MESA MARTIN LUTHER KING JR FESTIVAL AT MAC
Desert Dance Theatre will be performing tomorrow (Mon-Jan 16th) at the Mesa Arts Center from 12:00 to 12:45 in the Nesbitt Theatre. Free admission. The festival will run from Noon to 5:00pm.
TUESDAY NIGHT INTERMEDIATE MODERN DANCE CLASS
Frances Cohen, artistic director of Center Dance Ensemble is offering her Tuesday night Intermediate Modern Dance class as part of the Arizona Dance Festival (ADF) activities. The class is free and open to the general public with purchase of a ticket to one or more ADF performances at Tempe Center for the Arts on October 7-8. Bring your ticket to the class for proof of purchase or buy tickets at the studio before the class begins. Look for Lisa to buy tickets. TCA Box Office: 480-350-2822 or www.tempe.gov/tca The class is free to ADC Members and to ADF Participants who are performing in the show. Please RSVP by Monday, October 3, 2011. For more information call Lisa Chow at 480-962-4584. Frances Smith Cohen (Artistic Director of Center Dance Ensemble) is a teacher, choreographer, administrator and dance graduate from Bennington College in Vermont. She was dance director of the Jewish Community Center in Tucson for 18 years, and directed the first touring dance company in Arizona, the Kadimah Dancers. In 1963 Frances helped create Arizona Dance Arts Alliance in Tucson and in 1972 she co-founded the dance program at the University of Arizona. She was the recipient of a National Opera Institute grant to tour regional opera companies as choreographer and assistant director. Plus, she was director of opera at George Washington University from 1981 to 1986. Frances began Wolf Trap in Arizona, the placing of performing artists in Head Start classrooms. She has been the regional director for this program since 1986. Frances was honored with the Outstanding Artist Fellowship Award for Choreography from the Maryland State Arts Council. She also created Dance Theater West with partner Susan Silverman, and directs CDE, housed at the Herberger Theater Center. Cohen is the proud recipient of the 1994 Arizona Governor’s Outstanding Artist Award, and the 2004 Women Who Care lifetime Achievement Award. She is co-author of “Dance Essential Skills” and “Performing Dance Standards” for the Arizona Department of Education. In 2010, she was awarded the Childsplay’s Pied Piper Award for her contributions to art education.
12TH ANNUAL GET OUT PERFORMING ARTS EXPO-FREE
September 10, 2011 (10:00am-3:00pm) East Valley Tribune’s 12th Annual Get Out Performing Arts Expo Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona Info: 480-970-2381 or www.getoutaz.com Cost: Free Over 50 Valley performing arts groups will be participating to promote, show previews, and sell tickets to their 2011-12 season events. Desert Dance Theatre and Step’s junk Funk perform at 10:45am-11:00am.
TCA FALL ARTS KICK-OFF – FREE PUBLIC EVENT
Desert Dance Theatre will be participating in the First Annual TCA Fall Arts Kick-off this Friday, the 19th of August. This is a FREE Public Event and will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Join us to get a preview of the Fall Season! Special advanced ticket pricing, live performances, artists demonstrations in the TCArt Shop, gallery tours, host bar and more….
ARIZONA’S GOT DANCE! NATIONAL DANCE DAY SHOWCASE!
Sunday, July 31st, 2011 (5:00pm-7:00pm) Arizona’s Got DANCE! National Dance Day! Showcase Tempe Center for the Arts 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona Cost: $10.00 online, and $15.00 at the door Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
ARIZONA DANCE FESTIVAL OCT 2011
I would like to invite you to participate in the upcoming Arizona Dance Festival (ADF) that will take place at Tempe Center for the Arts Studio on October 7-8, 2011. The festival will give you or your company great exposure, and it’s a fun way to share your art with colleagues from around the state and guests from out of state. The Arizona Dance Festival is open to individuals and emerging artist groups as well as professional companies from all genres and styles of dance. Up to 15 dance slots per night will be selected to be performed. The applicant works will be adjudicated by a diverse panel of judges that are highly knowledgeable about dance. Go to the Arizona Dance Festival page under Events for more info and to download applications.
AUDITIONS!!! 20 DANCERS NEEDED ASAP!!!
Dance Theater West 3925 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ Audition Dates: April 20-May 8 (Please RSVP) Mondays/Wednesdays from 6:00pm-7:00pm Saturdays/Sundays 1:00pm-2:00pm Rehearsals will begin immediately on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm-9:00pm, Saturdays and/or Sundays from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Rehearsal schedule may vary or change as needed. · Dancers must have flexible schedule and available to rehearse and perform. · Dancers have performance experience in modern dance. · Experience in ballet, jazz and other dance and performing arts is a plus. · Dancers must be responsible with reliable transportation. For more information, contact us at: 480-962-4584 or Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org Performance Info: Desert Dance Theatre is presenting “Cool at 90!” in honor of choreographer Marion Kirk Jones on the occasion of her 90th Birthday. The concert will occur on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at the Tempe Center for the Arts Theater at 7:30pm. Dancers are needed for the reconstruction of Jones’ choreography, “Dancing the Malthusian,” an epic work based on the theory of Thomas Robert Malthus on the dangers of population growth as written in An Essay on the Principle of Population. Choreographer’s Bio: Marion Kirk Jones, Professor Emeritus of Dance at Arizona State University, was a member of the Lester Horton Dance Company and has taught at Cornell University, Purdue University, the University of Rochester and the Cranbrook Institutions of Michigan. Her studies included intensive work with modern dancers Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Hanya Holm, Ted Shawn and Louis Horst. She received her ballet training at the School of American Ballet with George Balanchine, Anatol Oboukhoff, Pierre Vladimiroff and Muriel Stuart.
PLANNING FOR MARION KIRK JONES’ 90TH BD CELEBRATION
I would like to invite you to help celebrate Marion Kirk Jones’ 90th Birthday! Desert Dance Theatre will be reconstructing some of Marion’s works and may need help with some of the older works. In celebration of Marion Kirk Jones 90th Birthday, Desert Dance Theatre is presenting a concert, “Cool at 90!” on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at the Tempe Center for the Arts Theater at 7:30pm. We welcome past and present ASU Dance students and faculty, as well as past and Desert Dance Theatre dancers to help by either participating as a dancer in a reconstruction, help to reconstruct excerpts of past repertory, and/or join the MKJBD volunteer committee to help with any of the logistics of the project or purchase a ticket to attend. If you are not available to participate or attend, a donation would greatly be appreciated. Your contribution will be acknowledged in the concert program. We have started collecting information for a list of Marion’s works. Some of the older works need help with recalling the dates, music, costumes and dancers, etc… If you would like to participate in the collection of information, please let me know. I am setting up a Facebook account for Marion for all to send any birthday wishes, old photographs or video footage, etc. If you prefer to send a card, you can send it to: Desert Dance Theatre, P.O. Box 25332, Tempe, AZ 85285. If you would like to help or participate, contact me at DDT 480-962-4584 or Cell 602-740-9616 or email Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org. I may not have a complete email list of alums from ASU and Desert Dance Theatre. So if you are in contact with any former students and dancers who have studied or worked with Marion, please forward this email to them.
