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ATE9 Dance Company Presents 'Mouth to Mouth' at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica

by Ashley Rodgers
October 8, 2014
Moss Theater
The Ann and Jerry Moss Theater
3131 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
"'mouth to mouth' is a dance work that lingers long after the stage goes dark,"
— FJORD Review, Victoria Looseleaf —
World-renowned Dancer/Choreographer Danielle Agami and Ate9 Dance Company, "one of Los Angeles' hottest cultural commodities" (FJORD Review), presents mouth to mouth, a wildly entertaining and mesmerizing dance performance being held at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica, Ca., on Oct 11 and 12.

"mouth to mouth" is a performance about human exchange, a social experiment in the comfort of intimacy, the need to communicate, and deep-seated desire to connect. Originally based on a set of dialogs, this amusingly abstract dance performance hailed as "odd, fleeting, and gorgeous" (Vancouver Straight), focuses on conversations based on everyday interactions between one and his surroundings, taking the audience on an interpretive journey set to an original score by Los Angeles-based composer Jodie Landau. Additional soundtracks include: I Got it Bad by Nina Simone, Kid A and The Gloaming by Radiohead, Apple Pie by Puerto Muerto, and Hodzah by Sfataim.

"In 'mouth to mouth' Agami has woven together a disarming and beautifully crafted flow of ensembles small and large, as well as solo turns for several company dancers…while the movement can at times astonish you it also plays with an equal hand to subtle gestures and quiet pools of repose," says Steven Woodruff of See Dance.

The eight-member dance ensemble is a collection of award-winning dancers from North America, handpicked by Agami for their versatility, individual flair, and technical finesse in the Gaga movement language, developed by one of Israel's best known choreographers Ohad Naharin, which Agami has studied, performed, and taught all over the world. Agami, known for her distinctive style of contemporary dance, delicately balances explosive physicality and frenetic gesturing, with subtle movements that lend to an ethereal quality, possessing "the gift of turning awkwardness into something beautiful." (Wendy Perron, dance critic)

Performers include: Danielle Agami, Sarah Butler, Ariana Daub, Thibaut Eiferman, Rebecah Goldstone, Sarah Lyman, Scott McCabe, and Genna Moroni.

In addition to the Sunday, Oct 12 performance, Ate9 will host its first-annual fundraising gala immediately following the afternoon performance. The gala will be an intimate dinner with Ate9's Artistic Director Danielle Agami and her dancers, with the proceeds going towards expanding dance programming in Los Angeles.

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