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Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet to begin UCLA Live residency next year

March 18, 2010 | 12:29 pm


UCLA Live will host what it calls its first interactive dance residency next year with the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, the New York-based company known for its aesthetic and athletic agility and penchant for debuting works by innovative international choreographers.

Artistic director Benoit-Swan Pouffer and members of his troupe will present performances, master classes, workshops and other events on the Westwood campus and around Los Angeles.

One major offering, scheduled for April 2011, will be a program from the "Cedar Lake Installation Series" -- a blend of choreographed performance and art installation in which the unseated audience shares the dancers' space.

Before its residency begins, Cedar Lake will come to L.A. on May 7 and 8 for UCLA Live shows at Royce Hall that will feature works by choreographers including Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Crystal Pite, Jo Stromgren and Didy Veldman. The company also will give a master class for UCLA students.

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet was founded in 2003 by Nancy Laurie, a philanthropist and Wal-Mart heir.

-- Karen Wada

Above: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet will perform "Orbo Novo" by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in May at UCLA Live. Credit: Julieta Cervantez