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Implosion: A Pairing of the Arts Expands Definitions of Dance By Barbara Smith Choreographer Maura Townsend takes the dance art form to new levels. And with her eagerly awaited Project21 Implosion: A Pairing of the Arts dance festival slated for October 2 and 3 at 7PM, at the downtown Los Angeles Theatre Center, expect to see an exciting week- end of barrier-breaking creativi- ty. Renowned choreographers based in the Los Angeles and Inland Empire area will feature original and innovative works that pair dance with a variety of other art forms including spoken word, multimedia and live musi- cal artists that stretch the bound- aries of dance in unique, ground- breaking artistic expression. "I thrive on collaboration," says the accomplished dancer, choreographer, and educator. "I'm hoping with this and other efforts, to bring another platform for dance to Los Angeles." Passionately committed to her expansive art form, Townsend's Project21 Performing Arts Consortium has, through its myriad class offerings and con- certs, provided a creative outlet for artists of various disciplines who have merged their founda- tion in dance with other art forms and technologies for unique visual presentations. In so doing, she is on a path to cul- tivate a larger and more diverse audience, providing a larger stage for dancers and choreogra- phers while extending a new vision of dance to the spectators. As artistic director of Project21Dance, which is head- quartered in Los Angeles, Townsend's own training has prepared her well for this ven- ture. She studied dance at the Inner City Cultural Center in Los Angeles and later received her BFA in Dance from United States International University in San Diego. Under the mentor- ship of legendary choreographer Donald McKayle, she earned an MFA from UC Irvine and has long been an active force in pro- moting conversations and explo- rations of dance in innovative ways. Townsend describes her style as an eclectic blend of con- temporary modern, ballet, lyri- cal, jazz, urban and West African dance. Each of the five presenting artists at the October festival is unique and special in terms of their background and experi- ence, says Townsend. What they share is that each concert is built on collaboration with another genre. She speaks with passion about the diversity in style each offers, ranging from techno- industrial, musical theatre, drumming and Asian with hip hop influence. And while each comes from a different back- ground, all are professionals, and all have extensive experience in the dance community. "Dance is constantly evolv- ing. As artists come in with new styles and techniques, the dancer/choreographer must keep up with trends," says Townsend, "yet preserve the integrity of the dance aesthetic." To that end, Project21Dance and IMPLO- SION: A Pairing of the Arts serve as a kind of incubator, fueling forward-thinking artists to cultivate new important works and expand the world of dance. Chad Michael Hall's MUL- TIPLEX DANCE features an edgy and acrobatic movement style. An assistant professor of dance at UC Irvine and former member of Diavolo Dance Theater, Hall's cyberpunk aes- thetic has made him a sought after choreographer and teacher among dance companies, festi- vals, schools and universities around the country. His unique brand of Techno-Industrial Modern Dance transforms the dance world. In "Ancient Matter," he incorporates Japanese Taiko drumming col- laborating with contemporary composer Shih-wei "Willie" Wu, western modern dance and digi- tal video projections with video artist Dmitry Kmelnitsky. Rebecca Lemme is a chore- ographer, performer, educator and visual artist. As artistic director for her performance group Acts of Matter, the Princeton University-educated Lemme incorporates a unique movement style that encourages investigation, problem solving and versatility. Combining per- formance and choreographic work with duties as CSULB assistant professor, the award- winning artist has been commis- sioned for numerous universities and professional companies. In addition to contemporary tech- nique, she teaches ballet and jazz with an emphasis on whole-body connectivity. Additionally, she is a visual artist specializing in abstract acrylic on canvas. "as may be felt" is a contemporary dance with five musicians (River Song Quintet) and five dancers that explores the fragility and unpredictability of existence. Louise Reichlin, Managing and Artistic Director of Louise Reichlin & Dancers/LA Choreographers and Dancers, is committed to using dance as a unifying force to cross cultural, generational, linguistic and socio-economic lines. The com- pany's over 30-year history has Maura Townsend Chad Michael Hall's Multiplex Dance (Cont. on Page A-8) Precinct Reporter Thursday, September 17, 2015 A-5 By Antracia Moorings Custody Success: After custody battle involving his daughter Royalty, Chris Brown won joint custody in a Houston court this month. While Brown has joint custody, he must pay Nia Guzman, Royalty's mom, $2,500 per month in child sup- port. Guzman wanted Brown to have only supervised visitation rights, but the judge ordered in Brown's favor. Both Guzman and Brown live in Los Angeles. According to reports, Guzman was seeking $15,000 per month in child support in addition to the supervised visits. Soon after, Brown went on a Twitter rant slamming Guzman for using their daughter as a "meal ticket." "Some men my age run from their responsibility as fathers. I embrace mine. Just sucks that some females use children as meal tickets," Brown tweeted. "Using a child as leverage is never ok. The highest praise to the men who actually want their kids." The singer has been gen- erous in sharing photos of his daughter on his Instagram feed. He posts photos of his little girl regularly, with captions that call her the "best thing" in his life. He also refers to her as "Queen Royalty." Celebrating 25 Years: Hard to believe that "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" debuted 25 years ago, on September 10, 1990. The show starring rapper Will Smith, was then known for wholesome hip-hop in a world of gangsta rap. The comedy followed the life of a young man sent from the mean streets of Philadelphia to live with his affluent relatives in Bel Air. Based on the real-life experiences of producer Benny Medina - better known as the manager of such megastars as Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez - the series wasn't expected to be a hit. But Smith and his co-stars quickly gained popularity, and the NBC show lives on in syndication, despite going off the air in 1996. Thanks to the Internet, it has also sparked such fun as being "Bel Aired," when a person tells a story and ends it with the lyrics to the show's theme song. Word is, that Smith is planning to pro- duce a reboot of the show, we can expect lots of "Fresh Prince" nostalgia and debate on whether bringing back such a beloved series is a good idea. According to TV Line, Will Smith, the star of the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" is on board to produce a remake of his hit '90s show. Briefly: DMX's commemo- rative plaque for his first three multiplatinum-selling albums were sold to the highest bidder at an auction recently. According to TMZ, the rapper's son Xavier Simmons was selling the items - celebrating more than a million copies sold for the albums "It's Dark And Hell Is Hot," "Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood" and "And Then There Was X" - on eBay for $3,000 (or best offer). At 12:43 p.m. on Wednesday, a best offer was accepted and the auction closed. DMX, born Earl Simmons, is currently incarcerated at New York's Erie County Holding Center and could do nothing to stop the sale. TMZ says he is "livid."...This past weekend, Beyonc's mother, Tina Lawson, was hospitalized after a bad asth- ma attack. On Saturday, Lawson posted an image of herself at the hospital and explained that she had been traveling with her hus- band, Richard Lawson, when the attack hit. She posted again the following day to assure everyone that she was okay and had been released from the hospital. Finally: Tichina Arnold will serve as host of the Triumph Awards. The ceremony was filmed September 12, in Atlanta, GA, and will recognize the posi- tive impact this year's honorees have made upon society. Among the honorees are civil rights leader Reverend Dr. Joseph Echols Lowery; award-winning singer John Legend; recording artist Tyrese Gibson; comedi- enne, Wanda Sykes; and Rosalind Hudnell of Intel. The awards special will premiere exclusively on TV One this October. Will Smith John Legend

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