L.A. Dance Project

I first saw L.A. Dance Project at Montclair State University’s ambitious Peak Performances series. What drew me to them at that time was the music by composers I admire, plus the restaging of Merce Cunningham’s dance, Winterbranch. I was delighted by the dancers’ skill and the varied choreography of that evening. When I saw that they were coming to BAM, I leaped at the chance to see them again. I attended their performance last night, and I am glad I did. It was thrilling to not only see the use of visual art (especially Barbara Kruger’s set design for Reflections by Benjamin Millepied), but also live music by cutting edge composers, and tender, athletic choreography executed by a company of extremely talented dancers. I think all of the curtain calls were well deserved. I will say that the first time I saw Quintett (by William Forsythe at Montclair State), I was thrilled that the dance was set to Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet by Gavin Bryars, because I am a fan of his work. Interestingly, last night at BAM it did start grating on my nerves a little, but that was probably a little due to the fact that I had already seen the piece so the newness of it was lost. Still, the beautiful dancing moved me, as it did in all of the evening’s pieces. It was also a real treat to hear David Lang’s music performed live by Andrew Zolinsky, as well as eighth blackbird’s wonderful performance of Bryce Dessner’s work for Justin Peck’s piece, Murder Ballades. I hope the company continues to collaborate with visual artists, cutting edge composers and exciting choreographers — both past and present.

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