RESIDENCIES

DANCEworks is a uniquely-designed residency for professional early to mid-career choreographers and their dancers. Each year, a select choreographer is given four weeks on the Lobero stage to create a new work in the supportive environment of a fully-equipped theatre. Creative residencies for dancers are currently extremely limited, and the NEA has recognized a need for programs of this kind. The Santa Barbara community also benefits from this residency by participating in workshops, rehearsals and performances with the artists in residence. The works created during each residency become a part of the company’s repertoire, touring nationally and internationally.

2017: Kate Weare Company

KATE WEARE COMPANY in collaboration with UNION TANGUERA will bring together IN LOVE I BROKE BEYOND, combining Argentinian tango and
contemporary dance in a cross-pollination of
disciplines, cultures and values

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2016: VIM VIGOR Dance Company with Shannon Gillen

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2015: ADAM BARRUCH DANCE

Adam Barruch Dance created an innovative and provocative Dance Theater interpretation of “Sweeney Todd”

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2014: MARK DENDY PROJECTS

In 2014, fearless choreographer Mark Dendy and his company Mark Dendy Projects examined our fascination with war and pop culture with the wildly ambitious new work, “Dystopian Distractions!” which included community dancers among the company.

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2013: KEIGWIN + COMPANY

DANCEworks celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2013 by welcoming back LARRY KEIGWIN and KEIGWIN + COMPANY once again. The company brought 12 members in a tour-de-force performance which included two new pieces created while in residence. Not to be outdone, the community project showcased Santa Barbara’s beauty as local dancers got their groove on in front of iconic locations. Enjoy the video, here. Santa Barbara was just one stop on KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s triumphant 10 year anniversary year.

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2012: BRIAN BROOKS MOVING COMPANY

BRIAN BROOKS and the Brian Brooks Moving Company inspired DANCEworks audiences in 2012, with big ambitions for his new work, Big City, which explores communities and the notions of building by constructing and impressive large-scale set. Community members dance in an original work entitled Rush Hour, celebrating the daily grind.

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2011: DOUG ELKINS CHOREOGRAPHY

2011 brought DOUG ELKINS back to Santa Barbara. While in residence, he developed Mo(or)town Redux, exploring the intricate storyline of Othello accompanied by Motown’s finest tracks. Local participants joined Doug in creating a flashmob, and he was joined by student dancers from UNC’s School of the Arts performing an excerpt of his critically acclaimed Fraulein Maria.

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2010: KEIGWIN + COMPANY

In 2010, DANCEworks presented LARRY KEIGWIN and his company, Keigwin + Company. Keigwin worked with the Santa Barbara community to create Bolero Santa Barbara, a work that included almost 50 local residents. He also premiered a new work for his company, Exit.

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2009: ASZURE AND ARTISTS

In its inaugural year, DANCEworks hosted the amazing ASZURE BARTON with her company, Aszure and Artists. Barton created Busk while in Santa Barbara, to wide acclaim. She completed the work at later residencies and has gone on to successfully tour the work internationally in ’09-’10.

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