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February 2011                                                                                         Louise Reichlin & Dancers

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In rehearsal for "Woman Sleeping"
originally created in 1981



Welcome to our February issue. 

Excerpts on the max10 performance lab Monday 2/7/11, the "Baggage" Project, revival of "Woman Sleeping", upcoming performances at Alvas in March, and current school residencies.


On Monday 2/7/11 we will be performing two short excerpts from the revival "Woman Sleeping" and of the new project "Baggage" on the max10 performance lab. This monthly showcase  includes 10 works of 10 minutes for $10. A reception for the artists and audience is included. There are no advance reservations so come early - performance time is 7:30. The location is the Electric Lodge: 1416 Electric Ave, Venice, CA. Free parking.

For a full concert and a first look at Louise Reichlin & Dancers' new work in progress "Baggage" a revival of the 1981 theater piece "Woman Sleeping", plus a dialogue with the audience as the piece develops in an intimate space, plan on attending one of the performances at Alvas Performance Showroom Gallery on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm or 4:00 pm. Tickets are affordable at $15 general and $13 students/ seniors/ drc, with id. For reservations call Alvas as 1-800-403-3447 or us at 213-385-1171.

Check our web site for more information on the programs and ticket sales. Or skip all that and buy tickets now. And for a 2-minute video excerpt in rehearsal from the section called "Mourning Light", click 4women.reh
Pictured above are Sung-Yun Park, Angela Todaro, Angelina Prendergast, and Brittany Midiri. In top photo add Sarah Nordquist, Mao Yagi, and Anne Marie Talmadge. Not pictured is Zsolt Banki.

Request For Participation in the "Baggage" Project
An exciting new participatory project this season is a work called Baggage, an expansion of "The Reality Series". Baggage is being created in conjunction with a revival of a theater piece of our 1981 season, Woman Sleeping.

It focuses on death and how we continue to carry with us in life those who have passed by integrating the experience of artifacts and emotions that remain.


At the time I choreographed the earlier work, I didn't know where the inspiration came from, but now after almost 100 dances and the death of Alfred Desio, my partner and husband of 39 years, I understand the sources better. I see the world differently as I carry the spirit of his vitality with me. Knowing that many others share this with their own departed, I think of this as "baggage" (but with a positive connotation).



Unlike that first piece, this one will also be formed of images and stories of others as well as myself who have discovered that death changes their perception of reality. How do we incorporate continuing life with a loved one who is still present, but no longer corporal? This is one of the questions in making this work. It includes combining elements of the original Woman Sleeping, which after 30 years will mutate, creating a new piece. Although a serious topic, there also will be humor, as in most of my pieces.



We now have a group in Facebook for the project. If you would like to participate in the work and have a departed you would like to include please become a member of the group and share your thoughts and photos. Or if you prefer, email to  If you would like to send a video clip as a DVD mail to 351 S. Virgil Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90020.

Quick Moves
Request For Participation in the "Baggage" Project
Tap Dance Widows Club
Current School Projects
The Society For Arts in Healthcare is having a Conference in CA
Special Thanks
Quick Links
Photo Credits
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Tap Dance Widows Club
A centerpiece in the new "Baggage" is called "Tap Dance Widows Club". Louise contacted Loretta Zerby (married to Jon Zerby who passed on in November '08), Katherine Hopkins-Nicholas (married to Fayard Nicholas who passed on in January '06) and Louise Reichlin was married to Alfred Desio, who passed on in February '07, 4 years ago. These three ladies' meetings combined with their memories, photos, and videos of their well known husbands are both hilarious and moving in their coincidences and differences. Their conversations become the audio. More specifics in our next E-news.
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  Loretta & Katherine                        Loretta & Louise                            Katherine & Louise 
Current School Projects
We have just begun a new residency at Broad Ave. Elementary School. Two third grades will each have 5 sessions with us to prepare for performing with our company when we do two performances there at the end of the month. They will also be designing costumes. The residency also includes Staff Development sessions. After a seven year break, we are able to return there with a matching grant from the Don Knabe Arts Education Partnership. We have funding for one more school, and if you are interested, please contact us right away. It can be Elementary, Middle, or High School, but it should be in Knabe's LA County district 4.

We are featured on the LAUSD's Dance Web page this month. There are some great photos from our
Dance At the Stone House project!

We have been redesigning our Middle & High School programs as we refocus some of attention on their age and educational group again. Please see our web pages under education and some of our specific vetted programs described on the LA County Arts Ed. web site. Direct links are: Dance! with LA Choreographers & Dancers (6-8), Dance! with LA Choreographers & Dancers (9-12) [both performances which can be part of residencies), Onto the Stage (6-8), and Onto the Stage (9-12) [each a series of 10 workshops for 2 classes that lead to performance with the company],  and finally Dancing Your Name (9-12), which has a creative base and can be done as a stand-alone workshop or part of a residency series. You can also find descriptions of our complete programs for elementary school, including both student and professional staff development, and for colleges. Please contact us with any questions.

And we also have an after school program now with Our Lady of Loretto. Again, we are open for more, so call us at 213-385-1171 or email.
The Society For Arts in Healthcare is having a Conference in CA
An organization that is worth looking into by artists interested in the topic is having a conference in California and asked me to publish a notice about it. Oh---do I wish it were here in Los Angeles and not up in the Bay area. But for those who are or who might want to travel - please read:

Don't miss the arts in healthcare field's most comprehensive annual event: the Society for the Arts in Healthcare's 22nd international conference. This year's conference, Advancing Patient-Centered Arts, will take place April 13-16th at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. Throughout the conference, you'll learn about best practices, model programs, and cutting-edge research in the field, plus you'll network and enjoy presentations by renowned keynotes and performers such as:
          actress and educator Megan Cole
          physician and director of Boston's Longwood Symphony Orchestra, Lisa Wong
          dance therapy pioneer Anna Halprin
          medical clowns from Cincinnati-based organization Circus Mojo
          California harpist Lisa Lynne
          The St. Lawrence String Quartet
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Special Thanks
Special thanks to our current government and corporate fundors that certainly deserve our attention. Without them (and many of you who donate to our company) we could not continue. These are challenging times, and we very much need all donations, large and small to keep going. All of these grants are matching grants, and we can't use them without your matches. Thank you again to our individual contributers and for in-kind donations.  Please go to our web site and make a donation. No amount is too small! And to help all the arts in our state, consider buying a CA arts license plate. The funds go right into arts companies for their public services and arts in education and there is a new campaign for one million plates for the arts. This E-letter closes with all the links you need to get to our new photo album on FaceBook and videos on YouTube.

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Keep on the lookout for more details on the March 20 performances at Alvas.


Louise Reichlin, Director
Louise Reichlin & Dancers/
Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers