LACDC in the L.A. Weekly
April 28, 2015
LA Weekly's Ann Haskins profiles LACDC and our 10-Year Anniversary Performance and Celebration.
Full Article Here: L.A. Contemporary Dance Company's "LACDC10"
Art Times Review: Mention of LACDC's APAP Performance
February 10, 2015
Dawn Lille, writer for Art Times - an online publication - mentions LACDC's presentation of Unravel in her review of the APAP showcases that took place in January in NYC.
"It was good to see the L.A, Contemporary Dance Company, who had performed the previous evening but were blocked from view. Unravel is a duet choreographed by the group’s founder, Kate Hutter. A ten -year old company based in Los Angeles, it tries to attract local artists in building a dance community.
Genevieve Carson and Nicholas Heitzeberg alternated support of each other in this duet that indicated the ebb and flow of their relationship and engaged the viewer throughout."
Read the full article in the attached PDF.
Review of LACDC's "Into The Fray" Performance
November 25, 2014
Beth Megill of LADanceReview.Com discusses LACDC in Into the Fray: "Thematically, the work rested squarely on the power of the various forms of relating, in fact the whole work could be used as a study in the many different forms of relating such as nearness, support, sliding and interlacing. The choreographic success was firmly rooted in the dancers’ ability to relate to each other in pairs, trios and ensembles. The dancers exhibited adroit partnering technique, as well as compelling emotional themes through out the work."
Review of LACDC's Into the Fray performance at LA Theatre Center on November 14, 2014;
Featuring the choreography by Kate Hutter, Genevieve Carson, Erik Speth, & Kevin Williamson
Review: LACDC Moves As One
November 18, 2014
Christina Campodonico of NeonTommy.Com discusses LACDC in Into the Fray: "A cohort of dancers assembles on top of and around a gray, rectangular table, like a school choir staggered onto bleachers by height and vocal type. But they are more like boisterous cheerleaders than angelic singers as they count loudly through sixty, again and again. As if a swarm, they then converge into a diagonal line that resembles an undulating caterpillar, as they contract their bellies and curve their spines. Their bent elbows, rest in the palms of their fellow dancers’ hands, creating a sea of segmented limbs, just like a millipede’s innumerable parts. This overspill of human anatomy is dizzying and delightful all at once."
Full Article: "L.A. Contemporary Dance Company Moves As One"
Review of LACDC's Into the Fray performance at LA Theatre Center on November 14-15, 2014;
Featuring the choreography by Kate Hutter, Genevieve Carson, Erik Speth, & Kevin Williamson
Alternative Apparel profiles "MoveMaker" Kate Hutter
August 1, 2014
Check out Alternative Apparel's blog Common Thread where LACDC's Kate Hutter is profiled as a "MoveMaker" in the L.A. community.
For more information on Alternative Apparel, go to: http://www.alternativeapparel.com/
Announcing LACDC's Incoming Artistic Director in 2016 - Genevieve Carson
June 30, 2014
L.A. CONTEMPORARAY DANCE CO.
For Immediate Release
June 30, 2014
Introducing Incoming Artistic Director, Genevieve Carson, to succeed Kate Hutter in 2016
To the L.A. Contemporary Dance Community:
Following an internal application process open to all current and former LACDC members, the LACDC Board of Directors has unanimously selected Genevieve Carson as the next Artistic Director of L.A. Contemporary Dance Company beginning in January 2016 with her first season of programming beginning in September 2016. Genevieve has been a company member since 2009 and has choreographed a number of original works for the company, as well as worked on our recent collaboration with indie band, Foster The People, for their touring production last summer.
From Kate Hutter, Current Artistic Director and Co-Founder of LACDC:
Since the founding of the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company in 2005 by Michelle Mierz (Jolly) and myself, there has been a succession plan in place for the Artistic Directorship. It was set that the Artistic Director would hold a term of no more than 10 years in order to keep the artistic vision of the company contemporary, relevant to the times and allow the organization to embrace change and celebrate continued innovation as an ongoing part of our core values. We wanted to create an organization that looked far into the future, and placed the talent of Los Angeles at its center, as opposed to the single vision of one leader.
