Bram Goldsmith Dance : A Critique Of The Los Angeles Dance Project

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The lights dimmed in the 500-seat Bram Goldsmith theatre to reveal the Los Angeles Dance Project, a consolidation between formerly trained ballerinas and unbound contemporary dancers. A medley of old and new conjoined in the sculptural wooden interior. The raw atmosphere enhanced by the vision Benjamin Millepied and dedication of Noé Soulier in their quest for individuality. This mix of movements, seemingly simple costumes, experimental music, and spellbinding themes is showcased in these four mesmerizing dances.
The show is enhanced by the choreography of Noé Soulier and his introspective idiosyncrasy. The memorable introduction “A Second Quartet” is a quirky and seemingly random piece backed by an experimental creation process. Odd arm and torso twists were tied together through meticulous repetition, directional changes, and dance phrases passed through dancers. “In Silence We Speak” a 15 minute ode to human connection followed which featured the emotionally eloquent Rachelle Rafailedes and Janie Taylor. This piece highlighted core ballet techniques expanded upon with sharp head tilts and inelegant connection. Showcasing the tender imperfection of interaction, this piece included breathtaking partner work and fast sequences. “Closer” the subsequent duet explored the story of a couple of through extraordinary lifts, continuous kicks, and moments of silence. This whirlwind used the choreography to express joy, its contrary, and unformidable peace.
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