My sanctuary has no stained glass windows. No altars or religious symbols. No priests, monks or rabbis. My sanctuary is a theatre. My own personal ritual in this space began seven years ago. Now, it was time to repeat it. I slipped into the Green Room of the Lobero Theater, parted the velvet curtains separating that space from […]
Hello, DANCEworks Dance Buzz readers. Seeing as this blog is normally the venue for musings and meditations by DANCEworks’ fearless founder and director Dianne Vapnek, I thought I should introduce myself. I’m Rachel Howard, a dance writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and other publications, as well as a DANCEworks board member–and, for the coming […]
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.
flex·i·bil·i·ty fleksəˈbilədē/ noun the quality of bending easily without breaking. When David Asbell, the Executive Director of the Lobero Theatre, told me that the requests to him for theatre bookings during the period of late winter when DANCEworks artists have been in residence had grown dramatically, I knew a request to move our DANCEworks “season” would follow. So […]
Almost a week after the first performance, Dystopian Distractions refuses to recede from my mind. It seems to have taken up permanent residence, insinuating itself whenever I’ve got an unoccupied moment. Mark Dendy and his fabulosa dancers/actors won’t let go. Working it out during rehearsals! Never have I had a performance affect me so deeply; […]
It’s the same every year. The lead up to a DANCEworks residency is dense with criss -crossing emails, mis-communication, missed communication, doubt, endless decision- making, carefully crafted donor-appeal letters, grant applications and meetings between staff and board to brainstorm, cheerlead and iron out wrinkles. It’s not surprising that by the time I reach the […]