Bolero Santa Barbara Has Begun

Last night, more than fifty eager community members converged on the Lobero Theatre, where New York choreographer Larry Keigwin held a casting call for Bolero Santa Barbara, a piece he will create over the course of this month as part of a DANCEworks residency. Keigwin is calling for up to 70 community members to take part in the 15-minute production, and insists no dance experience is necessary. "As far as I'm concerned, you're all cast," he told the assembled group last night.

Photo: David Bazemore

The ensuing two-hour rehearsal involved a good deal of hilarity and a bit of choreography, the good-natured Keigwin darting between participants to direct movement and select individuals for brief, starring roles. So far, most of the choreography is based on walking in time to the 6-count structure of the music: Maurice Ravel's "Bolero."

The full schedule of rehearsals is out, with performers asked to attend 3 sessions a week in the earlier part of April, and daily rehearsals as the show approached. Keigwin hopes more men and children will join the cast, and invites anyone interested to come check out the process. The final performance takes place as part of Larry Keigwin + Company's show at the Lobero Theatre on April 23 and 24 at 8pm. For more information, check out or

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