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Dance Camera West & Jacob Jonas The Company Present 17th Annual Dance Camera West Film Festival & To The Sea: Live Dance Concerts on the Pier

Live Dance Concerts on the Pier

 April 12 – 15, 2018


Dance Camera West marks its continued passion of bringing together diverse communities, cultures, and environments to experience dance through the intimate medium of film, and Jacob Jonas The Company, are is thrilled to present the 17th Annual Dance Camera West Film Festival and To The Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier from April 12 – 15, 2018 at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, Laemmle Film Center and the Santa Monica Pier. The Festival showcases many forms of dance including modern dance, post modern dance, world dance, tap dance, dance theater, ballet, hip-hop and practically all dance that has been captured on film in a way that is of quality and essential value.



Aspiring to awaken and infuse the public mainstream with a desire for critical creative programming through dance and cinema,Dance Camera West (DCW) ascribes to present the visual language of dance on screen in a way that stretches the imagination and changes the way we think about dance.


Jacob Jonas The Company is a 21st century company with a focus on creating dance both for a live audience and for the camera. While both mediums highlight the company’s highly physical, acrobatic performance style and narrative choreography, the company breaks new ground with the extensive and focused use of film, photography, and social media to increase its artistic footprint and reach out to new and younger audiences. Jacob Jonas The Company is gaining an international profile for its honest storytelling, visceral performances, and visual content creation.


Highlights of this year’s Festival include the return of DCW’s partnership with Jacob Jonas The Company with the exciting and unique To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier, where individual choreographers and dance companies ranging in all dance forms and genres perform live on the West End of the Santa Monica Pier. Both audiences and performers are surrounded by the natural space of the Pacific Ocean and the Pier and are free and open to the public each day of the Festival at sunset. Performances are immediately followed by a brief moderated question and answer session with the audience.



The Opening Night of the Festival features Short films; April 13 is the screening of La Chana, the documentary film which takes the audience under the skin and into the mind of La Chana, the talented Gypsy flamenco dancer as she returns to the stage to give a final seated performance after a 30-year break and reveals the secret behind her disappearance when she was at the peak of her career; International Documentaries with panels and discussions on April 14 and 15; and To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier.


DCW is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing the vibrant art of dance media bringing hundreds of challenging and provocative films and live performances to Los Angeles from around the globe, effectively bridging the gap between the uniquely influential Los Angeles film community and the significant local dance populace. Even more importantly,DCW utilizes the accessible nature of dance as a non-verbal art form to reach across cultural, geographic, and socio-economic divides by making a special effort to engage a wide range of Los Angeles audiences of varying ethnicities and interests, offering everyone a chance to experience the thought-provoking thrill of dance media.


Globally speaking, DCW is one of only a handful of organizations that presents dance media, and the only one of its kind on the West Coast. Given that distinction, DCW has been fortunate to partner with some of the most prominent venues and organizations throughout the Los Angeles area.


The 17th Annual Dance Film Festival is funded in part by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, and Los Angeles County Arts Commission.


WHEN:  Thursday, April 12, 2017 – Sunday, April 15, 2017


– Fowler Museum, 308 Charles E. Young Drive North, Westwood 90095
– Laemmle Film Center, 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica 90401
– Santa Monica Pier


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World premiere ‘Freddy’ tells dramatic story of 1960s avant-garde hero through theater, music, dance, video

LOS ANGELES— A naïve young woman falls under the spell of Fred Herko, a brilliant ballet dancer of extraordinary charisma and talent and a fiery denizen of Andy Warhol’s Factory. Written by Fountain Theatre co-artistic director Deborah Lawlor, the world premiere of Freddy opens on Sept. 27, inaugurating a new partnership between the Fountain Theatre and the Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy at LACC’s Caminito Theatre.


