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February 2009                                                                            Louise Reichlin & Dancers

Welcome to our February issue.

FREE performance in Fontana featuring The Tennis Dances, lausd education freeze still on, new family program announcement!


Above and to the right are photos from "The Tennis Dances" performed in 1980 at Dance Kaleidoscope at the Anson Ford Theatre. Dancers in above photo are choreographer Louise Reichlin and dancer Richard Parmen in the "Bluegrass section". To the right are dancers from the "Harem" section. Can you identify them? Louise Reichlin & Dancers/LA Choreographers & Dancers brings the work to the Steelworkers Auditorium on Friday, February 27, 2009, at 5:00 pm. presented by the Cultural Arts Department of the City of Fontana. The one-hour performance features selections from Reichlin's acclaimed"The Tennis Dances" premiered in 1979 as well as two dances from the interactive 2008 work "The Reality Series" including "The Shampoo" and "Identity". Also on the program is a "Multicultural Dance", an interactive work including three cultures woven into one piece - the Japanese Tanko Bushi, the Hebrew Kol Dodi, and the West African Lamba.

The Los Angeles Times has reviewed "The Tennis Dances" - "Clever evocations of theatre dance styles...everything from Fokine and Graham to Bejart and beyond, all unified by rackets and nets and tennis balls." Dance Magazine reported " One of Louise Reichlin's most effective works is her signature piece, Tennis Dances, which is a unique dance that is almost cinematic in its effects.  She creates on stage the illusion of long shots, montages, quick cuts, and individual close-ups that are usually seen only in the film or video media."

Featured performers include Lynn Campbell, Genna Forkey, Batyah Freedman, Samantha Hoe, Anaja Holloway, Steven Nielsen, Louise Reichlin, Stephanie Simpson, Jaclyn Speas and Salinee Vanichanan.
Director is Louise Reichlin.

The address of the FREE performance is 8437 Sierra Ave, Fontana CA 92335. For more information call 909-428-8818 or click on the Current Events section of our web site. A complete press release is here. Follow the links from the works above to videos for each.
Schools,  Education and the LAUSD freeze
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We started off this season with residencies, classes, performances, and projects at Barrett, Liggett, 1st Street, Oakwood, Palms, and Lockwood Avenue Elementary, with Charles Kim, Loyola Village Arts Magnate, and Pacoima Arts Magnate busing in to our November Dance At the Stone House performances at the Sun Valley Youth Arts Center. Students from Charles Kim ES become part of the dance in the above photo.

In mid December the LAUSD froze all the Arts Community Partnership Network (ACPN) contracts as well as the newer funding for professional staff development, which also got caught in the Arts Ed budget freeze. More than 1,200 of you (and us) signed the petition to restore the funding, and to date the district is waiting for California to finalize its budget to lift the freeze. With more than a dozen schools with "binding contracts" still to do for this district, plus another group of requests for the staff development programs, this is a VERY TOUGH TIME for us as well as the other groups in the partnership. If you haven't signed the petition yet please do, and there is another is now to save the Arts Education Division. Acknowledged as one of the best in the country, all the arts education work of the last 9 years may be closed down in one swoop. It looks like the more than 85,000 letters we sent  to our reps about the stimulus plan have helped keep 50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and the arts still available for other funds that had looked doubtful, but if you haven't started letting your local, state, and national representatives know that you value the arts, DO IT NOW, PLEASE. We artists, who do pay taxes and create business for the economy as well as create art, do not like the feeling of being second class citizens!

In the last three years we have worked with more than 50,000 at 65 schools in the LAUSD alone.  For more about our Arts Community Partnership packages and for our new Professional Development packages under SB1131 follow the links.
Earlier this season
In January four of our dancers traveled to the International Performing Arts Festival for Youth conference in Cleveland with Louise for a spotlight of "The Patchwork Girl of Oz". They include Anaja Holloway, Steven Nielsen, and Jackie Speas pictured here plus Batyah Freedman. Jackie is seen with her special make-up in the dressing room for the Tri-Art Festival last September. The other two are from a performance in the Dance At Brand Art Center several years ago portraying different characters. Some of the performers have as many as 4 roles in the piece.
A Preview of April & a new work for the family

Coming up on Tuesday April 7, 2009, is a new work for the family "The Better to Bite You With" This free  performance at the Jazz Bakery in Culver City.will be made possible in part by the Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment. Then on Sunday April 19, 2009, at 4:00 pm as part of the Jazz Bakery series we present "The Reality Series" and a premiere .
Quick Moves
Schools, Education & the LAUSD Freeze
Earlier This Season
A Preview of April
More on YouTube Videos
Southern CA Dance Directory - more than 500 Companies
Special Thanks
Quick Links
Fall Newsletter 2008
Photo Credits

The Tennis Dances  photos:
Alfred Desio

Education and Dance At the Stone House photo:
Steve Fobalvarro

Earlier This Season
Brand Art Center photos:
Brittany Rogge
Patchwork Girl make-up pnoto:
Stephanie Simpson

Celtic Suite and
Grounding photos:
Theodora Litsios

Special Thanks bloc with the Patchwork Girl of Oz photo: Sallie DeEtte Mackie

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More on YouTube Videos and more due later this month! 

celticjump "Celtic Suite" shown here with "The Lark" featuring Alfred Desio and Louise Reichlin will be with videos of Alfred Desio (pictured above) on  his  new video site.  Check out YouTube for more videos later this month by Louise Reichlin.

This photo is from Reichlin's "Grounding".grounding
Southern CA Dance Directory - more than 500 listings
Dont forget to visit the The Southern CA Dance Directory that Reichlin began in 1995 with over 500 listings of professional dance companies and related organizations. This free service is accessed by thousands of people each month. If you are not there and would like to be, please email the information in the format that is there. This is a special project that is a labor of love - no grants funds involved - so if you want to use it, please help keep it up to date.
Special Thanks
Special thanks to our government fundors that certainly deserve our attention. Without them (and many of you who donate to our company) we could not continue. Please go to our web site and make a donation.  To see who else is helping us please see the funding page of our Fall Newsletter.

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Try to come see us at:    Steelworkers' Auditorium
                                           8437 Sierra Ave, Fontana CA 92335
                                           Friday February 27, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Don't forget - Videos at: click here for Reichlin on You/Tube
                                            click here for Desio on You/Tube

Previous E-News editions are now archived: see them here

Please contact us if you would like more information about anything you see here or in our  Fall Newsletter.
Louise Reichlin, Director
Louise Reichlin & Dancers/
Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers