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  • 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!

    View more: BalletVero Article_LACDC_March2014.pdf
  • 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.

     

    View more: DanceInforma New Years Resolution.pdf
  • 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.

    Full Article: http://www.examiner.com/review/foster-the-people-close-out-the-2013-firefly-music-festival

     

  • 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: 

    View more: LACDC in US Airways Magazine.pdf
  • 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:

    View more: ExploreDance_Celebrate Interview2.pdf, ExploreDance_Celebrate Interview1.pdf
  • 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:

    View more: DancePlug - Celebrate Dance Preview 2013.pdf
  • 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:

    View more: LA Times_Caravaggio_Feb2013.pdf
  • 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.

    Review excerpt:

    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.

    View more: Review_Karen Tate.pdf
  • "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.

    View more: Preview Article_LA STAGE TIMES.pdf
  • "Cave...A Dance for Lilith" featured in the LA Stage Times

    November 9, 2012

    The LA Stage Times discusses Kate Hutter and Aaron Henne's development of the new dance theater piece "Cave...A Dance for Lilith." CLICK HERE

    Tickets are now on sale for performances of "Cave...A Dance for Lilith" online at a discounted rate of $20.  They will be $25 at the door, so buy now and save!  CLICK HERE to purchase today and we will see you at the show!

  • Collaboration with playwright Aaron Henne featured in Jewish Journal

    September 11, 2012

    LACDC is preparing to embark on our next exciting collaboration with playwright, Aaron Henne, and his newly formed company - theatre dybbuk.  Read about the new piece "Cave...A Dance for Lilith" and learn more about Aaron's vision in this exclusive interview with the Jewish Journal:  CLICK HERE

    Tickets are now on sale for performances of "Cave...A Dance for Lilith" online at a discounted rate of $20.  They will be $25 at the door, so buy now and save!  CLICK HERE to purchase today and we will see you at the show!

  • LACDC joins Jodi Kaplan & Associates

    September 6, 2012

    L.A. Contemporary Dance Company is thrilled to now be represented by Jodi Kaplan & Associates as part of their National Boutique Roster.  Jodi Kaplan & Associates is located in New York, NY will work with LACDC to connect with presenters, theaters, and collaborating artists to broaden the reach of our work to national and international audiences.  We are very excited to join a roster of other amazingly talented artists and companies from across the country.  Check out their website at www.bookingdance.com and learn more about the agency and the companies represented.  

    Kate Hutter, Artistic Director of LACDC, will be attending the Western Arts Alliance Conference (WAA) on Thursday, September 6 in Denver, CO, and is planning to take the company to New York for The Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference (APAP) in January 2013 to perform as part of the Jodi Kaplan & Associates Showcase.  We look forward to working with Jodi and her team this year to find new opportunities for LACDC to hit the road and perform as ambassadors of the dynamic culture of L.A.!

  • Meet LACDC's new company members!

    August 29, 2012

    We are happy to welcome our new company members:

    Christian Beasley
    JM Rodriguez
    Kim Thompson
    Diana Vaden

    We are thrilled to have them join our artistic family and look forward to seeing them perform as part of our 2012/2013 season!

    Also, thank you to the 95 amazing dancers who were part of our audition this year.  Thank you for sharing your beauty and talent, and greatly inspiring everyone in the room.  The L.A. dance community is outstanding and a force to be reckoned with!  I look forward to dancing with everyone in the future, and seeing you dance on stages throughout L.A.

    -Kate Hutter, LACDC Artistic Director

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  • The PS2 experience: From the audience's perspective

    August 3, 2012

    Thank you so much to all the people who came out to be part of the PS2 performances last weekend.  It was an unbelievable experience performing with you and for you.  After an hour and a half of improvising, our bodies and minds were spent!  Thank you for bringing such amazing, positive energy to the performance.  We had "the time of our life!"  

    Much love and appreciation,
    The LACDC Family

    Here is what you had to say...

    FACEBOOK POST:

    Marie-Noëlle Kolkman Ep Prété

    Ok just about tonight...Inoubliable! Let's say you enjoyed (as we did) each moment as a box of chocolate. 'You know you're gonna like it but you don't know what's inside!' May you keep these emotions and fresh glance and make it brand new each time you will perform...it was and it will be handsome. Thanks Drea for bringing me in for some minutes.  I had my chocolate!!!

    Eva Wieland

    So much fun! Loved the dance party, the incorporation and involvement of audience, and the variety of elements. Great work all!