AUDITIONS!!! DEC 6, 7, & 8TH FROM 6-7:30PM
Auditions!!!!! Desert Dance Theatre is looking for male and female dancers for its 2011 Spring Season. December 6, 7, 8, 2010 6:00pm-7:30pm The audition classes are free. Dance Theater West 3925 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ. Dancers must have flexible schedule and available to rehearse and perform. Dancers must be versatile and have performance experience in modern dance. Experience in ballet, jazz and other dance and performing arts disciplines is a plus. Dancers must be responsible with reliable transportation. Regularly scheduled rehearsals are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm-9:00pm, Saturdays from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Rehearsal schedule may vary or change as needed. For more information, contact us at: 480-962-4584 or Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org
MASTER CLASSES May 17-21
Master Classes by Billbob Brown and Ann Sorvino May 17-21, 2010 6:00pm-7:30pm Dance Theater West 3925 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix For more information call 480-962-4584 or email Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org. Cost: $13 per individual class (paid by May 16) $15 per class at the door $50 all classes (paid by May 16) $60 all classes (paid after May 16) Advance payment may be made by checks and PayPal. At the door, payments by checks or cash only. Monday through Thursday classes taught by Billbob Brown Friday class taught by Ann Sorvino See Classes page for more info.
DDT TRAVELS TO TEXAS
DDT travels to Austin Texas this week. They will be performing “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” at the Shoreline Christian Center. This is their second consecutive appearance in Austin and the show starts at 7:30pm. Renee Davis, asst. artistic director (who portrays Harriet Tubman), and Lisa Chow, artistic director, have teamed together to bring this historical story to life through music, dance, and drama.
AZ DANCE FESTIVAL OCT 8TH, 9TH, & 10TH
Desert Dance Theatre presents the Arizona Dance Festival 2009 at the Tempe Center for the Arts Studio on October 8-10, 2009 at 7:30pm. Each evening will showcase a different set of individual dance artists and emerging artist groups as well as professional companies from all genres and styles of dance, featuring dance artists and dance companies from Arizona, Nevada, California, Massachusetts and New York.
AUDITIONS FOR 2009-10 SEASON
Looking for male and female dancers for the 2009-10 season. Must be experienced in modern dance and ballet. Other performing arts experience is a plus. Must have reliable transportation. Must have a flexible schedule. The free audition/classes will be held at Dance Theater West on August 17-29 at 6:00pm-7:30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 1:30pm-3:00pm on Saturdays. Contact 480-962-4584 or Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org for more info. Audition applications can be downloaded from the Classes page under the menu heading Events.
ADF AUDITIONS DEADLINE AUG 21ST 2009
Desert Dance Theatre is accepting audition applications and video/dvd submissions for the Arizona Dance Festival 2009. The submissions deadline is on Friday, August 14, 2009. See the AZ Dance Festival Page under Events for more information.
SILENT AUCTION DEADLINE EXTENDED
The Silent Auction deadline has been extended to Friday, June 26th at midnight. Due to a scheduling conflict we will be out of town for the next several days and will be unable to record your bids in a timely manner and display them on our web site. In order to be fair to everyone, we have decided to keep the bidding process open for one more week until Friday, June 26th at midnight. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation. Your participation is very much appreciated.
SILENT AUCTION AND RAFFLE TICKETS GO ONLINE TODAY
Navigate to our Auction & Raffle web page which is located under Your Support. You can purchase raffle tickets online or at our 30TH Anniversary Performance on June 13th, Saturday evening at the Tempe Center for the Arts. You will also find our Silent Auctions items listed on the same page with directions on how to bid. The items will be on display at our June 13th performance where you can also place additional bids.
SHAKE YOUR BUDDHI: MASTER CLASS IN MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE BY BILLBOB BROWN
Desert Dance Theatre hosts a Shake Your Buddhi: Master Class in Modern Dance Technique by Billbob Brown on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 12:30pm-2:15pm at Dance Theater West, 3925 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ. $10 per person, $8 Friends of DDT/Arizona Dance Coalition (ADC). The class will focus on techniques to help expand your range of motion, and integrate your inner beauty with outer expression. This intense intermediate level class emphasizes full directional upper and lower body movement. Billbob Brown is a founding member of Desert Dance Theatre, and former Artistic Director, who has returned to the Valley to set new works on the dance company for its 30th Anniversary Reunion Celebration. This memorable occasion will occur at the Tempe Center for the Arts on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at the TCA Box Office, 480-350-2822 or www.tempe.gov/tca. RSVP? QUESTIONS? Contact Desert Dance Theatre, 480-962-4584 or Lisa@DesertDanceTheartre.org
CELEBRATING 30 YEARS JUNE 13TH
Desert Dance Theatre will be celebrating its 30th anniversary on June 13th at the Tempe Center for the Arts with a guest appearance by Chieli Minucci, lead guitarist for Special EFX. Desert Dance Theatre celebrates 30 years of dance in Arizona. This event will bring back some nostalgic memories as well as introduce new works and collaborations. Dancing into the future with exciting collaborations and special guest artists. The celebration will take place at the Tempe Center for the Arts Theater, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 7:30pm. The performance will feature choreography by Laurie Eisenhower, Phyllis Haskell, Marion Kirk Jones, Billbob Brown, Step Raptis and Lisa R. Chow. The company will premiere a new work in collaboration with New York guitarist, Chieli Minucci from Special EFX and Arizona sculpture artist, John Henry Waddell. Another premiere work will feature a collaboration with visual artist, Gary Hostellero with original music by Step Raptis.
30TH ANNIVERSARY FUNDRAISER EVENT MAY 16TH
Desert Dance Theatre is celebrating its 30th Anniversary, and will be holding a fundraising event at The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S. 32nd Street, Phoenix on Saturday, May 16, 2009 from 7:00pm-10:00pm. The evening event will include food, drinks, raffle, silent auction and entertainment by several local performing artists as well as a Desert Dance Theatre sneak preview. Some of the featured performers include: Meadowlark (World Music), Mango Chutney (East Meets West Fusion), Miguel Rodriguez (Flamenco Guitar), Step’s Junk Funk and more. For 30 years, the company has provided quality educational and community programs and services in schools and communities throughout Arizona. A majority of our work is designed to fit the needs of each school or community. We are inviting you or your organization to help us to continue our work, and to help us to celebrate this important milestone.
VENDOR TABLES AVAILABLE FOR SM PERFORMANCE
Desert Dance Theatre is looking for vendors with family-friendly products and merchandise that represents the theme of African American History Month. Desert Dance Theatre must approve vendor products and merchandise prior to vendor’s submission of this registration form. A very limited number of vendors will be allowed to participate in this event and spaces may fill up quickly. It is our recommendation that the vendor contact us for availability, and then email samples of products and merchandise for approval. At the event, vendors may sell products and merchandise during the pre-show event, during intermission, and after the show. Vendors are welcome to attend the performance, but are responsible for the safety and security of their inventory in the lobby area.
