I’m happy to emerge from winter hibernation to update everyone on our plans to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of DANCEworks.

We’ve been working away behind the scenes to decide the best way to celebrate the special occasion.  Now it’s official.

choreographer Doug Elkins

Our artist in residence this year will be the irrepressible Doug Elkins. He visited with me in Kyoto last fall and found inspiration for a new work while in Japan.  I can’t tell you more at this point, but I can assure you it will be unforgettable and remarkably creative.  SUMMERDANCE and DANCEworks and Doug Elkins have had a long history together.  He’s practically family.

post-performance time to celebrate

When he and I met last fall in NYC for lunch it was a short step from Doug telling me he wants to create a new work for his dancers to my invitation to him to do so at the 20018 DANCEworks residency.

In case you’ve forgotten, he created the wonderful Mo(or)town Redux during his last residency with us.  NY Times dance critic Alastair Macauley had only good things to say about it: “To say that I want to see this program again is an understatement.

Adding lots of interest and excitement to our 10th, we’ve invited all past DW’s choreographers to join us during the residency to perform solos during the end-of-residency performances at the Lobero.  They include Aszure Barton, Larry Keigwin, Brian Brooks, Doug Elkins, Mark Dendy, Kate Weare, Shannon Gillen and Adam Barruch!  I’ve also asked choreographer Doug Varone to join us since he was our very first artist when we began SUMMERDANCE and I have a lot of gratitude to him for his help in getting us launched!

Of course, we’re still working on some details. We’re working on a commemorative book as well as a commemorative video.  No coins are being minted.  The important dates to remember for this coming season are that the residency begins August 13th and culminates with two Lobero performances on September 7 & 8.  TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE AT THE LOBERO, at the box office 805-963-0761 and online at Lobero.org.

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