I’m still shaking the stardust out of my hair and enjoying the afterglow of what was for me, the perfect culminating 10th Anniversary residency for DANCEworks. It represented a decade of devotion to modern/contemporary dance. The smiles and good will generated by all the performances were powerful. It felt like a perfect antidote to the […]
Some of you have heard me say that choreographer Doug Elkins has an encyclopedic memory for details, for music, and for information. He has an active and fertile mind. If you listen carefully while he speaks, his references and quotes can unlock new doors to making the most of life. Perhaps he is our 21st-century […]
NYC, APAP conference. 1999. Joyce Theatre lobby. Doug Elkins’ eyes twinkled as I told him that I could not find a choreographer whose work I liked enough to bring to the SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara festival.
“You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you can find your prince,” he knowingly told me.
One of my pleasures in life is the discovery that one part of my life has unexpectedly overlapped with another. Currently, my work in the world of contemporary dance is aligning with my ongoing love affair with Japan. Doug Elkins is our 2018 DANCEworks artist-in-residence. Last fall, he accompanied me and my husband to Japan […]
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. Our artist in residence this year will be the irrepressible Doug Elkins. He visited with me […]
It’s not a hidden secret that we are living at a time when support for the arts is not a given. Nor is it a hidden secret that many of us do not like having to ask others for money. Myself included. But, my passion for dance overrides my dislike of making such a […]
I’ve done this dance/theatre producer/presenter thing for almost 20 years now. Year after year, I experience euphoria at the conclusion of the final performances of the residency. It’s intense and can be contagious. Unfortunately, euphoria is unsustainable, but the work created here has been born and will have a life. That’s the big picture. For right here and right now, we’ve embraced our shared humanity, celebrating the arts. For a time, the generosity of the performers and the generosity of the audience has become one big love fest.
It’s the first of August. Our working DANCEworks team assembled this morning around a large conference table at the Lobero Theatre, to dot the i’s and cross the t’s on our upcoming 2016 DANCEworks season. After eight years of planning DANCEworks residencies, we’ve got it together, if I do say so myself! Schedule […]