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Alonzo King LINES Ballet
2016/2017 UCSB Arts & Lectures
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Celebrated contemporary ballet company Alonzo King LINES Ballet imbues classical ballet with new expression. Guided by the unique artistic direction of Alonzo King, “one of the few bona fide visionaries in the ballet world today” (San Francisco Chronicle), the California-based company collaborates with noted composers, musicians and visual artists from around the world as King continues to develop classical forms and techniques into a new language of movement. His understanding of ballet is brought to life by the company’s extraordinary dancers. As it deconstructs the familiar and introduces the unexpected, Alonzo King LINES Ballet redefines what you thought you knew about ballet.


Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Index.aspx
Sat 10/8/16 8:00PM The Granada Theatre Alonzo King LINES Ballet


<i>An American Tango</i>
2016/2017 State Street Ballet
An American Tango
State Street Ballet’s 2016-17 Season opens with an homage to the Jazz Age and two of the ballroom era’s most popular dancers, Frank and Yolanda Veloz. Featuring music by Waller, Gershwin, Ellington, and others, and based on a script by Guy Veloz, this multi-media dance/theatre production was hailed by the Montecito Journal as “an entertaining theatrical tour-de-force,” and by Steven Woodruff (seedance.com) as “a heartfelt and visually appealing production for the stage by one of America’s vibrant, chamber ballet companies.”

Tickets*: Patron (loge or box seating) $104. Single performance tickets: $56, $46, $36. State Street Ballet Season Package of three or more performances: $46, $40, $30. Students/children $24. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. If buying 3 State Street Ballet performances or more, please call the box office @ 805-899-2222 for subscription discount packages.


Sat 10/22/16 7:30PM The Granada Theatre An American Tango


Lil Buck
2016/2017 UCSB Arts & Lectures
Lil Buck
Memphis jookin’ phenomenon Lil Buck recently wrapped up a stint on Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour, performed a highly-praised program at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, took his act to the Kennedy Center and appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. One of the world’s most in-demand performers, Lil Buck received international attention when Damian Woetzel – former principal dancer at New York City Ballet – paired him with Yo-Yo Ma, resulting in a mesmerizing performance to The Swan. That collaboration introduced the world to Lil Buck’s “elegant ripple of movement and footwork, exuberant and seemingly gravity resistant” (The Wall Street Journal). Lil Buck went on to perform with New York City Ballet and in Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: One and is now lauded for his prestigious and wide-ranging collaborations. Here, this genre-defying artist reunites with Woetzel in an adventurous endeavor featuring tabla player Sandeep Das, violinist Johnny Gandelsman, Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato and fellow jookin’ star Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles.


Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Index.aspx
Tue 10/25/16 8:00PM The Granada Theatre Lil Buck


<i>The Nutcracker</i>
2016/2017 State Street Ballet
The Nutcracker
State Street Ballet brings together its professional dancers, students of Gustafson Dance, Opera San Luis Obispo Orchestra, and the Morro Bay High School Chorus to perform this holiday classic in Santa Barbara style. Complete with opulent sets, a gigantic Christmas tree, and The Granada’s period-perfect architecture, State Street Ballet’s Nutcracker is a family-favorite.

Tickets*: Patron (loge or box seating) $104. Single performance tickets: $56, $46, $36. State Street Ballet Season Package of three or more performances: $46, $40, $30. Students/children $24. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. If buying 3 State Street Ballet performances or more, please call the box office @ 805-899-2222 for subscription discount packages.


Sat 12/17/16 2:00PM The Granada Theatre The Nutcracker
Sat 12/17/16 7:30PM The Granada Theatre The Nutcracker
Sun 12/18/16 2:00PM The Granada Theatre The Nutcracker


Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company
2016/2017 UCSB Arts & Lectures
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company
Director and choreographer Bill T. Jones – whose major honors include a MacArthur “Genius” Award, the Kennedy Center Honors and two Tony Awards for Best Choreography – returns to the stage at the center of an acclaimed new work for his renowned company. In spired by legendary artist and composer John Cage, Jones creates a collage of dance, music and 70 of his own short stories, arranged anew for each performance by chance procedure. In Story/Time, Jones fuses the age-old art of storytelling with a vibrant landscape of contemporary movement and music. Similar to a busy streetscape or a crowded room, the experience challenges audience members to find meaning and connection in the sweep of randomized, disparate elements. Jones’ shorts stories are drawn from his own life and tales handed down through the generations of his family. In layering a traditional form against the avant-garde compositional concerns of the mid-century modernists, the tension between high and low art is called into question. (Mature content)


Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Index.aspx
Fri 1/20/17 8:00PM The Granada Theatre Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company


Canada’s Ballet BC
2016/2017 UCSB Arts & Lectures
Canada’s Ballet BC
Canada’s Ballet BC pushes the boundaries of dance, celebrating the diversity of technique and style in contemporary ballet while honoring its roots. Based in Vancouver, Ballet BC performs a diverse repertoire of works by the world’s most renowned choreographers and is a hotbed for the creation of new pieces. This ambitious company’s unique dancers, each with exquisite classical and contemporary training, will perform a bold program featuring works by three internationally acclaimed female choreographers: Emily Molnar’s 16+ a room is a study of time, transition and stillness; Sharon Eyal’s Bill delivers raw, unexpected beauty; Crystal Pite, former Ballet BC company member and founder of Kidd Pivot, explores themes of acceptance and loss with Solo Echo.


Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Index.aspx
Fri 2/3/17 8:00PM The Granada Theatre Canada’s Ballet BC


The 7 Fingers of the Hand
2016/2017 UCSB Arts & Lectures
The 7 Fingers of the Hand
In the words of this award-winning French Canadian cirque troupe, “life happens in the kitchen,” and never has the kitchen been more alive. Eye-popping choreography, pulsating music, humor and spectacle are fused with delicious smells and sights of baking in a treat for the senses. With beautifully unexpected dexterity, The 7 Fingers of the Hand’s Cuisine & Confessions reveals the extraordinary hidden within the ordinary, as the simple act of cooking a meal is transformed into a one-of-a-kind performance that must be experienced to be believed. No mouth-watering performance would be complete without the chance for the audience to taste the creations of this elaborately choreographed meal!


Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Index.aspx
Mon 2/6/17 7:00PM The Granada Theatre The 7 Fingers of the Hand


<i>Rite of Spring</i>
2016/2017 State Street Ballet
Rite of Spring
Rite of Spring is the centerpiece of this contemporary program, and it promises to be a stellar world premiere. The ballet is set on the company by resident choreographer William Soleau, to the score by Igor Stravinsky, who described it as "a musical-choreographic work, representing pagan Russia...unified by a single idea: the mystery and great surge of the creative power of spring.” The ritualistic and avant-garde nature of the piece delivers much to contemplate in its exploration of contemporary movement.

Tickets*: Patron (loge or box seating) $104. Single performance tickets: $56, $46, $36. State Street Ballet Season Package of three or more performances: $46, $40, $30. Students/children $24. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. If buying 3 State Street Ballet performances or more, please call the box office @ 805-899-2222 for subscription discount packages.


Sat 2/18/17 7:30PM The Granada Theatre Rite of Spring


Dorrance Dance
2016/2017 UCSB Arts & Lectures
Dorrance Dance
A Bessie Award-winning troupe known for “blasting open our notions of tap,” Dorrance Dance pushes tap dance’s tradition – rhythmically, aesthetically and conceptually. Street, club and experimental dance forms awaken to the furious rhythms of America’s long-standing jazz vernacular in a new, dynamically compelling context. Founder Michelle Dorrance, a MacArthur Fellow, is considered “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker). This Santa Barbara favorite from the 2014-2015 Dance series returns to perform a new program: SOUNDspace, an exciting work that explores movement as music; and ETM (“electronic tap music”), a nod toward electronic dance music with acoustic and digitally produced sounds.


Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Index.aspx
Wed 3/8/17 8:00PM The Granada Theatre Dorrance Dance


<i>Cinderella</i>
2016/2017 State Street Ballet
Cinderella
State Street Ballet ’s Cinderella, which premiered in 2004 and has since gone on to be a highly-successful touring program across the country, returns to its perfect setting—The Granada stage. A light-hearted retelling of the classic story, this entertaining production brings together all your favorite characters: the beautiful Cinderella, her evil stepsisters (male dancers costumed in hoop skirts), the handsome prince and the guests at his ball. Opulent sets and digital animation augment the theatricality of this beloved performance that warms the hearts of audiences of all ages. Part of State Street Ballet’s Family Series, it’s an event you won’t want to miss!

Photo by David Bazemore


Tickets*: Patron (loge or box seating) $104. Single performance tickets: $56, $46, $36. State Street Ballet Season Package of three or more performances: $46, $40, $30. Students/children $24. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. If buying 3 State Street Ballet performances or more, please call the box office @ 805-899-2222 for subscription discount packages.


Sun 4/9/17 2:00PM The Granada Theatre Cinderella


Compagnie Herve KOUBI
2016/2017 UCSB Arts & Lectures
Compagnie Herve KOUBI
Recognized as one of Europe’s most distinctive choreographers, Hervé Koubi makes his Southern California debut with What the Day Owes to the Night, a highly physical, stunningly fluid work that invokes the complex interwoven threads of his French-Algerian ancestral history. Combining capoeira, urban and contemporary dance with powerful imagery evocative of Orientalist paintings and the stone filigree of Islamic architecture, 12 French-Algerian and African male dancers appear in a striking contrasts of light and dark, skin and textile and whirling yet chiseled movement to reveal a powerful interpretation of an internal quest.


Tickets may also be available from Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Index.aspx
Tue 4/18/17 8:00PM The Granada Theatre Compagnie Herve KOUBI