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Bolero SB Rehearsal Schedule

Following is a schedule of rehearsals for Bolero Santa Barbara. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL NOT NEED TO ATTEND EVERY REHEARSAL! The company can and will be flexible with your schedule. All rehearsals will take place on the Lobero stage, except for April 12 & 16 which will be held in the Courtyard behind the Lobero Theatre. Monday, March 29  5-8pm – Bolero EVERYONE – Open Call  Tuesday, March 30 5-8pm – Bolero Group A Wednesday, March 31  5-8pm – Bolero Group B Thursday, April 1  5-8pm – Bolero Group A Friday, April 2  5-8pm – Bolero Group B Saturday, April 3  12- 3pm – Bolero EVERYONE  Sunday, April 4 OFF Monday, April 5  5-8pm – Bolero Group B Tuesday, … Continue reading

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The Power of a Mattress

Who ever dreamed that a used mattress could provide so much fun and help propel a dance career? During a SDSB (SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara) residency here circa 2003, Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott created a duet with a used mattress as a prop.  They became intrigued with the mattress idea months earlier while exploring movement ideas in Larry’s apartment.  After a visit to local thrift stores, a mattress became the critical prop  for a non verbal exploration about love, desire and loss.  To the background of a Cecelia Bartoli aria, Larry and Nicole, dressed only in tighty -whities, managed to create a simultaneously hilarious and poignant duet on off around and between the mattress.  I didn’t ask many questions about the … Continue reading

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Mark Dendy takes it off

Choreographer Mark Dendy is provocative. When I saw his performance of Dream Analysis in 1999 at the Joyce Theatre in NYC, I was captivated. Dendy’s work was simultaneously theatrical, original, outrageous and electrifying. On the spot, Laurie Burnaby and I decided that we must bring his company to Santa Barbara. The NY Times called Dream Analysis a “phantasmagoric comic spectacle.” It was about ”a young gay dancer and his psychotherapist, who is in drag, talking their way through a nightmare inhabited by two Martha Grahams, two Vaslav Nijinskys, Judy Garland, a demented Southern mother, an even nuttier aunt, the dancer himself, two sadistic dance teachers and characters from ballets Nijinsky created or performed in. Astonishingly, they are all played by a cast … Continue reading

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40 Hours in Santa Barbara

What is it about choreographer Larry Keigwin that makes him so mellow, so go-with-the-flow, so cool, so gracious, so easy to be around and just so damn nice?? Even my often grouchy husband was charmed, conceding, yeah, he’s just terrific. We crammed in a weekend of meetings and a welcome reception for Larry that generated a non-stop 40 hours of activity and the momentum required to launch our DANCEworks 2010 season and the Keigwin & Company residency here March 28-April 24. We’re all smiling! I held my breath that we’d have some interested SB folks who’d meet Larry at the Lobero Saturday noon and want to participate in his Bolero SB performance which will be a work involving the community. They came! By the … Continue reading

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The Dance Critic in Me

I used to take all the words of dance critics very seriously, attending or ignoring performances based on their opinions. When I started presenting dance  in 1997, I began to see a lot more dance and consequently  I began to find myself often in disagreement with the critics whose words I had taken heretofore as the gospel.  As a result, I began to trust my own instincts. Now I tend to read reviews as a point of departure, just one usually well-informed point of view. The words of critics can have enormous power. Perhaps that is unfortunate, but it definitely serves a purpose.   As a presenter, I search avidly for attention-grabbing phrases or words in reviews that can be … Continue reading

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Perform in Bolero Santa Barbara!

Larry Keigwin will be in Santa Barbara in January to meet with groups/ individuals and tell them about the plans for these performances during his residency from March 28 – April 24. Please join us at the Lobero Theatre on Saturday, January 16 at 12 noon to meet Larry and learn how you can be involved! Bolero Santa Barbara is all about our community. DANCEworks is looking for people who would like to participate in the Keigwin & Company performance of Bolero Santa Barbara on April 23 and 24, 2010 at the Lobero Theatre. We are looking for people/groups who represent Santa Barbara images we all have; yogis, surfers, fiesta folks, solstice performers, skateboarders, firemen, street performers, farmer’s market devotees, socialites, … Continue reading

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Autumn in New York

I am back in Santa Barbara, marveling at the clarity of the air and the quiet of the streets.  NYC is truly an alternate universe.  It is one of my great pleasures in life, while in New York, to reconnect with dancer and choreographer friends I have made over the years.  When possible we meet for dinner and if I’m very lucky and the timing is right, I have the pleasure of watching them rehearse. My NYC experience was intense as it almost always is.  I watched in awe as Aszure Barton shuttled between rehearsals at ABT and BAC (Baryshnikov Art Center). Aszure shared a program of new work with choreographers Alexi Ratmansky and Benjamin Millepied, set on ABT dancers … Continue reading

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