    FACEBOOK MESSAGE:

    I came to see PS2 on Saturday night and have enjoyed the past few days mulling it over. I hope you won't mind me sharing a few of my thoughts with you. I just wanted you (and all of the performers) to know how much I appreciated the work you did. I knew walking out that I loved it, but wasn't yet able to pin point why. The movement was great, the setting was intimate and these were all elements, but I have concluded that it was the "down to earth" nature of the piece that struck the deepest chord in me. The structured improve score, to me, gave an overwhelming sense of humanness to the piece and gave the movement a living quality that I don't often see in that amount of depth. I wish I had been able to make it to another night to see something new unfold. Thank you for sharing that vulnerability with us.

    All the best,
    Aisha 

  • Meet our Summer Intern - Carrie Walpole

    July 5, 2012

    My name is Carrie Walpole. I am 21 years old and have lived in Manhattan Beach, CA all my life, until I moved away to college. I attend Humboldt State University, which is located in Arcata, CA. It is in northern California, about 5-6 hours north of San Francisco (yes, California is that big). I have two lovely parents and three awesome older brothers. I also have a really silly dog named Studebaker. I started dancing at age 5 after my dad gave up on trying to get me to play sports. My mom was so excited to finally have a girl and she loved taking me to dance class (she is still my biggest supporter to this day). I absolutely love to dance. I love trying out new styles of dance too. I have done everything from ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary to hip hop, ballroom, African, and even belly dancing. 

    Here are some fun facts about me:

    Age I started dancing - 5

    Favorite dance company- Pilobolus and LACDC of course!

    Favorite dance snack- trail mix

    Favorite style of dance- to perform: contemporary/ lyrical;  to watch: latin ballroom

    Favorite dance movie- Isn't everyone's favorite Center Stage?! :)
    Other than Center Stage, I would have to say Every Little Step. It's a movie about the making of A Chorus Line and the real life characters.

    Why did you chose to work with LACDC?- Like I said, I love to dance. I can't imagine a life without dance and all I wanted to do this summer was dance and go to a great intensive. I started looking into possible intensives last fall and LACDC was a top pick. I love the work they do and after watching videos of choreography I was hooked. Long story short, I got injured and ended up having to get major foot surgery. So facing the brutal reality, I knew I was not going to be able to dance this summer but I still really wanted to be involved with dance in some way. I decided to e-mailed Kate and Lauren to see if there was any way I could stay involved and help out without physically dancing, and I am so thankful they offered me an internship position.  

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  • LACDC attends DANCE/USA conference

    June 24, 2012

    Artistic Director, Kate Hutter, and Operations Coordinator, Lauren Dragicevich, will be attending the annual Dance/USA conference in San Francisco, CA from June 27 - 30.  They look forward to meeting up with colleagues and artists from across the country to discuss the state of the arts in the states today.  Kate will also be speaking on a panel along with her Dance/USA mentor, Lucy Bowen McCauley, as part of the new mentor / mentee orientation.  They will be sharing how they formed a successful working relationship over the past year and advising the new mentor / mentees about how to break the ice and get to work.  Kate and Lauren greatly look forward to gaining new skills and information from the seminars and executive forums, and enjoying the amazing performances of the local companies and artists in San Francisco!

  • Review of 5x5 in Dance Informa

    June 6, 2012

    Find out what were Alex's top four picks from LACDC's first ever repertory showcase!

    View more: Review for Dance Informa by Alex Little.pdf
  • Review of "nana" at Celebrate Dance 2012

    March 8, 2012

    Review of Celebrate Dance 2012 for ExploreDance.com: Concert Dance in Bloom

    by Rachel Levin
    March 3, 2012

    EXCERPT

    “Also traversing territory from levity to darker themes was the entry by Kate Hutter's L.A. Contemporary Dance Company. "Nana" was based on the life of choreographer Genevieve Carson's 91-year-old Nana. The piece began in the carefree crush of youth. As women in summer frocks and men in khakis and button-downs frolicked, flailed, and tossed playing cards in the air like confetti, they communicated the essence of young life lived without concern for consequences. But soon enough, there was anxiety over cards flung too carelessly and a frantic attempt to pick them up. As the ensemble regrouped around a table for another robust romp, the central character of Nana slowly became weaker until she needed the support of her dance mates to prop her up. Finally, she devolved into dementia as demonstrated by the wild soundtrack and the dancers twitching as if tortured. The ultimate scene in which Nana was seated at a table playing solitaire as confetti fell from the sky was one of melancholy beauty.”