Project History

History

 

The Future Traditions Foundation received its 501 (c) 3 status in 1998.  Following is a timeline for projects we have undertaken and completed which will provide you with an overview of our history.

 

YEAR ONE: 1998

           

Projects:        


 

Center Stage Theatre: “Collective, Choreographic Dreams”

A collaborative showing of choreographic work and installation art created and produced by Santa Barbara Artists at Center Stage Theatre.  

Project Report - Cover

Project Report


 

Music Academy of the West:  “Islands of Joy”

Presentation of the Raga Kings first concert. Artists involved were Stephen Kelly (piano), Montino Bourbon (sarod), and Greg Johnston (tablas).  Please see files for project program, press, etc.

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PROGRAM

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            California Arts Council Grant

Receipt of a CAC grant for assistance in producing  “Collective, Choreographic Dreams”

 

YEAR TWO: 1999

 

Projects:        

           

Ajiva Dance Theatre/Plexus:  Umbrella Services, Costume Subsidy, Space Subsidy

Provision of free umbrella services to Ajiva/Plexus dance theatre receiving and disbursing contributions appropriately.  Offering support to the dance company by providing funds for costumes and rehearsal space.  Primary contact was Susan Shaberman.

 

            Space Subsidy Grant:  SB County Arts Commission

Receipt of a grant from the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission that was disbursed to local choreographers for rehearsal space subsidization. The project was intended to assist in the preservation of a Santa Barbara dance studio in danger of closure due to lack of sufficient funds to maintain the space.  

 

            Adopt a Dancer

Exploration of creating a program that would market professional dancers to professional athletes.  Worked with ballet dancer Mariko Crane and Michelle Knudsen on an artist mentorship program that explored this possibility.  Note:   5,548 hours of training to obtain the professional training necessary to become a professional dancer.  

                       

            Raga Kings

Presentation of the musical group the Raga Kings at the Unitarian Church.  Please see files for records.

 

            Golden Gifts Program

Provided complimentary tickets to those in need at Transition House and the Banana Bungalow.

 

            Letters to the City Council re: dance space needs.

 

YEAR THREE: 2000

 

Tongue: 

Produced a one week workshop taught by Stephanie Gilliland and Holly Johnston. The workshop concluded with a performance in what was then Santa Barbara’s “Studio B”.  

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TONGUE PRESS

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Space Subsidies

Provided free space to local choreographers in interest of preserving an endangered studio space, Studio B. 

 

YEAR FOUR: 2001

           

Dreams in Motion

Provision of free umbrella services and consulting services to Shari Brookler. 

           

Santa Barbara County Arts Commission Grant: 

Obtainment of a grant applied towards Shari Brookler’s Dreams in Motion Project.

 

YEAR FIVE: 2002

           

Dreams in Motion

Continued provision of free umbrella services and consultation to Shari Brookler.

 

YEAR SIX: 2003

 

Center Stage Theatre

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre’s participation in the SBDA’s New Works Concert.  World premiere of Gypsy Dreams.  Choreography by Misa Kelly.  Performance & costuming by Shari Brookler.  Music by Iva Bittova.

 

Dreams in Motion

Continued provision of free umbrella services and consultation to Shari Brookler.

 

            Endangered Species

Production of a dance concert at Center Stage Theatre.  Produced by Stephen Kelly & Juliana Bertelson. 

 

           

Solvang: Danish-American Dreamland

            Free umbrella services to Ethan Turpin’s American Dreamland project.

 

YEAR SEVEN:  2004

           

Endangered Species

Production of a dance concert at Center Stage Theatre.  Produced by Stephen Kelly & Juliana Bertelson. 

 

 

            The Travelling Brick Show

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre collaboration with  Open Spaces Dance Collective.  Performances at the Mission Gardens, the farmer’s market, State Street, & Cabrillo Boulevard.

           

Unitarian Church: Open Spaces

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre collaboration with Open Spaces Dance Collective.  Performance and installation art presented at the Santa Barbara Unitarian Church.

 

 

YEAR EIGHT:   2005

           

Center Stage Theater

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre’s participation in the SBDA’s Works Concert.  World premiere of Cachao’s Galvanized Trash Receptacle. 

Choreography, performance, and costuming by Misa Kelly. Music by Cachao.

                       

            Company Auditions

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre holds company auditions on May 5th.

 

Company Newsletter

                        SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre publishes its first newsletter.

 

            New Works Audition

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre is accepted into the SBDA New Works concert. 

