calling 558-7000. The Colony makes its home at the

Burbank Center Stage, 555 N. Third St. For reservations, call




The Burbank Historical Society’s Gordon R. Howard Museum Complex

features exhibits of early Burbank. There are extensive collections

of vintage vehicles, costumes, dolls, cameras and special sections on

the history of Lockheed, Disney and Warner Bros. studios.

Hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free, but

donations are accepted. The complex is at 1015 W. Olive Ave.,

Burbank. Parking is available at George Izay Park lot off Clark


For more information, call 841-6333.


Burbank Aviation Museum is dedicated to the memory of the men and

women who made aviation history in the San Fernando Valley.

Located at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Cemetery, artifacts are

displayed in the Portal of the Folded Wings-Shrine to Aviation, an

ornate domed building that is listed on the National Register of

Historic Places. Visitors can enter on Valhalla Boulevard behind

Fry’s Electronics, off Hollywood Way or use the main entrance at

10621 Victory Blvd.

The Portal building is accessible from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for

viewing the cenotaphs and burial stones.

The aviation displays can be viewed from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

For more information, call 845-3300.



Pickwick Ice Skating Arena, 1001 Riverside Drive in Burbank, has

public skating, figure skating and ice-hockey lessons. It is also

available for private parties. Public sessions are from 2:30 to 4:30

p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 8 to 10 p.m. Saturdays; 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and 8:15 to 9:45 p.m. Wednesdays.

Admission is $6, $5 for 17 and younger, and $3 extra for skate

rentals. Call 846-0035.


The Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive in Burbank,

has horse events throughout the year, but also rents out the animals

from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Horse rentals are $20 for one hour, $30

for 1 1/2 hours, and $35 for two hours, all with a $15 deposit, cash only. Private hourlong lessons are $35.

To horse around, call 840-8401, or for general information about

the center, call 840-9063.

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