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L. A. Dance Project presents two world premieres and brings live performance back to its Los Angeles home with DRIVE-IN DANCES, a monthlong outdoor program. Audience members drive up and park in LADP’s lot, staying in their cars to view the performances.

SOLO AT DUSK—choreographed by Bobbi Jene Smith in collaboration with Or Schraiber and the dancers—premieres this week, followed in mid-September by THE BETWEENS, a work by Jermaine Spivey and Spenser Theberge in collaboration with the dancers.

See links below for details.



Thursday through Saturday, September 10–12, September 24–26, and October 10, at 7:30 pm.

Sunday, September 13, September 27, and October 11, at 6 pm.


Thursday through Saturday, September 17–19, October 1–3, and October 8–9, at 7:30 pm.

Sunday, September 20 and October 4, at 6 pm.


2245 East Washington Boulevard, downtown Los Angeles.

L. A. Dance Project, Drive-In Dances rehearsal photographs—from top—by Josh S. Rose (1), Benjamin Millepied (3), Rose (2), and Lorrin Brubaker (3). Images courtesy and © the photographers, the dancers, and LADP.


“I joined a company run by a straight man who loves women. Most dance companies are not like that. [Ohad Naharin] wanted strong, powerful women. He wanted thighs, ass, boobs, echoes of flesh moving. And he wants juice. He wants you to drip… ” — Bobbi Jene Smith, to Laura Dern, in the documentary BOBBI JENE

Iowan Bobbi Jene Smith left Juilliard at 21 to join the Batsheva Dance Company in Israel, and stayed for ten years as a dancer (and—in the beginning—lover of the artistic director Naharin, whose method, Gaga, is not only a great way to dance, but cured Bobbi’s eating disorder).

“There’s no time left.” — Bobbi Jene

At thirty, Bobbi was still bringing to the process the brilliant athleticism for which Batsheva is famous. But—working with young dancer/lover Or Meir Schraiber—she starts choreographing her own pieces and, soon enough, leaves Israel for a teaching position in the Bay Area that will give her the time and space to work.

In Elvira Lind’s documentary BOBBI JENE, the pleasure/pain nexus of dance underscores the story of a young woman unconstrained by shame, jumping at the chance to change her life before it’s too late.


BOBBI JENE, through October 12.

LAEMMLE ROYAL, 11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.


Or Meir Schraiber and Bobbi Jene Smith.

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