Good News: NEA Support Again

  A British friend once told me that a trouble shared is a trouble halved.  I liked that.  Logically, that must mean that good news shared is good news doubled!? Here’s our Very Good News: Santa Barbara DANCEworks received a $20,000 NEA award in support of our 2016 residency.  We are most grateful and honored […]

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Adam Barruch Performance and Conversation

To finish my fly-on-the-wall reporting on Adam Barruch’s pre-residency visit to Santa Barbara, Barruch and his longtime partner Chelsea Bonosky gave a performance of their duet Belladonna, based on a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, for an audience of about 90 DANCEworks donors on Sunday, April 19th. The format of the performance was reversed from […]

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Q&A with Adam Barruch and Chelsea Bonosky, Part 2

In the second part of our conversation with choreographer Adam Barruch and dancer Chelsea Bonosky, (Read Part 1 here), we got into the nitty-gritty about his plans to create a physical theater production of Sondheim’s musical Sweeney Todd on the Lobero stage in September, and discussed his experiences in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater New Directions […]

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Q&A with Adam Barruch and Chelsea Bonosky, Part I

On April 18, 2015, DANCEworks’ 2015 choreographer, Adam Barruch, arrived in Santa Barbara with his dance partner, Chelsea Bonosky, to see the Lobero Theatre, meet the local community, and begin laying the groundwork for the ambitious premiere Barruch will make during a month-long residency in September: a physical theater production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. […]

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My Sanctuary

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 […]

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Greetings from Your Official Fly-on-the-Wall, or: Adam Barruch Begins

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 […]

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Dazzled by a Jewel

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.

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