A Celebration of Accomplishments

Dianne Vapnek Receives the Santa Barbara Independent’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Dance In 1997, on a warm summer morning in downtown Santa Barbara, Dianne Vapnek threw open the doors of a tucked-away studio and ushered in a new dance festival the likes of which the city had never experienced. Her formula for the […]

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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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