Invasion, our new sci-fi work, choreographed by Louise Reichlin premiered with the multimedia of Audri Phillips at LA Theater Center Oct 2&3, 2015 at 7:00 pm. This piece is sci-fi, and has to do with what happens when we are invaded by another species (or metaphorically, what happens when very diverse qualities from diverse cultures come together). Who changes who? What is the result? The piece begins with 2 beings that see a carefree, almost childlike person. They interact, and all 3 are now part of the "beings". Next is a duet of love and great sadness that is passed on to the beings. Last is a passionate Tango that is sexual and violent. They all merge in the electrifying ending. It has been performed at 5 festivals this year, and will be showcased at the WAA conference, details above.

Also shown 2 sections from CALL FROM THE AFTERLIFE.

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We just returned from Orlando where we attended the Performing Arts Exchange (PAE) 9/25-9/30/16 for the first time, with our own booth 706. While Louise and Kistina were flying east, Rebecca, Linnea, Liza, and Nathan were performing a showcase for the Children’s Creative Project in Santa Barbara where we are on the roster.

September 17 & 18 we produced the the San Pedro Festival of Performing Arts at Ports O’Call, with grants from the City of LA Cultural Affairs Dept, the LA County Arts Commission Music in Public Places, and the Port of LA Community Investment Fund. Please see for details. Also the e-news edition:

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October: Educational residencies at NASA in partnership with Angels Gate Cultural Center working with three 2nd grades, and we return for the 5th year to Fairgrove Academy where we work with five middle school classes.  This is made possible in part through a matching grant from Don Knabe’s Arts Education Partnership. For that one we design 5 dances from 5 cultures, and the students perform them in November and our company performs our newest work “A Jewish Child’s Story”.  We also begin our residency at All People’s Community Center through a grant from the Family Source Center, City of LA. This one is also for middle and high school students.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

6 pm- Louise Reichlin & Dancers performs “A Jewish Child’s Story- Part II Yellow Star” in the Orange County Dance Festival.  A Diverse and Exciting Program of dance companies. Their flyer is below:

February and March Educational Residencies and classes

(Residencies include performances, student workshops, and professional development training for teachers.)

Oct-March: All Peoples Community Center, Los Angeles

Jan-May: NASA in partnership with Angels Gate Cultural Center working with three 1st grades.

Mariposa Primary Center:  Member of the Arts Community Network, LAUSD ( 2nd grades)

Lexington Primary Center: Member of the Arts Community Network, LAUSD (2nd grades)

Kittridge El: Member of the Arts Community Network, LAUSD, & funded in part by the Dept of

                      Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.

4th St El: Member of the Arts Community Network, LAUSD (4th & 5th grades)

116th St El: Member of the Arts Community Network, LAUSD (4th & 5th grades)

66th St El: Member of the Arts Community Network, LAUSD

Century Park El: Member of the Arts Community Network, LAUSD

Parmelee El: Member of the Arts Community Network, LAUSD

Noble El: Member of the Arts Community Network, LAUSD, & funded in part by the Dept of

                      Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.

153rd St El: Member of the Arts Community Network, LAUSD, City of Gardena

December: Louise Reichlin & Dancers shares its newest dance/media work "A Jewish Child's Story" at the Madrid Theatre at a free open rehearsal/performance. Not targeted to young children's, Reichlin's earliest dreamworld is combined with her memories of relatives lost through the Holocaust. Included in the one-hour production are also 4 short pieces "Call From the Afterlife" and audience discussion with the award winning 75-year-old artist.

When: Wednesday, December 21 from 7:30-8:30 pm

Where: The Madrid Theatre is at 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park.

Reservations: Please call 213-385-1171 or email

Cost:  FREE!

"A Jewish Child's Story, Part I".        The Roses on my Wallpaper- A Dream

                                    Choreography and Direction by Louise Reichlin

Music by Luvi Torres, Traditional Turkish, and by Michelle Green Willner

Narration by Louise Reichlin

Costumes for The Magician by Linda Borough

Biblical costumes by Diana MacNeil.

"A Jewish Child's Story, Part II".     Yellow Star

                                    Music Traditional by the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Lyrics: M. Oysher.

Original Media by Michael Masucci

Costumes by Linda Borough

"Call From the Afterlife" was originally conceived by Linda J. Albertano, who created the sound score and contacted Louise to realize the choreography. A poet, on turning 71, is visited by 4 apparitions who urge him to come to the next life - a Ballerina Clown who charms, Marilyn Monroe as an angel who seduces, the devil herself as a Flamenco Dancer, and a Bedouin belly dancer as the grim reaper. We will be showing all four sections on this program.

Notes on Part I: When I was a child, I would wake up after an adventure and see the pink roses on my bedside table lamp, and the pink roses on the wallpaper, and wonder if this was really awake, or was this asleep, marking the day-time and waiting to go back to a much more exciting world. The characters represent children's heroines and heroes from my own Jewish culture and others from K'ton ton, to Wonder Woman and a ballerina, to Rebecca at the Well to Judah Maccabeus and to Miriam with her cradle holding Moses. The Magician is about an always-returning mysterious Magician that traveled the world doing cifti telli dances during the Turkish Empire to traditional music.

Notes on Part II: Yellow Star, was originally part of Reichlin's early multi-media work The E-Mail Dances, first shown in 1997. A review described: "Yellow Star" grew out of Ms Reichlin's search, by geographical internet databases, for her Jewish roots. Her grand-parents, who came to the United States from Europe, never talked about the rest of their family who stayed behind. "Symbol of the Polish ghetto, the Yellow Star reflects Ms Reichlin's search by Internet genealogical databases for her Jewish roots. Seven dancers holding long wide strips of yellow-gold fabric, interpret stylized moves a la Fiddler on the Roof. Weaving and intertwining, they end the piece by sequentially placing the strips on the floor to form the six-sided star. At the same time, an overhead shot of the same dance is being projected on the rear screen. The combination of elements vividly evoked memories of the once vibrant culture and it's devastating demise. (Dance! 90210).

Yellow Star was reworked and shown again in 2003- At a certain point, the image of the star begins to deconstruct (a previous shoot running backwards and worked on with a computer). In the original version, the piece ends with an empty stage, symbolizing the destruction of so much of the Jewish culture in Eastern Europe during the 2nd world war. In that new version, the dancers reappear and begin dancing again as Reichlin looks around the stage, a more hopeful viewpoint with the memory kept alive. A review of that version: "Memory also enriched Louise Reichlin's and Michael Masucci's ...intense Yellow Star, which asked projected imagery to provide a conceptual overview – literally the larger picture of what the live dancers evoked: the horrifying history of Polish Jews in the 20th century." (The Los Angeles Times)

In this new version, Reichlin is joined by some of the characters in her early dreams- figures that have stayed with her as a part of her life.

Dancers: Liza Barskaya, Janessa Clemmons, Nathan Ortiz, Kistina Pressler, Rebecca Reaney, Glenn Rodriguez, Linnea Snyderman, and Devin Ziel

We are using this week at the donated theatre for both a video and photo shoot and to share the two works we are recording.

This activity at the Madrid Theatre is funded in part by The National Endowment for the Arts and The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. The work is made possible in part by a WORD Artist Grant, the Bruce Geller Memorial Prize. "WORD is a program of American Jewish University's Institute for Jewish Creativity, a program supported through a generous Cutting Edge Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. WORD's Artist Grants, Bruce Geller Memorial Prizes, are made possible by the late Jeanette Geller in memory of her husband Bruce.

July 5, 2016

Louise Reichlin & Dancers at Kidspace, Pasadena

A free family performance honoring our National Parks.

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