Do you ever wonder what part of you has remained unchanged from childhood and what you lost on the way to adulthood?
For me it’s been quite clear what I’ve held onto. I began dance class at age three and there is still there is little I enjoy more than watching “good”dance or dancing myself, as it was for me at age three.
Yesterday, I watched a run through of Doug Varone’s new work, Somewhere, created here at DANCEworks during our 2019 season. The work is a new interpretation of the musical score from West Side Story. I was enthralled. Not only by the dancers, but by the smiles on a few acquaintances who were watching it with me. Then I spied the look of pleasure on the face of its creator, Doug Varone. I felt even happier.
One of the most satisfying parts of the DANCEworks residencies is the joy that comes along with helping to make a choreographer’s dance dreams come true. In our case, it means providing time and space and other support for dance artists at the Lobero Theater as they bring their dance dreams to reality. Often, I learn that these dreams have percolating for years, waiting to be born.
It’s occurred to me during this recent process of introspection, there is nothing else for the past 21 years that could have bought me more pleasure. That’s a strong statement, but I stand by it.
The hurdles, the anxiety, the excitement, the trust we have of each other, and ultimately the creation of the new work, is a magnificent endeavor to be a part of. I feel so lucky to have been a participant for so many years. I’ve been touched by the magic.
For those reading this, who have come to enjoy and support SUMMERDANCE, I hope you’ve been touched as well. We’ve done our best to share with you the startling diversity of modern dance, the talent that lies within its walls and the good will we share with the artists. When great art thrives, we all thrive. I expect, if you attend the DANCEworks performances on September 6 & 7, you will leave the theatre in an elevated mood with a new appreciation for our shared humanity.
A THANK YOU to everyone who has helped make this residency possible!
For right now, buy your tickets to come see Doug Varone’s dance at the Lobero Theater, September 6 & 7. Go to Lobero.com or call the box office (805) 9630761, for tickets.
photos of our DANCEworks choreographers by David Bazemore.