Louise Reichlin & Dancers / Los
Angeles Choreographers & Dancers, has created works reviewed as
"wildly theatrical & fun" and "wonderfully spirited with a zest for
life". Acclaimed for both family and pure dance/theatre programming,
featured for touring currently are narrated dance multimedia works "The
Patchwork Girl of Oz", "The Better To Bite You With", and from the fall
of 2012 "Tap Dance Widows Club" from the Baggage Project series. Since
1979 this acclaimed artist has mastered the storytelling concepts of
movement like no other. A true gem.
Louise Reichlin & Dancers burst into the public eye with their
first performance at the Anson Ford Theatre when "Reichlin created a
sensation with The Tennis Dances" (Dance News). Over the years she has
continued to examine our society from its most primitive nature to the
emergence of the information age with The E-mail Dances in 1996.
Through multiple performances for the 23rd Olympiad, a summer series at
the LA Zoo, touring the US and Mexico, Reichlin has consistently and
continually created "probing and provocative" works (Dance Magazine)
enjoyed by all ages. Her work illuminates life with reviews like
"Before a triumphant finale, a world and its history have passed before
our eyes, thanks to Louise Reichlin." (Los Angeles Times)
Louise Reichlin, Director and Choreographer, began her professional
career in New York performing in concerts and on Broadway, and has
performed and choreographed throughout North America for both stage and
screen, with her choreography also seen in China, Taipei, Mexico, and
Guatemala. Since 1995, most of her concert works also include
multimedia. Her choreography for "Dream Scapes" and "Caution, Men At
Work: TAP" has expanded her presence. The company works with thousands
of children each year with the LA County School Districts, and this,
combined with Reichlin's 30 years teaching actors and musicians at USC,
make the group ideal for outreach into your community.
Reichlin's work is: "Wildly
theatrical and fun" - LA Daily News
Her family programs are..."very imaginative and delightfully inventive.
...fun for the whole family!" - Beverly Hills Outlook
"...a gift for arresting dance imagery" - LA Times
"Unique...cinematic montages" - Dance
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Program A: tours with 8 dancers
plus 1 narrator and 1 computer/tech
Patchwork Girl of Oz"
Often touring with performances and workshops for families and
children, Reichlin has packed houses in 5 states with her narrated work
adapted from the book The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum, author
of The Wizard of Oz. The magical fable has colorful costumes, a
multimedia set, and spectacular modern dance to make this a dazzling
journey into the Land of Oz – one that will captivate the imaginations
of both young and old. "The choreography uses a wonderfully playful
approach … the music a delightful surprise…along with sophisticated
multimedia" (Beverly Hills Outlook).
Patchwork Girl of Oz can include 26 dance participants from your
community as part of this interactive production.
Program B: tours with 6 dancers
plus 1 narrator and 1 computer/tech
To Bite You With"
The company's newest family interactive dance/multimedia work is based
on "Little Red Riding Hood." Turning to the theme of teeth, it is woven
with technology, narration, music ranging from Dixieland to vaudeville
to Tchaikovsky, Stravinski, and King Crimson. Favorite parts include
the incorporation of photos of audience members' teeth that are taken
in the lobby before the show, as well as amazing masks and costumes.
"Imaginative and delightfully inventive...fun for the whole family."
Program C: tours with 8 dancers
plus 1 narrator and 1 computer/tech
"The Baggage Project"
with "Tap Dance
Widows Club", "Mourning
All concepts and choreography by Louise Reichlin, digital art by Audri
Reichlin was inspired to create the "Baggage" project after her husband
and partner of 39 years, electronic tap dance innovator Alfred Desio,
passed away. Even though Alfred is no longer physically here, she
believes his support and nurturing spirit still remain with her, and
she realized that many others have this experience. While no two people
grieve identically, one commonality of grief is this lingering
"baggage" (in a positive way) carried after losing a loved one.
"upbeat, nostalgic, yet going forward with a wonderful spirit and zest
for life" --Beverly Hills Outlook
For "Tap Dance
Widows Club" from the Baggage Project the work brings together
multiple dance forms in a unique multimedia piece using the power of
Dance and is an inside story from 30's Hollywood to now. Alfred Desio's
widow Louise Reichlin, Jon Zerby's widow Loretta, and Fayard Nicholas'
widow Katherine Hopkins met to share memories, photos, and videos of
their well-known husbands. Their conversations about moving forward
without their husbands' physical presence were both hilarious and
moving; this became the audio for the transformative work. The 50' work
created by Louise Reichlin has film, live dance, and digital art.
Selected as one of 7 national works selected by Dance USA for their
20-20 Vision in June 2012, it has been shown and reviewed in progress
and will officially premiere in November 2012.
Light" from "The Baggage Project" only one of the people is
alive - the others are vibrant non-corporal beings carried around as
Baggage by the people that they were closest to when alive.
as a dance has been recreated in 3 longer works of
Reichlin, this time with new digital art media. In preparation Reichlin
created a project page in Facebook, and a number of others submitted
photos and thoughts of those that were no longer living that were
incorporated into the media for this emotional powerful piece.
Louise Reichlin & Dancers offers
Master Classes in Modern &
Repertory and unique workshops that allow children and adults to
participate in a section of the performance. There are presently three
of these, including a multi-ethnic dance incorporating the cultures of
members of the company, and those at the location of a residency.
One is an auxiliary to The Patchwork Girl of Oz designed for 4th-6th
graders (and we carry 26 costumes for this), and the last for The
Better To Bite You With, which also has 2 auxiliary dances. These are
pieces that can also include audience volunteers during the
Reichlin was on the Faculty of the Thornton School of Music and the
Drama Department at the University of Southern California for 30 years,
and additional master classes include Movement for the Actor, Singer,
and Musician; Moving with more ease through the use of Feldenkrais and
Bartenieff Fundamentals; and Workshops in relaxation and more efficient
body use through visualization and Mind Body techniques. Residencies
incorporating students into the main performance are a possibility, as
well as multi generational projects. Working closely with the LA
Unified School District with repeated funding from the LA County Arts
For All, Reichlin has also developed workshops for non-dance teachers
to weave dance into the classroom, and has created many innovative
residency activities with children. 12 of the company’s programs are
featured on the Los Angeles County Arts Education Resource Directory
web site: http://www.laartsed.org.
Lummis Day Festival - Los Angeles, CA
Culmination of Los Nietos Residencies, Whittier and Santa Fe Springs, CA
Culmination of ICEF Residency, Los Angeles, CA
Jordan HS Resiency, Long Beach, CA
20-20 Vision/ Dance USA conference, pecha-kucha presentation on "The
Baggage Project" and "Tap Dance Widows Club".
ABC District Staff Development, Cerritos, CA
Baca Arts Academy residency, Los Angeles, CA
TriArt Festival, San Pedro
Beginning of Los Nietos Residency 2012-2013
Beginning of ICEF Residency 2012-2013
Dance At the Stone House/ site specific work, Sun Valley,
Miles Memorial Playhouse, official premiere of "The
Baggage Project", Santa Monica, CA