I did not make our succession plan widely known during our developmental years because, even though I strongly believed LACDC would be successful, our future was not certain and it would have been a greater disappointment if we never made it to a time when succession was necessary. But, as we enter the final few months of our 9th season, I can say with great excitement that I am nearing the end of my 10 year tenure as Artistic Director – which in other words means – we made it! And when I say we, I mean the 100s of artists we have worked with over the years, and the 1000s of audience members and supporters who have seen us through thick and thin – we have made it to this major milestone together. And although it is unbelievable to think that much time has passed, I am truly thrilled to usher in the next wave of invention and creativity for LACDC with our incoming AD, Genevieve Carson, in 2016.
We are looking forward to bringing Genevieve's distinct voice as an artist and leader to the L.A. community, and fostering together the next steps in LACDC's growth as a pioneering force in contemporary dance locally and nationally. Please take a look at Genevieve’s bio below to learn more about her, and you will realize quickly how lucky we are to have her as the next AD.
Genevieve and I will be working together over the next year and a half to fully transition my role and get her up to speed on all that goes into the artistic leadership of the company. Once transitioned, I will continue as Co-Founder and President of the organization and will be focused on further development of our programs including finding a home rehearsal and performance space, creating an ongoing training program and choreographic lab, and discovering other possible collaborations, partnerships, and touring opportunities for the company while fortifying our alliances locally and nationally with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Dance/USA, and dance institutions and enthusiasts everywhere. I will also continue to create choreography with the company as it suits our programming and broaden the reach of LACDC’s artistic voice setting work and teaching as part of residencies, workshops and still to be discovered artistic collaborations in schools and universities.
For everyone that is involved with LACDC as an artist, student, audience member, donor and/or fan - this is an exciting time for us all. As a community, we are stakeholders in the future of LACDC. Our ability to embrace change and challenge what came before will only strengthen the organization, and allow us to move forward with clarity and focus on the things we are all so passionate about. I look forward to our next steps in LACDC's evolution with Genevieve at the lead. Thank you so much for your support and being an integral part of LACDC. I am filled with pride and a great sense of fulfillment when I think of all we have accomplished together, and that I have had the great fortune to serve you as LACDC’s founding Artistic Director. I look forward to the next year and a half of playing, dreaming and creating together, and to the many wonderful transitions ahead.
Artistic Director & Co-Founder
L.A. Contemporary Dance Company
Genevieve Carson's bio:
Genevieve Carson is a native of Juneau, Alaska. She graduated cum laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from Chapman University. For the past seven years, Genevieve has been dancing, choreographing, and teaching throughout the Los Angeles area. She works extensively in both concert and commercial dance. As a choreographer, she has presented work at the LA Dance Invitational, American College Dance Festival, Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, The Mall of Asia Arena, Firefly Music Festival, the Standard Hotel, Palm Springs Repertoire Theatre, Highways Performance Space, The Electric Lodge, LA Convention Center, and The Alex Theatre.
Choreography credits include a tour for Foster the People, Official Cannes Film Festival Selection “Woman In Fragments”, “The Eric Andre Show” featuring Vivica Fox, a music video "Avalancha de Sonrisas" for Argentinean artist Olga, and a Devendra Banhart television performance. Genevieve has worked as the on-set choreographer for the Comedy Central shows “Jon Benjamin Has a Van” and “The Kroll Show”, as well as an Adult Swim national commercial. She has also set site specific work on the Standard Rooftop Bar as part of “The Series”; critics called her pieces “remarkable”. Most recently, she presented her newest dance-theatre work, “Unadult”, at Highways Performance Space.
Genevieve has been a member of the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company since 2009, dancing and choreographing for the company. In 2012, Genevieve set her piece “Nana” on LACDC, which was presented at Celebrate Dance. She has also danced with Pappas and Dancers, Kdub Dance, The Big Show Company, String Theory Productions, AXIOM, and Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Other credits include multiple music videos for Blood Orange, Beni, Claudia Pavel, Jessy J and Saint Motel. She recently danced for the BENCH Fashion Show in the Philippines and a Foster the People tour.
Genevieve is on faculty at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), where she choreographs, teaches contemporary movement, and directs concerts. She has taught master classes throughout Los Angeles and internationally. Additionally, Genevieve is a certified Bar Method Instructor.
Taking on the role of Artistic Director of LACDC is a huge honor, and an opportunity I have dreamt of for a long time. Since joining the company in 2009, I have witnessed the growth, talent, love, and innovative spirit of LACDC blossom. It is incredible to be a part of such a unique and extremely gifted group of artists. I cannot wait to lead the company into the future. I look forward to pushing boundaries, collaborating with new artists, and reaching new, expanded audiences. LACDC represents the vibrant, cutting-edge spirit of Los Angeles. I am excited to share the spirit of this beautiful city through our work.
Dance Magazine: L.A. is the dance destination for dancers and students
June 16, 2014
Dance Magazine's Wendy Perron mentions LACDC in a June article about "L.A. - A Mecca For Dance Students"
Read more in the attached article!
Interview with Grand Park's Programming Director about LACDC
June 4, 2014
Check out this insightful interview with Grand Park's Programming Director, Julia Diamond, to learn more about the park, their recent collaboration with LACDC, and why Julia chose to present Kate Hutter's "Prite Oef Stringh" in the park.
Review of LACDC's YOUTH Performance
May 4, 2014
Beth Megill of LADanceReview.com discusses LACDC in YOUTH: "This evening of dance was a huge success and another feather in the cap of LA contemporary dance. When reflecting on the nature of how LA dance is perhaps different from other large cities, it came to me tonight that LA dancers are not only exquisite technicians, but are deeply grounded in the ability to tell a convincing story that is . . . gasp. . . entertaining. These dancers were as much actors as anything else and should be applauded not only for their physical skill but for the emotional transformations that occurred through their character work and physical theater skill."
Review of LACDC's YOUTH performance at Club Fais Do Do on May 3, 2014;
Featuring the works of Holly Rothschild, Nina McNeely, & Kate Hutter
LACDC guest performs for launch of Ballet Vero Beach in Florida
March 11, 2014
LACDC Artistic Director, Kate Hutter, and Ballet Vero Beach Artistic Director, Adam Schnell, have long been friends a dance collegues from their time together as students at Walnut Hill School - a performing arts boarding school located just outside Boston, MA. Next month, they will finally get the opportunity to share their work on the same stage, by the companies they each founded post graduation. Read below the full story and more about the work they will be showcasing.
Also, if you live in the Vero Beach area, click here for more information about the performances and tickets!
New Year's Resolutions from LACDC's Kate Hutter
January 6, 2014
Check out the new year's resolutions of dance industry leaders in Dance Informa online magazine featuring LACDC's Artistic Director, Kate Hutter.
Review of Foster The People's performance featuring LACDC
June 27, 2013
Review of Foster The People's performance closing the Firefly Festival in Dover, Deleware on June 23, 2013;
Featuring the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company
From Examiner.com / by Christina Smart
"For a band that's been around for a mere four years, they performed at a level normally reserved for seasoned pros. With a set that looked like something out Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Foster the People brought the whole shebang with them. Aided by three back-up singers and several back-up dancers, it wasn't just a performance of their music, it was a presentation of it. Kudos to the dancers, dressed in black unitards and wearing masks, who gamely danced on top of the tall columns (albeit hooked onto the rigging above in case they fell off) and at times created a rock ballet center stage."
