Ten Years of DANCE and Counting

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 […]

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The BEST Compliment

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions – the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment. Samuel Taylor Coleridge   A few days ago, one of Adam Barruch’s dancers paid me one of the BEST compliments I’ve ever received.  “You’ve created the perfect residency […]

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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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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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