LACDC premieres 4 works in ‘Force Majeure’

L.A. Contemporary Dance CompanyL.A. Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC) will present Force Majeure, its fall repertory concert, on November 10-13 at Atwater Village Theatre. The program will feature world premieres by Artistic Director Genevieve Carson, NY-based choreographer Gregory Dolbashian, and local choreographers Christian Denice and Micaela Taylor. Performances will also present original music by L.A. composer Robert Amjärv.


The first choreographer, Christian Denice, will present Delicate Skins, an exploration of the sensations of touch, intimacy and sensitivity within the physical and emotional realms. Having begun his professional dance career at Odyssey Dance Theater in Salt Lake City, Utah, Denice went on to dance with River North Dance Chicago and to guest with Montgomery Ballet, Greensboro Ballet and Company E. More recently he lived in Montreal, Quebec, where he danced for Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal. He also teaches and choreographs nationally and internationally. He’s the 2015-16 winner of the University of South Florida’s Echo Choreographic Competition and the 2016 winner of the Joffrey Academy’s Winning Works Choreographic Competition.


The second choreographer, Micaela Taylor, is also a heavily trained and experienced professional dancer. She’s performed with The Pendleton House, Anna Conner & Co., Ate9 Dance Company, Zoe Scofield, Camille A. Brown, Kate Wallich and BODYTRAFFIC. Her choreographic passion led her to found L.A.-based contemporary dance company The TL Collective. Since the launch, she’s choreographed and performed various works nationally and internationally. She was pilot resident at the Lake Studios Berlin in Germany in April, where she was named “Pop Sensation 2016” by Berlin’s Artrabbit Magazine. Taylor’s work for LACDC is entitled Sporty, promising a “look at a group of hip, young millennials fighting to stay relevant in a society defined by quickly changing trends.”


Next, company leader and American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) faculty member Genevieve Carson teams up with composer Robert Amjärv for EBBA. Described as an “intimate, bold and unapologetic investigation of the many layers that exist in the psyche of girls and women”, the work will ultimately look at how we can find strength and ownership in our multiplicity. In addition to her many commercial choreographic gigs, Carson has been commissioned to produce work for AMDA, UC Santa Barbara Dance Company, Celebrate Dance Festival at the Alex Theater, Grand Arts, Palm Springs Repertoire Theater, UC Irvine, LA Convention Center and Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.


Finally, NYC native Gregory Dolbashian will present the quartet Beautyfear, which will explore the “moment of realization in a person’s life where they come face to face with the habits and behaviors that stand in the way of their progress.” Dolbashian’s experience performing with Patrick Corbin, Nelly van Bommel, Sylvain Emard and The Chicago Ballet will inform his work. He’s a recipient of The Bessie Schoenberg Residency at The Yard and winner of The Pretty Creatives Competition for NW Dance Project and Hubbard Street 2’s International Choreographic Competition. He’s also received commissions from Atlanta Ballet, TU Dance in Minnesota, Northwest Dance Project, CityDance Ensemble in D.C, and was the Resident Guest Artist at The Hartt School in 2013. He debuted his own company, The DASH Ensemble, in December 2009 at JOYCE SoHo.


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