Rolling Stone

"Word is that the Starter Set dance troupe nearly upstaged headliners Deerhoof on a recent tour, and one look at these joyously kinetic, tailored-for-TV performances makes clear why. The alluring Jane Paik vogues through what looks like David Lynch's living room, and Katie Eastburn writhes like a sprite in a desert wind. Using indie rock's mind-set, Starter Set opens you up to what you thought you hated: modern dance."

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Ready Made

"For the past six years, the Leg and Pants Dans Theeatre has cordoned off sections of club floors to bring their unique brand of performance art to indie-rock audiences everywhere. Building on the popularity of their live show, the group has just unveiled a DVD called Starter Set, an unusual collection of music videos “like dance pieces."

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Venus

"When one thinks of the indie music scene, modern dance usually isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Katie Eastburn, Jane Paik, and Lindsay Beamish formed Leg and Pants Dans Theeatre to change that."

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Portland Mercury

"What initially struck me was that these three ladies had the balls to stage a modern dance performance in a rock club. But even more impressive was their actual choreography; it was better and more interesting than any dance performance I'd seen"

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The Stranger

"Who knew that modern dance could cross over into the punk/indie rock realm so smoothly? Last week Janet Pants Dans Theeatre, a Los Angeles production sized down to two people for this show, entertained a sadly underwhelming turnout at CoCA (probably in part due to the fact that modern dance seems like a love-it-or-leave-it kind of endeavor for most of us clueless to its merits). Their act was both visually and aurally entertaining, as the sole dancer's movements were held so precisely it was like she was being captured in a strobe light, her athletic body arching into poses on continuous freeze-frame. Her accompanying musician played electric guitar to a series of songs that wavered between sounding like early PJ Harvey and Sonic Youth, with some dark, Bret Easton Ellis-style spoken-word fragments coming out in between."


SF Gate

"As the sun disappeared behind the rolling fog Sunday night, festgoers recounted their favorite Ladyfest Bay Area moments.... Jenny Toomey, Gravy Train, the Janet Pants Dans Theeatre and Jody Bleyle's new duo with Luscious Jackson's Kate Shellenbach were some of the faves being thrown around"







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