Los angeles Dance Festival
produced by Brockus & co-produced in 2018 with Theater Raymond Kabbaz
BROCKUS RED is a contemporary jazz dance company with award winning choreography that ranges from Social commentary to pure entertainment. RED delights audiences of all levels of dance exposure, from just pure fun to engaging and thoughtful artistic contemporary works. RED dancers are some of the top professionals in Los Angeles with astonishing technical skills and a love of performing that is captivating. BrockusRED has enthralled audiences across the USA and in Europe with our energetic blend of technical jazz,modern and contemporary style of dance. Tours in the past have been to Rhode Island, Utah, Oregon, Florida, New York, Michigan and France. An athletic technical style blending the power of modern technique with the high energy and dynamics of jazz dance. Fun and sweaty.
BrockusRED has performed numerous festivals in Southern California and at has also been seen locally at the Alex Theater, Luckman Theater, Palmdale Playhouse, McCallum Theater, Redlands Bowl, Laguna Dance Festival, Pepperdine University, Goldenwest College, Glendale Community College, LATC, CSU-Long Beach, Glendale Community College and CSU-Northridge.
BrockusRED features the dynamic and varied work of Deborah Brockus. As both a dancer and choreographer, Brockus has worked nationally and internationally on stage, in film and television. She has received awards for both her teaching and choreography.
Additionally, Deborah Brockus is the producer of the Los Angeles Dance Festival, and the showcases Dance/BACK, Voices, and the director of BPStudios rehearsal space for dance.
Artistic director, Deborah Brockus has made her mark in many ways in the dance field of Southern California. She is a dancer, choreographer, showcase producer, teacher, studio owner and pre-professional school director.
Deborah Brockus has been labeled ‘the single most important person in Southland dance” an “impresario”, ‘ the mother superior of LA dance” and ”tireless” by the Los Angles Times for her involvement in establishing the local dance scene as a producer, choreographer, teacher. “Followers of L.A.’s modern-dance scene know that, when it comes to talent Deborah Brockus is a big name, with a great company (Brockus Project Dance Company) and a keen eye for talent” City Beat. She is the artistic director of Brockus Project Dance Company founded in 1991, now performing under the name BrockusRED. Her choreographic style blurs the line between modern and jazz techniques, reflecting both European influences and East and West Coast training.
Arragant Elbow / Sarah Elgart has been on the forefront of dance and film in Los Angeles as a director, choreographer, and producer for many years. Known most recently for her large scale, site-specific productions, Elgart’s site works engage audiences by transforming and catalyzing bus terminals, airports, museums and more with movement, music, and media, to make magic out of the mundane, and allow viewers to see “old places with new eyes”. Working under the name Sarah Elgart/Arrogant Elbow, she has done numerous projects including a downtown LA rooftop dance lit entirely by a hovering helicopter with live music by Nels Cline of WILCO, and created new works with commissions from organizations including the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles World Airports, The Getty, BodyTraffic and more. Elgart’s productions have been offered up to audiences at seminal LA sites including The Music Center, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), The Skirball Center, The Bradbury Building, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara and LACMA, and Mass MOCA where she once again collaborated with Nels Cline as part of the Solid Sound Festival.
In addition to her live work, Elgart has choreographed extensively for film, commercials, and television, working with noted directors including JJ Abrams, Catherine Hardwicke, Fredrik Bond, David Lynch and others. Sarah worked for years in various capacities with Dance Camera West Film Festival, where she was pivotal in the production of the AFI and LA premiere of Wim Wender’s Academy Award Nominated film Pina, as well as in introducing live site-specific dance to the organization’s annual dance film festival.
Elgart has worked extensively in communities both teaching and creating dance based and film works, from maximum-security women inmates to children facing critical illness and at risk youth for many years. In the 1990’s she was known for her work with MADRES (Mothers and Daughters Reaching Empowered States) a group of transitional homeless women with whom she collaborated on creating original performance works using gesture and raw movement. In 1990 she started La Boca Performance Space at the Sunshine Mission Casa de Rosas, one of LA’s oldest shelters, and MADRES works were produced by venues including the Getty, Mark Taper Forum, and the European Culture Capital in Antwerp, Belgium in1992.
A DGA director, Elgart has directed music numbers for The Disney Channel, numerous award winning music videos for recording artists including Mia Doi Todd and Angela Luna, and an Emmy nominated PSA for Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Other film works include the award winning film “Ideologies” (2015) and in 2009, she produced “Put it in a Book”, a short film by director Rodrigo Garcia starring Kerry Washington and Michael Ealy. In addition to her regular film & choreography work, Elgart writes a weekly column called ScreenDance Diaries about the intersections of dance and film for the international on line magazine Cultural Weekly. She recently completed shooting a short dance film at Bjarke Ingels Group’s VIA 57 West in NYC, winner of the Deutsches Architekturmuseum’s 2016 International Highrise Award (IHA), featuring the fashion of Issey Miyake, and the 8-story sculptural entranceway by Stephen Glassman Studio.
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Class 3/11 1-3 pm
Sarah Elgart / Arrogant Elbow
Kybele Dance Theatre