The Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY performance a few weeks ago at REDCAT was boderline magical. Ever since we attended the performance, we can't get the opening sequence, music, and lighting design outtta our heads. The company performed For now, a work in progress, choreographed by Danielle Agami. Lighting Design was also done my Agami and Tony Shayne. The opening segment was pristine, sharp, and definitely intriguing. Lately, When it comes to music for dance, we continually gravitate toward music that incorporates cultural influences, electronics and strong drum beats. Omid Walizadeh's arrangement def had us from the very first inch of sound that evening. (CHECK OUT HIS MUSIC here on SoundCloud) Agami's choreographic choice to have the two male artists begin the work facing a hard stage left or hard stage right made us want to see more work, and most importantly, feel more of the work too. Yes, we could feel the work in the small black box theatre that evening as LA's Ate9 dANCecOMPANY closed REDCAT's New Original Works Festival 2014 for a full and crowded house. All dancers performed in a graceful picturesque manner and the skill/technique of the artists was beautiful and refined in the Gaga way, of course. Many of the Ate9 dancers hail from our very best dance institutions here in the US. Whether it was Julliard Alum Scott McCabe; Boston Consrvatory Alum, Rebecah Goldstone; or Cornish College of the Arts alum, Sarah Butler, we can see how this young company really hones in on technique and emotion. We sure hope you get to see the company soon. If you weren't able to attend the REDCAT performance run, you can check out Ate9 and its full version of For now, Sunday, August 24th at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
- Spot LA