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AMERICAN DANCE & MUSIC PRESENTS
DANCE: UP CLOSE AND CULTURAL
Diverse works from three different choreographers will be presented by American Dance & Music (AD&M), formerly Ballet Santa Barbara, in the fourth annual Dance: Up Close and Cultural. This free, family friendly performance is at the Carrillo Recreation Center on Sunday, June 8th at 2PM. Join us for an informal afternoon of dance including guest artists, audience participation, and Q & A. After the 2013 event, Justine Sutton from Noozhawk wrote, “Take the opportunity to benefit from its classes and future performances, and enjoy another gem in Santa Barbara’s rich cultural atmosphere.”
This year’s concert features American Dance & Music Performance Group Artistic Director, Carrie Diamond debuting her new work entitled, Pastorale, set to the music of Ludwig Van Beethoven, performed live by Music Director, Eric Valinsky, with dancers, Jessica Feltman, Nikki Pfeiffer, and Sally Schuiling. In this trio, the choreographer sets a scene of uncertainty, disconnection, and powerlessness while the work is infused by idea that artistry and humanity will prevail, despite the barriers and obstacles we face. AD&M Performance Group joins forces with DramaDogs in a collaboration to create a new version of Cardinal Sin, a 2001 work by DramaDog Co-Artistic Directors, E. Bonnie Lewis and Ken Gilbert. Ms. Lewis explained, “This whimsical piece was created as a challenge: can one create a theater piece out of a recipe? It was ultimately developed into a loving and humorous homage to Julia Child whose passion for life and love of fine food and fine dining inspire us all.” The collaboration will feature actors, Erica Connell and Mackenzie Urbanowicz, and dancers Nikki Pfeiffer and Sally Schuiling.
Ms. Diamond will dance a solo by L.A. choreographer, Mari Sandoval, entitled, Turkish by Matisse, with music by Igor Stravinsky. Ms. Sandoval states that, “Turkish By Matisse was set in motion by the legendary dancer and educator, Carmelita Maracci, who, in one of her lectures gave an assignment to simply make a dance with a fan. I also took inspiration from the odalisque paintings of Henri Matisse”.
Ms. Diamond recalls, “Mari was my high school dance teacher. Her passion and dedication taught me how to envision dance as a way of life. I had the privilege of dancing Turkish when I was in high school and now, over thirty years later, our lives have magically converged again. I am savoring every moment in and outside of the studio with her. Working with Mari after all this time is a rare and special gift for me.”
As AD&M’s Guest Artist, Ms. Sandoval, choreographer, will present her company in the premiere of, La Vida Breve, a classical Spanish work set to the music of Manuel De Falla. Dancers include, Kathy Keane, Monica Ramos, and Ms. Sandoval. They will also dance a rousing Sevillanas.
Each choreographer will talk briefly about her work and give audience members the opportunity to ask questions and to share their observations or comments. Audience participation caps the 75-minute event with a brief class for children and adults wishing to join Ms. Diamond and Ms. Lewis on stage for an inspiring movement activity. A reception will follow.
About Dance: Up Close and Cultural, Ms. Diamond notes that, “Doing Up Close is incredibly important to me not only because we get to dance and share great work with the community in an informal way, but because we bring children into the mix. A high point of Up Close is when audience members join us onstage. After the kids have seen a couple of dances, and they can't sit a moment longer, we ask them up come and dance with us, and they are delightful and brilliant. It's a joyful and inspiring thing to see. Everybody is happy and it adds a lovely dimension to the afternoon.”
This free community event has been made possible, in part by the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, The Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts, a field of interest of the Santa Barbara Foundation, the Ann Jackson Family Foundation, Susan Bower, Denise Abrams, and by many other generous individuals and local businesses. Custom Printing is our printing sponsor for the event. Mark the date – Sunday, June 8 at 2 p.m. at the Carrillo Recreation Center, 100 E. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. For more information call (805) 450-7535 or log onto www.adam-bsb.org. Come experience dance… up close & cultural.
WHO: American Dance and Music Presents the 4th Annual
WHAT: Dance: Up Close & Cultural
WHEN: Sunday, June 8, 2014 @ 2 pm – 3:15pm
WHERE: Carrillo Recreation Center Ballroom
100 E. Carrillo St., SB CA 93101
INFO: (805) 450-7535 or visit www.adam-bsb.org
ABOUT: Fourth annual free community performance welcomes all ages. Event features LIVE music by Music Director, Eric Valinsky; AD&M Performance Group: Carrie Diamond, Jessica Feltman, Nikki Pfeiffer, and Sally Schuiling. Guest companies participating, DramaDogs (Santa Barbara) and Mari Sandoval and Dancers (Los Angeles). Reception will follow the performances.