 

 

 

YEAR NINE: 2006

 

Center Stage Theatre

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre’s participation in the SBDA’s New Works Concert January 27, 28 & 29. World Premiere of Twang.  Performed by Joanna Nobbe, Anaya Cullen, Misa Kelly, Colleen Bialas, and Devyn Duex.  Music by Stephen Kelly. Costuming by Anaya Cullen.

 

Music Academy of the West

Production of the First Annual Rhapsodies for Humanity & Glorious Beings Award Concert. Award granted to Robert and Barbara Muller.

April 14, 2006.  Presented by Frank K. Kelly

 

Monterey Dance Festival 

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre travels to Monterey to perform in the Monterey Dance Festival May 2006  

Performance of Twang

 

Company Newsletter

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre publishes its second newsletter. May and June.

 

Auditions

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre holds company auditions

August 2006:  Anaya Cullen, Natalie van Zelm, Phil Taylor, Apricot Capos, Marcos Duran, Tariel Naxon, Stephen Kelly, & Misa Kelly company members.

 

Master Class: Danah Bella 

Danah Bella leads a master class in contemporary dance at the Montecito School of Ballet on August 1st

 

Master Class:  Gerry Marr 

Gerry Marr leads a master class in restorative dance on August 15th at the Montecito School of Ballet

 

One Day Dances

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre produces its first One Day Dance project on August 26th.  Day involves group engaging with Sojourner Kincaid Rolle’s poetry writing workshop participants.

 

Get Inspired

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre presents Paul Livingstone in Get Inspired at Center Stage Theater on September 2nd

 

Chopin to Segal

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre presents Stephen Kelly and Panzumo in an evening of classical western, fusion, and African music on September 16th at the Music Academy of the West. 

 

Master Class: Christopher Pilafian 

Christopher Pilafian leads a contemporary “Muller” technique class on October 17th at the Montecito School of Ballet.

 

Master Class:  Susan Gingrasso 

Susan Gingrasso, Language of Dance ® Specialist, leads a master class in Language of Dance at the Montecito School of Ballet.
 

From Chopin to Senegal 2 

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre presents Stephen Kelly and Panzumo in an evening of classical western, fusion, and African music on November 11th at the Music Academy of the West. 

 

Master Class: Danah Bella 

Danah Bella of d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks leads a contemporary dance master class on December 26th.

 

YEAR TEN: 2007

 

Center Stage Theatre: Lion’s Fire

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre’s Misa Kelly premiere’s Lion’s Fire as a part of the SBDA New Works concert.  January 11, 12, 13

Performed by: Misa Kelly, Marcos Duran, Tariel Naxon, Natalie van Zelm, & Anaya Cullen.  Music by Stephen Kelly.  Costumes by Anaya Cullen.

 

Master Class: Holly Johnston 

Holly Johnston of Ledges and Bones Dance Project leads a contemporary dance master class on February 3rd at Arts Alive! 

 

Master Class: Ms. Condodina 

Ms. Condodina, professor emeritus of U.C.S.B. department of dance  leads a master class in performance techniques on February 20th at the Montecito School of Ballet. 

 

Master Class:  Gerry Marr 

Gerry Marr, master body worker and tai chi teacher leads a master class in restorative dance on March 20th at the Montecito School of Ballet. 

 

Music Academy of the West 

Stephen Kelly in Concert at the Music Academy of the West on April 21st.

 

Studio Showing at the Montecito School of Ballet

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre showing of works-in-progress and repertory on  May 15th at the Montecito School of Ballet.  

 

Master Class:  Stephanie Nugent

Stephanie Nugent of Nugent Dance leads a master class in contact improvisation on May 19th

 

Studio Showing at the Montecito School of Ballet

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre showing of works-in-progress and repertory on  May 20th at the Montecito School of Ballet.  

 

Music Academy of the West

Stephen Kelly, Ray Tischer and Panzumo perform Circle of Chi: From Chopin to Senegal at the Music Academy of the West on May 25th

 

Master Class:  Susan Gingrasso

Susan Gingrasso, professor emeritus of UWSP department of dance leads a master class in the language of dance on June 3rd

 

Monterey Dance Festival 

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre performs the world premiere of Le Jardin Rouge at the Monterey Dance Festival on July 29th at Spector Dance.  Choreography by Misa Kelly, performances by Kaita Lepore and Gwenna Devries, music by Misa and Stephen Kelly, costumes by Anaya Cullen.

 

Master Class: Carol Ann Manzi

Internationally acclaimed soprano Carol Ann Manzi leads a master class in the Color of Sound on August 5th at the Music Academy of the West.  

 

Master Class: Christina Tague

Christina Tague leads a master class in Shinui on September 11th at the Montecito School of Ballet.

