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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Among the most original forces in contemporary dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is renowned for its exceptionally talented dancers performing diverse, adventurous repertoire. Celebrating its 40th season, the “beloved, ever-changing but always virtuosic company” (Chicago Tribune) affirms its role in advancing the art of dance as it presents an international program of works by masterful choreographers including Crystal Pite, William Forsythe and Nacho Duato.

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Tue 10/3/17 8:00PM Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

ODC/Dance: <i>boulders and bones</i>
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

San Francisco’s acclaimed modern dance group ODC/Dance presents its mesmerizing multimedia performance boulders and bones in Santa Barbara before making its headlining appearance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. “A colossal triumph of the imagination” (The Huffington Post), boulders and bones traces the shifting light, changing landscape and raw natural materials of an Andy Goldsworthy installation and transforms these images into an exploration of the process of creation. Co-choreographed by ODC artistic directors Brenda Way and KT Nelson, the movement is set to a live, driving electro-acoustic score composed by cellist Zoë Keating.

Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or
Tue 10/17/17 8:00PM ODC/Dance: boulders and bones

<i>The Nutcracker</i>
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, December 17, 2017, 2:00pm

Presented by State Street Ballet

State Street Ballet brings together its professional dancers, students of Gustafson Dance, and Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra to perform the holiday classic in Santa Barbara style. Compete with opulent sets, a gigantic Christmas tree, and The Granada Theatre's period-perfect architecture, this production is a family-favorite. With sets, costumes, and staging that capture the Salvic history of the ballet, it's a richly beautiful performance that delights audiences of all ages!

Sat 12/16/17 2:00PM The Nutcracker
Sat 12/16/17 7:30PM The Nutcracker
Sun 12/17/17 2:00PM The Nutcracker

Pilobolus Dance Theater
Sunday, January 28, 2018, 7:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Pilobolus is one of the world’s most beloved companies of dance illusionists, renowned for its mix of humor, invention and drama. Celebrated for its unique, diverse collaborations, Pilobolus’ highly-imaginative works combine athleticism, grace and jaw-dropping imagery, earning them critical acclaim as well as popular appeal. Their awards include the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in choreography, and they have performed at high-profile cultural events such as the Academy Awards. Still evolving after 35 years, Pilobolus continues to blaze new trails while establishing a dance vocabulary all its own.

Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or
Sun 1/28/18 7:00PM Pilobolus Dance Theater

Compagnie Accrorap/Kader Attou
Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

French-born Algerian choreographer Kader Attou, with his company Accrorap, is one of the foremost representatives of French hip-hop dance. Since the exciting emergence of breakdance in the 1980s, Attou, director of Centre Chorégraphique National de La Rochelle, has sculpted an aesthetic that blends street moves, Indian kathak and contemporary dance. Now decades into a celebrated career, he makes his West Coast debut with an introspective look at his journey so far, set to a stirring mix of crackling classical and electronic records. Performed by 11 exceptional hip-hop dancers who have honed their unique styles over the years, The Roots is a transformative evening-length performance that represents the heart of hip hop.

Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or
Tue 2/6/18 8:00PM Compagnie Accrorap/Kader Attou

Companía Nacional de Danza
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 8:00pm
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 8:00pm

Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Founded in 1979, Madrid’s Compañía Nacional de Danza returns to Santa Barbara with a work that is a statement of its compelling artistic direction. Johan Inger’s Carmen is a visionary retelling of mythic and universal elements of passion and violence. Debuting in 2015, and winning the coveted Benois de la Danse prize for choreography in 2016, this contemporary Carmen tells the tale through the eyes of a child, with its heroine a courageous and modern woman, the mountains of Ronda reimagined as poor suburbs, the military now senior executives and the bullfighter recast as a movie star.

Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or
Tue 3/6/18 8:00PM Companía Nacional de Danza
Wed 3/7/18 8:00PM Companía Nacional de Danza

Mark Morris Dance Group: <i>Pepperland</i>
Thursday, May 10, 2018, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Hailed as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (The New York Times), Mark Morris returns to Santa Barbara with Pepperland, a new evening-length work celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Created for the City of Liverpool’s season-long tribute to the groundbreaking album, Pepperland features Morris’ ingenuity and musicality and is accompanied live by a seven-piece chamber ensemble. An original score by Ethan Iverson intersperses arrangements of album favorites “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “A Day in the Life,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Within You Without You” and “Penny Lane” with six original Pepper-inspired pieces intended especially for Morris. Co-commissioned by UCSB Arts & Lectures, this colorful work is a must-see for dance and Beatles fans alike.

Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or
Thu 5/10/18 8:00PM Mark Morris Dance Group: Pepperland