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Thursday, June 18, 2009

A new role for an Echo Park church

The Echo Park United Methodist Church will serve as the backdrop for a dance performance that opens this weekend. The Collage Dance Theater will stage "Really, All About Eve, Verse 1" in the church at the corner of Alvarado and Reservoir streets. The church has long been the site of arts and cultural events, including a long running basement coffee house. How did the Collage Dance Theater and the church hook up? Dance company arts administrator Liliane E. Ribeiro explains:

"We were in the neighborhood looking for a potential space to partner with to present “Really, All About Eve” and we saw this beautiful church on the hill. We introduced ourselves to Pastor David Farley and he welcomed us and engaged us in conversations of sacred space and how the arts, dance in particular, can be a way to engage the community. The church has massive vertical space and the set and lighting designers are accentuating it artistically. The dancers are dancing in and out of the 100 year old pews and in the choir loft above the altar."

If you are interested in going, make sure to ask for a Friend of The Eastsider discount, which will save you $5, by calling (818) 784-8669.

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