Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, the innovative performance space at Le Lycee Francais,
recently presented Lux Aeterna Dance Companys EPONYM, an explosive
evening of dance and circus theatre.
The LA-based Lux Aeterna, founded and directed by pioneering break-dancer
Jacob 'Kujo' Lyons, is known for its eclectic and powerful movement vocabulary.
The award-winning company put on a two-hour recital that showcased five
extraordinary dancers, plus a guest performance by Ricardo 'Boogie Frantick'
Each of the dancers, whether male or female, showed astonishing strength,
agility and daring while performing in three separate pieces, 'Catch Me
If You Cant,' 'Cannot Get Away' and 'Eponym,' all of which were
choreographed by Lyons.
techniques drawn from mime, street-dancing, gymnastics, classical ballet
and acrobatics, the dancers did amazing things with their bodies, sometimes
twisting themselves into convoluted shapes, other times grabbing hold
of hoops and ropes and soaring above the stage in an ecstasy of free-flight.
They also faced off against each other in games of courtship, showing
a kind of sly, teasing sexuality which could also become passionate and
even aggressive. Virtuosic is the adjective that best sums up the work
of Lux Aeterna.
The idea of presenting a local dance company had been on my mind
for some time and, then, when I saw Luz Aeterna at the LA Dance Showcase
during the Western Arts Alliance Conference, I was amazed, said
Pierre Leloup, Theatre Raymond Kabbazs director. I knew Lux
was a perfect fit for our multicultural/multidisciplinary program; Kujos
inspiration is a brilliant mix of creativity and athleticism...his work
is more than remarkable, its completely and utterly unique.
Coming up in November/December at the Lycee are a concert by Ana Moura,
the famed Portuguese Fado singer; a puppet show, '20,000 Leagues Under
the Sea,' by Tears of Joy Theater; and a recital by Dakha Brakha, a world-music
quartet from Kiev, Ukraine.
(Le Lycee Francais, 10361 W. Pico Blvd., LA, CA. 90064. Call 310-286-0553
or visit theatreraymondkabbaz.com)