Set in Greenwich Village in 1964 and based on a true story, Freddy fuses theater, music, dance and video to capture the explosive spirit of a passionate artist and a turbulent era. Marty Dew (Steven Spielberg’sReady Player One, Mascot) stars as Fred Herko, a founding member of Judson Dance Theater who was a legendary figure of New York’s avant-garde in the 1960s. Susan Wilder (Still Life at Rogue Machine Theatre) portrays Shelley, whose memories create the framework of the play, while Katie McConaughy(American Idiot at Cupcake Theater) plays her younger self. Mel England (Indie films Best Day Everand Ron and Laura Take Back America, Swimming with the Polar Bears off-Broadway) takes on the role of dancer, artist and designer James Waring, Herko’s friend and mentor. The cast is rounded out by Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy studentsAlexandra FiallosJamal HopesTristen Kim,Jackie Mohr, Lamont Oakley, Connor Clark Pascale, Justice Quinn, Savannah Rutledge,Brianna Saranchock, Trenton Tabak and Jesse Trout. Frances Loy directs.


Lawlor, who began her career as a dancer, choreographer and actor in New York, was a personal friend of Herko’s.


“I carried around all those memories for a very long time before I finally sat down to write,”


she says.


“Freddy and I were students of Jimmy Waring together, and we were both involved with the Judson Church, which was at the heart of the downtown dance scene. Freddy was a brilliant talent and good friend to many people. His death shocked us all.”


Fred Herko (1936-1964) was a central figure in New York’s downtown avant-garde. A musical prodigy, he studied piano at the Juilliard School of Music before switching to ballet at the age of twenty. In 1956 he won a scholarship to study at American Ballet Theatre School and within a few years was dancing with established choreographers including John Butler, Katherine Litz, Buzz Miller, Glen Tetley and James Waring. He was a founding member of Judson Dance Theater, presenting six of his own works in the group’s concerts between 1962 and 1964 and dancing in works by Al Hansen, Deborah Hay, Arlene Rothlein and Elaine Summers. He was a co-founder of the New York Poets Theatre, which staged one-act plays by poets and provided a podium for happenings by Ray Johnson, Allan Kaprow and Robert Whitman; dances by Yvonne Rainer and Trisha Brown; music by La Monte Young, John Herbert McDowell and Philip Corner; and films by Brian De Palma, Stan VanDerBeek and Andy Warhol. Herko starred in seven of Warhol’s earliest cinematic experiments in 1963, including Jill and Freddy Dancing, Rollerskate/Dance Movie and Salome and Delilah. His untimely death in 1964, at the age of 28, robbed New York’s underground scene of one of its most exuberant and versatile performers who was equally at home performing Comb Music by Fluxus composer George Brecht or camping it up in Rosalyn Drexler’s musical comedy Home Movies.


Freddy was always conceived as an off-site project because it requires a larger performance area than what we can offer at the Fountain,”


explains Lawlor’s co-artistic director, Stephen Sachs, who is an alumnus of the LACC Theatre Academy.


“In addition to sharing their remarkable facility, this collaboration gives Academy students the opportunity to work with professional actors and designers, and it gives us the chance to mentor young people who will become theater artists of tomorrow.”


The creative team for Freddy includes dance and movement director Cate Caplin, scenic designer Tesshi Nakagowa, lighting designer Derek Jones, sound designer Vern Yonemura, costume designer Jillian Ross and props master Amrit Samra. The production stage manager is Jasmine KalraJames Bennett and Leslie Ferreira produce for the Fountain Theatre and LACC Theatre Academy respectively.


Deborah Lawlor began her career as a dancer, choreographer and actor in New York before moving to South India, where she lived for five years. There, she was involved in the initial development of the international township of Auroville and created two full-length outdoor dance/theater pieces celebrating the community. She spent the next ten years in Australia and France studying ancient cultures of India and Egypt and translating several books in these fields from French into English. Returning to the U.S. in 1986, she became deeply involved in the intimate theater scene and, in 1990, she and Stephen Sachs co-founded the Fountain Theatre. Lawlor is responsible for the Fountain’s extensive dance involvement, including the company’s renowned “Forever Flamenco” series. Other dance projects at the Fountain includeThe Women of Guernica, Lawlor’s flamenco-based adaptation of Euripides’ The Trojan Women, which she also directed, and three full-evening dance-theater pieces which she created and directed: Declarations: Love Letters of the Great Romantics; The Path of Love, which she also directed in South India; and the dance opera, The Song of Songs, with music by Al Carmines. Actor’s Equity Association honored Lawlor with its Diversity Award for her dedication to presenting work at the Fountain that is culturally diverse.