SISTER MOSES AT CHANDLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS
February 24-25, 2009 (Tuesday 9:45am & 11:30am, Wednesday 7:30pm). Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ. See Sister Moses page under Events menu.
SISTER MOSES IN AUSTIN TX FEB 6TH
Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman – Shoreline Christian Center – 15201 Burnet Road, Austin, TX. February 6, 2009 (10:30am & 7:30pm) See Sister Moses page under the Events menu.
November 15, 2008 (1:00pm-4:00pm) – Sybil B. Harrington Campus of Imagination and Wonder – Mitchell Park, 900 S. Mitchell Drive, Tempe – Cost: $25 (Register by November 13th) and $30 (After November 13th) For a registration form contact Lisa@DesertDanceTheatre.org; Desert Dance Theatre: 480-962-4584; The workshop will focus on Contact Improvisation which is a partnering dance form in which two or more dancers share ever shifting points of contact to generate flow and momentum in seeking dynamic physical, kinesthetic and spatial improvised relationships in dancing. Skills for engaging with gravity through rolling, falling and spiraling will be practiced as well as safe techniques underlying high speed physical contact and flying. The improvisational mind needed to extend this technique to solo and ensemble improvisation and choreography will be explored. Internal and external sensory listening skills will be engaged, as will the desire to be surprised! All levels welcome. Andrew Marcus has been focusing on possibilities of improvised performance since 1985 and has been performing and teaching in the U.S. and internationally since 1990. In 2008 he received a Master in Fine Arts in Dance from Arizona State University, where he explored interactive media for performance and taught choreography and improvisation. He is Artistic Director of Andrew Marcus Performance which he founded in 2001. Andrew Marcus Visuals coordinates his 2D work and Fast Films, his video productions. In 2007 co-founded 0. (Zero) Performance and the Slow Training for Embodied Projects, a Guerilla performance group and a physically based creative process training respectively with Wilma Vesseur of the Netherlands, based in Europe. In 2006 he formed LAND Performance Project with John Mitchell, of ASU to investigate performance in interactive technologically mediated environments. From 1992-2001 he was adjunct faculty at the Experimental Theatre Wing of New York University. Over the last 15 years, he has developed Sensation and Form, a highly physical approach to dance composition and Technique for a Soft Body, a release based training in movement technique and alignment.
FIRST FRIDAY PERFORMANCE AT PHOENIX ART MUSEUM
Desert Dance Theatre performs at Phoenix First Friday, November 7, 2008 (7:00pm and 8:00pm) at the Phoenix Art Museum (Cummings Great Hall) 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Admission is Free. We will perform selections from our current repertory including “Rock Soup” featuring live music by Mango Chutney (Dr. Sheila Sudhakar (Veena), Step Raptis (Piano), and Dr. Subrahmanyam Sudhakar (Mridangam), playing a medley of music: Deep Purple, Beethoven, Cream, Eric Clapton, and Jathiswaram as well as other selections of Eastern and Western music.
GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE CELEBRATES ITS 40TH
Gateway to the Arts IX Presents Desert Dance Theatre October 30, 2008 (11:30am-12:30pm) Gateway Community College, 1100N/S (Saguaro Room) 108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix (40th St. & Washington) Gateway Community College celebrates its 40th Anniversary as Desert Dance Theatre performs selections from its current repertory as well as pay tribute to that era of music and dance, 1968. Cost: Free
OCT 8TH MASTER CLASS BY SUSAN MARSHALL & COMPANY-FREE
6:30 to 8:00pm – Sponsored by ASU Gammage – Dance Theater West – 3925 East Indian School Road, Phoenix – SW Corner of Indian School Road and 40th Street – Cost: Free (Space is limited. Call to RSVP) A master at transforming everyday movement into powerful abstract drama, Susan Marshall has perfected a unique style of emotional storytelling through critically acclaimed dances. Marshall’s choreography is a mesmerizing blend of virtuoso athleticism, gesture and pattern, interwoven with passages of pure movement.
ARIZONA DANCE FESTIVAL APPLICATIONS
You must submit the following by Monday, August 4, 2008: ADF application form, Description form, Audition VHS Video/DVD (Live auditions – must call for an audition slot), $25 non-refundable application fee ($10 per additional audition pieces). The audition VHS/DVD must be the work that you are planning to show that has not been seen in any major venues in the past year or work that is representative of your current repertory with your current dance members. The live audition will occur on Monday, August 4, 2008 between 6:00pm-9:00pm at Dance Theater West. An appointment must be made in advance for the live audition.
AUDITIONS!!! 30TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON!
We are looking for experienced male and female modern dancers for the 2008-2009 season. Wednesday, May 28, from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Monday, June 2, from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Wednesday, June 4, from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Dance Theater West, 3925 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ. Please call for an audition application and confirm your attendance. Dancers must have flexible schedule and must commit to rehearsal and performance dates. Dancers must be versatile in style and have performing experience in modern dance. Experience in ballet, jazz and other dance and performing arts disciplines is a plus. Dancers must be responsible with reliable transportation. Prefer mature experienced dancers over 21. Regularly scheduled class/rehearsals are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm-9:30pm and Saturdays from 12:30pm-4:00pm. Rehearsal schedule may vary or change as needed. For more information, contact us at: 480-962-4584 or LRChow@cox.net
MASTER CLASS IN MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE & IMROV
Master Class in Modern Dance Technique & Improvisation Class that will be taught by Billbob Brown on May 28 from 6pm-7:30pm at Dance Theater West. Cost is $15 and $10 for ADC members and Friends of DDT.
VENDOR TABLES AVAILABLE AT SISTER MOSES
Desert Dance Theatre is looking for vendors with family-friendly products and merchandise that represents the theme of Black History Month. Desert Dance Theatre must approve vendor products and merchandise prior to vendor’s submission of this registration form. A very limited number of vendors will be allowed to participate in this event and spaces may fill up quickly. It is our recommendation that the vendor contact us for availability, and then email samples of products and merchandise for approval. At the event, vendors may sell products and merchandise during the pre-show event, during intermission, and after the show. Vendors are welcome to attend the performance, but are responsible for the safety and security of their inventory in the lobby area.
DESERT DANCE THEATRE HOLIDAY BASH SAT DEC 1ST
Desert Dance Theatre is throwing a Holiday Fundraising Bash in celebration of its 29th season. The event will include food, non-alcoholic drinks, music, dancing and fun! BYOB! As a non-profit 501(c)(3), proceeds will benefit Desert Dance Theatre’s season and educational programs. Admission is $20 per person or $35 per couple. Please RSVP by 11/29/07. Tree House Studio 4100 E Broadway Road Phoenix AZ 85040 Saturday December 1 7:00PM Phone: 480-962-4584 or 602-740-9616.
