Martin Dancers presents “Sundays Only In Noho” concert series – dance music LA review

The Martin Dancers, a culturally diverse, non-profit company, will perform the company’s repertoire on select Sundays, June through September 30, 2012.

In a series of summer concerts staged in NoHo, the Martin Dancers will premiere new works choreographed by the company’s director, Shirley Martin.

Each afternoon concert opens with a performance of world music by the quartet Chant et Voyage, whose artists include Kamal, vocals; Andres Vadin Vales, guitar; Carlos Cuba, bass; Henry Mejias, percussion.

The dance works being debuted will follow. They include:

            “Rhapsody in Blues.” Dancers share various emotions with a call and response to the blues. Each dancer’s viewpoint is reflected in movement;

            “Family Portrait.” A dance theatre piece including some spoken text concerning a family member’s non-acceptance in society, and her ability (or inability) to cope;

            “Rhythm Suite.” A dance work incorporating rhythm, movement, sticks, fans, drums, and vocal chants.

The dance performers are: Colby Nelson, Glor Parong, Michelle Atwood, Monisha Garner, Amye Wilms, Avital Aboody, Brittany Lawless and Shiva Bulgeri.

Ms. Martin has collaborated with a quintet of musicians to provide original scores for the dance works. The musicians include Roosevelt Mitchell, percussion and vocals; Chris Walker, guitar, bass, piano, percussion; Greg Bishop, guitar; Bashier Mohammed and Terry Mitchell, percussion.

Refreshments will be served.

Advance reservations are suggested.


***Sundays Only*** in NoHo. A program of new dance works accompanied by live music.

Martin Dancers. Directed and choreographed by Shirley Martin. World music by Chant et Voyage.


The MKM Cultural Arts Center

11401 N. Chandler Blvd.,

North Hollywood, CA 91601.


June 24, July 29, August 26, September 30, 2012.

Sundays at 4 p.m.


RESERVATIONS: (818) 752-2616.

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