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Celebrate Dance 2013: Los Angeles Dance Presentation

Entering the 8th year, Celebrate Dance 2013, with 8 Los Angeles dance companies: Invertigo Dance Theatre, JazzAntiqua Dance Ensemble, L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, Lydia Zimmer + Dancers, Lux Aeterna Dance Company, Nickerson-Rossi Dance, SoleVita Dance Company and the Los Angeles debut of Francisco Gella’s, Colabo Youth Dance Collective. Celebrate Dance, held to its tradition, by inspiring, enlightening, and entertaining audiences again with a wide variety of companies and spectacular production values.

Celebrate Dance 2013 was brought back to the Alex stage, including 3 companies from last year’s participants and a handful of Los Angeles premieres. After receiving a standing ovation for her work in 2012, Lydia Zimmer + Dancers returned with an expanded version of her spellbinding, improvisational choreographic piece Lithium, which was unraveled by a trio of dancers.

Invertigo Dance Theatre lit up the Alex with their thought provoking and accessible World Premiere of After it Happened. This compelling story of human response to natural happenings provided interesting, athletic movement, accompanied by original music and a bit of comic relief. This is their second time performing at Celebrate Dance.

Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company presented a fresh, new work with its trademark mix of imaginative choreography and compelling dancers.The L.A. Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC) under the direction of Kate Hutter performed a Los Angeles Premiere Identity Theft which provided a controversial, relevant piece not soon to be forgotten.This is LACDC’s second participation in Celebrate Dance.

Pat Taylor's standout dance ensemble, JazzAntiqua celebrates the African American roots of the jazz tradition as a defining element of the American experience. JazzAntiqua performed Ooh Child which was a class act. The dancers, choreography and the mood all provided a glimpse into early jazz movement that not only transported the audience into another era - but presented a preserve of fundamental and historical jazz language. One of the best of the night, JazzAntiqua is a company to watch. This is their 3rd participation in Celebrate Dance at the Alex.

The evening opened with Human Flotation Devices, an acclaimed break dance inspired work of Jacob "Kujo" Lyons for Lux Aeterna Dance Company and the night also premiered 3 new dance ensembles including modern dance company Nickerson-Rossi Dance presenting the arousing Enkindled, SoleVita Dance Company, who also stood out with their Los Angeles Premiere entitled The Walk West, and the Colabo Youth Dance Collective with World Premiere Concentric Harmonies ended the show with a bang!

With fantastic lighting design by award winning Eileen Cooley, and elegant surroundings of Glendale’s Alex Theatre. Celebrate Dance has been awarded the Lester Horton Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement for Production for three consecutive years. Sponsored in part by Glendale Arts and under fiscal receivership of the Dance Resource Center, this eighth production of Celebrate Dance provided another outstanding, seamless evening of dance for Los Angeles audiences.

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