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Invertigo, LA County Holiday Celebration, LA Holiday Celebration, Los Angeles Holiday Celebration, Music Center dance, Dorothy Chandler dance, downtown LA dance, Los Angeles dance, Mishpachah dance, Channukah Dance, Jewish holiday dance
Choreographed by: 
Laura Karlin
Danced by: 
Linda Berghoff, Hannah Bloom (understudy), Hyosun Choi, Louie Cornejo, Jeremy Hahn, Laura Karlin, Sofia Klass, Jodie Mashburn
Music by: 
Toby Karlin
Costume Design: 
Kate Bishop

Mishpachah is a dance based on my experiences in a Jewish family in a time of celebration + reflection. Mishpachah is Hebrew for “family” and emphasises the bonds that join family.  In the dance, our family revolves around a central figure, played by Linda Berghoff. Linda is a co-teacher from our Dancing Through Parkinson’s program, has Parkinson's herself and is a lovely dancer. She joins 6 Invertigo dancers, and the choreography evokes family dynamics that are both funny + carousing and poignant + tender.

In our piece, we are not celebrating a particular holiday. We are celebrating the concept of family and celebration. Although it is inspired by/seen through a Jewish lens, we hope to convey a warm feeling of familial closeness to which everyone can relate.

The piece is rooted in tradition + our familial roots, but this Mispachah is also looking ever forward, ever onward.

The music by Toby Karlin is a vibrant score influenced by the eastern-European + Sephardic sounds that meld together in traditional Jewish music. Kate Bishop brings her usual flair to the piece as our costume designer.