Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 7, 2018, 2:00 pm

Presented by State Street Ballet

State Street Ballet opens the 2018-19 season with Chaplin, a groundbreaking full-length world premiere based on one of the most iconic and creative artists of the Twentieth Century. This remarkable collaboration by three diverse choreographers—Kevin Jenkins, Edgar Zendejas, and resident choreographer and Co-artistic Director William Soleau—brings to life the immensely complicated but uniquely comedic world of Charlie Chaplin. Dance, combined with multimedia, soundscapes, mime, and a host of other elements, takes the audience on a spellbinding, delightful ride into the emotional mind and creative genius that was Chaplin.

“A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.” – Charlie Chaplin

Sat 10/6/18 7:30PM Chaplin
Sun 10/7/18 2:00PM Chaplin

Company Wang Ramirez
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures
Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez, Artistic Directors


Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang create dance-theater works that are deeply rooted in hip hop and street culture, but also thrive on blending different artistic traditions to enlightening artistic effect. Created for six performers – five dancers and an aerial rigger – Borderline is a series of stunning and intimate vignettes about human relationships, love and hate, joy and sorrow and how the dialogue between technique and creativity takes flight. The performers thwart gravity and defy borders with movements both poetic and primal, set to an atmospheric original soundtrack that incorporates electronica, spoken word and trance guitar.

Tickets may also be purchased directly through the UCSB Arts & Lectures website.

Sat 10/13/18 8:00PM Company Wang Ramirez

Cirque Mechanics
Sunday, October 14, 2018, 7:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

42FT: A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels

Step right up ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, to Cirque Mechanics’ world of gears and canvas, pulleys and sawdust. 42FT: A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels is the latest invention from Cirque Mechanics, a premier American circus with innovative staging and inspiring storytelling that’s “intelligently conceived and expertly executed” (The New York Times). This modern, family-friendly take on the traditional one-ring circus showcases a galloping metal horse, a rotating tent frame for strongmen, acrobats, aerialists and more. Leap into the ring and experience hair-raising acrobatics, mind boggling mechanical wonders and a bit of clowning around.

Tickets may also be purchased directly through the UCSB Arts & Lectures website.

Sun 10/14/18 7:00PM Cirque Mechanics

Compagnie Käfig
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures
Mourad Merzouki, Artistic Director


Precision, energy, speed, power – France’s acclaimed Compagnie Käfig merges elements of Brazilian urban dance and capoeira with hip hop, modern dance and circus arts in its breakneck productions. Created in collaboration with French digital production studio Adrien M & Claire B, Pixel is a masterpiece featuring the company’s 11 outstanding dancers navigating a sophisticated interactive environment of light and lasers that confounds our perceptions of what is virtual and what is real. A global phenomenon, Pixel is a surreal brew of bodies and abstractions yielding a visionary approach to both video and bodily gesture.

Tickets may also be purchased directly through the UCSB Arts & Lectures website.

Tue 11/13/18 8:00PM Compagnie Käfig

<i>The Rite of Spring</i>
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, November 18, 2018, 3:00pm

Presented by Santa Barbara Symphony
Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
Ensemble Theatre Company Jonathan Fox, Executive Artistic Director
State Street Ballet William Soleau, Co-Artistic Director

Ensemble Theatre and State Street Ballet join the symphony for this landmark program marking the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s Faustian parable The Soldier’s Tale paired with his ballet The Rite of Spring, a work that changed the course of 20th-century music.

Sat 11/17/18 8:00PM The Rite of Spring
Sun 11/18/18 3:00PM The Rite of Spring

<i>The Nutcracker</i>
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2:00pm

Presented by State Street Ballet

State Street Ballet brings this annual favorite to the grandeur of The Granada. Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra and the talented students of Gustafson Dance join State Street Ballet’s professional dancers in this celebration of the magic of the holiday season. Through virtuosic dancing, opulent sets and costumes, and brilliant comedic moments, the beloved story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince delights audiences of all ages. Three performances only!

“Opulent productions that remind us what a night at the theater is all about!” - Noozhawk

Sat 12/15/18 2:00PM The Nutcracker
Sat 12/15/18 7:30PM The Nutcracker
Sun 12/16/18 2:00PM The Nutcracker

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Sunday, January 27, 2019, 7:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Dancing the fine line between high art and high camp, the internationally-beloved Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has delighted audiences around the world for four decades. With brilliant pointe work and vibrant drag costumes, this all-male ballet troupe delivers a loving tribute to the art form’s ornate glories with witty parodies of dance classics, from Swan Lake to Martha Graham. Combining an encyclopedic knowledge of ballet with a wicked comedic sensibility, the Trocks offer a buoyant and hilarious evening for dance aficionados and novices alike.

Tickets may also be purchased directly through the UCSB Arts & Lectures website.

Sun 1/27/19 7:00PM Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

The 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts)
Thursday, February 7, 2019, 7:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures


Montreal’s award-winning contemporary circus troupe presents its latest creation, a playful and poignant exploration of the role ancestors play in the shaping of modern identities. For Réversible, the company’s cast members researched generations of family history, interviewing grandparents and great-grandparents about their aspirations, struggles and secrets. Through astonishing acrobatics, aerial stunts and dynamic dance movement, the artists build an intergenerational bridge between past and present, then and now. “The collective virtuosity of this troupe is something to see – and, crucially, to feel” (The Boston Globe).

