American Dance Platform: Jessica Lang Dance & Backhausdance
Jan
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

American Dance Platform: Jessica Lang Dance & Backhausdance

Now in its third year, the American Dance Platform showcases some of the most captivating American companies performing today. This year’s festival, curated by Christine Tschida, Director of Northrop at the University of Minnesota, features an eclectic roster of eight companies appearing on four different programs.

On this bill are two visually striking contemporary dance companies: Jessica Lang Dance, known for its exceptionally crafted work, and the dynamic and entertaining Backhausdance, making its Joyce debut.

TICKETS START AT $10*

*Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.

Funding Credits: The Joyce Theater’s American Dance Platform is sponsored by The Harkness Foundation for Dance and is dedicated to the memory of Theodore S. Bartwink of The Harkness Foundation for Dance. 

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American Dance Platform: Jessica Lang Dance & Backhausdance
Jan
14
2:00pm 2:00pm

American Dance Platform: Jessica Lang Dance & Backhausdance

Now in its third year, the American Dance Platform showcases some of the most captivating American companies performing today. This year’s festival, curated by Christine Tschida, Director of Northrop at the University of Minnesota, features an eclectic roster of eight companies appearing on four different programs.

On this bill are two visually striking contemporary dance companies: Jessica Lang Dance, known for its exceptionally crafted work, and the dynamic and entertaining Backhausdance, making its Joyce debut.

TICKETS START AT $10*

*Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.

Funding Credits: The Joyce Theater’s American Dance Platform is sponsored by The Harkness Foundation for Dance and is dedicated to the memory of Theodore S. Bartwink of The Harkness Foundation for Dance. 

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The Elasticity of the Almost & New Works
Feb
22
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Elasticity of the Almost & New Works

Ferociously moving among a shifting sea of red balls, The Elasticity of the Almost creates worlds of athletic, fluid, contemporary movement artfully crafted and infused with a sense of humor and theatricality. This piece and two world premieres highlight an evening of powerful dance by Orange County’s own Jennifer Backhaus and her company.

For additional information, please call Musco Center for the Arts at 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726) or email info@muscocenter.org

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Backhausdance: Then & Now
Aug
5
6:30pm 6:30pm

Backhausdance: Then & Now

Backhausdance Then & Now

Backhausdance: Then & Now, a choreographic retrospective, celebrates the launch of the 15th anniversary season of Orange County's critically acclaimed contemporary dance company. Bringing together a cast of more than 100 dancers, the evening features signature works from the company's diverse body of innovative and artistic repertory performed by Backhausdance, founding and previous company dancers, and participants of the 2017 Backhausdance Summer Intensives. 

General Admission Starts at $26.50, Students $20

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Backhausdance Summer Intensives 2017
Jul
17
to Aug 5

Backhausdance Summer Intensives 2017

Backhausdance Summer Intensives provide an array of diverse training programs for aspiring artists and working professionals. Held in the state-of-the-art dance facilities on the campus of Chapman University, the intensives support the technical growth and artistic development of the contemporary dancer. Participants have the unique opportunity to study with Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus, Backhausdance current and former company members, and a diverse roster of esteemed educators and choreographers from around the world. Intensive participants are invited to perform in a fully-produced concert alongside the professional company at the end of the program.

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Lecture & Demonstration at Orange County Great Park
May
21
1:00pm 1:00pm

Lecture & Demonstration at Orange County Great Park

Join Backhausdance for a lecture and demonstration inspired by Coordinates. Backhausdance, Orange County’s award-winning contemporary dance company, has performed extensively around the world. Free admission; no registration required.

The Orange County Great Park is located off I-5 or I-405 at Sand Canyon and Marine Way in Irvine. The Great Park Gallery is open noon–4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Location: Great Park Gallery
Free admission. All ages.
For more information, call 949-724-6880.

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Backhausdance on the Civic Green
May
20
2:00pm 2:00pm

Backhausdance on the Civic Green

Backhausdance will present an engaging, athletic and entertaining outdoor performance for the community to enjoy. In addition to two repertory works, this critically-acclaimed Orange County contemporary dance company will introduce a new dance specifically created for the Civic Center venue by Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus.

Dance lovers from around Orange County are invited to dress comfortably and enjoy this unique interactive dance experience. It’s a family afternoon of dance suitable for audiences of all ages.

Bring a picnic and beach chairs to enjoy the performance outdoors in front of the Central Library.

Funding provided by the City Arts Commission.

