Upcoming Events

Martha Graham Dance Company: <i>The EVE Project</i>
Friday, January 24, 2020, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment
Janet Eilber,
Artistic Director

Martha Graham is inarguably the mother of American modern dance. One of the greatest artists of the 20th century – and a graduate of Santa Barbara High School – she forever altered the fabric of dance by creating an entirely new style of movement. She made a lasting impact as a groundbreaking choreographer who influenced generations of artists. Today, the Martha Graham Dance Company exemplifies all she stood for and keeps her spirit of ingenuity alive by showcasing Graham masterpieces and new works inspired by her legacy. In celebration of the centennial of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote, the company has created The EVE Project, a collection that makes bold statements about female power, placing signature Graham classics – including Diversion of Angels and Chronicle – alongside new commissions.

Tickets may also be available from UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or online through their website.

Fri 1/24/20 8:00PM Martha Graham Dance Company: The EVE Project

FLIP Fabrique
Sunday, February 9, 2020, 6:30pm (note special time)
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures
Nouveau Cirque from Quebec


With some of today’s most exciting circus performers, live original music and breathtaking visual poetry, FLIP Fabrique’s brand new cirque show Blizzard is taking the stage by storm! What if winter took over, outside in the streets and inside houses, blanketing our entire world with snow? Blizzard is a crazy, fun and tender invitation to get lost in a moment of white wonder. Bringing the best in contemporary circus from Quebec to Santa Barbara, these expert jugglers, high flyers, aerialists and acrobats create a Blizzard that promises to blow away everything in its path.

Tickets may also be available from UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or online through their website.

Sun 2/9/20 6:30PM FLIP Fabrique

Cirque Éloize
Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 7:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures


Montreal’s Cirque Éloize blows into town with an elegant new work to celebrate its 25th anniversary. A combination of acrobatics, theater, dance and live music, Hotel channels Art Deco-era Hollywood glamour. A leader in contemporary circus, Cirque Éloize is reinventing circus as many of us still know it, while featuring classic acts like the Cyr wheel, juggling, hand-to-hand, aerial ropes and straps, clowning and the Chinese pole. Hotel balances thematic rigor with physical risk and a jazzy score featuring vocals and piano, plus instruments played by the performers.

Tickets may also be available from UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or online through their website.

Tue 2/18/20 7:00PM Cirque Éloize

Grupo Corpo
Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 8:00pm
Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Bach & Gira
Paulo Pederneiras
, Artistic Director

Brazil’s leading contemporary dance troupe Grupo Corpo returns with a phenomenal double bill of two wildly different works that showcase the 21-member group’s extraordinary range. In Gira, choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras constructs a powerful glossary of gestures of praise and movement inspired by Afro-Brazilian religious rituals, set to music by the Brazilian fusion group Méta Méta. In Bach, the baroque world of J.S. Bach is made modern in a score by Marco Antônio Guimarães, with dancers in brilliant shades of gold, regal blue and black dropping from a set of enormous organ pipes. Grupo Corpo delivers a dazzling celebration of Brazil in all its diversity.

Tickets may also be available from UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or online through their website.

Tue 2/25/20 8:00PM Grupo Corpo

<i>Sleeping Beauty</i>
Saturday, March 14, 2020, 7:30pm
Presented by State Street Ballet

A modern take on a favorite fairytale, this new full-length ballet combines original choreography with classical elements set to Tchaikovsky's celebrated score.

Sat 3/14/20 7:30PM Sleeping Beauty

Lyon Opera Ballet
Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 8:00pm
Thursday, April 2, 2020, 8:00pm

Presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures
West Coast Premiere

Trois Grandes Fugues
Yorgos Loukos,
Artistic Director

France’s world-renowned Lyon Opera Ballet performs the West Coast premiere of its acclaimed Trois Grandes Fugues, a revolutionary program featuring three responses to Beethoven’s beloved masterpiece “Grosse Fuge” by three major women choreographers – France’s rebellious Maguy Marin, America’s meticulous Lucinda Childs and Belgium’s hypnotic Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. The acclaimed 35-member company is known for its exceptionally ambitious and diverse repertory, showcasing a stunningly broad range of choreographers, from Merce Cunningham to William Forsythe. With this “simple yet audacious idea” (The New York Times), the company highlights different interpretations of choreography, movement and musicality, performed to the fullest by an extraordinary cast of dancers.

Tickets may also be available from UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or online through their website.

Wed 4/1/20 8:00PM Lyon Opera Ballet
Thu 4/2/20 8:00PM Lyon Opera Ballet