Dance of Legends
UCI dancers bring the magical ebb and flow of Lar Lubovitch’s “Legend of Ten” to life at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in February. The piece – choreographed to music by Johannes Brahms played by the UCI Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Stephen Tucker – has both slow and quick movements for 10 dancers.
“‘Legend of Ten’ is not an easy dance to do,” says Lubovitch, who joined the Claire Trevor School of the Arts’ dance department last July as a Distinguished Professor. “The dancers have to execute uniquely demanding physical tasks and ornate spatial configurations. Without question, the UCI dancers rose to the challenge and gave a thrilling and lucid account of the choreography. As a new faculty member, it was a deep learning experience for me as well as the students, each in our own way trying to break new ground.”
The piece was part of Dance Visions 2017, which displayed a broad mix of modern dance and traditional ballet with restagings of two pieces from Lubovitch and George Balanchine along with three new dances from UCI Distinguished Professor Donald McKayle, associate professor Molly Lynch and assistant professor Chad Michael Hall.