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November 2011                                                                                   Louise Reichlin & Dancers 



Welcome to our November issue!



    Upcoming Events


"Dance at the Stone House"

"The Patchwork Girl of Oz"

(LA performance & NY tour)



Upcoming Event-  Louise Reichlin & Dancers  

Dance at the Stone House 

Quick Moves
More photos from last years Dance At the Stone House.
Upcoming Event: The Patchwork Girl of Oz
Recent - The Amazing Race Renaissance Dance..
Several Matching Grants Still Availablers & Board Member
Special Thanks
Quick Links
Photo Credits
Join our Mailing List!

More photos from last years Dance At the Stone House 


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Above: Angelina Prendergast & Sung-Yun Park with Plainview El at last year's Dance at the Stone House.


This year we will be performing our 5th Annual Dance at the Stone House on Wednesday, November 16th at 10:30 am and 12 noon. This site-specific work uses audience participation to design a dance based on the unusual architecture and art that is the Sun Valley Youth Arts Center.


Built in 1925, the building, designated as a City Cultural Historical monument, has been transformed into a first-of-its-kind art education center in the East San Fernando Valley. This piece is the first of Reichlin's interactive The Reality Series, where the audience becomes aware of elements around us often overlooked.


This interactive event uses 5 dancers and 60-80 fourth-sixth graders for each performance-workshop. This year the featured schools working with us are San Fernando El and Haskell El.


The event is also free and open to the general public so call us for reservations at 213-385-1171.


For a Review/blog about the 2009 performance, please visit DanceInLA, Anna Reed, writer.


See photos from last year, November 2010. 


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Above: Students, inspired by animal sculptures, improvise at last year's Dance at the Stone House

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Above: Students are both performers and audience members as they learn to bow.

Upcoming Event- "The Patchwork Girl of Oz"  LA performance & NY tour


We will be performing The Patchwork Girl of Oz 

in Los Angeles in December and touring it to New York in January!

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 Above: Natalie Pausch, Steven Nielsen, & Wil-son Wiliams during our 2004 performance.


Los Angeles

What     2 full, matinee performances
When    Saturday and Sunday, December 3rd & 4th, both at 2:00 pm 

Where   We will be presented by Grupo de Teatro Sinergia and Frida Kahlo Theater. 

              The Frida Kahlo Theater is an intimate space with oversized, plushy seats 

              and lots of free parking! The Frida Kahlo Theater is located in Echo Park 

              at 2332 W. 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057. Their web page, also

              has driving directions.


Gen $15

Stu/DRC/sen $12

Kids age 12 & under $7

Additional kids/same adult $5


So if you are in Los Angeles, call us NOW at 213-385-1171 to reserve seats. Or call 213-382-8133 for credit card purchase. If they are not open when you call, call us for reservations instead. The Frida Kahlo Theatre is on 2332 W. Fourth St, LA CA 90057. There is free parking on site. 


New York 

What     Full, matinee performance & invited run through

When    Friday, January 6th, 2012 at evening (run through)           

              Saturday, January 7th, 2012 at 2 pm (performance)

Where   Long Island Children's Museum Theater

              11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530 

Tickets  Call 516-224-5845 and speak with James Packard.   


What     Showcasing short excerpts at APAP  

              (as a guest artist with Jodi Kaplan's Booking Dance)

When    Sometime between January 8th & 9th (exact time TBA)

Where   Alvin Ailey Citygroup Theater

              405 West 55th St (at 9th Ave) New York   

Tickets  Admission is complimentary for all APAP attendees

               Call 213-458-3066 (Louise's cell) for exact times. 


About "The Patchwork Girl of Oz"

Adapted from the original children's classic by L. Frank Baum, creator of The Wizard of Oz, the dance/multimedia work The Patchwork Girl of Oz has packed houses in 4 states. This magical, modern-day fable brings to life the adventures of a young boy named Ojo as he goes on a quest to bring his uncle (who has been turned into marble) back to life. Along the way he makes new friends, including the marvelously contemporary Patchwork Girl, and learns the importance of working together as part of a community. Although the original book was written in 1913, its values of cooperation, family, friendship, respect for all life, and most importantly self-reliance are still important almost 100 years later.


The piece includes ten fantastical dances, woven together with multimedia, music, and narration that help tell the story. This show is perfect for parents and children to attend together. While young viewers will be delighted by the magical world of Oz and Ojo's adventures, adults will enjoy the imaginative combination of jubilant dancing and choreography, lively and exotic music, sophisticated multimedia imagery and fabulous costumes. Beverly Hills Outlook raved, "The choreography uses a wonderfully playful approach... the music a delightful surprise... along with sophisticated multimedia."


Looking for Schools & Presenters

Would you like to present us at your school or performing arts center? Ideally, we are looking for presenters and schools located in Los Angeles to present us in December 2011, as well as presenters and schools on the east coast near the Long Island Children's Museum (including NY, PA, NJ) to present our performance sometime in the first two weeks of January 2012.


Would you like to perform in The Patchwork Girl of Oz? Do you have 3th-5th graders in your organization that would like to participate? The Patchwork Girl of Oz can include 26 dance participants from your community as part of this interactive production! The students become the characters of the Joking Horners and the Hoppers, two groups of Oz inhabitants about to wage war over a joke. 


For your information, contact Louise Reichlin via  email or via phone at 213-385-1171.



Above: The "joking Horners" (students from John Muir El.) wait in the dressing room to go on in for the California premier of The Patchwork Girl of Oz at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica in 2002. 

Recent - The Amazing Race Renaissance Dance 
We just had to mention the Early Renaissance Dance that aired Sunday on The Amazing Race. Louise Reichlin worked on the piece last May, with Angela Todaro assisting. When it aired it was great fun to see the contestants learn three sections before they were allowed to move on. It took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. The show really cuts across so many cultures and time periods.

Several  Matching Grants Still Available 

Matching Funds Opportunity 

We are pleased to announce that we have again received a Don Knabe Educational Partnership grant. If you are in County District 4 (Bellflower, Diamond Bar, Downey, Hacienda Heights, La Habra Heights, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Paramount, Playa del Rey, San Pedro, South Whittier, Torrance, Westchester, Whittier, Wilmington, and a few others), and we do have one more matching grant available!


Please contact us if you'd like us to work at your school this season with residencies or single activities including performances, professional development, and student workshops. You can contact Louise Reichlin via email or phone at 213-385-1171.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to you for your support last season! And please continue to contribute and consider raising the amount if you are able. The budget for our New York tour is one of the highest project budgets we have ever strived to meet. None of us are getting younger, and we need to use what we have toward both community and excellence. Please visit our website to make a donation.



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Upcoming events in the next months include:
     "Dance at the Stone House" (11/16)
     "The Patchwork Girl of Oz" performance in Los Angeles (12/4-5)
     "The Patchwork Girl of Oz" tour to New York (1/6-9)


Our Dancers:

Steven Nielsen, Angelina Prendergast, Angela Tordaro, Zsolt Banki, Jen Hunter, Bekah Spurgeon, Elizabeth Poinsette, Jonathan Mercer, Lindsay Marquino, and Louise Reichlin


Our 2011-12 Newsletter is in the Mail. Please look for it! 


Videos of Louise Reichlin & Alfred Desio:

click here for Reichlin on You/Tube 


click here for Desio on You/Tube 


Please contact us if you would like more information about anything you see here.





Louise Reichlin, Director

Louise Reichlin & Dancers/LA Choreographers & Dancers