FREE ADMISSION & PARKING

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LA Dance Festival
May
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

LA Dance Festival

Get a chance to see the companies up close in the intimate space at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz as they perform in their home town. The Festival was created with the idea of bringing together some of the best dance companies in the Los Angeles area in one site. Saturday evening's concert will feature works by Sarah Elgart / Arrogant Elbow, Kybele Dance Company, FUSE Dance Company, Ania Catherine / Cue, MashUP Dance Company, Backhausdance and Jazz Antiqua.

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Sonic Kitchen: "Snapshots of a Memory"
Mar
30
8:00pm 8:00pm

Sonic Kitchen: "Snapshots of a Memory"

  • Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (map)
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Pacific Symphony, in collaboration with local artists, serves up a new experience for the eyes and ears with Sonic Kitchen, an intimate and experiential performance series for the musically curious at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Downtown Santa Ana. Each show is curated around a theme or concept and features an eclectic collection of pieces while blurring the line between the performers and the audience.

The debut “Snapshots of a Memory” premieres on Thursday, March 30 with Backhausdance leading the visual spectacle along with VJ Brian Akenoh remixing live visuals while a Pacific Symphony string quartet performs. The event takes inspiration from and serves as a sneak peek to OCCCA’s upcoming Art Opening of contemporary photography by Robin Repp (Selective Memory) and Jane Szabo (Self Evident).

Tickets: $20. Space is limited.

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Artist Series with Samuel Wentz
Mar
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

Artist Series with Samuel Wentz

The Backhausdance Artist Series features periodic master classes taught by internationally-recognized, concert dance choreographers and dance artists.

Samuel Wentz, originally from North Dakota, has worked with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Wally Cardona + Jennifer Lacey, Mark Morris, Gerald Casel, Jmy Kidd, and Christopher Williams. His contemporary technique class begins with simple, somatics-based exercises that allow us to locate, ground, and mobilize our parts into a coordinated whole, followed by large moving phrases that require us to simplify and hone in on our own habitual movement patterns. Phrases are built upon the ideas of architecture, momentum, buoyancy and our relationship to gravity. Sam’s class is influenced by his studies of Alexander Technique, Klein Technique, Gerald Casel, and the body of Trisha Brown’s work.

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Summer Intensive Scholarship Audition - Simi Valley
Feb
19
12:00pm12:00pm

Summer Intensive Scholarship Audition - Simi Valley

Backhausdance Summer Intensives provide an array of diverse training programs for aspiring artists and working professionals. Held in the state-of-the-art dance facilities on the campus of Chapman University, the intensives support the technical growth and artistic development of the contemporary dancer. Backhausdance grants scholarships to its summer intensives based on talent. To be considered, you must attend a Scholarship Audition or submit a Video Audition.

Noon - 1:30pm: Ages 11 - 14
2:00pm - 3:30pm: Ages 15+

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Summer Intensive Scholarship Audition - San Diego
Feb
18
1:00pm 1:00pm

Summer Intensive Scholarship Audition - San Diego

  • San Diego Dance Theater White Box (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Backhausdance Summer Intensives provide an array of diverse training programs for aspiring artists and working professionals. Held in the state-of-the-art dance facilities on the campus of Chapman University, the intensives support the technical growth and artistic development of the contemporary dancer. Backhausdance grants scholarships to its summer intensives based on talent. To be considered, you must attend a Scholarship Audition or submit a Video Audition.

1:00pm - 2:30pm: Ages 15+
3:00pm - 4:30pm: Ages 11 - 14

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Backhausdance presented by Irvine Barclay Theatre
Feb
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

Backhausdance presented by Irvine Barclay Theatre

After last season’s sold out performance, OC’s own Backhausdance returns with an evening of 4 dance premieres, featuring powerful, athletic dances; emotionally-charged dramatic pieces; and whimsical glimpses of the human experience.

The program will include:

Black Morning (Premiere)
Choreographer: Ido Tadmor 

Breach (Premiere)
Choreographer: Yin Yue 

Hive (Premiere)
Choreographer: Jennifer Backhaus 

New Work TBA (Premiere)
Choreographers: Jennifer Backhaus and Dale A. Merrill

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Jan
22
12:00pm12:00pm

Backhausdance Free Family Dance Day

Irvine Barclay Theatre, Backhausdance and the Orange County Great Park invite you to a community dance event playing off the Park’s current exhibit, Balance. Participants of all ages will enjoy activities exploring balance through basic modern dance movement. The experience will culminate with a lecture/demonstration providing insight into the craft of choreography and the company’s newest work, choreographed by Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus. Sponsored by Arts Reach @ The Barclay with support from an anonymous fund of the Orange County Community Foundation.

Attire: Comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely and supportive footwear

Noon – 1:30pm: Movement Workshop
2:00pm - 3:00pm: Demonstration/Performance

Orange County Great Park
(Sand Canyon & Marine Drive)
Irvine, CA 92650

Free, open to all ages and abilities.
Parking: Free

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Backhausdance at APAP NYC
Jan
7
to Jan 8

Backhausdance at APAP NYC

Backhausdance APAP NYC Showcases: Repertory Excerpts

Saturday, January 7, 2017, 5:30pm
Sunday, January 8, 2017, 3:30pm
Expo Booth: Rhinelander Hall #302

NY City Center Studio 4
130 W. 56th St. (between 6th and 7th Aves.), New York, NY

Backhausdance, Orange County, California's critically acclaimed contemporary dance company presents dance with a strong visual style, high in contrast and theatricality. The gentle weaving of the overriding concepts brings together all aspects of the performance, including movement creation, sound score, lighting and costume design.

Backhausdance will showcase excerpts from Jennifer Backhaus' newest creation, Hive, along with excerpts from Black Morning, choreography by Israel's Ido Tadmor.

Tickets not required for entry.

 

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Artist Series with Yin Yue
Dec
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

Artist Series with Yin Yue

The Backhausdance Artist Series features periodic master classes taught by internationally-recognized, concert dance choreographers and dance artists. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Yin Yue studied classical ballet technique, Chinese classical and folk dance. After graduating with a MFA in dance from NYU's Tisch School of The Arts in 2008, Yin quickly gained attention as a highly original choreographer and performer. She’s been selected as Artist In Resident at 92Y Dance Center, received first place in Choreography at the Shanghai Professional Performance Competition, won Hubbard Street Dance Chicago International Commissioning Project, BalletX Choreographic Fellowship, and Northwest Dance Project 5th Annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition. Her 90-minute class will explore strong physical movement, investigate her innovative dance style "FoCo Technique," and utilize gestures to explore the unique personality and universal emotion of each student.

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Artist Series with Zak Ryan Schlegel
Dec
1
6:00pm 6:00pm

Artist Series with Zak Ryan Schlegel

The Backhausdance Artist Series features periodic master classes taught by internationally-recognized, concert dance choreographers and dance artists. Zak Ryan Schlegel, an internationally-recognized dance artist, choreographer and teacher, is the artistic director of LA-based AXIOM Dance Theatre and company member of Shen Wei Dance Arts in New York City. His 90-minute class builds a technical language based in the dimensions of identity, challenges the dancer to move seamlessly in and out of the floor, and weldsintricate gesture-work with large, locomotive phrasework.

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Artist Series with Ido Tadmor
Oct
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

Artist Series with Ido Tadmor

The Backhausdance Artist Series features periodic master classes taught by internationally-recognized, concert dance choreographers and dance artists. Israeli choreographer and dancer kicks off our Fall Artist Series. Tadmor is the 2011 winner of Israel’s prestigious Landau Prize for life achievement, and acted as an original judge on the Israeli version of So You Think You Can Dance. His 90-minute class will include a ballet barre for contemporary dancers using physical transitions and shifts of weight, followed by contemporary combinations based on his repertory and the ballet technique.

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Incandescent Wrap Party
Aug
6
9:00pm 9:00pm

Incandescent Wrap Party

Join us Saturday, August 6 (9pm-11pm) for an exclusive wrap party immediately following the performance of Incandescent! All ages and guests are welcome. Admission includes a full buffet-style meal, music, dancing, merchandise giveaways and more! A vegetarian option is available upon request.

$35 General Admission
$45 VIP Admission*
*Includes beer and wine. Must be 21 and over.

Musco Center for the Arts
Performer’s Square
1 University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

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Backhausdance presents Incandescent
Aug
6
7:30pm 7:30pm

Backhausdance presents Incandescent

Based on the theme of illumination, Backhausdance Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus explores light in both a physical and spiritual sense. Incandescent features more than ninety dancers shifting through hundreds of light bulbs suspended from above. The human spirit glows when it is ignited by self awareness, creativity and the connection to others. Participants of the 2016 Backhausdance Summer Intensives will learn, rehearse, and ultimately, perform live on stage alongside the company dancers.

General Admission Starts at $27.50, Students $20

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12th Annual Summer Intensives
Jul
18
to Aug 6

12th Annual Summer Intensives

  • Chapman University Partridge Dance Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Backhausdance is excited to announce its 12th Annual Summer Intensive programs housed in the state-of-the-art dance facilities at Chapman University! Programs will include one, two and three-week tracks designed for dancers ages 11 to Professional. Intensive participants will be invited to perform alongside the professional company in Incandescent on stage at the Musco Center for the Arts on Saturday, August 6. See Participant Hub for details. 

