Welcome Brian Brooks

  When you meet choreographer Brian Brooks for the first time, the first words that might come to mind to describe him are preppy, nice, engaging, clean cut, bright and clever.  But then you might notice the demonic twinkle in his eyes.  hmmmm.  When you learn his artistic history  your descriptive words  expand to include […]

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BUSK in Italy

Just a quick DANCEworks update: Aszure Barton & Artists are in Spoleto, Italy this weekend, performing at the Festival dei Due Monde. This is just another step in Busk’s world domination tour. In other news, Larry Keigwin opened Jacob’s Pillow last month, and Doug Elkins just performed this past weekend at The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard. […]

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Gratitude

Life moves forward.  The curtain has come down on DANCEWORKS 2010.  Months of planning.  Hundreds of decisions, large and small. Fund-raising. Hours of on-line promotion.  Facebook ad Nauseum.  Doubting, cajoling, laughing, and ultimately, trusting that it would all work out. Rehearsals (about 150 hours), videos, photos. Anxiety transforming into elation. Respecting process as much or more […]

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Beach Blankets Gone Wild

It  is both fascinating and moving to watch the process of creating  Bolero SB.  In less than a week, choreographer Larry Keigwin has captivated everyone while creating a new, if temporary, performing community.   After watching rehearsal tonight, I left the theatre reflecting on how focused everyone was in learning the work, and most significantly, […]

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New Yawk, Larry K and Spring!

New Yawk New Yawk it’s a wonder-full town! I’ve been humming to myself since arriving on the East Coast, just in time to welcome Spring and attend Larry Keigwin’s Opening Night at the Joyce Theatre.  Grass, such as there is, is now green.  Birds, such as there are, have found a reason to sing, and giddy […]

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Bolero SB Rehearsal Schedule

Following is a schedule of rehearsals for Bolero Santa Barbara. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL NOT NEED TO ATTEND EVERY REHEARSAL! The company can and will be flexible with your schedule. All rehearsals will take place on the Lobero stage, except for April 12 & 16 which will be held in the Courtyard behind the […]

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The Power of a Mattress

Who ever dreamed that a used mattress could provide so much fun and help propel a dance career? During a SDSB (SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara) residency here circa 2003, Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott created a duet with a used mattress as a prop.  They became intrigued with the mattress idea months earlier while exploring movement ideas […]

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Mark Dendy takes it off

Choreographer Mark Dendy is provocative. When I saw his performance of Dream Analysis in 1999 at the Joyce Theatre in NYC, I was captivated. Dendy’s work was simultaneously theatrical, original, outrageous and electrifying. On the spot, Laurie Burnaby and I decided that we must bring his company to Santa Barbara. The NY Times called Dream […]

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40 Hours in Santa Barbara

What is it about choreographer Larry Keigwin that makes him so mellow, so go-with-the-flow, so cool, so gracious, so easy to be around and just so damn nice?? Even my often grouchy husband was charmed, conceding, yeah, he’s just terrific. We crammed in a weekend of meetings and a welcome reception for Larry that generated a […]

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The Dance Critic in Me

I used to take all the words of dance critics very seriously, attending or ignoring performances based on their opinions. When I started presenting dance  in 1997, I began to see a lot more dance and consequently  I began to find myself often in disagreement with the critics whose words I had taken heretofore as […]

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