Blue13 Dance Company: August 27 @ 2:00pm

Photo: Denise Leitner

Sunday, August 27, 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Festival of Arts

650 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

FREE for locals and Included with museum admission

A Contemporary Indian Dance performance followed by a Bollywood dance class. This is a Summer Sunday Funday dance event not to be missed!

Blue13 Dance Company is a contemporary Indian dance theatre ensemble based in Los Angeles, with a mission to connect diverse audiences through the power of live, aesthetically and culturally daring dance. Since 1999, Blue13 has performed in the U.S. and abroad in it’s highly energetic and theatrical modern dance style that is inspired by the classical and cultural art forms of the Indian subcontinent. A first-generation South Asian American, Blue13’s Artistic director, Achinta S. McDaniel pulls precision, humor, and deep emotion from her ensemble to create work as rebellious and unconventional as its architect.

The Bollywood inspired dance company offers direct participation in the creative expression of dance through audience “flashmobs,” public interactive dance events, residencies, and workshops. The company dancers also teach studio classes in their trademarked Bollywood Bhangra Beats, open to all levels of children and adults. To translate dance into lasting societal contributions is in Blue13’s very DNA, as is the desire to empower and unite people, and to spread joy and understanding through its work.


First Thursdays Art Walk: September 7 @ 6:30pm

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Kybele Dance Theater
Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Entity Contemporary Dance
Dawson Cole Fine Art
326 Glenneyre Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651



Photo: Lori Tilkin

Kybele Dance Theater (KDT) Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey Seda is the Artistic Director/Choreographer of Kybele Dance Theater, a contemporary company which she founded in 2003 in Los Angeles. She has produced and choreographed multiple works that have won her choreography awards and her pieces have toured and been presented in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Fresno, Concord, San Jose, Palm Desert, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, New York and Istanbul, Turkey. With Seda’s choreography, KDT received 2nd Place in 2016 McCallum Choreography Festival, First Place in 2016 Front and Main Festival, and awards from MAD BAD Festival, Dance Under the Stars Festival, and RAW 2011. KDT is dedicated to building bridges between cultures and genders and creating a global perspective through contemporary dance. The company is comprised of 8 dynamically diverse dancers and 3 apprentices. Seda also impacts young dancers through successful college dance auditions and competitions earning them placement in prestigious programs and companies as well as earning herself the 2017 Outstanding Choreographer Las Vegas Youth America Grand Prix, 2016 Outstanding Choreographer Los Angeles Youth America Grand Prix and the 2015 Elite Original Choreography Awards. Seda also teaches at Santa Monica College, Yuri Grigoriev School of Ballet (both the youth program and open classes) and YNS. Seda’s choreography deconstructs Turkish socio-cultural references and ideologies, transforming figurative language and ideas into unique gestures which highlight her choreography while infusing the DNA of her culture into her movement.


Photo: Mike Esperanza

Entity Contemporary Dance was founded in 2009 in Irvine, CA and directed by UCI alumni Will Johnston and Marissa Osato, Entity Contemporary Dance is a professional dance company that fuses contemporary, jazz, and hip hop dance techniques to present imaginative, dynamic repertory and to bridge the gap between commercial and concert dance.

Entity Contemporary Dance has produced evening length works in Los Angeles and San Francisco, was a finalist for the prestigious McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival in Palm Desert for five years, and made its international debut in Singapore and Hong Kong in 2016.

The company currently holds residency at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, CA and hosts an open company class there every Wednesday evening. Keep up to date with upcoming shows, intensives, and events!

Dance on Film Screening: Dancemaker: Sept 9 @ 6:00pm

Photo: Courtesy of PTDC

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Included with museum admission

Academy Award nominee for best documentary feature, this film is a tribute to Paul Taylor and a look into the Paul Taylor Dance Company. The viewing and moderated discussion is a VIP experience introduced by Professor of Dance at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and former Paul Taylor dance star featured in the film, Patrick Corbin.


The choreographer granted the director unrestricted access, and the glimpses we get of the first and succeeding rehearsals (plus the eventual New York debut) of a new work set to Astor Piazolla’s music and called “Piazolla Caldera” are compelling. We see Taylor using his dancers as building blocks in an intense and very human trial-and-error process. “I’m not seeing the dance in my mind,” he admits. “I’m fooling around and trying things.”


Backstage with Paul Taylor Dance Company: Sept 13 @ 7:00pm

Photo: Paul B. Goode

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
7:00pm (Running time: 45 minutes)

Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Paul Taylor is recognized one of the most versatile choreographers in history. His dances are inspired by and infused with styles ranging from Martha Graham technique based modern dance to post-modern gestural found movement to lyrically balletic to idiomatic popular fusion. This versatility sets Taylor apart from most choreographers spanning the 20th and 21st centuries.

In our on stage rehearsal demonstration, Patrick Corbin will work with two star dancers from the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and focus on the three dances the company will be performing. By focusing on duet work from each of the dances being presented he will show the versatility of Taylor’s work. Piazzolla Caldera is an example of Taylor’s venture into idiomatic popular dance with the tango, Arden Court is lyrical and balletic and Esplanade is the ultimate in gesture.

By deconstructing duet work from each of these dances and pointing out the Martha Graham influence fused with the other elements, the audience will gain a deeper understanding of one of the greatest modern dance choreographers.

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