LACDC 10 performance @ LATC

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of taking the stage with a troupe I am a part of known as: LA Contemporary Dance Company. It is the tenth anniversary celebration of work this year, and the fact that I get to join is pretty amazing. The company began in 2005 as a college project between both a business and theatre design major. Both Kate Hutter (artistic director) and Michelle Mierz, aimed to form a non-profit fine arts company in the surrounding area. It soon became known as Los Angeles’ newest resident dance company.

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Thankfully for me, the company has flourished and I have been able to experience the epic and transitional phase of transferal. Starting out as a guest artist in my first year in LA, I was able to see in as a bystander as well as the occasional involvement of experimentation and play within the company. Starting this year, I have more so been able to fully dive in with them and swim around in the process of discovery. It has been nothing short of fantastic.

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Of late, we were each able to speak about how we couldn’t imagine surviving the city of Los Angeles without this collective unit of ours. For me it has been a complete saving grace while living here. Coming into the studio with these people has kept me real, honest and grounded in my work and for myself. It is a constant reminder to be me, but also to challenge and grow consistently.

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Recently in the studio, we also were able to give an example of how a group of individuals might cohesively work together to form a product (whatever that may be). This was performed, as we shared the space with a few aerospace engineers. They were intrigued to see how we work together, creating ‘machinery’ and working as one, with so many different energies and entities. As they learned from us, we learned from their questioning and unearthing within.


On May 1st & 2nd: at the LA Theatre Center, we were able to come together to honor the works of our artistic director Kate Hutter. She will soon be handing the company off to her fellow peer, and our beloved dance partner Genevieve Carson. The night began with a wonderful short film created by Nathan Kim, representing what we aim to personify. My favorite quote from the film is as follows: ‘we are self-starters. We self produce a lot of our work because quite frankly, I don’t want to wait for the invitation. I don’t want to wait for someone else to say this is worthwhile. We say we want to do it… and we do it!’   Boom.



{ aligning the wall outside LA Theatre Center }

I was also able to perform an all women’s piece spanning the life of an individual, as well as a very personal and quite vulnerable piece of work showcasing the beauty in each of us with the entire company. Dancing alongside these beautiful human beings is always a joy for me. As I have mentioned many times before, I learn so much in simply observing the way they work as movers. I am an awe each time I become a spectator, and as a participant in this moving life force; I am nothing but grateful.

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Take a look inside:

< shot & edited by Nathan Kim >


Women’s piece: Big Skirt

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Ful Company: Blank

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{ Photos by Taso Papadakis }

Thank you for tuning in!

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With love,

S y d n e y

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