Santa Barbara DANCEworks Welcomes Adam Barruch Dance for 2015 Residency

• Choreographer Adam Barruch awarded month-long creative residency to create a new work based on the score of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd
• Barruch to give a preview performance for DANCEworks donors April 19 at the Lobero Theatre
• Seeking experienced performers for two key roles in new production; auditions to be held April 20-21 at the Lobero Theatre
• World premiere of bold new work will be September 25 & 26 at the Lobero Theatre

Santa Barbara, CA, April 13, 2015 – Santa Barbara DANCEworks is thrilled to welcome trailblazing New York City actor, dancer and choreographer Adam Barruch for their coveted 2015 residency (August 31-September 26) at the Lobero Theatre. While in residence with his six-member company, Adam Barruch Dance, Barruch will create and premiere a new physical theater production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street on the stage of the historic Lobero Theatre. Don’t miss the premiere of this exciting new work Friday and Saturday, September 25 & 26, created during the 2015 DANCEworks residency.

Adam Barruch and his dance partner, Chelsea Bonosky will be appearing in Santa Barbara on April 19 in a private event for DANCEworks donors and media. He will present excerpts from his recent work, Belladonna. Belladonna is loosely based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Rappaccini’s Daughter” – the tale of a beautiful woman sustained only by the poisonous botanicals in her father’s garden, and the young man who becomes obsessed with her. Watch here. *Contains scenes of female nudity.

During his visit Adam will be meeting with area talent to prep for his September residency and the work that he will create during that time. Interested applicants for Music Director and Female Vocalist/Actress can email Sheila Caldwell for more information. A call will be going out seeking experienced area dancers to be part of the new Sweeney Todd production underway. Stay tuned to, SBDANCEworks’ Facebook & Twitter channels for all the details.

“Barruch is a young master of modern dance.” –

“Mr. Barruch and Ms. Bonosky, well-matched as dance partners, move like silk” – New York Times

About Adam Barruch
Adam Barruch began his career as a young actor, performing professionally on Broadway and in film and television–working with prominent figures such as Tony Bennett, Jerry Herman and Susan Stroman. He later received dance training at LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts and attended Juilliard School in the dance division. Since then, Adam has been on a dizzying path, collecting awards and residencies for his choreography. His company has performed at Jacob’s Pillow, the Harris Theatre, Bates Dance Festival and The Yard. As a dancer he has performed the works of Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Susan Marshall, Jose Limon, Daniele Dèsnoyers, and is currently a dancer with Sylvain Émard Danse in Montreal.

As a choreographer, Adam’s work has been presented at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop (NYLA), City Center, and NYU/ Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, The Juilliard School, The Ailey-Citigroup Theater, SUNY Purchase, New York University, Cedar Lake Theater and Theatre Usine C in Montreal. In March 2009, he self-produced his first full evening of original dance/theater works at The Baryshnikov Arts Center. Adam was selected as an Emerging Collaborator for Springboard Danse in Montreal in 2009. Adam was also selected as a Movement and Dance Artist-in-Residence at the Stella Adler Acting Studio, where he collaborated with solo-performance artist Lauren Marie Albert. In 2010, Adam created works for the Ailey/Fordham BFA Senior Concert and NYU Tisch School of the Arts MFA program.

“Dianne [Vapnek, DANCEworks’ Executive Director] has given me the chance to delve deeper into my craft then I have ever been before. I am extremely honored and incredibly excited for the 2015 DANCEworks Residency, and I look forward to sharing my work, and including the Santa Barbara community in our process!”

DANCEworks will be announcing open rehearsals, master classes and opportunities for the public to get involved with this dynamic company. Learn more at, and keep up to date on Facebook & Twitter.

About DANCEworks
Santa Barbara DANCEworks isn’t just about unforgettable performances. It’s about long-term relationships with the gutsiest artists in contemporary dance—relationships that allow bold choreographers to take new risks. DANCEworks is an innovative collaboration between SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara and the Lobero Theatre Foundation designed to offer notable choreographers a month-long residency in which to create, rehearse and premiere a brand new work on the Lobero stage. This partnership puts Santa Barbara on the map as a community that supports the creation of new choreography in a significant way. DANCEworks is gaining broad recognition within the world of contemporary dance and has already contributed to the careers of groundbreaking choreographers Aszure Barton, Larry Keigwin, Doug Elkins, Brian Brooks and Mark Dendy.

• Aszure Barton, who made her ravishing dance Busk during the first DANCEworks season in 2009, continues to shine. Barton and her collaborators recently won the first ever Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation Prize for Awaa. She is in great demand as an internationally recognized choreographer.

• DANCEworks’ 2010 and 2013 choreographer-in-residency, Larry Keigwin, celebrated the opening of If/Then, a new musical choreographed by Keigwin and starring Idina Menzel. He was recently selected by Paul Taylor to be one of three choreographers to create new work for the Paul Taylor Company

• 2011 choreographer-in-residence Doug Elkins sold out the his Joyce Theatre performances of Hapless Bizarre, paired with Mo(or)town/Redux–the acclaimed dance that Doug made onstage at the Lobero during his DANCEworks stay. The New York Times’ hailed Mo(or)town as, “One of the most compelling dance creations of this century.”

• Brian Brooks, in residence at DANCEworks in 2012, made his debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with a new work, Run Don’t Run. Brian is currently touring internationally to perform his duet with ballet superstar Wendy Whelan as part of her “Restless Creature Tour.”

• DANCEworks’ 2014 choreographer-in-residence, Mark Dendy, is continuing a streak of prodigious productivity with an ambitious new work, Labyrinth, which premiered at New York’s Abrons Arts Center. The New York Times declared, “As long as artists like Mr. Dendy are making such distinctive, impulsive, personal work, there’s hope for the old town yet.”


Angie Bertucci 805.679.6010

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