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Lar Lubovitch: Confessions of a Former Go-Go Dancer

The choreographer Lar Lubovitch didn’t discover dance until college, where he had gone in hopes of becoming a painter. The impulse to fill a canvas hasn’t left him. When he describes making a dance, he does so not only in kinetic terms but through the prism of painting: “I’m reacting to the effect the music has on me and making that visual by painting the space and the time that the music is occupying,” he said recently over lunch at a cafe near his Chelsea apartment.


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Honoring the late Donald McKayle

Modern dance pioneer Donald McKayle, one of the first African American men to break through racial barriers via dance, has died. The iconic performer, choreographer, teacher, director and writer had a wide-ranging impact on the United States’ creative and cultural landscape. He died Friday night, according to his wife. He was 87 years old.

“Donald McKayle’s passing is truly the end of an era in American dance,” said University of California, Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman. “His passion for teaching and mentoring young, talented dancers remained unabated throughout his long life, and one of his greatest legacies is the hundreds of professional dancers now performing around the world.”

A UCI professor emeritus of dance who continued teaching until shortly before his death, McKayle created deeply socially conscious works that focused on the human condition and the African American experience. His seminal works “Games,” “Rainbow ’Round My Shoulder,” “District Storyville
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Dr. S. Ama Wray will present On Becoming: A Neo-African Performance Architect at FIU

Dr. S. Ama Wray to present a lecture On Becoming: A Neo-African Performance Architect at the 11th Annual Chris Gray Memorial Lecture on April 13 at Florida International University.


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Works & Process At The Guggenheim Presents A Costume And Dance Commission 'Reid Bartelme And Harriet Jung'

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents a costume and dance commission, Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung, on Sunday, March 25 and Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7:30pm. Costume design takes center stage in these new works devised by designers Reid Bartelme & Harriet Jung in collaboration with their favorite clients and dance makers, Jack Ferver, Burr Johnson, Lar Lubovitch, Pam Tanowitz, and Gwen Welliver, danced by Reid Bartelme, Maggie Cloud, Jack Ferver, Russell Janzen, Burr Johnson, Harriet Jung, and Stuart.


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The Theater 14th Street Y & Bearded Ladies Productions Present Y Cabaret

The Theater 14th Street Y & Bearded Ladies Productions present the 4th Y Cabaret, as part of the Theater/Dance Series curated at The Theater at The 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, NYC on March 24 & 25, 2018 at 8pm.The Y Cabaret is evening of drinks, dance, and food and features choreographers: Nicole Von Arx, Peter Cheng, Mei Yamanaka, Roya Carreras, Kristen Carcone, BAIRA (formerly BS Movement), and Princess Lockerooo, hosted by Clinton Edward.


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Lar Lubovitch: Bringing His Vision To Light

The dancers held their arms in position like those of a T-Rex, their elbows attached to their sides.  Their hands dangling in front of their stomachs, bending at the wrists and swinging back and forth, they ran through the circling sequence. Drops of sweat trickled down their foreheads and backs,  coating their shirts with a visible layer of moisture.  Lar Lubovitch sat at the front of the studio, at the edge of his seat, his heels lifted off of the floor as his toes kept time with the music. He folded his hands together anxiously as he analyzed his dancers moving through the sequence, preparing for the Claire Trevor School of Arts’ annual production, Dance Visions, which these dancers performed Feb. 22 to 25, Thursday through Saturday of last week.

Lubovitch originally choreographed his  piece “Marimba” in 1976. It is a traditional trance dance — rhythmic dancing sequences that are used to reach a new state of consciousness.  This was one of the first dances created with
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Dance Visions 2018 Mixes Art, Technology, and Choreography

DANCE VISIONS 2018 MIXES ART, TECHNOLOGY, AND CHOREOGRAPHY BY DANCE LEGENDS AT THE IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE 

Irvine, Calif., February 14, 2018 - The University of California, Irvine’s Department of Dance will proudly present thrilling pieces by several prestigious choreographers in the annual event, Dance Visions performing from February 22-24 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The event consists of original works by UCI Distinguished Professors Lar Lubovitch, and Donald McKayle, along with Chad Michael Hall, Lisa Naugle, and video direction by John Crawford. Artistic collaborations include a performance by violinist/composer Mari Kimura, set design by Dipu Gupta, and lighting design by Lonnie Alcaraz. The event will also comprise the reconstruction of “The Kingdom of the Shades” a celebrated scene from Marius Petipa’s full-length ballet La Bayadère by Tong Wang and Diane Diefenderfer.

“The event Dance Visions is an opportunity for the
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Alumnus Joshua Romero, A Living Statue

“Sometimes people poke me to see if I’m real,” says Romero, who earned an M.F.A. in dance at UCI last year. Occasionally, he breaks character to surprise viewers. “I’ll open my eyes and wave, then go back to my pose. Or I’ll jump out and scare them,” he says.


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Alumnus Joshua Romero, A Living Statue

“Sometimes people poke me to see if I’m real,” says Romero, who earned an M.F.A. in dance at UCI last year. Occasionally, he breaks character to surprise viewers. “I’ll open my eyes and wave, then go back to my pose. Or I’ll jump out and scare them,” he says.

As a human statue, Joshua Romero gets paid to not move. Slathered in bronze, gold or marble-white body paint, he poses as Zeus, a cowboy, Rodin’s “The Thinker” and other sculptures at celebrity parties and corporate shindigs.

 


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Alumnus Sofia Carreras' Career A Dream Come True Despite Cancer Diagnosis

MFA Alumnus Sofia Carreras has shared the stage with Mikhail Baryshinikov and trained with the Sacramento Ballet, Capitol City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. 

As a choreographer, Carreras has had work performed at New York's Lincoln Center and a far away as Varna, Bulgaria.

“I didn’t think, ‘I want to be a Prima Ballerina,’ like every other little girl,” she says. “I thought ‘I want to have a ballet school.’ Well now I’m a Professor of Dance at Riverside City College and I have a dance company, so that’s close enough to a dream come true.

In 2006, Carreras was five months into the pregnancy with her now 11 year-old son, Sebastian, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After five surgeries, nine months of chemotherapy and weeks of radiation, plus giving birth, Carreras was declared cancer free.

“It was a real battle,” says Carreras. “I was cancer free for about almost 10 years and a year and a half ago, the breast cancer returned, having
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