Performing Arts Archive

OceanDance 2005

Fri, Dec 30, 2005, 8 pm – FREE
Sat, Dec 31, 2005, 9:30 pm – FREE

The tradition of OceanDance, now in its 7th year, continues with this free dance performance on Hollywood Beach. This year’s event will feature the critically acclaimed Urban Ballet Theater (UBT), which uses ballet to express contemporary issues and is known for combining inner-city influences with a mix of classical and contemporary dance styles.

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Battleworks Dance Company

Fri., April 29, 2005; 8 pm
Sat., April 30, 2005; 8 pm

Fabulous dancing combined with innovative techniques and dramatic flair are just some of the hallmarks of this seven-member dance company, who perform under the direction of Founder and Artistic Director Robert Battle. A Miami native, Battle is a former member of the Parsons Dance Company whose cutting-edge choreography has been performed all over the world. It is not unusual for one of his works to include karate kicks, high leaps and sudden falls.

“Inventive.” “Chic.” “Fabulous.” – New York Times

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The Parsons Dance Company

Fri., April 1, 2005, 8 pm
Sat., April 2, 2005, 8 pm

One of the hottest tickets in modern dance, this dance troupe was founded in 1987 by the legendary dancer and choreographer David Parsons, who some people consider an heir to Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Their piece, Caught, includes 90 jumps to the flash of a strobe light. The dancer leaps into the air when the light is on and lands when it is off, simulating flight and creating a not-to-be-missed event.

“…The Parsons Dance Company has thrilled audiences with exuberantly witty, high-energy, athletic works created with a keen eye for the theatrical and a sure sense of entertainment.” – Karen Campbell, Boston Herald

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Carolyn Dorfman

Fri., March 18, 2005; 8 pm
Sat., March 19, 2005; 8 pm

Their work Echad, which means “one” in Hebrew and uses a wheel to represent the cycles of life, has been hailed by critics as “intense,” “riveting,” and “ingenious.”

“[Carolyn Dorfman’s] exploration in dance of the human experience both reflects and engenders a profound humanity. Because her dances are about people and life experience, often moving from the autobiographical to the universal, they hold immediate appeal.” – The New York Times

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Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble

Fri., Feb. 25, 2005; 8 pm
Sat., Feb. 26, 2005; 8 pm

While rooted in African dance, this modern dance troupe pushes the boundaries and takes risks by incorporating other dance forms.

“Robinson’s choreography is the ultimate Afro-American experience in modern dance. She balances and harmonizes the body with music and color, unifying all in the language of dance.” – Miriam Marrache, The Jerusalem Post (Internet edition)

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Limon Dance Company

Fri., Jan. 14, 2005; 8pm
Sat., Jan. 15, 2005; 8 pm

For more than five decades, Limon Dance Company has received acclaim for its dramatic expression, technical mastery, and expansive, subtle movement.

“…over five decades of dance-making in one night. For drama, virtuosity, and grace, there’s no finer company.” – The Village Voice

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