Backhausdance to present four new works at the Irvine Barclay Theatre

Fresh off a visit to the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ annual conference in New York, a community outreach event in association with the Irvine Great Park Gallery’s “Balance” exhibit, and a summer intensive audition for aspiring dancers, Orange County-based Backhausdance contemporary dance company has a lot going on.

This Friday, all of the company’s behind-the-scenes buzz will translate to movement in artistic director Jennifer Backhaus’ newest piece, “Hive.” The piece is set to music by the Kronos Quartet that Backhaus said reminds her, in an abstract way, of bees buzzing in a circle. It explores the idea of dancers moving and working together in proximity.

“I keep coming back to this music,” Backhaus said. “I’ve loved it for 25 years, and it makes me think about all the different patterns that bring people closer together in…

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