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.
20 minutes to curtain time, and the swell of arriving patrons fills the theatre with mounting anticipation; friends are reunited, stories are shared, and bodies shuffle rhythmically down the aisles. But just beyond the crowds, past the velvet-lined seats, on the outskirts of ticket stubs and chatter, lies a hidden world within tucked-away alcoves, one […]
The distinguishing scent of tires and perspiration floats through the dimly lit theatre as two dancers roll predatorily across the floor, sneakers and elbows punctuating the air to the refrain of an ambient soundscape. Director Shannon Gillen is pacing thoughtfully, kicking up the rubber mulch that has been scattered across the stage’s expanse, occasionally leaning […]
It’s the first of August. Our working DANCEworks team assembled this morning around a large conference table at the Lobero Theatre, to dot the i’s and cross the t’s on our upcoming 2016 DANCEworks season. After eight years of planning DANCEworks residencies, we’ve got it together, if I do say so myself! Schedule […]
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 […]
I walked into the quiet theatre yesterday on the second week of DANCEworks 2013, eager to see what Larry Keigwin was up to. To enter the theatre on an ordinary non performance day is to enter a sanctuary. A very different kind of “space.” Somehow the spirits of past performances seem embedded within […]
Keigwin + Company is currently touring Hawaii. In between-performances, they are resting up, for what they know will be an intense and demanding residency at DANCEworks in February. The residency will launch with an Open Call on Tuesday, February 12, 6-9 PM at the Lobero Theatre. We are inviting the public to join the company […]