Not the typical ballet show


Blending dance and acrobatics, dance troupe challenges classical style with contemporary spin

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UCLA Live will present two performances by Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet at Royce Hall Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

UCLA Live will present two performances by Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet at Royce Hall Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. CEDAR LAKE CONTEMPORARY BALLET


Tulle tutus and tiaras are the last things audiences can expect from Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Moving with an electric energy, the New York-based dance troupe challenges classical ballet with a style fusing art, acrobatics and dance.

“Contemporary ballet is the work of now, it’s what’s happening now. We use classical ballet as the foundation, but it’s not classical (ballet) you should expect,” said ballet master Alexandra Damiani, who maintains the artistic integrity of each piece of choreography as a coach on and off stage. “It is more human with the sensation of emotion. (You) feel the personality of the dancers which is sometimes harder to see in classical ballet.”

Making their Los Angeles debut this Friday in Royce Hall, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet will perform “Orbo Novo” by acclaimed choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. A second performance Saturday will feature a collection of the three shorter pieces “Sunday, Again” by Jo Stromgren, “Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue” by Crystal Pite and “Frame of View” by Didy Veldman.

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