Litvak’s Dance and Setting Enchant

While it’s been thrilling to return to live performances, much of what I’ve seen had a sense of compromise. Happily, nothing felt second-best about Litvak Dance’s performance on August 28. Sadie Weinberg, who launched this North County company just three years ago, is a powerhouse networker. She recruited two guest choreographers to create work for the company: New York-based Rebecca Margolick, one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” this year; and Texas-based Joshua Manculich, who’s made dances for companies around the country.

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Driven by Ritual, Ladies of LITVAKdance Light up Encinitas

The program of six dances opened with Weinberg’s “Ritual:The Ezio Suite Continues,” set to music by Ezio Bosso which sets a dark cinematic tone. Four women lean forward and cautiously slide their feet over the floor, as if checking for cracks in a frozen pond. As they scoop their arms upward and roll their heads, they evoke women struggling to harvest grain…

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Litvak Dance Makes Stunning Debut

Litvak Dance may be a newborn, but there were no tentative baby steps in the repertory company’s sold-out debut concert last weekend. Litvak exploded onto the stage at UCSD’s Molli and Arthur Wagner Theatre with assured dancers performing work by four choreographers, shifting deftly between styles. And the closing piece by artistic director Sadie Weinberg was so glorious and theatrical, it begs to be shown on a larger stage.

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