A second edition of Jane Sherman and Barton Mumaw's BARTON MUMAW, DANCER: FROM DENISHAWN TO JACOB'S PILLOW AND BEYOND has just been published by Wesleyan University Press, with a new introduction by David Gere. One critic called the book "an incredible record of just what the title says--the life of dancer Barton Mumaw from his earliest association with Denishawn in 1930 through the grueling years with Shawn's Men Dancers in the 1930s and beyond into his own career as a concert dancer in the early 1940s, then as a dance performer in World War II, as a traveling artist here and abroad and in musical theatre on Broadway."

As part of its 15th anniversary tour, Miami City Ballet will visit UCLA's Royce Hall Oct. 12-13 at 8 PM, performing one of its signature creations, JEWELS. Led by Edward Villella, the Miami City Ballet is considered to be one of America's top ballet companies. With its youthful exuberance and instinctive, rapid-fire dancing, the ensemble infuses classical dancing with newfound vitality.

Leading exponents of choreographer George Balanchine, MCB's wide-ranging repertoire includes 37 world premieres. In 1997, Villella was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (310) 625-2101.

COMPLEXIONS, one of America's hottest new dance companies, will make its Los Angeles debut at the Ahmanson Theatre, Nov. 1-4. Founded in 1994 by choreographer Dwight Rhoden and dancer Desmond Richardson--both hailed by New York Magazine as "two of the greatest virtuosos ever to emerge from Ailey Land"--Complexions is a multicultural high-energy troupe that is part of the changing face and pace of dance in America and the world.

The company includes former and present members of some of the world's top dance troupes including ABT, Frankfurt Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Complexions will bring its eclectic repertory, which ranges from pointe to pop, to the Music Center in what promises to be on of the most exciting performances of the season. Richardson will perform with the company during its L.A. engagement.

Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave. Call (213) 628-2772 or visit

News for October 2001
News for September 2001