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 […]
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.
There’s always the possibility of getting hokey when writing words of gratitude. Our culture is inundated with platitudes about gratitude. Here are a few more: By now, you’re either gagging or loving these sentiments. But, come this time of year, I can’t resist thinking of all that I’m grateful for. Since this is a […]
It’s hard to overestimate the importance of a good photographic dance image! I’ve looked at hundreds of dance photos over the years . Some good, many bad, and a few great. The great ones are fascinating. As a child, I was given a book with many photos of the great Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova. I […]
Woo-hoo and yowza and hoo-ray! DANCEworks is entering its fifth year in 2013. So much to celebrate. Last spring we decided that, after four years of heavy use, it was time for a DANCEworks website upgrade. The revamp didn’t “just happen” with the snap of our nimble fingers, but with months of tweaking, refining and asking […]