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Culture notes: Aurora to stage ‘Les Miz’; Atlantan one of Dance Magazine’s ‘25 to Watch’

Aurora to stage ‘Les Miz’
With “Les Miserables” having topped $100 million at North American movie box offices since its Dec. 25 release, there is no question it’s still a hot property. Thus Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre could not contain its excitement in announcing that it will become the first metro theater to stage a professional production of the 1980s musical. Aurora, which will launch its 2013-14 season in fall with the tale of French revolution and redemption, said it will announce the season’s other five plays in March. Meanwhile, it’s selling a mini season ticket for its final three 2012-13 shows ($49.95) that positions subscribers for the best “Les Miz” tickets in its 250-seat mainstage theater. HOWARD POUSNER

Lithe Atlantan is one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”
Atlanta choreographer-performer Juel D. Lane has been selected one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for 2013.

The 32-year-old Lane, who only began dancing at 16 as a Tri-Cities High School student, had one of his dances, “Moments of Dis,” performed last season by his hometown Atlanta Ballet.

“The lithe Atlanta native combines African and contemporary forms, delving into charged social issues with depth and compassion – in his own voice,” wrote Atlanta dance critic and frequent AJC contributor Cynthia Bond Perry.

The honor in the January issue is one of the top ones for rising dancers, choreographers and troupes internationally.

“This recognition makes me work harder as a performer and choreographer,” Lane said in an Atlanta Ballet statement. “Dance is constantly evolving, and I want to invest in the minds of today’s dancers, challenging them to learn and express themselves … to evolve their own artistic styles and reflect the world they live in.”

This year promises to be a busy for him. Lane will dance with Camille A. Brown’s company at San Francisco’s Dance Mission Theatre, Feb. 15-17; perform with Helen Simoneau Danse in Winston-Salem, N.C., Feb. 28 and March 1; and bring his second annual full-stage showcase, “Juel D. Lane and Friends,” to the Southwest Arts Center on April 26.

See the full story at For more on Lane’s projects: HOWARD POUSNER

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