MODERN DANCE CLASSES
Modern Dance Classes at Dance Theater West, 3925 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Saturdays from 12:30pm-1:30pm Cost: $10 per class $45 for 5 classes $80 for 10 classes November Guest Instructors include: Jean McDade, Nancy Happel, and Becky Dyer. Please check our website for class schedule and instructor bios. Interested in auditioning? Please call or email to inquire.
Desert Dance Theatre is looking for male and female dancers for its 2007-08 season to perform in concert repertory. A male or female dancer is needed immediately for children’s programs in the schools with String Sounds (string quartet). There are possibly 40-60 shows that will tour around in the elementary schools valley-wide from October 07-May 08. We need some one who is competent in modern and ballet techniques, has some acting ability, flexible schedule, responsible with a reliable car, and easy to get along with others. Rehearsals will begin immediately. Male and female dancers (African American and Caucasian) are needed for Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman which will be performed in February 2008. Rehearsals will begin in January. Please call Lisa at 480-962-4584 to inquire about auditions, rehearsals, performances and pay.
DESERT DANCE THEATRE HOSTS
Master Class by Liz Lerman Dance Exchange Monday, October 15, 2007 from 6:00pm-7:30pm Dance Theater West, 3925 E. Indian School, Phoenix, AZ. Space is limited. Please call Lisa at 480-962-4584 or 602-740-9616 for more information. FYI…. $5 tickets to the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange performance, Thursday, October 18 at Gammage.
CONVERGENCE ZONE – FIRST PERFORMANCE AT TEMPE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Desert Dance Theatre (DDT) will perform its opening repertory event at the new Tempe Center for the Arts. They will present a collection of eclectic dances ranging from abstract, comical, dramatic, and athletic. The dances will move and stimulate the senses. The highlight of the show will be a premiere work by choreographer and DDT founding member, Billbob Brown. October 5-7, 2007 (Friday & Saturday 8:00pm, Sunday 2:00pm) Tempe Center for the Arts – Studio, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ TCA Box Office: 480-350-2822 or http://tca.ticketforce.com/ Cost: $20 Adult, $18 Senior, $15 Student, Friends of DDT, and Arizona Dance Coalition (ADC) members, $12 Group of 10 or more; Sunday 2 for 1 Special – 2 people for $20
PERFORMANCE THIS WEEKEND AT ASU
Explore the thrilling new and classic work of Arizona’s dance stars: the faculty and alumni turned professionals of Herberger College Dance. As guests, Desert Dance Theatre performs “The Butterfly Effect” by ASU alumni, Billbob Brrown. September 20-23, 2007 (Thursday-Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2:00pm) Nova: A New Trajectory (ASU Dance Faculty & Alumni Concert) Galvin Playhouse/Nelson Fine Arts Center, Arizona State University, 51 E. 10th Street, Tempe, AZ Herberger College Box Office: 480.965.6447 or http://herbergercollege.asu.edu/calendar /eventOne.php?ID=809& Cost: $7-$20
DISCOUNT TO ATTEND BOTH NIGHTS
Both nights will be different shows for this weekend’s Arizona Dance Festival, so if you want to see both we have made available a discounted ticket for the second night. Call SCPA Box Office, 480-994-2787. Hope to see you there.
EVENTS THIS WEEKEND
This is the weekend of the Get Out Expo at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts on Saturday (10:00am-3:00pm), and the Tempe Center Grand Opening on Sunday (12:00pm-5:00pm). We will be performing in Tempe at 2:30pm-3:00pm and 4:30pm-5:00pm. These events are free to the public.
OUR 29TH SEASON 07/08
Dear Friends and Patrons, Desert Dance Theatre would like to invite you to join us in celebration of our upcoming 29th season. Thanks to your support, we have been able to provide quality artistic programs that are inspiring, entertaining and educational to schools and communities throughout Arizona and the Southwest. Before going into some of the highlights of our season, I would like to announce that Desert Dance Theatre is going GREEN. This means that we will make an effort to cut down on paper waste that will help our ecological system, and cut down on expenses. We would like to communicate with you primarily through email and/or phone. We hope you will join us in this effort by signing up for our email newsletter. We have a very ambitious season ahead of us! We are fortunate to be a partner in the Tempe Center for the Arts where we will be performing and premiering new works throughout the season. We are very excited to perform at this beautiful new venue near the west end of Tempe’s Town Lake. Other concert venues where Desert Dance Theatre will perform this season include: Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Chandler Center for the Arts, and various colleges and schools throughout the valley. At the top of the season, Billbob Brown, who was a founding member of Desert Dance Theatre, returns to the Phoenix area to mount a new work on the company between August 11th–19.th During his stay, he will offer master classes open to the local dance community. All are welcome to participate and/or observe. Our company classes will also be offered throughout the season. So check our website for the class schedule. Desert Dance will perform “Celebrating Cultures,” a children’s show in collaboration with String Sounds, touring the valley elementary schools throughout the school year. This show presents fables from around the world performed through narration, music and dance. It’s educational, artistic and entertaining! In celebration of Black History Month, Desert Dance Theatre will present its encore performance of “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman,” enlightening audiences for its 16th season. Throughout February, Sister Moses will be performed at South Mountain Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, Chandler Center for the Arts, and in Austin, Texas. Don’t miss this beautiful story about a courageous woman’s determination to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. For another year, we will host the annual Arizona Dance Festival featuring Arizona dance artists from different genre and styles of dance. In addition to this annual event, we have included two new events that we hope will be a success – the Desert Regional Dance Festival featuring dance artists and companies from neighboring states, and the Genesis Dance Series showcasing new contemporary dance works by the Arizona dance community. Our schedule of events is listed in our new season brochure. Please mark your calendars and/or check our website for updates. If you are signed up on our website mailing list, you will receive email notices of our upcoming events on a regular basis. If you join or renew your “Friends of Desert Dance Theatre” membership, you will also receive additional benefits. Your support is vital to the success of our various projects throughout the season. Any donation or contribution supports the company’s educational programs, artistic endeavors, and goals for the future. Remember, your support is very important to us and your contribution is tax-deductible! Other ways you can help support Desert Dance Theatre is by being an ad sponsor in our event programs (see enclosed Ad Order form), or get involved as a volunteer, committee member or board member. We need your help! If you are interested in getting involved in any way, please contact me at 480-962-4584 or LRChow@cox.net.
BILLBOB BROWN MASTER CLASSES AUGUST 11-19
Billbob Brown returns to the desert to choreograph a new work on Desert Dance Theatre. During his week-long residency, master classes lead by Brown will be offered to the local dance community. Dance Theatre West, 3925 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ. Saturdays at 12:30pm-2:00pm, Monday-Thursday at 6:00pm-7:30pm. Cost: $10 per class. Billbob Brown is the artistic director of Chaos Theory, a company that combines movement, voice, and video to create a unique theatrical experience that takes its inspiration from science and physics; recent performances include London, England, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Harvard University, Roger Williams University, Hampshire College, and SUNY Potsdam. He’s a co-founder of Desert Dance Theatre in 1979, and was the artistic director of the company for nine years. Presently, he is an associate professor of dance at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst/Five College Dance Department, where he teaches jazz and modern.