 

Muddy Waters:

SonneBlauma Dancz Theatre company members show visual art at Muddy Waters café during the month of November. 

 

The Istanbul Exchange:

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre and Joanna Nobbe perform at the Montecito School of Ballet December 1st & 2nd.

 

Master class: Megwynn White

Megwynn White leads a master class in Yamuna Body Rolling at the Montecito School of Ballet on December 4th

 

            Photo Shoot with Am Wu

See website for images.  Photos used for Santa Barbara Dance Alliance promotional materials.  One photo was used for the poster and program cover for the show. 

 

 

YEAR ELEVEN: 2008

 

            Center Stage Theatre

January 11, 12, 13 SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre participates in the SBDA New Work’s concert.  Performance of Le Jardin Rouge.  Choreography by Misa Kelly, performances by Kaita Lepore & Gwenna Devries, Music by Misa & Stephen Kelly, costumes by Anaya Cullen. See files for program, DVD of performance, flyers, press.

 

            Diavolo Theater: 3 Cities: 3 Choreographers

April 5th SonneBlauma Danscz Theater presents Misa Kelly’s choreography (Gypsy Dreams performed by Erika Kloumann; Le Jardin Rouge performed by Anaya Cullen and Kaita Lepore, My Flame Knows to Swim the Cold Waters performed by Kaita Lepore)  in conjunction with choreographers Kerstin Stuart and Louie Cornejo as a part of the 3 Cities: 3 Choreographers project.  See files for program.

           

Shall We Dance: 3 Cities: 3 Choreographers

April 18th SonneBlauma Danscz Theater presents Misa Kelly’s choreography (Gypsy Dreams performed by Erika Kloumann; Le Jardin Rouge performed by Anaya Cullen and Kaita Lepore, My Flame Knows to Swim the Cold Waters performed by Kaita Lepore)  in conjunction with choreographers Kerstin Stuart and Louie Cornejo as a part of the 3 Cities: 3 Choreographers project.  See files for program/press

           

Project 418: 3 Cities: 3 Choreographers

April 19th SonneBlauma Danscz Theater presents Misa Kelly’s choreography (Gypsy Dreams performed by Erika Kloumann; Le Jardin Rouge performed by Anaya Cullen and Kaita Lepore, My Flame Knows to Swim the Cold Waters performed by Kaita Lepore)  in conjunction with choreographers Kerstin Stuart and Louie Cornejo as a part of the 3 Cities: 3 Choreographers project.  See files for program

 

Center Stage Theater: 3 Cities: 3 Choreographers

May 25th SonneBlauma Danscz Theater presents Misa Kelly’s choreography (Gypsy Dreams performed by Erika Kloumann; Le Jardin Rouge performed by Anaya Cullen and Kaita Lepore, My Flame Knows to Swim the Cold Waters performed by Kaita Lepore)  in conjunction with choreographers Kerstin Stuart and Louie Cornejo as a part of the 3 Cities: 3 Choreographers project.  See files for program, press, DVD of concert by Penny Little.

 

Amy Fritzler

Community service.  Assist Amy Fritzler in the production of her summer modern dance series.

 

Joanna Nobbe

Community service. Assist Joanna Nobbe in the production of her summer Improvisational Lab workshop.

 

Studio Showing

September 21st showing of choreography by Misa Kelly.  Le Jardin Rouge danced by Kaita Lepore and Anaya Cullen. My Flame Knows to Swim the Cold Waters performed by Kaita Lepore.  Gypsy Dreams performed by Anaya Cullen.  Something Sweet performed by Kaita Lepore, Jacque Wiley & Melissa Block.  Additionally showed choreographic process and work in progress phrases for a new work. 

 

Tour to Istanbul

 

September 27th 2 Cities: 2 Choreographers at AFL Kültür Merkezi.  SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre shares a show with Sinan Temizalp of Meditative Dance.  See files for video documentation & poster.

 

September 28th:  SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre lecture/demonstration at Çati Dans.  See files for DVD of event. SonneBlauma Participants include Misa and Stephen Kelly, Anaya Cullen & Kaita Lepore. See files for DVD documentation.

 

September 29th-October 3rd:  SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre presents workshop.  Workshop facilitated by Misa Kelly, Anaya Cullen, Kaita Lepore and documented by Stephen Kelly. See files for mini-Dv documentation.

 

Moorpark College Performances

November 20, 21, 22, 23 performances in Moorpark College’s "Speaking Movement" Dance Concert.  Performances by Kaita Lepore & Anaya Cullen.  Choreography by Misa Kelly.  See files for program.

 

Moorpark College Master Class

            November 22nd master class facilitated by Misa Kelly, Anaya Cullen & Kaita Lepore.

