Medusa Dances: Live Dance, Improvisational Music, and Digital Video

Film Fest Sponsors Live Dance Performance

Robin Bisio and a group of Santa Barbara dancers, filmmakers, digital artists and musicians put on a performance during the Film Festival.
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Leila Drake, Cybil Gilbertson, Nicole Helton, Sarah Pon, Dorrie Tames Powell, Melissa Ullom and Emily Wheeler were the dancers. Robin Bisio, choreographer, and Catherine Bennett, filmmaker, were the creators. The music was by Jim Connolly, Amelia Nuding and Charlie Roberts. There was also live video processing by Wes Smith.

This live sidebar to the film festival made a great contrast to the seats of the Arlington and the Lobero. There were no celebrities, no red carpet, and no shoes as people sat on the floor, many for the full two hours that the program went on. What kept them there was a tasteful, intelligent, and well-balanced multi-dimensional production design, great music, and most of all a core of wonderful, authentic, expressive modern dance set on great, masterful dancers.

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