Celebrate Dance 2012 - LA Contemporary Dance Company, photo by Eric Mason

Produced by Jamie Nichols Saturday March 3, 2012 at the Alex Theatre, Glendale

CELEBRATE DANCE 2012, produced by Los Angeles dance impresaria Jamie Nichols, will present its prestigious multi-company evening of dance at Glendale's Alex Theatre on March 3rd. DancePlug and its roving news/dance crew will be there offering coverage from the stage and pre-show interviews with the participating choreographers and dancers. This year's program of nine companies features an exciting list of five returning companies and five choreographers and companies offering their works for the first on this popular and well respected program. The line-up will feature contemporary ballet, insightful dance theater, as well as contemporary and improvisational dance. The Celebrate Dance programs have been widely recognized for their exceptional production values, adventuresome choreography, stellar dancers and innovative programming. For the third year, The Flourish Foundation will be partnering with Celebrate Dance by offering preview master classes to middle school students and tickets for the performance.

From San Diego, John Malashock and Michael Mizerany will be returning with two new works by Malashock Dance. Malashock Dance has been a longtime mainstay on the San Diego dance scene. Malashock is a four-time Emmy Award winner for his dance films. Joining them from San Diego will be choreographer Daniel Marshall and LaDiego Dance Theater in its Los Angeles debut with a new work set to Vivaldi violin concertos from the Seasons. Marshall has previously worked with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company.

Choreographer Sophie Monat and Monat Dance will bring Vista to the Alex stage. The work was presented with the finalists for this year's Dance Under the Stars choreography competition. Other companies presenting large scale ensemble works include Hysterica Dance Company directed by Kitty McNamee, Invertigo Dance Theatre directed by Laura Karlin, RhetOracle Dance Company and choreographer/Artistic Director Nate Hodges and L.A. Contemporary Dance Company directed by Kate Hutter with choreography by Genevieve Carlson. McNamee has presented work regularly seen with the L.A. Opera as well as live dance events for film and TV. Hodges' company was recently recognized for its wildly creative post-modern version of La Bayadere presented in Orange County. He brings his tale The Dancing Man, a Los Angeles premiere. Expect the edginess that has characterized his recent works. Karlin's and Hutter's companies have been mainstays of the Los Angeles studio theater scene. Karlin will be premiering her work Give Me Wings while Hutter's company will be presenting nana, a visually stunning tour de force of contemporary dance theater.

Choreographer/dancer Regina Klenjoski and Regina Klenjoski Dance bring their world premiere of One-Two-Many to the Alex stage with original music by Mark Fitchett. Her company has regularly been the recipient of Lester Horton Awards. She is the producer of Sola and is a southland innovator in the area of community dance programs with her partnerships with the City of Torrance. Lydia Zimmer will be making her Los Angeles big-stage debut in Memoriae. Zimmer, who primarily works in the realm of improvisation, blends multiple techniques in and brings to the stage an arresting presence of movement and style. She will be performing her ultra-idiosyncratic solo work to the blended instrumental and electronic soundscapes of the German composer, Marsen Jules.
Returning with riveting lighting designs and technical finesse is Eileen Cooley who has lit many of the participating companies. She returns for her seventh season with CELEBRATE DANCE. Look for tickets for the one-night-only event at www.alextheatre.org. The show has played to sold out houses so get your tickets now. And please look for reviews and information on the participating companies on www.DancePlug.com. See You at the Alex and don't forget to check the DancePlug Dish for the post-concert video coverage.