The other day I had the opportunity to see LINES Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and I just have to say how wonderful and refreshing it was to have a shared-bill of two amazing companies!! Not all shared-bills are created equal - or appropriate - for the general public dance patrons like --- hmmm…. a shared bill of Jane Comfort and Company along with a Christopher Wheeldon work... The LINES/Hubbard pairing worked however; because the audience got to see not only excellent dance but also the range of what “Contemporary Dance” really means. For example, it could mean a new way to think about the genre “story ballet” and relating it to the way in which Alonzo presented Scheherazade... Its not your Grandmother’s Story Ballet anymore that’s for sure… Or, perhaps for some patrons contemporary dance now means a way to think about dance with elements of theatre used in a unique way as was presented by Alejandro Cerredo in Little Mortal Jump. The split bill was also nice because you could see the range of the contemporary dancer body physiques. LINES - tall and lean Hubbard - petite and tight.. And, as usual in this town, you can’t go anywhere without seeing celebrities. Ben Vereen was in the house three rows down from us.
Here’s a link to the LA times review by Lewis Segal. I think it’s a very well-done and fair review. So far you've sent some amazing responses to the LA times review. Please keep the feedback coming and email us!!! Enjoy.