A night of mixed dance performance by visiting choreographers from across the country is coming to Venice.
The MixMatch Dance Festival is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday, September 21st to 23rd, at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. Tickets are $13.
The idea for the festival, organized by Amanda Hart and Hart Pulse Dance Company, is to intertwine several styles of dance into one show, and to put together a live dance show that can be presented in the same price range as going out to see a movie, organizers say.
Show organizer Hart started dancing at the age of nine with the Sierra Performing Arts Center in Visalia.
She has performed with Dynamics Dance Theory in the San Diego Dance Festival and produced, choreographed and appeared in her first contemporary dance show, Sugar Struggle, in Studio City.
Among choreographers participating in the MixMatch Dance Festival are Samantha Giron, who co-choreographed the dance film Hotel Scopeli, which won a Kodak Grant Award.
Sophie Olson, a teacher of contemporary, jazz, tap and musical theater dance for 15 years, has choreographed shows for the University of Ottawa, Amnesty International, Canadian College of Performing Arts, De La Salle Performing Arts School and several independent art films.
Jhon Stronks has brought his modern dance techniques, improvisation and composition to projects including Winifred R. Harris’s Between Lines, Coriolis Dance Project and Core Performance Company.
Danah Bella, a choreographer, dancer, educator and Reiki practitioner, has presented her work at festivals including the Dumbo Dance Festival in New York and the Asian American Festival in San Francisco, and also in Mexico. She is currently on faculty at Radford University.
Jerry Kokich was a member of The Joffrey Ballet for eight years, where he danced such ballets as Rodeo, choreographed by Agnes de Mille, The Green Table by Kurt Joos, and Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino’s version of The Nutcracker.
May-Har Li will be debuting her solo work at the MixMatch Dance Festival. Originally from Las Vegas, her choreography credits include live shows and/or music videos for My Chemical Romance, Evanescense, Yoko Ono and The Flaming Lips.
Kelly Gill has performed in such events as The Los Angeles Dance Invitational, The Choreographer’s Carnival, The Dancers Responding to AIDS Benefit, The Celebrate Dance Festival, The Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival, Philadelphia’s First Friday and the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival.
Lindsey Glick moved to Los Angeles in 2002 and since has appeared on stage with Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers in the show 50 Years of Rock & Roll, print ads for Volkswagen and has toured with the Filipino artist Vina Morales.
Rochelle Ung is a native of Hershey Pennsylvania who has appeared in music videos and films, and has performed with jazz companies in the Los Angeles and Chicago areas. She is currently teaching and choreographing in Los Angeles.
Information, (661) 755-2182.