Author: Leslie Larch

Adancer can usually recognize another dancer from across a crowded room.  Such was the case after Kahilu Theater’s presentation of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet when across a crowded foyer, I spotted a dancer sporting crutches, a lei matching his onstage cohorts, and a forlorn expression. Having once been a broken footed dancer myself, I identified with the trauma that a foot injury causes in the lives of dance pros. In this case, it was a lava rock that cut into a dancer’s foot, thus cutting the 10-member cast to 9.  Not only is the injured dancer thrown a loop, but in a…

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Sunday afternoon at Waimea’s Kahilu Theater began with Sara Davis Beuchner’s most quiet entrance.  But mere seconds after taking her seat upon the bench, her fingers presented an explosive frappe’ of Mozart’s Fantasy in D minor.  Her hands grand Jeté’d off the keys moving from abrupt and quick allegro to softer and slower adagio at a turn— performing a complete ballet class, albeit sans the warmup.  But then Beuchner warmed the audience right up with her first “talk story,” describing her early childhood concert experiences as a disturbing image wherein the pianist, who is dressed as an undertaker, lifts the lid…

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A n audience that appreciated the good fortune of finding internationally acclaimed and world-class performers right in their own backyards attended Sunday afternoon’s presentation of Iggy Jang’s Tango Extravaganza 2018 at the Kahilu Theatre.  Along with award-winning dancers (and prolifically producing dance instructors) Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo, this performance is heaped with talent from worldwide and in-demand performers who gave us the pleasure of gracing the stage and delighting our senses. Iggy Jang is Hawaii Symphony’s concertmaster and a classical music performer who soulfully and deeply embodies tango.  A child of South Korean parents, Jang was raised in France. …

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