Best of 2013: Laura Bleiberg picks BodyTraffic, 'Rite of Spring'

December 20, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Laura Bleiberg

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In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form:

2013 was a busy year in dance. It was difficult to catch everything. But of those performances I did see, these 10 made memories.

The launch of @TheBarakBallet gives talented L.A. choreographer Melissa Barak and her compelling dancers a needed home for her detailed rep.

Before Ojai, @MarkMorrisDance was @VPACatCSUN, where fans gleefully lapped up 3 of Morris' exuberant, visionary pieces, spanning 30 years.

Kyle Abraham's "Kollide" was one reward of BodyTraffic's breakthrough on @TheBroadStage. Barak Marshall & mom, and dancers were also gifts.

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"Rite of Spring" heralded @joffreyballet's commitment to history. Its brilliance shone brightest, though, in Forsythe's "In the Middle..."

For its astonishing dancers, @NDTdance makes this list. Medhi Walerski's "Chamber" had pulsing power; Paul Lightfoot-Sol Leon works? Meh.

What would Tchaikovsky make of Matthew Bourne's "Sleeping Beauty"? He'd applaud the romantic ache & love the danced reflection of his music.

Alonzo King's ballets are hypnotic epic poems. In "Azimuth" he meshed his own regal Lines' dancers with @HubbardStreet's whip-fast troupe.

David Roussève's sinuous solo brought his new "Stardust" to poignant catharsis. Teen angst captured in tweets, video and flowing gestures.

Los Angeles Ballet captured the roiling Romanticism in Balanchine's "La Sonnambula," a haunting piece of melodrama persuasively performed.