A brand new dance program, a music video and three curtains. What do these three things have in common? They are all tools at Larry Keigwin‘s creative disposal, and, when melded together over the course of a month-long residency at the Lobero Theatre, offer us locals an experience that we’ll be talking about until Keigwin graces us with his presence at a future DANCEworks.
In the past couple weeks of residency at the Lobero, Keigwin and his dancers have worked on a community music video, taught master classes, choreographed new pieces, practiced already-developed dances… and had a sandwich or two at Sojourner.
“I love the YouTube viral phenomenon, how something so spontaneously created can reach such a wide audience, plus I’m very interested in film in general,” says Keigwin about creating his music video, which involved dozens of locals auditioning at an open call and practicing for almost a week in preparation.
Most of Keigwin’s attention, however, has been focused on creating new works to add to his company’s repertory. One of the dances premiering this weekend is a piece set to several Frank Sinatra songs, beginning with the ever-so-catchy “Baubles, Bangles and Beads,” and a trio of ladies poking out from three curtains amidst the male voice. Don’t worry if you find yourself swaying or bopping about—we’re sure the whole audience will be doing the same.
Where seven dancers graced the stage in Keigwin’s last experience at the Lobero, now 12 dancers will flit and frolic, weaving between each other in a mesmerizing fashion. With a program completely new to Santa Barbara set for unveiling on Friday night, even returning audience members and KEIGWIN + CO lovers will be surprised.
What does Keigwin hope these returnees (and DANCEwork virgins) get from this program? “I hope they see the scope of my work, see the variety and leave with a great sense of joy,” Keigwin says, a happy smile spreading across his face.
While rehearsals are still in session before this weekend’s performances, you can find Keigwin and his fleet of soft-steppers at some of their favorite Santa Barbara hot spots. “Oh gosh,” Keigwin says when asked his favorite places in town. “Sojourner [Café], the Mission, strolling down State Street. I love Arroyo Burro. And the Boathouse.”
If you haven’t yet made the move to the Lobero box office (or online here), you best get going. Tickets for KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s shows this weekend, March 1-2, at 8 p.m. are still on sale, but going fast. Don’t miss this chance to see one of New York’s hottest choreographers and the dance company that keeps everyone on the edge of their seats.
Be sure to check out the article in the Spring Issue of SEASONS for more information on all things KEIGWIN + CO and DANCEworks.
-Taylor Micaela Davis