 

Matt Nelson Master Class

            November 25th.  Master class led by Matt Nelson held at the Montecito School of Ballet.  

 

Two Photo Shoots with Am Wu

Spring and summer photo shoots with Am Wu.  See website for images.  Spring photo shoot used for the 3 Cities: 3 Choreographers photo shoot.  Helped in getting good press coverage.  One shot used as cover shot for LA Yoga Magazine.  Summer photo shoot used for Santa Barbara Dance Alliance’s 2009 New Works concert.

 

            Umbrella Project:  Alzeheimer’s Art Project

Alzheimer’s Arts project description:

 

Future Traditions Foundation is creating a documentary film about Alzheimers and Dementia patients residing at Villa Alamar.  The documentary is to demonstrate the wisdom, highly developed intuition and intelligence of Alzheimer’s patients through the stimulation and interaction of music, Tai Chi, and other movement arts including dance.  The film will be distributed to other Alzheimer units, convalescent homes, hospitals, doctors, nurses, all healthcare professionals, caregivers and family members of patients to educate and raise the consciousness about these positive and enlightening aspects of this disease.

 

Umbrella Project:   Dance of the Forest: African Rhythm, Dance, and Song project description: 

 

After 15 years of research and extensive teaching experience, Budhi Harlow has created Dance of the Forest, high-energy drumming, dancing and singing, from the magical forests of West Africa. This interactive program highlights the beauty, grace and dynamic energy of music and dance, giving young people a greater sense of self-confidence and connection to each other. Dance of the Forest creates a level playing field for children to express themselves while gaining skills essential to their success in school. From greater coordination to better timing, increased listening skills, team building and enhanced social skills. This program also addresses timely issues including environmental awareness and anger management and conflict resolution.


2014

January - Los Angeles, the Community Collective engages!

Awakenings & Beginnings Festival, produced by Rubans Rouge Dance Festival
February 1st - Diavolo Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
ArtBark International premiered "Alma" - an ensemble study for their developing evening length work Alma Sama/Alma Alone.  The work was co-created with ArtBark's "Community" collective: Melissa Block, Tess Jacobs, Karyn Laver, Hylla Fischer, Chris Rahwles, Misa & Stephen Kelly.  Additionally, Misa performed with the Nicole McKenzie Improv Group.  Photos by  Lisa Flory compliments Rubans Rouge Dance Festival  & the Awakenings and Beginnings Festival.


February - Santa Barbara

Kinesis, produced by the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance
February 21st, 22nd - Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara, CA
The Community collective had a second opportunity to share  ALMA!
Photos by Stephen Sherrill



March - Santa Barbara - base for an international creative residency

West Coast La Combadura Residency, March 1-22nd, to move the Alma Karlin Project forwards, Santa Barbara, CA with rehearsals at the Montecito School of Ballet and Santa Barbara Dance Arts.
Mojca ventured from Celje, Slovenia and Trina from Brooklyn, NY for a residency focused on developing the Alma Karlin Project.  The professional branch of the collective developed two new sections and drew from repertory setting Nadar on Mojca.  Joining the collective at this time was emerging artist Yvette Johnson.  Both Trina and Mojca resided at the Kelly La Combadura residence for the duration of the residency, hence the name of the residency, La Combadura.  Photos by Misa Kelly

PHOTO GALLERY OF REHEARSAL IMAGES BY KATHEE MILLER on our Facebook Page HERE

NECTAR: The Art of Healing, 
March 8th - 7:00 pm, produced by Cybil Gilbertson - Yoga Soup, Santa Barbara, CA
Per their usual rhythm ArtBark contributed production assistance the day of to NECTAR and also contributed creative work sharing two sections developed during the La Combadura Creative Residency and installing a one person show of the collective member "Dylan & Friends" visual art, photography, and sculpture.

La Combadura Residency Studio Showing, March 19th - 7:30 pm, Montecito School of Ballet
It was a fabulous turn out for a fabulous FREE event!  ArtBark International shared work developed during the second week of its residency as well as excerpts from what was developed the first week.   As an inter-generational collective performers ranged in age from Noah Block (10) to Hylla Fischer and Misa Kelly both in their 50s, Chris Rawlhes aged 67, and the two young dancers of the day were Mojca Majcen (in her 30s) and Yvette Johnson (in her 20s). Kathee Miller was there to capture the moment beautifully. 
photos copyright Kathee Miller 


MORE IMAGES by Kathee Miller HERE







































May - Santa Barbara & New York

1st Thursdays, hosted by the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization, Santa Barbara, CA
ArtBark International was invited by the Downtown Organization to organize 3 hours of entertainment by local movement artists and poets.  It is always a joy to bring art to places where not normally encountered as a way of expanding audiences.


