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Beverly High Dance Company Plans Program Inspired By Artworks

The Advanced Dance Thea-ter Group, “The Company,” of Beverly Hills High School will present its annual dance concert Wednesday, Jan.14 through Saturday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the K.L. Peters High School Auditorium.  

For the first time, the concert has an overarching theme; the choreography for all 13 pieces has been inspired by visual art. “From Picasso, to Van Gogh, to Mapplethorpe, the show takes its audience on a visual journey through art and dance,” said Melissa Joseph, the new artistic director and an alumna of The Company.

The concert includes the work of multiple guest choreographers as well as six student-choreographed pieces featuring modern, jazz, hip-hot, African, lyrical and Egyptian dance.

As is tradition, two hip-hop numbers are featured. This year they are by noted industry choreographers Benjamin Allen and Bosco, and draw upon the best of Beverly’s hip-hop talents both inside and outside The Company.

 “It is such an honor to be back at Beverly directing these talented students,” Joseph said. “It wasn’t long ago that I was performing on this stage, and it’s great to be a part of this passionate company once again. I’m proud of their energetic and creative performance.” 

 Before her current position at Beverly, Joseph served as student artistic director of the USC Repertory Dance Company for two years, and as a performer and choreographer for four years. For this concert, she has choreographed a piece about the struggle that one experiences in a “crucible moment” that ultimately leads to a life-changing decision.

Guest choreographer and fellow alumna, Liz Sroka, has choreographed a  piece for which she has also written an original script.  

Other concert highlights include:

• A duet featuring Juniors Liana Gergely and Jacob Jonas.

• A collaborative work based on four sculptures from the installation “Hearts in San Francisco.”  

• A piece by Senior Michelle Laksman and Juniors McCall Bronson and Chelsey d’Adesky revolving around coping styles.

• Student choreographer Zoe Chait who portrays the story of Narcissus.

• Co-choreographers Lauren Kaufman and Ashley Navid who interpret the image “The Scream” through techno music.

The full company finale choreographed by invited guest belly dancer Layla Luna

Tickets, $8 students, $12 general, are available at the auditorium box office on performance nights starting at 6.30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased  from any member of The Company and may be used for any night’s performance.

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