LAS VEGAS DANCE IN THE DESERT REVIEW BY GERI JETER
Desert Dance Theatre, another favorite company from past years, brought Lisa Chow and Step Raptis’ exploration of committed relationships. Alternately sentimental, argumentative and genuinely amusing, the dancers engaged the audience with their courtship, battles and reconciliation antics. Full Article
Desert Dance Theatre is looking for a male or female dancer for its 2007-08 season to perform in concert repertory and especially for its children’s programs in the schools with String Sounds (string quartet). There are possibly 40-60 shows that will tour around in the elementary schools valley-wide from October 07-May 08. We need some one who is competent in modern and ballet techniques, has some acting ability, flexible schedule, responsible with a reliable car, and easy to get along with others. Please call Lisa at 480-962-4584 to inquire about auditions, rehearsals and performances. Rehearsals have already begun so please contact us as soon as possible.
CELEBRITY THEATER W/CHIELI MINUCCI & SPECIAL EFX
The Desert Dance Theatre dancers will be special guests of Chieli Minucci & Special EFX, this Saturday, June 23rd, at the Celebrity Theater. Show starts at 8pm. The dancers will be performing during the first and last songs. The second half of the show will feature Acoustic Alchemy. The Celebrity Theater is located at 440 N 32nd Street, Phoenix, Az. For more information: (602)267-1600 http://www.celebritytheatre.com
ANNUAL BOARD RETREAT RECEPTION JUNE 8TH
Dear Friends and Supporters, Please join us at Desert Dance Theatre’s Annual Board Retreat Reception on Friday, June 8, 2007 (7:00pm-9:00pm) at the Sunterra Scottsdale Links Resort, 16858 N. Perimeter Drive, Scottsdale, AZ. At the reception, we will provide a light dinner and a brief presentation about the company and all the exciting programs lined up for 2007-08 season. We are in need of board and volunteer committee members. We are looking for individuals who are energetic and creative to help us to continue to grow as a vital part of the arts community. We need you! If you are truly interested in getting more involved, I’d like to invite you to participate in our Board Retreat Strategy meetings on Saturday, June 9 (8:30am-5:30pm) and Sunday, June 10 (8:30am-12:00pm). Not sure? Come to any part of the weekend anyway to see what we’re about, and what we’ve got planned. For more details or for the retreat agenda, please contact me at 480-962-4584, LRChow@cox.net or go to www.DesertDanceTheatre.org. Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 6th. If you cannot attend, but would still like to get involved, let me know. Hope you can make it. Lisa R. Chow Artistic Director Desert Dance Theatre
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR ARIZONA DANCE FESTIVAL EXTENDED
Desert Dance Theatre is extending the deadline for the Arizona Dance Festival application submissions to Friday, June 15. This will be the final deadline. Please send your audition application and fee along with your DVD or VHS.
BOOTH AT ARTS JAM FOR YOUR “FAM”
We will have a booth this Saturday, May 5, at Kiwanis Park – Sister Cities Garden, 5800 S. All America Way, Tempe, 9am – 1pm; Community Music, Dance, Theater & Art Festival; Free admission! http://artsjam.org
Desert Dance Theatre is looking for experienced male and female modern dancers for its 2007-2008 season. Information on Homepage.
ARIZONA DANCE FESTIVAL APPLICATIONS
Arizona Dance Festival applications are now being accepted. See the Arizona Dance Festival page under EVENTS.
NATIONAL DANCE WEEK PERFORMANCE
We will be appearing in “The 8th Annual Celebration of Dance this Saturday, April 28, 2007 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The show starts at 7:30 and the seating is reserved. Featuring 18-24 dance companies and solo artists performing as part of a national campaign; to bring visibility and recognition to the dance-arts with a wonderful diverse mixture of dance expression in ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, ballroom, modern, belly dance, Native American contemporary dance, classical Indian dance, Folklorico and more for the public to enjoy! For more info. go to www.goldenlionproductions.com or call 623.465.2720.
AUCTION & RAFFLE ITEMS
Desert Dance Theatre is looking for auction and raffle items for its fundraising event on Saturday, April 21, 2007. The fundraising event begins at 6:30pm and the repertory concert, Aesthetic Radix will begin at 7:30pm in the Virginia G. Piper Repertory Theater. For more information and to download the donation agreement letter, go to our “Fund Raising Initiatives” page under the menu heading, “Your Support”.
SISTER MOSES RETURNS TO SMCC
As part of the African American History Celebration, South Mountain Community College and Desert Dance Theatre presents “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” on Saturday, February 17, 2007 at the South Mountain Community College, Performance Hall at 7:00pm. The main feature of the evening performance is “Sister Moses,” a beautiful story of a courageous woman’s determination to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. She was one of America’s first liberated woman of color, who fought against all odds for the sake of freedom and equality. This powerful dance drama features Desert Dance Theatre with Renee Davis as Harriet Tubman, dramatic narration by Renee Morgan Brooks, African drumming and music direction by Step Raptis, accompaniment by String Sounds and traditional spirituals sung by a choral ensemble featuring baritone soloist, Greg Dansby. “Sister Moses” promises to entertain and enlighten its audiences. Desert Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company known for its diverse modern dance repertory, interdisciplinary collaborations, and major thematic productions which address important historical as well as current issues. This special performance is co-sponsored by the Student Life and Leadership Office, Black Student Union, Performing Arts Department, Student Leadership Board and the International Students Department of South Mountain Community College. Don’t miss this exciting performance of music, dance and drama! For more information call 480-962-4584 or 602-243-8129.
SISTER MOSES PRESHOW EVENT-VENDORS & DINNER
Please join us in celebration of our 15th Anniversary of performing Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman. During this special occasion, we are having a pre-show event that will include African Arts & Crafts vendors and southern home-style cooking from Soul in the Hole in the lobby of the theater. Dinner reservations and payment must be made by Wednesday, February 7th. Chandler Center Performance Only-Feb. 15th. Dinner begins at 6:00pm. Dinner Menu Items: BBQ Chicken, Fried Chicken, Rib Tips, Fried Catfish, Greens, Mashed Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese, Baked Beans, Corn on the Cob, Green Salad, Dinner Rolls, Sweet Potato Pie, Seven-Up Cake, and Sweet Tea
15TH ANNIVERSARY OF SISTER MOSES
Desert Dance Theatre presents “The 15th Anniversary of Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” in celebration of Black History Month on Thursday, February 15, 2007 at the Chandler Center for the Arts at 7:30pm. Pre-show event begins at 6:00pm including African arts and crafts vendors, and soul food dinner provided by Soul in the Hole. Reservations and payment in advance for dinner is required. The opening half of the performance will begin at 7:30pm featuring special musical guests and AXE Capoeira Arizona. The main feature of the evening performance is “Sister Moses,” a beautiful story of a courageous woman’s determination to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. She was one of America’s first liberated woman of color, who fought against all odds for the sake of freedom and equality. This powerful dance drama features Desert Dance Theatre with Renee Davis as Harriet Tubman, dramatic narration by Renee Morgan Brooks, African drumming and music direction by Step Raptis, accompaniment by String Sounds and traditional spirituals sung by a choral ensemble featuring baritone soloist, Greg Dansby. “Sister Moses” promises to entertain and enlighten its audiences. Axe Capoeira Arizona is an Afro-Brazilian Performance Dance Troupe located in Tempe, Arizona. This troupe is one of the most dynamic, energetic and exciting performance dance troupe on the west coast today receiving rave reviews at all of their performances! Capoeira is a martial art dance that was developed over 400 years ago by the African Slaves in Brazil. This art has elements of aspects of dance, acrobatics, music, art and self-defense. Don’t miss this exciting performance of music, dance and drama! These performances are co-sponsored by Bologna Elementary, Chandler Unified School District, and other various sponsors. For more information contact Desert Dance Theatre at 480-962-4584.