BAAD/Bronx Academy of the Arts and Dance's "Boogie Down Dance Series" May 2 -17
Misa and Hylla toured from the West Coast to meet up with East Coast ArtBarker Trina Mannino to share an excerpt from the Alma Karlin Project performing Saturday May 3rd. GREAT fun!

July 

July 19-July 26th 
Dragons Egg Residency, Ledyard, CT 
compliments of Marya Ursin and her wonderful Board 
West Coast and East Coast ArtBarkers gathered to move projects forwards at what has become our favorite residency spot on the globe! The Dragon's Egg.  The professional branch of the collective moved multiple projects forwards creating both in the studio and conducting movement research in open spaces.
Photos by Misa Kelly


August - Los Angeles

August 9th @ 7:00 pm 
ARC Pasadena 
Summer Showcase 2: "Secrets & The Silent Rose" 
Presented by: Rubans Rouges Dance Company 
TICKETS: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/734648 
ArtBark premiered a new work: Manatee - Ode to my Beloved performed by Misa Kelly, Stephen Kelly, Hylla Fischer & Marcia Sherman. So grateful to Noelle Andressen for the gracious opportunity. MWAH!   



August 28th-31st 

Miles Memorial Playhouse: Santa Monica 
The MixMatch Festival, produced by Hart Pulse Dance Company
Saturday August 30th 7:30 pm as ArtBark International 
Sunday August 31st 2:00 pm with the Nicole McKenzie Improv Group 
TICKETS: http://www.hartpulsedance.com/ 
Yippidty skippidty! We LOVE this schlep and we LOVE this community!


September - New York

September 27th @ 2:00 pm 
Triskelion Arts: Brooklyn, NY 
Dragon's Egg Annual Showcase 
Trina, Misa, & Joanna will offer up what they come up with at the EGG! 

November- Santa Barbara

November 2nd @ 7:00 pm 
Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara, CA 
The Hive: BUZZ 
www.theopenhive.com 
ArtBark is once again taking initiative embracing collaborative and co-creative action with like hearted creatives. Maria Rendina Frantz, Melissa Block, Meredith Cabaniss and ArtBarkers Stephen and Misa gathered to discuss the need to ensure an annual Santa Barbara choreographers showcase was in place anticipating change in the community resulting in THE HIVE! Fluid and flavorable with Maria serving as the Queen Bee this time around and Motion Theatre Dance Company serving as the 2014 Project umbrella. 

 

2013 RECAP

2013 was a GREAT year:  Awakenings and Beginnings Dance Festival, our 8th Kinesis, NECTAR: Love AllWays, Green Space Blooms Festival, Residency at the Dragon's Egg in Connecticut including a studio showing, 1st Thursdays event outside in front of Marshall's with a bunch of peeps, ADaPT Festival in NY and on the West Coast including an awesome round two with the Cut the Edge Emerging Genre Instatllation, Red Ribbons and Memories Dance Concert, our 4th MixMatch Festival, our tri-city Minty showing, and the Family/Friends/Dance Festival.  


January
Awakening & Beginnings Dance Festival @ Diavolo Theater, Moulton Ave, Los Angeles - January 19th 
We had a fabulous time premiering "One World is Never Enough".  Thank you Beth Megill for the lovely write up on your Blog Dancing Poetess and congratulations Noelle on doing an incredible job filling the house to OVERFULL!  
 
We loved hearing the collective "aww" when Dolby the Dauchsie trotted out onstage behind ArtBarker Karyn Laver for his part in the process.
 

photos below by Robert Salas

February 
 
Santa Barbara Dance Alliance Kinesis concert - February 1st & 2nd 
What a tremendous gift to be able to perform this work thrice alongside other SB choreographers.   
Very special thanks to Hylla Fischer and Alberta Fujihara for helping ArtBarker's out with props set-up.  
 
SOOOOO Much positive feedback!

 

Misa & Stephen Kelly’s piece “One World is Never Enough” engaged the audience and engaged my poetic self to a deeper understanding of true Kelly talent. The piece “One World is Never Enough” stood out in the Kinetics 2013 dance production like a diamond on a newlywed woman. I would recommend The Kelly Twins to any person who wishes to think on a deeper level and be inspired. Bravo 10/10 

Chris Hoffman

(Santa Barbara, CA)

 

Dear Misa and Stephen,

I didn't get a chance after the show last weekend to speak with you about how I enjoyed your piece.  It had a feel of a kind of cross between Meredith Monk and Pina Bausch to me.  

