Behold the sketchy-type picture to your left. This is Sarah Harkness, artistic director and founder of Meh-Tropolis Dance Theatre (which I may have mentioned a time or two in the past... like here... and here.... and here... oh, and also here, too.). Sarah has magical powers. No, really, I swear. I can prove it.
She made me dance. On stage. In front of people. For several performances. Without having a nervous breakdown.
Let's be clear about this. I don't dance. Don't ask me. I have danced in the past. If you perform any type of musical theatre, prepare to have to move to music. It's a given. And while I can get from one end of the stage to another without falling into the orchestra pit, I... do... not... dance.... I "move well." (<-euphemism for a musical theater actor who can get from one end of the stage to the other without falling into the orchestra pit.) But it's not easy, and it's often not pretty. In the wrong hands, my dancing could mean the end of Western civilization as we know it.
And, still, Sarah Harkness made me dance. Such a miracle, had it been performed in 17th Century France, would surely have gotten her burned at the stake as a witch. But we're not in 17th Century France, by God. We're in 21st Century Los Angeles, and that makes us lucky. Why? Because next week, Sarah's dance company (where she and her fellow choreography witches use their magical powers on real live dancers) will be performing their annual repertory concert and silent auction, Meh-Volution.
The concert is a fundraiser, both to support the continuation of Meh-tropolis, but also, for the benefit of the National MS Society (a cause near and dear to my heart, as many of you know).
One of the best part of coming to the repertory concert is that you get a taste of a lot of different things that Meh-tropolis does. It's a very ecclectic dance company, which is not above mixing classical ballet and jazz, modern, martial arts and hip-hop ("Hammertime!") to make their statement. I have never -- and I mean, NEVER -- brought anyone to one of the shows who didn't leave absolutely raving. A good time is guaranteed for all.
What: Meh-Volution: Repertory Concert and Silent Auction for Meh-tropolis Dance Theatre
When: June 13 - June 16th (two shows on the 16th)
Where: The Strub Theatre (click here for map on campus)
Loyola Marymount University (click here for map to University)
1 LMU Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Tickets can be ordered by phone (310) 838-2236.
See you there.
P.S. To watch some videos of past performances, check out their MySpace here.