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Posted on October 22 at 6:11 p.m.
Thank you Elizabeth for coming out to each and every event in S.B. to get a full feel for the magic our community generated. Numero Uno Partner in all things playful Stephen Kelly – for sure, none of this would not have been birthed without his contributions. Event One: our beloved Susan Alexander of Susan Alexander teaches keeping contemporary dance alive with her classes creating a space where hosting the master class was possible. Event Two: the Fishbon community doing such an awesome job of maintaining the Pesci for the community for artists to connect and share their work and her role in NECTAR:Affinity. Event Three: Stephen arranging for the space for the brunch to be held and the family that graciously opened their home. Event Four: Cybil Gilbertson doing an outstanding job with building NECTAR from the ground up and graciously allowing us to integrate an episode of NECTAR into the Festival. Event Five: John Pennington of PDG – his glorious space – his immeasurable gifts. The list of thanks is long, long, long . . . grins of gratitude to each and every individual that played a part in making this magic happen. Hip Hip Hooray!
On Affinity III, at Various Locations
Posted on June 15 at 1:01 p.m.
Thanks David for sharing this with the community. Beautifully written!
In addition to all of the awesome things you wrote about Frank I'd like to share that he was a HUGE supporter of the arts! When I first became a part of the family I remember trotting down press releases he'd written to the local press. Press releases written for his son Stephen's concerts. He did everything he could to help get the word out about those concerts. He would ask for flyers, and more flyers, and yet more flyers telling all of his friends to come to our events. He gave freely of his heart and soul as an audience member for all of our events. He was a generous patron giving to the Future Traditions Foundation to support SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre helping the company manifest many glorious projects which in turn touched many, many lives.
Oh gosh...and there was the beauty of his Friday night dialogs conducted in the intimacy of his living room where people from all walks of life were welcome to come and talk about everything and anything enrichened so many within our community. A small way of giving expression to his dream of establishing a "Center for Humanity's Future." The dream wasn't realized in a HUGE way but the dream was alive on Friday nights on Padre Street. Frank was well loved by this community, by his caregiver, and loved hugely by his companion Christine who was ever present at these events!
I've put up a Facebook page for Frank for people to share their thoughts & memories of Frank.
Thanks again David for writing this! The family is planning a service mid-July at Trinity, but it seems as if he wanted his life celebrated in many venues, so there will most likely be more than one event.
On Frank Kelly in Memoriam
Posted on April 22 at 6:02 p.m.
We ALSO feel so lucky to have such an amazing patron of dance like Dianne Vapnek living in our community: what a visionary! Great article Elizabeth. Your writing just keeps getting better, and better, and better, and better! Looking forwards to hula hooping with you tonight!
On Keigwin + Company Premiere "Bolero Santa Barbara"
Posted on April 14 at 12:12 p.m.
Thanks so much for the story about Pat! I got to know him some 30 years ago when I was working as a waitress at Bob's Big Boy - I didn't know he had passed... I'm so saddened by the loss. Tragic . . . !!! Condolences sent out to family and friends. You'll be missed Pat although your music, laughter, spontanaeity and warmth will live on in our hearts. Hugs to you and may your transition into whatever comes next be joyous and full of light.
On Remembering Pat Milliken
Posted on November 10 at 4:30 p.m.
On Nov 5: The Dawn of a New Day: Elation, Exhaustion, and a lot of Paperwork
Posted on April 24 at 12:04 p.m.
Thanks for taking the time to review our work. I had no idea the middle section came across as being "gymnastic". My work is a lot about truth telling and being honest. What came out seems utterly honest so I hit that mark from a personal choreographic perspective. In that it takes the audience to complete the process feedback is always greatly appreciated.
For myself, this section is about pushing the limits of human physicality as an expression of the grim determination of what it takes to overcome struggles that can be debilitating. Sometimes it just takes feats of power and strength to break on through to something new. Survival does require a lot of rough and tough tumbling. I suppose sometimes it does require gymnastics to overcome in the turbulence of life. In that we'll be performing the work again at Center Stage on May 25th I'll work more with this image so that more of this comes across. There is a fourth section to the work that comes before the gymnastic section and perhaps it really needs this. I cut it out for sake of brevity.
Anyways:thanks so much for the food for thought. It pushes me to grow as a choreographer. It would be great to have you come and see the work again on May 25th when we perform it again at Center Stage Theater. We took it on tour last weekend to Monterey and Santa Cruz and audiences loved it. Sometimes taking stuff out of town is what is needed most for a work to grow.