ON THE MOVE WITH EISENHOWER DANCE ENSEMBLE
Eisenhower Dance Ensemble from Rochester, Michigan will be joining us for a collaboration on October 19th at the Scottdale Center for the Arts. In August, Stephanie Pizzo from Eisenhower Dance was in town to lay a new piece on Desert Dance Theatre, and this piece will be performed during the show. Hope to see you there.
MASTER CLASSES WITH STEPHANIE PIZZO
Master Classes with Stephanie Pizzo will be held Aug. 9-12th at Dance Theater West, 3925 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix (SW corner of Indian School and 40th Street) $12 per class or $10 per class for 3 or more classes. See Classes under the Events menu for more details. Guest Instructor Bio: Stephanie Pizzo, Associate Artistic Director of Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, is a native of Clinton Township, Michigan where she began her training with Orchid Diane and Denise Boucke and continued with Evelyn Kreason. She danced with the Michigan Ballet Theatre as a corps and principal dancer, Oakland Dance Theater and Harbinger Dance Company. She graduated with a BA with an emphasis in Dance from Oakland University. As a student, she received the Jacob S. Decker Award for outstanding dancer and a scholarship from the American College Dance Festival to study with the Ririe Woodbury Dance Company in Utah. Ms. Pizzo teaches EDE company class, rehearses the company, and choreographs. She has staged works by Laurie Eisenhower on numerous companies including Desert Dance Theatre, Scottsdale Community College, Collin County Community College and Alma College. Ms. Pizzo teaches ballet at the EDE Center for Dance. She is a founding member of Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, www.ede-dance.org.
MODERN DANCE CLASSES START MONDAY JUNE 12TH
Desert Dance Theatre is offering Intermediate/Advance Modern Dance Classes starting June 12th, Monday from June-August at Dance Theater West, 3925 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ. The classes are held on: Mondays (6:00pm-7:30pm) Wednesdays (6:00pm-7:30pm) Saturdays (10:00am-11:30pm) Cost: $10 Individual Class $40 for 5 Classes $60 for 10 Classes Instructors: Aroldo Fernandes, Nancy Happel, Jen Tsukayama, Step Raptis, Mary Fitzgerald, Candace Ammerman, Margie Romero Wolf, etc. See Classes page under Events menu for instructor dates. For more information contact: Lisa R. Chow Artistic Director-Company Manager 480-962-4584 Office 602-740-9616 Mobile
AZ DANCE FESTIVAL APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE
The ADF has been moved to the beginning of the dance season. This will help promote your company and give you additional exposure at the start of the season. We invite you to participate in the upcoming Arizona Dance Festival (ADF) that will take place at Scottsdale Center for the Arts on September 8, 2006. It is open to individuals and emerging artist groups as well as professional companies from all genres and styles of dance. Only 8 dance groups and/or individuals will be selected to perform up to 10 minutes. The applicant’s work will be adjudicated by a diverse panel of judges from around the state. You will find additional information and applications on the Arizona Dance Festival page under the Events menu.
Desert Dance Theatre is looking for experienced male and female modern dancers for its 2006-2007 season. Rehearsal and performance paid positions. Please call to arrange for an audition at our company class from now through August. The company classes are held on: Mondays (6:00pm-7:30pm), Wednesdays (6:00pm-7:30pm), & Saturdays (10:00am-11:30am) at Dance Theater West, 3925 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ. Dancers must have a flexible schedule, commit to rehearsal and performance dates, be versatile in style, have performing experience in modern dance, and be responsible with reliable transportation. A background in other dance and performing arts disciplines is a plus. Prefer mature, experienced dancers over 21. For info: 480-962-4584 or LRChow@cox.net
FINAL SEASON PERFORMANCE AT THE MESA ARTS CENTER
“In Full Swing” will be performed April 29th at the beautiful Mesa Arts Center-Piper Repertory Theatre- at 8pm. The performance will be dedicated to Joe Jackson, who suffered a spinal chord injury last fall during his high school football practice. A fundraising reception will be held on the Alliance Terrace next to the Piper Theater, following the performance. Donations will benefit the Joe Jackson Contribution Trust Fund. Joe is the son of DDT Board President, Todd Jackson. Please RSVP by calling 623-204-8709 or email to email@example.com by April 21st.
DESERT DANCE THEATRE HOSTS THE ARIZONA DANCE FESTIVAL
Desert Dance Theatre hosts the Arizona Dance Festival on January 5-6, 2006 at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts at 7:30pm. The dance festival will feature Arizona dance artists selected by adjudication with special invited dance companies from neighboring states. Each evening will showcase a different set of individual dance artists and emerging artist groups as well as professional companies from all genres and styles of dance.
DDT AT GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Gateway to the Arts IV presents Desert Dance Theatre in “Moving Metaphors” on Wednesday, November 9, 2005 from 12pm-1:00pm at Gateway Community College. This lecture demonstration will give insights of dance choreography and the varied interpretations of movement through the eyes of choreographers and dancers. Free admission.
14TH ANNIVERSARY OF SISTER MOSES PERFORMANCE
This incredible story is about a courageous woman of color, who fought against many odds to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. The production blends dance with live music and narration. Performances will be held at South Mtn Community College on Feb 3rd and Chandler Center for the Arts on Feb 8th.
ADF APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED!
The application deadline for the Arizona Dance Festival has been extended due to scheduling conflicts with members of our judging panel. This will extend the opportunity for you to submit your application to Thursday, November 3rd.
LISA AND STEP LEAVE FOR NW BOOKING CONFERENCE
Lisa Chow (Artistic Director) and Step Raptis (Music Director) leave today for the 25th Annual NW Booking Conference in Eugene, Oregon. The 2005 NW Booking Conference is expected to be the largest gathering of arts presenters, artists, agents and management companies in the region, presenting tremendous opportunities for performers and presenters (theaters, festivals, colleges, universities, cultural season organ- izers, non-profit arts groups, event planners and more) to meet and work with their counter- parts and colleagues from all over the Northwest and well beyond. Arts Northwest puts on the Conference and its purpose is to promote touring in the expanded region that now includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, California, Colorado, Alaska and British Columbia.
