Local Lowdown: Fall Performing Arts Spotlight

Posted on Sep 14 by SEASONS Magazine

Kate Weare Dance Company, Joseph Hernandez and Natalie Johnson, Drop Down, courtesy photo.

Fall in Santa Barbara brings spectacular sunsets, blessedly chilly evenings and vineyard harvest goodness. It also brings a rich array of performing arts offerings via UCSB’s widely acclaimed Arts & Lectures program, as well as high-quality local productions and more. 

By Justine Sutton

Work It!

First up is a crown jewel in our community’s dance scene: DANCEworks. While most dance pieces are created in a studio with limited time to rehearse in the performance space, DANCEworks—an innovative partnership between SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara and Lobero Theatre Foundation—is the only dance residency in the nation that takes place on an actual theater stage for an entire month. This year, New York-based choreographer Kate Weare and her company take on this creative endeavor, making new work incorporating French-Argentinean tango with contemporary dance in collaboration with Union Tanguera.

“What will happen when a gifted American choreographer collaborates with a famous Argentinian tango master?” asks Executive Director and Founder Dianne Vapnek. “Watch it unfold during DANCEworks ‘17!” (Sept. 1–2/Lobero Theatre, sbdanceworks.com.)

Bold Moves & Big Ideas

UCSB Arts & Lectures once again offers an award-winning program of world-class performances. An audience favorite, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago celebrates its 40th season, opening the series with a varied and bold repertoire. (Oct. 3/The Granada Theatre)

For kids of all ages, LA’s hip-hop-reggae-rock pioneers Ozomatli presents Ozokidz, a toe-tapping dance party evoking the spirit and vitality their fans love. (Oct. 8/Campbell Hall)

Banjo phenomenons Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn make a much-anticipated return visit with their blend of jazz-to-classical brilliance and earthy elegance. (Oct. 10/Campbell Hall)

Three of today’s most inventive alt-Latino groups join forces for The Día de los Muertos Tour with La Santa Cecilia, Mexrrissey and Mariachi Flor de Toloache. For the first time, they come together to deliver the distinct and energetic sounds of Mexican music. (Nov. 3/Campbell Hall)

The rich legacy of Arabic music is affirmed when Palestinian ‘oud and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen leads an ensemble of musicians through a traditional repertoire. (Nov. 15/Campbell Hall) (ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu, 805/893-3535)

Homegrown Happenings

From the internationally acclaimed to the grassroots—there is plenty to enjoy from our locals as well. The ever-inventive Santa Barbara Revels, under the direction of Susan Keller, presents EQUINOX: A Concert In Celebration of the Changing Seasons. (Sept. 24/Presidio Chapel)

Flamenco Arts Festival brings four days of dynamic flamenco with an opening night film, workshops and Saturday-night gala performance with after-party. (Sept. 28–Oct. 1/Lobero Theatre)

Local playwright Claudia Hoag McGarry’s original play, Kiddo and Patty Hearst, debuts in Carpinteria. (Oct. 13–22/Plaza Playhouse Theatre)

One of the community’s newest companies, DogStar Theater Company, presents The Foreigner, directed by Nita June Davanzo. (Oct 20–22/Center Stage Theater)

Join Out of the Box for a live interactive production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. (Oct. 31–Nov. 4/Center Stage Theater)

Mitchell Thomas directs Bertolt Brecht’s political satire The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui, a highly physical production featuring clowns and a live jazz ensemble. (Oct. 28–Nov. 5/Westmont College)

The Theatre Group at SBCC presents the Tony-nominated comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, directed by Rick Mokler. (Oct. 13–28/SBCC’s Garvin Theatre) And enjoy the classic It’s A Wonderful Life, as a live radio play, directed by Katie Laris. (Nov. 8–18/SBCC’s Jurkowitz Theater.)

See you at the theater!  

Originally published in the Fall 2017 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine

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