Orange County’s Dance Season is in Full Swing, and Contemporary is King

Orange County’s Dance Season is in Full Swing, and Contemporary is King

Last month, Alonzo King Lines Ballet kicked off the fall dance season with a performance

Last month, Alonzo King Lines Ballet kicked off the fall dance season with a performance at Segerstrom Center for the Arts that was enthusiastically attended. Philadelphia’s BalletX and Orange County’s own Backhausdance are next with performances on Saturday, Oct. 16. 

Though varied, the companies all fall under the large umbrella term that is “contemporary”— be it contemporary with ballet roots, contemporary that is grounded in everyday movement and feats of athleticism, or contemporary that is some combination of all of the above. 

What IS Contemporary Dance?

“Ahhh, ‘contemporary dance’ really covers a wide variety of dance making that blends different types of movement approaches to create a unique vocabulary,” said Jennifer Backhaus, founder and artistic director of Backhausdance. “For Backhausdance, we combine the structure and lines of ballet technique with the weight and release of modern dance techniques, mix in a little acrobatics and some everyday, pedestrian movement — there you go, a wonderful dish.”