Dear Readers ... or this issue, we continue our series of the "Roots of Dance" in San Diego - which are deep, and firmly planted, with (at last count), some 21-dance companies or groups of multiple disciplines and variable styles and techniques.
In this second issue of celebrating the "roots" of dance, we highlight this go-around, with the modern/contemporary dance companies -namely, the PGK Dance Project, the Jean Isaacs SD Dance Theatre, the Blythe Barton Dance, the Michael Mizerany Dance, and the Malashock Dance Company (in no special order).
The PGK Dance Project, is a professional company, performing local, nationally and internationally - throughout the year, in addition to a variety of collaborative projects. They provide opportunities for choreographers to create and work on our companies as well
San Diego Dances in Logan Heights, at Bread & Salt - a former bread factory, converted into an Arts Center (for 3-sold-out performances), featuring the PGK Dance Project - performing works by Peter Kalivas, Blythe Barton, Kim T. Davis, and Rosalia Lerner ... with guest companies For further information, call (619) 886-7924 or (646) 337-6164.
Founded in 1972, the San Diego Dance Theater (SDDT), has for 43 years, enriched the cultural life of San Diego, through countless dance concerts and training for young dancers. Jean Isaacs, was appointed Artistic Director in 1997, and under her direction, SDDT has earned its reputation as a company of fully-professional dancers, committed to unconventional and deeply courageous programming - which expands access to the stage, for dancers of many nationalities, races, ages, and physical abilities.
Photo by Manny Rotenberg
"We have to love the trolley, because of "Trolley Dances". Now, in its 16th year, the dance trip, created by Jean Isaacs, and her SD Dance Theatre, is a balance of artistry and logistics - a journey that feeds the mind, body, and soul. Instead of a stage, audiences discover dancers in odd places - such as pressed against a stairwell, and bouncing off metal girders - which changes the way one views those places and surrounding communities" (SD Story, Kris Eitland) Scheduled for July 17th (at noon) - for additional information, call: (619) 225-1803
Southern California's newest Dance Festival, is an explosion of works, by choreographers on the brink of national recognition. The Festival is curated by contemporary dance visionary Jennifer Backhaus - who has called on fellow Chapman Alumni Blythe Barton, Elke Calvert, Genevieve Carson, and Gracie Whyte, to create a night that crackles with spirit, strength, and originality.
Blythe (above), grew-up in Juneau, Alaska - and continued her dance training at Chapman University. There, she discovered her passion for 'choreography', and in her senior year, was awarded the highest student dance honor - Excellence In Choreography - for her work on "Conversations at a Table". Since moving to San Diego in 2008, Blythe has continued to create work and present at several Southern California venues "Ignite" - a Choreographer's Showcase, Celebrate Dance Festival-San Diego, the San Diego Young Choreographers Prize, and New Voices from San Diego Dance Theatre. For further information go to: www.blythebarton.com/
Per Michael - being pumped-up, after the SD FRINGE Festival, I was looking for some more "eyeball busting" entertainment, and I found it, with the launch of Michael Mizerany's (new) Dance Company - and his show "Man Clan". This is not a dance review. What I know about dance, could fill a matchbook cover - however, I know what I like - and I know what impresses the me - and, "Man Clan" was a visual treat on multiple levels. Yes, they are hot men dancing, and there's nothing wrong with appreciating it on this basic (or should I say base) level.
"Man Clan", was something I had been thinking about for a while. Sometimes we get stuck in outmoded notions of what makes a man - that aggression equals strength, and that intimacy and gentleness equals weakness. I really wanted to skewer these outdated ideas - turn them on their ear, but also acknowledge that they don't always go away - it is something we are taught as young men - and not always easily altered. For further information, go to: email@example.com
Malashock Dance, advances the art and experience of dance, by creating original works, that communicate, challenge, entertain, and encourages new forms of personal expression. Currently, Malashock Dance is an active contributor to the vibrancy of San Diego's cultural life - serving residents of the SD region, visitors in search of cultural activities - and the dance community as a whole. Founded by John Malashock in 1988, following his extensive career in dance and theater. The company performs in various SD venues and events, and tours nationally and internationally.
MALASOCK DANCE & Company, is in the dance studios, schools, and Arts Halls industry in San Diego.
For further information, call (619) 260-1622
If you are perhaps curious and/or interested in any of the above dance companies - please contact them at their telephone numbers and emails above. Enjoy ....
Next Issue, we will look at San Diego's ETHNIC Dance Companies.
Editor - Rob Appel