Serving Bel Air, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills. Brentwood, Laurel Canyon, Los Feliz, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Melrose, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Topanga, Canyon, Westwood & Hollywood Hills.

Name

E-mail

facebook Canyon News twitter Canyon News

Canyon News

Bel Air News

Beverly Hills News

Brentwood News

Hollywood Hills News

Laurel Canyon News

Los Angeles News

Los Feliz News

Malibu News

Melrose News

Pacific Palisades News

Santa Monica News

Sherman Oaks News

Studio City News

Topanga Canyon News

West Hollywood News

Westwood News

Woodland Hills

Celebrity News

State News

National News

World Headlines

Deaf News

Entertainment

Film

Television

Music

On the Industry

Star Gazing

St. John's Confidential File

Theatrical Musings

Life & Style

Event Listings

Tech Talk

Looking Good For Lots Less

Spirit & Creativity

Miller Time

Books

View from the Hill

NY WEST

Chrystal's Recipe Corner

Career and Life Coaching

Gardening With Tony

Life According To Lenson

Real Estate Realities

Food

Sports

Marathon Running

Keeping It Bruin: A Look Into UCLA Athletics

Baseball

Basketball

Football

Hockey

Pets

Vi's Corner

Pet Tips

Point of View

John Armor

Message to America

Critic At Large... Ruta Lee

Labor Week

Ramblings

10 Degrees Cooler

McConnors corner

Edge of the west

The Physics Wizard

Auto

Kyle's Kars

Travel

Susan Michelle's Compass

Advice

Ask Deanna

Dear Lily

Ask Oona

Features

Dancing with Earthquakes

Archives

Sports Schedules

Traveling Beyond the Canyon

Edge of the West

Law Man

Ask Us

Nathan Tabor

The Angry Economist

Truth Probe

As I See It

Columnists

Truth Conquers

The Live Wire

Notes from Exile

Letters to the Editor

Dog Training by Anthony

Canyon Mews

Speak!

Sponsors

America's Most Wanted Dogs

World Recipes

Vegetarian Lifestyle

Humor

News Briefs

Local News

Books

News

Canyon Fodder

Bad Movie Night

Critical Projection

Ed's on the Town

Fitness Quests

Flashback Films

Stories of the Strange

Gourmet Grandma

He Said/She Said

Home Matters with Yvonne

L.A. Etch-a-Sketch

L.A. Ruminations

McConnor's Corner

Mommy Minute

Musically Speaking

My Back Pages

Publisher's Pages

ResourceINK

Scene and Heard in L.A.

Silly...But Wise!

Sunset Diaries

Table Options

The Paws Cause

TV Stuff

Cartoon of the Week



Scene and Heard in L.A.

Traveling Through "The Garden Of Reason"
Posted by Kristina Levsky on Jun 25, 2004 - 9:11:00 PM

LOS ANGELES—On June 18, I had the pleasure of watching one of the most imaginative shows. Likened to Cirque Du Soleil, yet still relatively unknown, the performance was put on by the fledgling MYO Productions and was nothing short of riveting.

 

Creator Josie Walsh, herself a dancer since age five and an instructor for almost as long, contrived a piece called "The Garden of Reason." Collaborating with her husband and musical director, Paul Rivera, as well as aerial choreographer, Ingrid Hoffman, Walsh managed to create a production that possesses a modern feel yet expresses ageless universal emotions. It accomplishes this through classical ballet and acrobatics, which is accompanied by Surve, a band blending rock and electronica in complete melodic harmony.

 

flowers.jpg
Photo By Richard Hormaza
"The idea came from the tension among human beings and the constant conflict between the organic and corporate world. Everything is a balancing act," said Walsh.


This is evidenced by the choreography, which incorporates ballet with aerial dance. The performers move through space by use of ropes, tapestries, ladders and each others' bodies - to the music of a live electro rock band positioned on the stage.

 

One does not enter The Garden but is pulled in by forces familiar, yet unknown; suddenly transplanted to a place of contemplation, somewhere between heaven and hell. Although the production is not overtly religious, its themes explore the tension between good and evil, witnessed by a human battle with desire, fear and passion.

 

The production consists of 12 pieces, uniquely structured to reflect an introduction to the Garden, whereupon one is greeted with a tension between primal nature and the modern day world.

 

In every act, several groups are involved in their own performances, fluidly blending from one to another. Each time the audience's attention is summoned by one particular group of dancers, another group appears with moves topping the one before them. In an artistic battle of wits, the groups command the dance floor in what seems like a friendly yet serious competition for the attention of their audience. Haunting and mysterious, the choreography itself reflects the tension between various forces of nature.

 

The mastery with which the dancers express the emotions of the play and its creator are poignant and intriguing. Their skill, flexibility and command of space and environment make it difficult to lose attention for even a second.

 

The creativity that birthed the idea commingles with the incredible talent of the dancers to produce a performance that is enchanting and fairy-tale like. Intensity and dedication result in characters whose audience knows no separation between performance and reality.

 

Performances take place at the Ivar Theater on the corner of Ivar and Selma Avenues, with a final performance on June 27 at 7 p.m. For more information about the Garden of Reason or MYO Productions, visit myodance.com or call 213-481-1028.

 

 



 

Cliffside Malibu

-------------------------

-------------------------

 

MANHATTAN BEACH

Serving Bel Air, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills. Brentwood, Laurel Canyon, Los Feliz, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Melrose, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Topanga, Canyon, Westwood & Hollywood Hills.