Tickets may also be purchased directly through the UCSB Arts & Lectures website.

Thu 2/7/19 7:00PM The 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts)

Jessica Lang Dance
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures
Jessica Lang, Artistic Director

New York-based Jessica Lang Dance – a magnificent company of 10 dancers – will debut a repertoire rich in stunning movement, dynamic visuals and beautiful cinematic composition. A 2014 Bessie Award recipient, Lang seamlessly incorporates dramatic design elements that transform classical ballet language into artfully crafted contemporary works. JLD’s program – Lines Cubed, The Calling, Glow, Solo Bach, Sweet Silent Thought and Thousand Yard Stare – teems with an array of striking choreography and imagery.

Tickets may also be purchased directly through the UCSB Arts & Lectures website.

Thu 2/21/19 8:00PM Jessica Lang Dance

The Joffrey Ballet
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 8:00pm
Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 8:00pm

Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures
Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director

Two Nights! Two Programs!

Among America’s premier ballet companies, Chicago-based Joffrey Ballet returns with two spellbinding nights of cutting-edge programs featuring one of Balanchine’s earliest experimental works, two pieces by modern ballet master Nicolas Blanc, the unique cinematic vision of Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman, contemporary ballet darling Justin Peck with a work set to a score by Philip Glass, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s spellbinding depiction of a turbulent cloud formation. These tour-de-force, wide-ranging programs display the inestimable skill of The Joffrey Ballet’s dancers, classically trained to the highest standards, and the company’s unique, inclusive perspective on dance.

Tickets may also be purchased directly through the UCSB Arts & Lectures website.

Tue 3/5/19 8:00PM The Joffrey Ballet
Wed 3/6/19 8:00PM The Joffrey Ballet

<i>The Jungle Book</i>
Sunday, March 24, 2019, 2:00pm
Presented by State Street Ballet

Rudyard Kipling’s famous tale of the “laws of the jungle” will ignite your sense of adventure. Colorful, upbeat, and wildly entertaining, this original production has successfully toured throughout California and the Southwestern United States. With choreography by Rodney Gustafson and Kassandra Taylor Newberry, and an original score by Czech composer Milan Svoboda, State Street Ballet’s dancers will take you on a whimsical journey through the jungles and forests of India.

“A joy to behold.” – Noozhawk

Sun 3/24/19 2:00PM The Jungle Book

Shen Yun
Friday, March 29, 2019, 7:30pm
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 2:00pm
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 31, 2019, 1:00pm

Presented by US Southwestern Falun Dafa Association

Shen Yun World Tour 2019

Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of authentic Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty, purity, and tremendous energy leave audiences greatly uplifted and deeply inspired.

“Absolutely the no. 1 show in the world, absolutely the best—no other company or of any style can match this.”
—Kenn Wells, former lead dancer of the English National Ballet

Fri 3/29/19 7:30PM Shen Yun
Sat 3/30/19 2:00PM Shen Yun
Sat 3/30/19 7:30PM Shen Yun
Sun 3/31/19 1:00PM Shen Yun

Ballet Preljocaj
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures
Angelin Preljocaj, Artistic Director

Choreographer Angelin Preljocaj’s La Fresque (The Painting on the Wall) navigates the space between representation and reality as it interprets the fantastical Chinese tale of a painting come to life and a journey into another dimension. “Infused with sensual beauty” (Le Figaro, France), it immerses the audience into the fantastical world of Pu Songling’s “The Painted Wall” with riveting choreography augmented by evocative sets, videos and an electro-fusion score by Nicolas Godin (co-founder of Air). Demonstrating Preljocaj’s “clean, clear lines and virtuosic speed and coordination” (The New York Times), ideas of illusion, transcendence and the place of art in today’s society are omnipresent in this contemporary work for 10 dancers.

Tickets may also be purchased directly through the UCSB Arts & Lectures website.

Tue 4/16/19 8:00PM Ballet Preljocaj

Che Malamba
Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 7:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Powerhouse Argentina-based company Che Malambo is back with a foot-stomping, boleadora-twirling, bombos-beating vengeance after delivering the surprise hit of A&L’s 2016-2017 season with their Santa Barbara debut. Bringing fiery, fast-paced malambo to the contemporary stage, the company celebrates the unique South American tradition of the gaucho with an exhilarating percussive dance and music spectacle that offers nonstop thrills for the entire family.

Tickets may also be purchased directly through the UCSB Arts & Lectures website.

Wed 5/1/19 7:00PM Che Malamba

Dorrance Dance
Sunday, May 5, 2019, 7:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures
Michelle Dorrance, Artistic Director

A rare artist who makes dance as innovative as it is engaging, tap genius Michelle Dorrance leads a company comprised of some of the best hoofers in the business. The MacArthur Fellow returns with a mesmerizing evening-length work that combines rhythm with interactive electronic music technology. The entire stage is an instrument as eight incredible dancers on electronic tap boards – plus three musicians playing live – become an orchestra creating an exciting visual and auditory polyphony that merges modernity and tradition into pure bliss.

Tickets may also be purchased directly through the UCSB Arts & Lectures website.

Sun 5/5/19 7:00PM Dorrance Dance