It began as most Friday clubs do: a warm greeting from the Lobero staff, name tags passed around to guests, and a festive shuffle to the front of the theatre, where the chatter of excitement serves as background music to a group of dancers quietly warming-up on stage. And then- somewhere between Dianne Vapnek wistfully […]
Three dancers roll around the empty stage, pushing their backs gently against the Marley floor as they stretch their arms wide above their heads in silent unison. Another one enters, and then another, sinking quietly into the forming circle with easy familiarity. Doug Varone springs to his feet and ambles towards the sound system, turning […]
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 […]