Nancy 

Artistic Director Nancy Evans Dance Theater (Pasadena, CA)

 

Hi Misa,

After our hurried conversation in the hallway yesterday, I wanted to follow up by saying that I think it's fantastic that you're doing such innovative work, and that you are not afraid to take risks!  That's one reason why I say I think you are our (SB) most inventive choreographer, and I'm always delighted to see your work!  I applaud your effort whole-heartedly (and of course I'm including Stephen in this also), and remain your devoted groupie!  BRAVA!!! for EVERYTHING you do in the SB Dance community!

Huge hugs and much love,

Susan 

Susan Alexander Teaches, Santa Barbara CA

 

Dear Misa,

I loved the piece last night, by the way!

Delila 

Delila Moseley, owner Montecito School of Ballet, Director UCSB Dance Company)

 

Under the newly formed performance collective, Art Bark (formerly Sonnenblauma), Misa and Stephen Kelly co-choreographed One World is Never Enough. This piece had it all: charming children at the beginning, a cute Dachshund running across the stage and paper airplanes thrown by the audience! Set to a complex soundscape (that I can't even begin to recreate in my memory), this piece played like an abstract impressionist painting, offering the audience a series of images and scenarios that hinted at travel and relationships, but left the majority of the meaning to be formed by the observer. Very Art Barkian!

 

Beth Megill,

Dancing Poetess Blog

Faculty Moorpark College, Director Beth Megill and Dancers

 

“Thought-provoking...eliciting joy”

Weslie Ching

Nebula Dance Lab dancer

 
 
NECTAR: Love Always - February 9th @ 8:00 - Yoga Soup
We had opportunity yet again to not only share creative work but to assist Cybil Gilbertson in her administrative process in producing the event.  We also had the good fortune to be there to provide technical support lending NECTAR our video projector, Stephen managing sound, Misa helping set up and coordinate the day of.  GREAT community effort!

April
MAX10 @ the Electric Lodge - April 1st, Venice Beach CA
We previewed a wonderful new solo set to a sensitve score collaboratively created by Phillip A. Mergatroide and Isa Topete.
 
Green Space Blooms Dance Festival in NY! 
ArtBark International is performed Friday April 19th (Misa premiered Patchwork Chameleon) & Sunday April 21st (Jo and Misa performed Unzipped)

What an awesome time in NYC!  So cool that we have an office in Brooklyn. Gnarly schedule for Misa but she returned to the West Coast quite refreshed with a heart full of gratitude.
 













In her grey costume with a peek of mustard yellow, the dancer’s wide eyes pan the intimate space tothe group of serious audience members. I’m pulled into the performer’s tale, and I can’t help elicit a smile o...f wonderment.

The dancer invites us into her world. At first glance it seems lighthearted and youthful. She bounces across the stage; her pigtails bobbing up and down. A high-pitched screech escapes her lips as an infant would when experimenting with sound. What is she trying to tell us?

The dancer appears frustrated at times; slapping her foot against the floor and thrashing her arms above her head. I can identify with these moments of intensity, and the mover deals with them honestly and with integrity.
 
Patchwork Chameleon is an insightful exploration of communication—demonstrating the unconventional ways people interact with the world around them. We can all learn a tremendous amount from this unique perspective of sound and touch. It’s a gift to witness.
By Trina Mannino, Brooklyn NY choreographer, writer and ArtBarker!

May
ArtBark International TITANIC: SI Project - Mojca Majcen and Michael Green in residence in NYC collaborating with Valerie Green of Dance Entropy!!

May 2nd - 5-8 pm, 1st Thursdays, in front of Marshalls: 
ArtBark International & Friends presented 3 hours of dance, physical theater, music, magic and improvisation with ample opportunity for audience participation. Participating Companies/Artists include: Ajde, ArtBark International, DramaDogs – a Theater Company, Got Country?, Honeysuckle Possums, Montino Bourbon, Nicole McKenzie Improv Group, Noah Block.   Please see our facebook page for photos and video.

May 22nd - May 29th - Residency at Dragon's Egg in Conneticut!
The Residency, in short, rocked our orbits so much so it will take many moons to adjust to the new expressions stirred in our beings.  Mojca Majcen reunited with the Kellys and carved out two new works and revived repertory.  Trina Mannino arrived to tidy up the duet she set on Stephen and Misa remotely via use of skype rehearsals and other internet resources.  Mariko Reynolds arrived to work on the Life Drawing Score.  While there they made new friends and hosted a studio showing for the Ledyard and Mystic communities.  The Dragon's Egg is also home to the Mystic Paper Beasts Theater company and the Kellys made good use of the opportunity for a photo shoot.