AZ DANCE FESTIVAL APPLICATION DEADLINE OCT 28TH
The Arizona Dance Festival (ADF) will take place at Scottsdale Center for the Arts on January 5-6, 2006. The festival will give you or your company great exposure, and it’s a fun way to share your art with colleagues from around the state.
This season the festival is open to individuals and emerging artist groups as well as professional companies from all genres and styles of dance. The selection process will be determined by a diverse panel of judges.
DESERT DANCE THEATRE REPRESENTED AT WAA BOOKING CONFERENCE
Lisa Chow and Step Raptis left for ABQ to represent Desert Dance Theatre at the Western Arts Alliance Annual Booking Conference. The WAA Annual Booking Conference is the premier gathering of performing arts professionals in the West. It brings authoritative speakers and programs, professional development sessions, showcase performances, endless networking opportunities and renowned social events. WAA’s legendary Resource Room gives you access to contacts and information on more than 2600 artists and attractions touring in the West.
Desert Dance Theatre is looking for experienced male and female modern dancers for its 05-06 season. Dancers must have flexible schedule so they can commit to rehearsal and performance dates, be versatile in style, have performing experience in modern dance, and be responsible with reliable transportation. Background in other dance and performing arts disciplines is a plus. Prefer mature experienced dancers over 21. Regularly scheduled rehearsals are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm-9pm, and Saturdays from 9am-12pm and/or 12:30pm-3pm. Rehearsal schedule may vary as needed. Audition dates are Monday, August 1 (6:00pm-9:00pm), Wednesday, August 3 (6:00pm-9:00pm), and Saturday, August 6 (9:00am-12:00pm) at Mitchell School in Tempe. It is recommended that dancers attend all audition dates. For more information contact us at 480-962-4584 or LRChow@cox.net.
STRING SOUNDS AND DESERT DANCE THEATRE COLLABORATION
String Sounds and Desert Dance Theatre are collaborating in the presentation of in-school, inter-disciplinary performances of “The Million Dollar Monkey” at elementary schools throughout the greater metropolitan Phoenix area during the 2005/06 school year. This 30 minute program uses four dancers, a string quartet, a storytelling prologue to each scene, and a student “chorus” singing two original songs as the “townspeople” in the story and as part of the performance. This music/dance/drama introduces students to the world of professional dance and to the sounds of a string quartet, as well as to an original “mystery” story written specifically for this collaboration. The program will be presented in play form, using costumes and props. String Sounds provides the storytelling and the classical/pops music. Desert Dance Theatre artists dance the characters and action of the story. Performances may be booked beginning in mid-August by calling Susan Smith at 602-275-7790. Schools may co-sponsor with the Music Performance Fund, paying a total of $280 for two assemblies back-to-back. Grant funding is always limited to funds received, and dates are booked on a first-call basis. Check the Events page for dates.
CELEBRATING OUR 27TH SEASON
Please join us in celebration of our upcoming 27th season. Thanks to the support of the many grantors, sponsors, contributors, friends, and patrons in the past, we have been able to provide quality artistic programs that are inspiring, entertaining, and educational to schools and communities throughout Arizona and the Southwest. We have a very exciting season ahead of us! We are very excited to announce our opening season performance, “INNER SPIRAL.” The performance will feature an eclectic array of dances and the premiere of a collaborative creation called “INNER SPIRAL,” choreographed by Lisa R. Chow, Candy Jimenez, and Step Raptis. Don’t miss our opening concert, “Inner Spiral” on October 8, 2005 at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Also, Desert Dance Theatre has just returned from the Western Arts Alliance Conference in Albuquerque, NM and will be attending the Northwest Booking Conference in Eugene, OR (October 24-27). These regional booking conferences will give the company potential opportunities for touring throughout the western United States and beyond. Wish us luck! Throughout the new season, we will perform school programs in conjunction with String Sounds featuring the dance drama, “The Million Dollar Monkey.” This program as well as master classes and residencies will be offered to schools valleywide. In January, Desert Dance Theatre will host the Annual Arizona Dance Festival, which will feature a variety of dance companies from around the state. Support our local Arizona Dance community by attending on January 5-6, 2006 at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Help us to celebrate another successful year of performing “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman,” a dynamic performance about the underground railroad during the Civil War era. Bringing together singers, dancers, musicians, and actors, the story is an inspirational uplifting of courage and humanity. Join us on February 3, 2006 at the South Mountain Community College or on February 8 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Our final season performance, “In Full Swing,” will be on April 29, 2006 at the new Mesa Arts Center – Piper Repertory Theater. And in May, watch out for our famous “SPLASH” event which tops off the season with fun, music, and of course, dancing! This is the time to enjoy meeting all those involved with DDT’s success. Your involvement is vital to the success of these various projects throughout the season. Please join or renew your “Friends of Desert Dance Theatre” membership now and support the company’s educational programs, artistic endeavors, and goals for the future. As a member, you will receive recognition in the season programs and discounts for tickets and souvenir items. Other benefits include free tickets and invitations to private receptions and events. Please look at the attached Membership Application for categories and benefits. Join now to take advantage of our various benefits. Remember, your support is very important to us and your contributions are tax-deductible! Another way to support us and promote your business is thru the purchase of ad space in our programs. Be sure and visit our Advertising page under the heading “Your Support”. If you have any questions about the season or are interested in getting involved as a volunteer or as a board member, please feel free to contact us at 480-962-4584 or thru e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DANCE TO THE MUSIC!
