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California Touring Project
Diavolo Dance Space
Los Angeles, CA
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California Touring Project
casebolt and smith, Cid Pearlman, Susan Rose and Yolande Snaith present:

California Touring Project

"From beginning to end, words and movement flow seamlessly within the California Touring Project. Witty and provocative, the project presents physical storytelling that leaves you with a sense of compassion and humanity."
--Kris Eitland, Sandiego.com

The Los Angeles Premiere of California Touring Project brings together casebolt and smith (Los Angeles), Cid Pearlman (Santa Cruz), Susan Rose (Los Angeles) and Yolande Snaith (San Diego) to present a collection of dances that play between order, disorder, power and desire. Presented in the round, each work inhabits an intimate landscape creating unexpected shifts of perspective and meaning.

Liz Casebolt and Joel Smith of casebolt and smith are on the brink of international success as an emerging contemporary dance theater duet company. Their 07/08 season included performances at Joyce SoHo New York City, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (La Jolla), CounterPulse San Francisco and Cal Arts Sharon Disney Lund Theater in Valencia, and in 2009 they will perform in Canada as part of the Vancouver International Dance Festival.  Their work has been described as powerful, compelling and hilarious by SanDiego.com and as offering a marvelous aesthetic and thought-provoking worldview by ArtscapeMedia.com.  As part of CTP Los Angeles, casebolt and smith will present Having Words, a dance for two that partners with its audience to become a dance for many.  The duo simultaneously asks for assistance and support from audience members while performing a complicated dance rife with unexpected, quirky, dynamic and virtuosic partnering and phrase-work.  By inviting the audience into the piece, Having Words illuminates what is possible when a community of strangers works together toward a common goal.

With a movement vocabulary that shifts between a rough-and-tumble physicality, intricate partnering, and moments of delicate touch, Cid Pearlmans choreography subtly disrupts traditional notions of desire, gender, and friendship. Best known for her choreography for San Francisco/Los Angeles dance company Nesting Dolls, and described by the LA Weekly as having a brash wit and postpunk aesthetics, Pearlman will present the Los Angeles premiere of Fire Sale. Four performers, an eight by eight square of black & white linoleum, and two green chairs  in this simple, but compelling environment, Pearlman deftly juxtaposes violence, tenderness, beauty, ugliness, strength and fragility, to illuminate the complexity, and sometimes absurdity, of social relationships. Fire Sale is set to an original score by Camper Van Beethoven violinist Jonathan Segel, with whom Pearlman has been collaborating for fifteen years. This extraordinary new work was created with, and is performed by, Santa Cruz dancers Sarah Day, David King, Matthew Shyka, and Sara Wilbourne.

At 61, Susan Rose finds herself re-positioning her career in Los Angeles amidst a diverse and youthful generation of hip-hop artists and emerging performance artists, yet her commitment and hailed success in challenging convention keeps her at the top of the game. The New York Times has described her work as being informed by wit, intelligence and terse but glowing humanity, and the Boston Phoenix has said Rose slips her fine sense of dance composition underneath layers of attitude and comic reference. From 1976-1989 she was the director of Danceworks in Boston, supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Massachusetts Council of the Arts. Her work has been seen at Jacobs Pillow, Highways Performance Space, Occidental College, Sushi Performance Space, and Jon Sims Center for the Arts in San Francisco. In 2002 she worked with Marta Savigliano on the tango-opera thriller Angora Matta which premiered in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As part of California Touring Project, Rose will present, and perform with Kelli King in, Light Contradictions, an improvised duet of power plays where they simultaneously give and receive commands that put each at the whim of the other.  This dance is irresistibly smart and funny and filled with odd and unpredictable moments of brilliance.

British born choreographer Yolande Snaith has been performing and choreographing internationally since 1984, winning several awards including Digital Dance, Time Out/Dance Umbrella and Bonnie Bird Choreography Awards, and the Prix Dauteur du Conceil Generale de la Seine-Saint-Denise in 1998 for Blind Faith. In 1997 Snaith created the choreography for Stanley Kubricks final film Eyes Wide Shut, and in 2002 joined the faculty of Theatre and Dance at UCSD. She is Artistic Director of IMAGOmoves; a new dance theater company based in San Diego. Time Out has hailed Snaith as one of our most original, even visionary artists a true winner and Londons Evening Standard has labeled her as a mistress of mystery who conjures riddles that can be answered in drama and dance. As part of California Touring Project, Snaith presents Re-ordered Around, a dance created specifically for the round that re-visits and re-invents various fragments of raw choreographic material from existing works, and re-sets them to a suite of live Bach solo violin. The 'in the round' performance arena invites new perspectives for re-experiencing these works, taking the material out of its theatrical 'other world.

Now in its second year, The California Touring Project was created as a way to build community and create touring opportunities in these times of diminished resources for dance. The response received from audiences and presenters to the project has been extraordinary. Past performances include the CounterPulse San Francisco and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.


Diavolo Dance Space
616 Moulton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90031
United States


Music > EDM, Dance, Rave

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Liz Casebolt
On BPT Since: Oct 13, 2008

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