A British director currently living in Los Angeles, Frances Loy creates text-based, ensemble driven work inspired and ignited by the darker experiences of humanity. She has a strong aesthetic towards up-close and intimate theater that puts the audience in the heart of the world created by the actors, and has particular experience in alternative performance spaces and immersive theatrical experiences. Frances was co-founder and artistic director of Theatre Delicatessen, described by Time Out London as “the leading light of pop-up theatre,” and she is artistic director of Ferment Theatre, whose production of Tonight/Jungle was given a New York Times “Critic’s Pick” by Ben Brantley. Frances also creates content for VR 360 films and is currently in pre-production for her first short film.


The Fountain Theatre is one of the most successful intimate theaters in Los Angeles, providing a creative home for multi-ethnic theater and dance artists. The Fountain has won over 225 awards, and Fountain projects have been seen across the U.S. and internationally. Recent highlights include the Fountain’s Citizen: An American Lyric being selected by Center Theatre Group for its inaugural launching of Block Party at the Kirk Douglas Theatre; and grant awards from The Greenberg Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and a $50,000 gift from Drama-Logue founder Bill Bordy. The Fountain’s most recent production, the world premiere of Building the Wall by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, ran for five months and was named “L.A. hottest ticket” by the Los Angeles Times.
Established in 1929, the theater training program at Los Angeles City College is one of the oldest and most respected training programs in the country. It has trained countless numbers of students who have gone on to successful careers in the entertainment industry in acting, directing, casting, production, writing, production coordination, design in lighting, sound, costuming and sets, technical production, technical direction, owners and directors of various theater-oriented businesses and organizations, and numerous technical and costuming specializations. Graduates from LACC have won numerous awards, including recipients of the Academy Award, Emmy Award, Tony Award and Bravo Award. Its teaching excellence has been heralded by the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, the California Community College Academic Senate, the California Educational Theatre Association, the Los Angeles Community College District, the County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles. Further, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle gave LACC a special award for “maintaining consistently high standard of programming and production.”


Freddy runs Sept. 27 through Oct. 14, with performances on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.Thursdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.;Fridays at 8 p.m.; and Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. General admission is $25. The Caminito Theatre is located on the campus of Los Angeles City College at 855 N Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90029. Parking is FREE in Structure 4 on Heliotrope at Monroe (between Santa Monica and Melrose). For reservations and information, call (323) 663-1525or go to




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World premiere
 of Freddy — Set in Greenwich Village in 1964 and based on a true story, Freddy fuses theater, music, dance and video to capture the explosive spirit of a passionate artist and a turbulent era. A naïve young woman falls under the spell of Fred Herko, a brilliant ballet dancer of extraordinary charisma and talent and a fiery denizen of Andy Warhol’s Factory. This hybrid dance/theater work by Fountain Theatre co-artistic director Deborah Lawlor will be presented at Los Angeles City College, inaugurating a new partnership with the LACC Theatre Academy.
• Written by Deborah Lawlor
• Directed by Frances Loy
• Starring Marty DewMel EnglandKatie McConaughySusan Wilder
• Featuring members of the Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy: Alexandra FiallosJamal HopesTristen Kim,Jackie Mohr, Lamont Oakley, Connor Clark Pascale, Justice Quinn, Savannah Rutledge, Brianna Saranchock,Trenton Tabak, Jesse Trout
• Presented by The Fountain Theatre in association with Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy

Performances: Sept. 27 – Oct. 14:
• Wednesdays at 8 p.m.: Sept. 27 (opening night); Oct. 4; Oct. 11
• Thursdays at 3 p.m.: Sept. 28; Oct. 5; Oct. 12
• Thursdays at 8 p.m.: Sept. 28; Oct. 5; Oct. 12
• Fridays at 8 p.m.: Sept, 29; Oct. 6; Oct. 13
• Saturdays at 3 p.m.: Sept 30; Oct. 7; Oct. 14
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Sept 30; Oct. 7; Oct. 14

Caminito Theatre
Los Angeles City College
855 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029

FREE in Structure 4 on Heliotrope at Monroe
(between Santa Monica and Melrose)

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