Hipsters often go out to see movies, attend concerts, or even visit art exhibits at their local museums, but attending dance recitals is often a rare and special occasion. Not helping matters, there are not too many venues which promote modern dance as an artform. Thus, when Lara Wilson met fellow dancer / choreographer Delyer Anderson at a dance class, it was the beginning of what would become The Assembly, one of the few contemporary dance companies in Orange County. This weekend The Assembly will present the latest in its ongoing series of productions, which feature the work of local and guest artists.
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Wilson told The Weekly the story of how The Assembly initially formed through her chance meeting with her co-director. "I met [Anderson] through mutual friends," she says. "I came to their class one day, and she basically asked me if I wanted to stay for rehearsal because she was creating a piece...without really an end performance in mind." Wilson then proposed that they pool their resources and put something together. For their collaboration, they wanted to create a brand for it, and it took off from there. She recalled, "We started with no expectations, just kind of a one-off performance, and then after we did it, it seemed like we were filling a need...because in Orange County there's not a very present contemporary dance community," Wilson says. When they formed the company, two years ago, they decided that they would produce two shows a year.More »