Tag Archives: Doug Elkins

Dazzled by a Jewel

The word “jewel.” came to my mind at the curtain call. Mo(or)town is now a highly polished gem! Doug has seamlessly told Shakespeare’s Othello story using only four dancers, a handkerchief, classic Motown music, and an intricate and fascinating dance vocabulary that conveys at least as much in movement as the written word. No one but Doug could have done it. Continue reading

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There’s always the possibility of getting hokey when writing words of gratitude.  Our culture is inundated with platitudes about gratitude.  Here are a few more:   By now, you’re either gagging or loving these sentiments.  But, come this time of year, I can’t resist thinking of all that I’m grateful for.  Since this is a blog about dance, I’ll skip such obvious  targets as the sunrise, the moon, my family etc.  and move right to the stuff of dance. * Very grateful that I’m still moving decently enough to continue to practice Tai Chi as well as to shake my ass in a zumba class. *Very grateful for having such a gratifying role in helping the careers of dancers I … Continue reading

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Stopping Time

It’s hard to overestimate the importance of a good photographic dance image! I’ve looked at hundreds of dance photos over the years .  Some good, many bad, and a few great.  The great ones are fascinating.  As a child, I was given a book with many photos of the great Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova.  I poured over those evocative images, taking in every detail, as if I could make the images come to life by simply staring at them.  I was fascinated by the lines of Pavlova’s body, her pointe, and her gorgeous costumes. Just what makes a powerful photographic image?  Is it the charisma of the artist or the talent of the photographer?  Or both?       How … Continue reading

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Five Years, Cheering and Counting!

Woo-hoo and yowza and hoo-ray!  DANCEworks is entering its fifth year in 2013.  So much to celebrate. Last spring we decided that, after four years of heavy use, it was time for a DANCEworks website upgrade. The revamp didn’t “just happen” with the snap of our nimble fingers, but with months of tweaking, refining and asking ourselves “what’s most important?”.  The remodel just launched today, so please check it out.  It’s more navigable, organized and edited, while placing more emphasis on the things we think you most want to know.  We hope you like our new look! DANCEworks focuses intently on our mission to provide America’s most promising and established contemporary choreographers with the gift of time and space to make … Continue reading

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Fooling Around

    Readers:  Sorry to be so out of touch for so long!  All those not- to- be -ignored holidays, travel,whisky and wild parties consumed  my waking hours. Ok, I was just taking a break. I assume you were too. But now, there can be no more excuses for fooling around.  How about just a little less fooling around?  If I were to go completely cold turkey in the Fooling Around category, what fun would that be?  For anyone? So before I sort of settle down to the business of the production of DANCEworks 2012, let’s enjoy silly for one more moment. A good friend of mine, who is the yummy essence of silliness herself, recently sent me links to two … Continue reading

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It’s All in the Family

  “A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.”- Ogden Nash Family.  Such a loaded word with so many complex meanings that vary for each of us.  It’s a term that is universally understood and emotionally charged.  For the purposes of this blog, I want to talk about my family of dancers and choreographers. When I visit NYC, much of my time is divided between visiting my related family and what I’ve now come to consider my chosen dance family.  Each group brings pleasure, meaningfulness and richness into my life.  My interactions with them deepen my perspectives and expand my horizon.  We connect eagerly and instantly as … Continue reading

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Welcome Brian Brooks

  When you meet choreographer Brian Brooks for the first time, the first words that might come to mind to describe him are preppy, nice, engaging, clean cut, bright and clever.  But then you might notice the demonic twinkle in his eyes.  hmmmm.  When you learn his artistic history  your descriptive words  expand to include bold, daring, and risk-seeker.  He’s a man not afraid to wear pink.  That’s Brian on the right, performing at SUMMERDANCE. In case you haven’t guessed or heard it, Brian Brooks has been selected to be our Danceworks 2012 Choreographer-in-Residence. Following on the heels of Aszure Barton, Larry Keigwin and Doug Elkins, Brian’s residency will give audiences a chance to see the enormous and exciting range … Continue reading

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BUSK in Italy

Just a quick DANCEworks update: Aszure Barton & Artists are in Spoleto, Italy this weekend, performing at the Festival dei Due Monde. This is just another step in Busk’s world domination tour. In other news, Larry Keigwin opened Jacob’s Pillow last month, and Doug Elkins just performed this past weekend at The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard. We are so proud of all our Choreographers-in-Residence! We want to again thank our DANCEworks supporters. Our residency is having a national and international impact, and helping these wonderful choreographers to build their repertoires and careers. We look forward to sharing the coming year (featuring Brian Brooks) with you and with the community of Santa Barbara!

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It’s so nice to have good friends you can count on who will surprise you with their generosity.  My friends in the dance world are particularly close to me.  And cherished. We turn to each other to share the passion and the precariousness, the thrills and the angst of the dance world.  We cheer each other’s successes and try to cheer up the recipient of a less than generous review.  Before an important performance, we know to say “merde!” to each other instead of “break a leg.”  We don’t all share the same taste in dance, but we generally all share wide-eyed admiration for the go-for-broke spirit and the talent of great dancers. My dance friends and I celebrate the … Continue reading

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Moved to Tears

Tears of joy don’t come often in life.  When they do arrive, they catch me by surprise.  It’s a deep experience.  Spiritual too.  The ego is lost for a moment in the miraculousness of the present moment. So it was this morning, as I sat in the Lobero Theatre watching the Elkins dancers rehearse and create their new work, Mo(or)town Redux. Doug was as focused as a laser beam, asking the dancers to repeat various sections of the work, so that he could judge what was right or wrong. He sat intently watching in the audience as well,  hopping back on stage to give quiet points and suggestions to the dancers.  They would try again.  In between long takes, the … Continue reading

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