Multimedia dance performances to be presented at Miles Playhouse

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Posted November 15, 2012 by The Argonaut in This Week

Louise Reichlin & Dancers, a performing company of Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers, will present the dance and multimedia suite Baggage at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica Nov. 16-18.

Louise Reichlin & Dancers, a performing company of Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers, will present the dance and multimedia suite Baggage, along with other dance performances at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica Friday through Sunday, Nov. 16 through 18.
Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17, and 4 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18 at the playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica.
The program will include the premiere of Tap Dance Widows Club, an innovative flagship work of the dance company, as well as a sneak peak at a new work, Reichlin said.
All performances include a dialogue with the audience as the new series develops. Dancers include Zsolt Banki, Jenni Kiilholma, M’saada Nia, Steven Nielsen, Elizabeth Ann Poinsette, Kistina Pressler, Reichlin, Angela Todaro, Tonya Vivian and Sarah White.
Reichlin said she was inspired to create the piece after the passing of her husband and partner of 39 years, Alfred Desio, five and a half years ago.
“While no two people grieve identically, one commonality of grief is the baggage we carry with us after losing a loved one. This piece focuses on the positive baggage of continuing life after the loss of a loved one while still feeling their presence and influence,” Reichlin said.
She noted that one of her goals for the show was to encourage the audience to think about how a lost loved one has enhanced their life and changed their outlooks and perceptions.
Baggage is composed of multiple dances. The program features live dance combined with user and artist-generated multimedia.
Tap Dance Widows Club uses the power of dance to tell a story from 1930s Hollywood to now.
The tribute will include additional tap by guest artists.
Tickets are $20 for general admission, or $17 for students and seniors.
Information, (213) 385-1171, or www.LAChoreographersAndDancers.org.


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