They say dance is an expression of the soul. Santa Barbara is certainly moved by the rhythm of dance, as the city welcomes talented, dynamic choreographer Larry Keigwin to enjoy creative residency with DANCEworks. A unique partnership between SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara and Lobero Theatre Foundation, DANCEworks invites notable choreographers to Santa Barbara to create, rehearse and debut new choreography on the Lobero‘s historic stage. Each choreographer is offered a month-long residency to contribute to the growing body of contemporary dance and physical expression. Saturday, February 9 through Saturday, March 2 will encapsulate Keigwin and his dance company Keigwin + Company‘s and celebrate DANCEworks’s fifth anniversary residency.
Here’s the lowdown: K + C’s residency kicks off with a Community Music Video project on Tuesday, February 12, and concludes Sunday, February 17. Always dreamt of performing in a music vid? K + C announces an open call for the public to perform in the music video, which will be fully rehearsed and recorded at iconic SB spots, keeping the local flavor of the city.
Whether you are an experienced dancer or you only boogie down among friends in your kitchen, the cast is open to all levels and ages. To learn more about this awesome opportunity, or to view the rehearsal schedule, visit SBDANCEworks’s website.
Stage fright? Sign up for dance classes instead in the Department of Theater & Dance at UCSB or attend the public master class at SBCC, all of which are taught by K + C. For schedule and registration information, check out their website.
The following week, Friday, February 22, showcase your own dance moves at the fundraising party, “Boogie Night,” at Oreana Winery. Hosted by Keigwin himself, guests will enjoy a performance by K+C, a live DJ and Zumba instructor Josette Roozen-Tkacik, offering the latest moves of her workout craze. Your ticket also scores one free drink!
Just as dance movement speaks to the soul, so do the themes of K + C: Love, passion and aggression. K + C will delve into these deep, abstract emotions through the majesty of dance and song, set to the songs of Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas. You can look forward to a spectacular series of performances; but, to hold you over, here’s a sneak peak: Megalopolis is a masterful dance piece inspired by Fritz Lang‘s 1927 silent film Metropolis and infused with the intensity of contrasting musical beats. The dancers follow a fragmented musical score that combines the music of famous American composer Steve Reich, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Music, and sassy British electronic/hip-hop recording artist M.I.A. Talk about dynamic!
Love Songs, a series of duets performed to the ageless romance tunes of Aretha Franklin, Roy Orbison and Nina Simone. Keigwin will also share his new fashion-inspired piece, Runaway. Keigwin staged the opening event of Vogue’s Fashion Week, and he seeks to explore the emotion of aggression on the runway. Runaway showcases 12 dancers striking dramatic poses and donning 1960s fashion pieces.
This year’s DANCEworks residency culminates with final performances on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 at the Lobero, both commencing at 8 p.m. Guests can look forward to Keigwin’s premiere of his new work developed during residency, as well as a showing of the community music video.
Keigwin is thrilled for this opportunity. “This residency provides vital resources for me to devote the time and energy necessary to investigate new ways of dance-making and creative collaboration. The support and encouragement I receive at DANCEworks is immensely valuable and I am very grateful for it,” says Keigwin. So you should thrilled be, too!
To buy tickets for DANCEworks presentation of Keigwin + Company, contact the Lobero Box Office at 805/963-0761.
-Grace Piro Delia