We are also excited to offer chaperoned housing options for students of all ages at the Ayres Hotel Orange. Just 2 miles from Chapman University Partridge Dance Center, the brand new Ayres Hotel offers single to quad occupancy standard studio suites at an affordable rate. 

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Open Community Class: Summer Series
Jun
24
to Jul 1

Open Community Class: Summer Series

  • Chapman University Partridge Dance Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How much you ask? CLASS IS FREE! We want to create an amazing room full of people who want to move! Class will be taught at an advanced/professional level. We recommend that interested dancers be at least 15 years of age and dancing at an advanced and career-seeking level. Street parking. Please note city signs. Save time. Download and fill out a liability waiver. Bring it with you to your first class.

Presented by Backhausdance at Chapman University.

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EmC x BD - Emerging Voices in Choreography
Apr
27
7:30pm 7:30pm

EmC x BD - Emerging Voices in Choreography

High-flying innovation from some of California’s top contemporary dance companies, including WhytebergThe Fyber Vision, L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, Backhausdance, and Blythe Barton Dance.

EmC x BD is the formula for Southern California’s newest dance festival—an explosion of works by choreographers on the brink of national recognition. The festival is curated by contemporary dance visionary Jennifer Backhaus, who has called on fellow Chapman Alumni Blythe Barton, Elke Calvert, Genevieve Carson, and Gracie Whyte to create a night that crackles with spirit, strength, and originality.

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EmC x BD Pre-Performance Master Classes
Apr
27
5:45pm 5:45pm

EmC x BD Pre-Performance Master Classes

EmC x BD is the formula for Southern California’s newest dance festival—an explosion of works by choreographers on the brink of national recognition.

Aspiring pre-professional and collegiate dance students (ages 13+) are invited to attend a 1.25 hour pre-performance master class. Participation is free with proof of ticket purchase to the EmC x BD performance at the Musco Center for the Arts immediately following the classes.

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Los Angeles Dance Festival
Apr
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Los Angeles Dance Festival

LADF showcases the many variations in Contemporary dance. This evening's concert will feature works by Nickerson-Rossi Dance, Kybele Dance Theater, No)one. Art House, Clairobscur Dance Company, Invertigo Dance Theatre, Pony Box Dance Theatre, Lula Washington Dance Theatre and Backhausdance. Backhausdance will reprise eXit (2006), an athletic all-female trio choreographed by Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus.

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7pm and 9pm

General Admission: $25 presale / $30 at door

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Backhausdance at Irvine Barclay Theatre
Jan
30
8:00pm 8:00pm

Backhausdance at Irvine Barclay Theatre

Backhausdance takes the stage at Irvine Barclay Theatre on January 30, 2016 as part of the theater’s 25th Anniversary Season. This one-night only event features Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus’ critically-acclaimed The Elasticity of the Almost, followed by the world premiere of Drift. The company’s newest work explores journey, risk and the re-imagination of self, set to an original score by Los Angeles-based electronic band Fol Chen.

$37 Adult | $18 Student

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Family Arts Day of Dance
Jan
24
12:00pm12:00pm

Family Arts Day of Dance

Backhausdance, together with Irvine Barclay Theatre and the Irvine Fine Arts Center invite you to a family day of dance. 

Come meet Backhausdance Founder and Artistic Director, Jennifer Backhaus, as she and company dancers lead participants of all ages through basic movement and the creative process. Participants will enjoy a warm-up and activities exploring dance elements and choreographic tools. 

This two-hour experience will inspire the artist within, leaving you feeling invigorated and fulfilled. The class will culminate with an informal showing of original choreography crafted by you.

Space is limited. RSVP to reserve your spot. Everyone is encouraged to participate.

January 24, 2016 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Irvine Fine Arts Center  14321 Yale Avenue, Irvine, CA 92604

FREE, open to all ages and abilities. Parking is free.

Attire: comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely and supportive footwear

Space is limited, please rsvp in advance to guarantee a space

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2016 Summer Intensives Scholarship Audition
Jan
24
10:00am10:00am

2016 Summer Intensives Scholarship Audition

  • Chapman University Partridge Dance Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Backhausdance grants scholarships to its summer intensives based on talent. To be considered, you must attend a Scholarship Audition or submit a Video Audition. The live audition will consist of a contemporary ballet barré and modern center work. Dancers should bring ballet shoes and/or socks for center phrase work.

10:00am - 11:30am: Ages 11 - 17
Noon - 1:30pm: Ages 18+

Pre-Registration (Online): $20.00
Day-of Registration (Onsite): $25.00

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