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The Los Angeles Times:

"If Georgia O'Keeffe's pastel landscapes were dances, they'd be the plains elegies of ...choreographer Benita Bike and her company, DanceArt. Sweeping and full of muscular femininity, her works take charge of the space and evoke the metaphysical power of ritual...."

"...Benita Bike makes artfully shaped, carefully constructed modern dance...At Cal State Long Beach on Saturday, Bike's four-woman, locally based DanceArt company explored gender issues and national identity among other contemporary subjects. But her four contrasting, essentially meditative pieces remained committed to the display of choreographic craft and dancer refinement..."

The Orange County Register:

"...Bike has managed to hang onto some gifts of childhood - the ability to make the body be animal, vegetable, mineral or anything else. As a result, her dances are direct, kinetically varied, and visually interesting..."

L’Echo Republican (Rambouillet, France):

“...Very spare surprising dances that attain a high level of intensity through the purity of the dancers' expression.”

The Beverly Hills Outlook:

"The DanceArt Company waxed musical when it appeared at the Assistance League in Hollywood recently [4/10/10]. Its director, Benita Bike, is as interesting musically as she is visually in her choreography."

"Timeless Dance: Benita Bike’s Dance Art Company at the Brand Library and Art Galleries...cut across time lines. Whether transported back to the year 1850 or carried forward by original music, her company of six women pulled us through amazing emotional terrain. Their outstanding physicality was fluid and vibrant."

The Grunion Gazette (Long Beach):

"It was modern dance at its purest -- barefoot and earthbound, yet soaring in gesture and expression...DanceArt is a well-organized, polished little company whose delightful style of modern dance deserves to be seen and enjoyed."

The Hill News (St. Lawrence University):

"The third and perhaps most exciting moment about the Benita Bike Dance[Art] Company is the impact they made on us students over the past week. As eager as I was to chat with the dancers over dinner, taking yoga and jazz dance classes taught by company members throughout the week was even more exciting...Thank you to Benita and her company members, and I am looking forward to celebrating our week together on Friday night at 8:00 pm in Gulick Theater as we students enjoy your farewell performance."

SeeDance.com (Jeff Slayton):

“...Benita Bike’s Dance Art Company celebrated its 35 anniversary with a performance at the Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater located in the CSU Long Beach Dance Center. Benita Bike should take great pride in her accomplishment of sustaining a modern dance company for that many years and she should be proud of the concert that she just presented at the Martha B. Knoebel...Benita Bike’s concerts have always had excellent production values and this performance was no different...Benita Bike has brought together a very strong group of performers, a brilliant Lighting Designer and an extremely talented Costume Designer. It is also clear that Ms. Bike is a demanding but kind rehearsal and artistic director.”



Benita Bike's Dance Art Company performer, Trudy Niess-Stevens performs at La Crescenta Library on Saturday, March 5, 2011. (Glendale News Press: Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff Photographer)


 

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