Benita Bike’s DanceArt Company to perform at Discovery Cube

Benita Bike’s DanceArt Company to perform at Discovery Cube

By Luke Netzley

Pasadena Weekly Deputy Editor

As portion of its new Science of Dance Weekend, Discovery Dice Los Angeles will welcome Benita Bike’s DanceArt to the phase, presenting a celebration of up to date dance that is as touching as it is energetic.

Recognized for its classy effectiveness and dramatic use of space and gesture, the quartet will existing a variety of new and classic dances at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26. The exhibit will not only involve a model-new function-in-development effectiveness but will also attribute enthusiast favorites these as “Benches,” an immersive park scene that imagines the life of people today passing by “On Conquer 3,” a trio of driving percussive rhythms and ballistic, off-balance movements and “Duet from ‘Entrelazadas,’” a shorter story of two women of all ages in a large vitality storm established to the songs of Rodrigo.

DanceArt founder Benita Bicycle initially entered into the entire world of dance at the age of 3 when her mom resolved that she essential to lighten her stage. Bicycle executed in dance exhibits all through her childhood but discovered that she hated dancing on a phase in entrance of a crowd.

Her disdain for public overall performance started to simplicity, on the other hand, just after she began mastering beneath her higher university instructor Virginia Robinson, who would assign composition complications in dance course and introduced Bicycle to the planet of choreography. Bike fell so in adore with the function that her instructor coordinated with the school to allow her to skip sporting activities and as a substitute invest two several hours at the close of school committed to dance choreography.

“The way I looked at the world when I was young was that the world is your oyster,” Bicycle mentioned. “You can do anything at all. It is just a subject of figuring out the method, obtaining the key to the doorway, and possessing that perception of power.”

Bicycle went on to begin her choreography vocation in Boston, where by she grew to become chair of the Boston Dance Alliance and started her own dance studio just before going to Los Angeles at the age of 39.

In the studio, Bike’s system can be explained as summary choreography. Even though there are choreographers who will create down a plan and execute each and every depth, Bike thrives off collaboration and the independence to make a error.

“I experience like the dance presents birth to alone,” Bicycle discussed. “What I am is the midwife, the 1 who communicates with the dancers, but the dance wants to become what it wishes to turn out to be. And I experience like my career is to enable it get there.”

By actively playing with elements of artwork dance and reacting to mishaps that arise during a piece’s creation, Bike’s choreography definitely usually takes on a daily life of its personal as she and her workforce experiment with their craft.

At the core of Bike’s mission is the want to carry a lot more publicity to the world of artwork dance as a result of her performances by supplying audiences a body of reference and exposing them to a bounty of know-how about the artwork form, understanding that can be transferred to other varieties of artwork as properly.

“For some people it arrives normally, but others just have to have the doorway open up for them,” Bike mentioned. “And I’m hoping that the future time they get an invitation to go to a museum, they’ll say, ‘Well, I know how to look at dance, so possibly I know how to glance at paintings or sculptures.’ Not to experience set off by art, but to understand each and every of these is somebody’s expression of what they are experiencing in life.”

Like several enterprises throughout the final two yrs, the outbreak of COVID-19 introduced immense hardship to Bike’s studio. Just after her 30th anniversary exhibit very last June, all five of the dancers that Bicycle experienced been doing the job with for the earlier 5 to 10 many years left as the pandemic worsened.

“I invested a few of months truly heading into my heart and trying to figure out what I should really do,” Bicycle explained. “And I last but not least determined that I’m not at a position where by I want to give up what I do nonetheless. I continue to experience I have something to offer.”

Bicycle set up auditions and recognized 4 new dancers: Skye Schmidt, a expert dance photographer and UC Irvine graduate with an comprehensive track record in ballet Samantha Rogers, a Pilates studio manager and graduate from Chapman University Nola Gibson, a bodily remedy expert and UC Irvine graduate and Lydia McDonald, a dancer and dance instructor.

“We’re starting off from scratch, setting up up a repertory,” Bike explained. “I’ve gotten a actual shot in the arm with this new organization. They are younger, enthusiastic, really competent and cohesive. They like every other and they like what they’re executing with me, so I’m excited mainly because they are fired up.”

With a new workforce of gifted dancers and a grant from the metropolis of Los Angeles Office of Cultural Affairs, Bike is looking forward to bringing DanceArt back again to the phase on Feb. 26 at Discovery Dice Los Angeles.

Tickets to the overall performance are necessary, but they are cost-free for the initial 50 entrants to the exhibit and might be obtained by pre-registering by [email protected] with a name and range of guests. After the 1st 50 tickets are taken, 1-day admission tickets to the Discovery Cube Science of Dance Weekend can be purchased for $13.95 for youngsters 14 many years of age and more youthful and $15.95 for grownups.


Benita Bike’s DanceArt

WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26

Exactly where: Discovery Cube Los Angeles, 11800 Foothill Boulevard, Sylmar

Value: Totally free for the initially 50 entrants. One day admission for the Science of Dance Weekend is $13.95 for young children 14 years of age and young, $15.95 for grown ups. Membership levels which incorporate limitless admission for an full 12 months start out at $79.

Information: discoverycube.org/tickets-faq