A Queen of the Mist: April 5-28, Tabard Theatre, 29 N. San Pedro St., San Jose international dance shoes contact. Michael John LaChiusa’s musical is based on the true story of teacher Anna Edson Taylor, who in 1901 at the age of 63, wanted to make a name for herself — so she took her life and destiny in her own hands to become the first woman to go over Niagara Falls. $38-$48. www.tabardtheatre.org/tickets. Space Jesus, Buku, Huxley Anne, Easybaked: 9 p.m.-midnight, April 5, UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley. Space Jesus explores the electronic auditory universe in search of lower frequencies, future feels and fire beats. $27.50. www.theuctheatre.org..
LOS ANGELES — The past hour and a half built up to this. The audience sat through three preceding acts but the crowd rises to its collective feet for the grand finale. Rock music pulses through Pauley Pavilion to a crescendo as UCLA takes the floor international dance shoes contact. Valorie Kondos Field smirks confidently. The UCLA gymnastics head coach has emceed the best show in Westwood for years. The undefeated Bruins are consistently ranked among the nation’s leaders on floor exercise. This year is no different, as they are second on floor with a lineup that could run up to nine gymnasts deep entering a home meet against Arizona on Saturday at 2:30 p.m..
With Kondos Field retiring at the end of the season, this floor lineup is the former professional ballet dancer’s grandest of grand finales. It’s “UCLA gymnastics 2.0,” she said, the perfect marriage of artistry and athletics in a six-act show international dance shoes contact. The “Twilight Zone” theme song plays and Gracie Kramer comes to life. She lifts her hands, then her head. The San Clemente native pushes her right leg straight and rolls backward over her left shoulder to a stand as the music changes. Glass shatters. She’s escaped..
Kramer led off UCLA’s floor rotation for the past four meets with her frenetic routine in which she plays a character loosely resembling DC Comics’ Harley Quinn breaking out of prison. The routine is creepy and twisted set to a thumping techno soundtrack with sounds of shattering glass and tinkling bells. It appears to be a far cry from the bubbly, blonde-haired junior sitting in Yates Gym after a recent practice. “Being a whole other character, it’s almost empowering to be able to make that switch,” Kramer said international dance shoes contact.
Characters drive UCLA’s performances on floor. The cast includes Felicia Hano as a 1920s mermaid, Kyla Ross as the 10.0 thief and Katelyn Ohashi as the sixth Jackson. When they take the floor, the Bruins are performers in a 90-second, one-woman play. “They can forget the fact that they’re a gymnast and they’re simply performing,” Kondos Field said, “and in that performance, there are flips and twists.”. Kondos Field came to UCLA in 1983 as a part-time choreographer and still crafts the routines international dance shoes contact. Gymnasts pick their music, but Kondos Field gets final approval before choreography begins. The music motivates the movement, then a theme emerges and a character develops..