Enjoy!

Below is a short collage of progress we made on the Alma Karlin Project.
May 30th
Rocked it at CPR with ADaPT Festival opening!

July
Superkalafragaliciousexpealadoscious!  Very well pleased with the outcome of the ADaPT Festival
July 24-August 4th. ArtBark International: ADaPT Fest www.adaptfest.com  It was a HUGE undertaking and will take many moons to process all of the videos and photos.
 
August
August 17th
ARC PASADENA Rubans Rouge Dance Company - Guest Artist
Red Ribbons & Memories Dance Concert
ArtBark International offered up "Patchwork Chameleon" with the work equally well received as it had been in New York and Santa Barbara.  Audience Feedback "I was so moved!" Wendi Baity - Relentless Dance Theater.
Thank you Noelle for this wonderful performance opportunity.

August 24th
Miles Memorial Playhouse
MixMatch Festival 
On the matinee show Stephen and Misa Kelly performed Trina Mannino's "Recall is Never Replay"  In the evening the Kellys again performed "Recall is Never Replay" and Misa had yet another opportunity to perform Patchwork Chameleon.  

Audience feedback "they won" 
(husband of Emily Watson Dance Company about his favorite work on the program) 
"I loved that" 
(what Stephen heard as the lights faded)
Director Amanda Hart's feedback 
"the audience adored you. And this makes me SO happy because you present excellent modern dance and people can't get enough. You make the modern dance world so much stronger."
Dance Writer - Beth Megill: Fulll Review 
"If you have not seen Misa and Stephen on stage, you should! This husband and wife duet is quirky and thoughtful, nonsensical and endearing. The movement and choreographic structure was non traditional, including gestural phrases set to spoken text that seemed related only by chance at times, but it also felt entirely appropriate. The ending, in which the two slowly entwine in a reclined embrace, wraps up the dada-like piece with a string that can't be explained in words and can only be felt in the gut."

G R A T I T U D E!
It was wonderful to make new friends and equally wonderful to deepen the relationship with fellow creators.

ArtBark International
AllArt Project Auditions
Montecito School of Ballet
529 E. Gutierrez, Santa Barbara CA 93101
5:00 pm 

Dragon's Egg Concert at Triskelion Arts
Sunday September 29th
118 N. 11th St. 3rd Fl
Brooklyn, New York 11211
New York ArtBarker Trina Mannino will share work on the program

November

November 3rd
Minty
TRI-CITY Studio Showing
NYC, Santa Barbara and Celje, Slovenia
ArtBark International and Friends
Event One: Celje, Slovenia - IGEN Dance Studios
Event Two: New York - time/place TBA
Event Three:  Santa Barbara @ Yoga Soup 2:00 pm

2012 

A Year of transition - after 15 years as SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre we morph into ArtBark International. 

January 7th, 2012

8:00 pm at Yoga Soup
NECTAR: HOME
Tickets @ the door
$12 cash

Weslie and Tina premiere a remake of "Grit." It evolved into an entirely new work!  Fun stuff. Dancing in vintage bathing suits/caps, idiosyncratic movement, relationship rich, deeply psychological and walks the edge between scary and hysterical. Feedback? Folks LOVED the work... 

photo by ArtBark photographer Kathee Miller

February - Affinity Tour! Pasadena, Santa Barbara, New York

February 5th, 2012 
ARC Pasadena
4:00 pm Performance Celebration
SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre, Hart Pulse Dance Company, Rubans Rouge Dance, Christine Suarez, Movement Theater CoLab, Block & Block donate art gifts to unwrap!

February 7th, 2012
Center Stage Theater
6:40 Dante Elephante Pre-Show
7:00 pm Performance Celebration
SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre, Hart Pulse Dance Company, Rubans Rouge Dance, Christine Suarez, Nebula Dance Lab, Movement Theater CoLab, Block & Block donate art gifts to unwrap!

HUGE success!
Visit our Affinity page to see photos and read preview articles and reviews.


February 11th, 2012 - 8:30 pm
Green Space Studios
Take Root Series
SonneBlauma shares an evening of work with NY based Perceptions Contemporary Dance Company.  Works shared included Grit, Unzipped, Moki's Wedding and Falling and Flying. Huge thanks to dancers Kevin Deelen, Tina Corbett, Weslie Ching, Mojca Majcen, and Joanna Nobbe and especially Valerie Green for hosting such a wonderful series.  

February 12th, 2012 - 8:30 pm
Green Space Studios
Fertile Ground
SonneBlauma shares the stage with New York choreographers


While we were there - a bit of guerrilla style movement art in the streets and in museums - unannounced and uninvited, which is always a bit of a rush when on the quest to "unframe art" and bring to places and spaces one might normally not encounter.


