Upcoming Events



<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. Complete 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 Slavic 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 https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Index.aspx
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 https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Index.aspx
Tue 2/6/18 8:00PM Compagnie Accrorap/Kader Attou


Cirque Éloize: <i>Saloon</i>
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Be transported to a dusty gathering place with Saloon, Cirque Éloize’s music-packed theatrical thrill ride inspired by the Wild West. A driving force in the circus art reinvention movement, the Montreal-based circus troupe has been creating award-winning cirque shows for nearly 25 years and ranks among the world’s leading contemporary circuses. In this acrobatic adventure, 11 top-level cast members will perform phenomenal physical feats set to live music featuring songs from Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. Swing open the doors and rustle up some fun for the entire family.

Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Index.aspx
Wed 2/7/18 7:00PM Cirque Éloize: Saloon


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 https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Index.aspx
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 https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Index.aspx
Thu 5/10/18 8:00PM Mark Morris Dance Group: Pepperland