LA Weekly's Ann Haskins Previews "Then. Now. Onward!"

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Photo by Arianne MacBean
L.A. Contemporary Dance Company's Then. Now. Onward!

This week's dance includes L.A. Contemporary Dance Company with new works from three choreographers, plus Rennis Harris bringing street dance to the stage in RHAW.

Three choreographers and a destination dancer
Sometimes the allure is the prospect of the latest from an intriguing choreographer and other times the attraction is just the chance to experience an extraordinary dancer. L.A. Contemporary Dance Company's Then. Now. Onward! boasts both. LACDC's repertory show is almost an excess of riches. Established choreographer Arianne MacBean, emerging dancemaker Lindsey Lollie and company artistic director Kate Hutter each contribute a new work for the company dancers, but the frosting on the cake is guest artist Charlie Hodges. A destination dancer for those in the know, Hodges danced with several ballet companies before making a major spash in Twyla Tharp's jukebox dance musicals Movin' Out, Times They Are a Changin' and his award-winning turn in Tharp's Sinatra show Come Fly Away. L.A. had a chance to be wowed most recently when he danced at Disney Hall with Benjamin Millepied's L.A. Dance Project (Hodges is both dancer and ballet master for that company). Hodges and Hutter dance Unravel, a duet the long-time friends collaborated on. Catch a preview of LACDC at lacontemporarydance.org/media. Much to like. Not to be missed. At Diavolo Dance Space, the Brewery, 616 Moulton Ave., dwntwn.; Thurs.-Sat., April 4-6, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 7, 7 p.m.; $20 online, $25 at door. www.onward.brownpaperticket.com.

Arianne MacBean