March - DANCEWorks

Glorious time participating with the community in Brian Brook's community work "Rush Hour." 

Video of the cast backstage warming up. So lovely to dance with my then neighbors. Sophia (10) and her mom.  


May - NECTAR: Golden

May 12th
8:00 pm
Yoga Soup
Tickets: $10

Both Stephen and Misa premiered new works! Caravan and Paint my Wrinkles Red! 

Rehearsal footage of Misa (52) and James (4)


Photos of Caravan by ArtBark Photographer Kathee Miller: Performers Steven Jasso, Stephen Kelly, Misa Kelly



Photos of Paint my Wrinkles by ArtBark Photographer Kathee Miller



June - MAX10, then Celje, SLOVENIA followed by       Vienna, AUSTRIA

June 4th
The Electric Lodge
Venice Beach, CA
MAX10 
7:00 pm
Misa performed Unzipped as a solo integrating the audience seating folks on stage and random chance integration of a poetess.



June 4th & June 11th
ArtBark International Choreography Classes
Master classes in choreography and composition at Dance Theater IGEN's home studio in Celje, Slovenia. Classes facilitated by Stephen Kelly and Mojca Majcen.

Yup! They had TONS of fun.  This video is too sweet for words!

June 19th - June 30th 
RAW MATTERS: ADaPT Fest Vienna
Kabelwerks Theatre

www.rmadaptfest.com
Yup! The ADaPT Festival sprouted in Vienna this year and the plan is for it to be in Istanbul next year before bringing it home to the west coast in 2014.   

July - Paris, FRANCE  AFFINITY II & Educational Outreach

July 8th
studio Le Regard du Cygne
4:00 pm
ArtBark & Friends!
http://www.leregarducygne.com/

July 9th
The Museum Project - at the Lourve

July 22nd - Master Class with Nadar Rosano from Israel @ ARC Pasadena. 11:00 am. Reserve your space through eventbrite.

July 25th - Master Class with Nadar Rosano from Israel @ the Montecito School of Ballet. 9:45 am sign-in. Reserve your space through eventbrite.

SEPTEMBER - Santa Monica, CA

MixMatch Festival produced by Hart Pulse Dance Company
Miles Memorial Playhouse
September 1st and 2nd
September 1st @ 8:00 pm Joanna Nobbe and Misa Kelly performed Unzipped
September 2nd @ 2:00 pm Stephen Kelly's work Caravan was performed by Joanna Nobbe, Misa Kelly and Stephen Kelly.  

Pure bliss to be backstage and chat it up with old friends and new friends and even friends who live merely miles away you never see because of the intensity of juggling so many occupations and tasks as working class artists.   Double bliss to view the other works on the programs from the wings and the sleepover with giggles long into the night at Noelle of Rubans Rouge Dance Company's home.

October - Santa Barbara and Los Angeles



October 6th, 2012
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Dance Alliance Dance Day
1-3 pm
ArtBarkers at improvisational play!

October 17th-21st
ArtBark International Festival
Affinity III
Companies from Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Salem
Please visit our project specific website
www.artbarkaffinityproject.org

2011 

February
February 5th & 6th, 2011 - Performance in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Dance Arts - Dance Teachers Gone Wild at Center Stage Theater performance.
February 25th & February 26th, 2011 - Performance in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Dance Alliance's "Kinesis Concert."  We premiered a new group work as a part of our educational outreach program.  Misa set a work on 11 Santa Barbara City College Students!  Wonderful new piece of choreography called "Flint."  This was the 8th year SonneBlauma had a work on this awesome group show.  
March
March 19th, 2011 - Performance in Santa Barbara  
Another NECTAR installation!  Company member Weslie Ching and Misa Kelly performed "Under No Certain Circumstances"
May - Performance in Venice, CA
May 2nd, 2011
MAX 10 @ the Electric Lodge in Venice Beach
MORE INFO:  MAX10 
 
June - SB-ADaPT Festival Activity
June 8th-25th, 2011
SB-ADaPT Festival!  www.sbadaptfest.com
Over 50 companies and independent artists from 5 countries and 23 different cities engage in over 20 events in eight different venues occurring between June 8th and June 25th!
MORE INFO: SB-ADaPT Festival 
 
September - Performance in Venice, CA
September 17th &18th, 2011
MixMatch Festival
September 17th @ 8:00 pm and September 18th @ 2:00 pm
The Miles Memorial Playhouse
Santa Monica, CA
MORE INFO: MixMatch Festival




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