Chieli Minucci and Special EFX reunite with Desert Dance Theatre for a night of ‘Sensory Memory’. Don’t look now, but while some of us attended the concerts of artists we love this past month (for me it was Matt Bianco Trio in Philadelphia), there was a rare performance going on in Scottsdale, Arizona. While we watched stages complete with artists and their instruments, the stage in Scottsdale added one more component: an entire dance theatre. The seeds of this performance were planted 19 years ago when Chieli Minucci and Special EFX traveled to Scottsdale to join the Desert Dancers in their first collaboration. Founded in 1979, Desert Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company offering a variety of quality programs to schools and communities. The company has performed throughout Arizona, Mexico, Nevada, Texas, New Mexico and New York. Programs reflect positive messages through music, dance and storytelling, and focus on a variety of significant themes such as cultural diversity, prominent people who have fought for freedom in America, and important issues in contemporary society. Before the show, Lisa Chow, (pictured with husband and partner Step Raptis), Concept and Creative Art Director for the Desert Dance Theatre, remarked, “We are thrilled about this joint venture and reunion, bringing Chieli and Special EFX back over from New York. We plan to give our audience a whole new experience of contemporary jazz music and modern dance. This was such a hit 19 years ago, we just had to do it again.” She states, “Desert Dance Theatre blends art, education and entertainment into exciting concert dance that appeals to audiences of all ages. The repertory ranges in mood from comical to dramatic, abstract to lyrical. The original choreography, by a variety of artists, combines elements of modern dance, ballet, jazz and mime. Most of the company’s work is created collaboratively within the company or with artists of other disciplines (live vocal and/or instrumental music, video, theatre, visual arts).” The performance, entitled ‘Sensory Memory,’ was an exciting collaboration in which both groups performed selections from past and current repertory. It was a night when the audience could hear and see the lyrical, head bopping melodies and house inspired body shaking rhythms of Minucci and Special EFX, as interpreted by Chow and the Desert Dance Theatre dancers. Chieli Minucci commented, “What a fantastic night we had collaborating with Lisa Chow’s Desert Dance Theatre. Set in the beautiful Scottsdale Performing Arts Center theatre, near Phoenix, we performed on Friday, April 8th, on a gorgeous, moonlit night.” Chieli and Special EFX, joined by percussionist Step Raptis, performed during the first half of the show. A brief intermission segued into the highlight of the show – their collaborative presentation, as Special EFX performed five selections set to new choreography executed by the Desert Dance Theatre. This exciting collaboration fused modern dance and contemporary jazz music into one creative, innovative, and spectacular performance. The five selections included the following: two selections from Special EFX albums – Jazz Lambada (Just Like Magic, 1990) and George Can’t Dance (Catwalk, 1993); three selections from Chieli Minucci’s solo album releases — Courageous Cats (Jewels, 1996), My Girl Sunday (Sweet On You, 2001) and Still Waiting (from his latest release, Got It Goin’ On, 2005). Chieli summed up a phenomenal night, “It was a great night. The music was beautifully choreographed. The dances were sensational, reflecting the choreographer’s vision combined with the intended meaning of each song — from primitiveness, to feminine elegance, and urban slickness to total earthiness. This was a night we’ll never forget.” For more information about the Desert Dance Theatre, visit www.desertdancetheatre.org For more information about Chieli Minucci and Special EFX, visit www.chielimusic.com Happy Jazzin’ Beverly J. Packard Jazz Circle Member of the Berks Arts Council Reading, Pennsylvania MyGirlSunday22@aol.com http://www.smoothvibes.com/movabletype/archives/cat_berks_jazz_vibes.html
CHIELI MINUCCI & SPECIAL EFX COLLABORATION
Desert Dance Theatre brings back Grammy nominated and chart topping contemporary jazz artists, Chieli Minucci & Special EFX for an exciting collaboration in Sensory Memory on Friday, April 8, 2005 at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Chieli and Special EFX will perform during the first half of the show. After a brief intermission, the highlight of the show will be the collaboration between Desert Dance Theatre and Special EFX performing old and new favorites. This exciting collaboration will fuse modern dance and contemporary jazz music into one spectacular performance. Cliff Smith of KYOT 95.5 FM will be appearing as the Master of Ceremonies.
LISA CHOW & DESERT DANCE NOMINATED
Lisa R. Chow and Desert Dance Theatre Company are among the finalists in the “Arts in Education Category” for the Governor’s Arts Awards to be presented Tuesday evening, March 29th, 2005 at the Camelback Inn starting at 5 pm.
PVCC WORLD DANCE LECTURE/DEMONSTRATION
Desert Dance Theatre will be conducting a World Dance Lecture/Demonstration program at the Paradise Community College starting at 7:30 pm.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB PERFORMANCE
Desert Dance Theatre wiil be performing a short excerpt from Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman at the Boys & Girls Club of Metropoli, 1601 W Sherman St., Phoenix, AZ 85007 (602) 254-5814, in celebratiion of Black History month.
SISTER MOSES IS BACK FOR IT’S 13TH SEASON!!!
Desert Dance Theatre presents “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” for its 13th Season on Thursday, January 27, 2005 at the Chandler Center for the Arts at 7:30pm. Special guests, AXE Capoeira Arizona will perform as a featured opener for the evening performance along with select repertory by Desert Dance Theatre. Tickets are $15 Adults, $12 Seniors, and $10 Students and are available at the Chandler Center Box Office, 480-782-2680 or TicketMaster, 480-784-4444. Ask about our group discounts. Admission to the matinee performances are $4 Students and $5 Adults, available by reservation only. The main feature of the evening performance is “Sister Moses,” a beautiful story of a courageous woman’s determination to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. She was one of America’s first liberated women of color, who fought against all odds for the sake of freedom and equality. This powerful dance drama features Desert Dance Theatre with Renee Davis as Harriet Tubman, dramatic narration by Renee Morgan Brooks, African drumming and music direction by Step Raptis, accompaniment by String Sounds and traditional spirituals sung by a choral ensemble featuring baritone soloist, Greg Dansby. “Sister Moses” promises to entertain and enlighten its audiences. Desert Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company known for its diverse modern dance repertory, interdisciplinary collaborations, and major thematic productions which address important historical as well as current issues. Axe Capoeira Arizona is an Afro-Brazilian Performance Dance Troupe located in Tempe, Arizona. This troupe is one of the most dynamic, energetic and exciting dance troupes on the west coast today. Capoeira is a martial art form that was developed over 400 years ago by the African Slaves in Brazil. This art contains elements of dance, acrobatics, music, art and self-defense. Don’t miss this exciting evening of music, dance and drama! These performances are co-sponsored by Bologna Elementary, Chandler Unified School District, and other sponsors.
ADAA PRESENTS THE AZ DANCE FESTIVAL
The Arizona Dance Arts Alliance presents the Arizona Dance Festival showcasing individual dance artists and emerging artist groups as well as professional companies from all genres and styles of dance. The selection of artists was determined by a panel of judges from around the state. The concert will take place on Friday, January 14, 2005 at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts at 7:30pm, which will feature: A Ludwig Dance Theatre, Calo Flamenco featuring Martin Gaxiola, CONDER/dance, Desert Dance Theatre, Instinct Dancecorps, and Mary Fitzgerald. This exciting variety of dance artists come together to share an eclectic array of dances. Desert Dance Theatre will perform excerpts from “Exit, Around, and Through” choreographed by Candy Jimenez to music by Tim Rowlands and Ed Simmons. The dance is about a young girl’s journey to become something or someone different, and she finds herself leaving, observing, transcending, and overcoming herself. It varies from lyrical and dramatic to athletic, engaging, and energizing. Desert Dance Theatre, known for its eclectic style repertory and its thematic dance drama productions, celebrates it’s 26th season! For information call 480-962-4584.
LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME
We are looking for a new home and we welcome any assistance from the community in this endeavor. We are looking for a facility where we can combine our rehearsal, office, and storage space. We are a 501 (c) nonprofit so please keep this in mind during your search. This provides certain tax benefits to any providers of donated space.
DESERT DANCE THEATRE DEBUTS NEW WEB SITE
Desert Dance Theatre debuts it’s new web site. Thanks to Chad M. Lawson, Todd Jackson, Lisa Chow, Kelly Prosnier, Debbie Blackmon, and Tom Bass for their support in making this a reality. We hope you enjoy your visit and come back often. Thanks for your continued interest in the oldest and best modern dance company in Arizona.