public forum
home forum magazine gallery links about faq courtesy
It is currently Sat Oct 25, 2014 5:50 pm

All times are UTC - 7 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Company C 2009
PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:16 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Apr 11, 2001 11:01 pm
Posts: 8612
Location: El Granada, CA, USA
From the Contra Costa Times. Sounds like it could be a fun evening.

Quote:
Company C ballet has a whole lotta lovin' for Led Zeppelin
By Jennifer Modenessi
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 01/15/2009 04:28:28 PM PST
Updated: 01/15/2009 04:28:28 PM PST

When Company C artistic director Charles Anderson set out to create his latest ballet, he didn't look to a score by Tchaikovsky or even a composition from an avant-garde titan such as John Cage as the musical inspiration for his work.

Instead, he went strictly for Zeppelin — as in 1970s sex-drugs-booze-and-rock-'n'-roll Led Zeppelin — but with a twist: All six pieces in Anderson's "The Song Remains the Same" come from the bluegrass covers album "Pickin on Zeppelin: A Tribute."


more...


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:55 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Apr 11, 2001 11:01 pm
Posts: 8612
Location: El Granada, CA, USA
From the SF Chronicle.

Quote:
Company C Ballet founder a company man

Rachel Howard

Sunday, January 18, 2009

In a studio in Walnut Creek, a large man wearing jeans and sneakers stands before a group of lithe, chiseled dancers. "I like the attack," he says, throwing his full weight into a jump, "but keep it natural." When Charles Anderson demonstrates, his movement is expansive and graceful.


more...


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:11 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Apr 11, 2001 11:01 pm
Posts: 8612
Location: El Granada, CA, USA
From the SF Chronicle.

Quote:
Dance review: Emerging ballet for Company C

Rachel Howard, Chronicle Dance Correspondent

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Many a burgeoning ballet troupe could benefit from having a ballet by Alonzo King in its repertoire. On Friday at Walnut Creek's Lesher Center for the Arts, the East Bay's Company C Contemporary Ballet gained an ersatz substitute: "Which Light in the Sky Is Us," a world premiere by Gregory Dawson.

That's not to disparage Dawson's obvious talent. Every emerging choreographer begins by imitation, and with more than a decade spent dancing for King's Lines Ballet, it's only natural that Dawson would be highly influenced by the work of his former boss.


more...


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:53 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat Nov 03, 2001 12:01 am
Posts: 1752
Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Today I attended an open rehearsal of Company C's Program B, which opened with a piece by Twyla Tharp, "Armenia"; then came excerpts from Charles Anderson's latest work, and finally Nikolai Kabaniaev's latest work, "Dioscures."

Before today I had never experienced this regional gem of a ballet company, but the troupe's energy, talent and athleticism all brand them as a force to be reckoned with in the Bay Area. The flexibility in styles, the dedication of their artists, and the individual personalities of those dancing all came through in just under an hour, making me hunger for more.

Nobody can beat Twyla Tharp for entertaining choreography that keeps the dancers moving without pause, and the excerpt from "Armenia" did just that. The playfulness of the movement was captured perfectly by the two young dancers performing the work, and it was executed effortlessly despite the difficulty and stamina required.

Charles Anderson's work, "Akimbo" was a great study in angularity and sensuality that serves as a wonderful vehicle for the talent in his troupe. Combining unique horizontal lift positions that defy gravity, and a complex interplay of steps and pairings, it's a visual matrix set to intriguing music.

The piece de resistance, however, was Kabaniaev's creation, "Dioscures," set to the music of French composer Yves Pnin, which depicts the abstract concept of a sudden birth. A slow, languid beginning leads the dancers through fits and starts -- high battements, swivelling lifts and considerable sliding into positions. Kabaniaev uses various couplings, allowing each dancer a chance to display his or her talents. The closing section, featuring three men and the initial soloist female, offers an airborne manipulation of her limbs, before the dancers enter again to repeat the beginning as the work closes.

This brief glimpse at Company C's Program B is more than just three short ballets, however. It's a young group of talented dancers that hail from all over the United States, each of them with different backgrounds, but all with the collective dedication needed to take this company successfully into the future and beyond. Based on what I saw this afternoon, Company C has already proved promising, and is one worth following.

Program B will be performed at Spreckles Performing Arts Center on April 18, and at the Cowell Theatre (Fort Mason) on May 2-3 and at Dean Lesher in Walnut Creek on May 15 and 16.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 7 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
The messages in this forum are posted by members of the general public and do not reflect the opinions or beliefs of CriticalDance or its staff.
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group