DANCEworks Residency Kicks Off

Posted on Aug 11 by SEASONS Magazine

Joseph Hernandez and Natasha Adorlee Johnson, ODC, courtesy photo by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang.

Joseph Hernandez and Natasha Adorlee Johnson, ODC, courtesy photo by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang.

 What happens when a New York contemporary choreographer meets authentic Argentine Tango? Guggenheim award winner Kate Weare will answer this question during her DANCEworks residency as members of her New-York based company and Union Tanguera (France) meet on common ground at the Lobero Theatre.

This exciting mash-up promises to be a visceral and passionate expression of two unique dance forms. Starting August 7, Kate Weare Company’s residency at the Lobero Theatre officially begins and culminates in premiere of the new work during the first two days of September.

Weare makes dances with rawness and precision, dealing with violence, sensuality and interconnectedness through the power and clarity of the moving body. Raised by visual artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, Weare received her BFA from CalArts and danced in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Belgrade and Montreal before settling in New York City where she founded Kate Weare Company in 2005.

After years of studying in New York with Alicia Cruzado, Weare’s interest in the foundational principles of Tango of partnering and the sensitivity of listening have made a profound influence on the direction of her choreographic work. Fascinated by collaboration, Weare has commissioned original scores from and performed live with many extraordinary musicians, and collaborated with visual artists Kurt Perschke and Clifford Ross for set design in her dances: Lean-to (2009) , Garden (2011),  Dark Lark (2013) and Marksman (2016).

Joseph Hernandez and Natasha Adorlee Johnson, ODC, courtesy photo by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang.

Joseph Hernandez and Natasha Adorlee Johnson, ODC, courtesy photo by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang.

During her DANCEworks residency, Weare will collaborate with artistic director Esteban Moreno of Union Tanguera (France), to bring together artists from Argentinian tango and contemporary dance for a unique cross-pollination of disciplines, cultures and values. Revealing the formal strengths and fascinating differences between Argentine tango and contemporary dance partnering, Sin Salida/In Love I Broke Beyond performs live music by Argentine composer Gustavo Beytelmann, and explores multiple layers of desire among the five unique dancers—blending genders, personalities, and movement to an unusual and scintillating effect. 

During their residency, DANCEworks will provide opportunities for the Santa Barbara community to get involved. The newest addition to the DANCEworks residency program, Friday Club, has been a big hit with fans of contemporary dance in Santa Barbara! Friday clubs are held at the Lobero Theatre on August 11, 18 and 25, from 5-6:30 p.m., and are the perfect chance to witness a New York choreographer create ambitious new works. 

Social and contemporary dancers alike are invited to Say Yes to Dance Studio (705 Paseo Nuevo, near Nordstrom) to enjoy an early introduction-to-tango masterclass on August 20, at 6:30 p.m., with Tango Master Esteban Moreno, who will teach specific tango techniques and embellishments.

Then, on September 1 and 2, the Kate Weare Company and Union Tanguera perform the spectacular Sin Salida / In Love I Broke Beyond  at the Lobero Theatre at 8 p.m!

—Danielle Hazlett

 

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