Movement Direction by Kate Hutter
Choreography by Genevieve Carson and Kevin Williamson
Performances by Genevieve Carson, Jamila Glass, Melissa Schade, Tiffany Sweat and Guest Artists Danny Dolan, Jodie Mashburn and Nicholas Heitzeberg.
LACDC is profiled in US Airways Magazine
June 1, 2013
Throughout the month of June, an exciting profile of LACDC and the LA arts scene will be exposed to over 6 million travelers who board US Airways flights!
Read the profile by clicking the link below:
ExploreDance: Interview with Kate Hutter
February 27, 2013
Learn more about Kate Hutter's piece "Identity Theft" that will be performed as part of Celebrate Dance 2013 on March 9th at the Alex Theater in Glendale, CA.
Interview by Robert Abrams of ExploreDance.com.
Read the full article here:
Celebrate Dance 2013 Preview by DancePlug.com
February 19, 2013
LACDC is noted in the article as "the downtown scene’s iconic modern dance powerhouse directed by Kate Hutter" returning to the Celebrate Dance roster of artists. We are thrilled and honored to be part of this spectacular event showcasing the best in L.A. concert dance.
Read the rest of the article here:
L.A. Times review of "Caravaggio"
February 12, 2013
L.A. Times gives LACDC a rave review of their performance of Matteo Levaggi's Caravaggio: "The dancers (Michael Crotty, Zsolt Banki, Christian Beasley, Andrew Pearson, Drea Sobke, Kim Thompson, Genevieve Carson, and Diana Vaden) were consistently impressive. Mastering a 40-minute, ever-changing dance with a mere 10 days working with the choreographer is a major achievement."
Read the rest of the review below:
Meet Christopher Malcolm and learn more about the "Live Your Love" Project
February 12, 2013
Christopher Malcolm is a talented commercial and fine art photographer who contacted LACDC Artistic Director, Kate Hutter, last spring to work on a project titled "Live Your Love". What began as a conversation in a coffee shop resulted in an extraordinary series of photoshoots with the LACDC dancers both in the studio as well as out and about in unique locations throughout Los Angeles. See his amazing work and learn more about the project at http://www.liveyourloveproject.com/
LACDC's "Urban Nut" is featured on KCRW
December 29, 2012
"The Nutcracker" ballet is either a beloved holiday tradition or a tired relic, depending on who you ask. Whatever you think of it, you've probably never seen a version quite like the one the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company debuted December 7 - 9, 2012. KCRW's Anna Scott spoke to the company's artistic director and members of the company about the show.
To listen to the interview, click here: http://snd.sc/TQtG2y
Review of "CAVE" by Karen Tate
November 21, 2012
Learn about Karen Tate's experience at LACDC's final performance of "Cave...A Dance For Lilith" on November 18, 2012. Karen is a radio host of the program VOICES OF THE SACRED FEMININE on Blog Talk Radio and writes for the Examiner.com online.
As the evening began and progressed from infinity and the beginning, through humankind’s timeline, the audience was given the privilege to watch unfold before their eyes a unique and daring performance depicting a many-layered tale, ripe for alternative interpretations, rich in brilliant storytelling and unafraid to seek answers to important questions: Did Divinity start out androgynous, equally male and female, in partnership, and so too, Adam and Lilith? In the beginning, were the two fused as one? Or an egalitarian duo? Who or what was the cause of their separation? Themselves? Humankind? G-d/dess? Patriarchy?
Read the full article in PDF form by clicking below.
"Cave" preview in LA STAGE TIMES
November 21, 2012
Learn more about the process of creating "CAVE" in this exciting interview by Jessica Koslow with co-directors and collaborators Kate Hutter, AD of LACDC and Aaron Henne, AD of theatre dybbuk.
Featuring the beautiful photography of Taso Papadakis.
Check out the full article in PDF form by clicking below.