SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre - 1996-2012

LIST OF ACTIVITY 
The Future Traditions Foundation is the name of the 501 (c) 3 established for both SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre and to help service Santa Barbara county artists. SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre existed in context of this 501 (c) 3 so I share the list of activity in this context. I hope to flesh this archive out with images of programs, videos of performances, related reviews and such.

The Future Traditions Foundation received its 501 (c) 3 status in 1998.  Following is a timeline for projects we have undertaken and completed which will provide you with an overview of our history.

 

YEAR ONE: 1998

           

Projects:        


 

Center Stage Theatre: “Collective, Choreographic Dreams”

A collaborative showing of choreographic work and installation art created and produced by Santa Barbara Artists at Center Stage Theatre.  

Project Report - Cover

Project Report


 

Music Academy of the West:  “Islands of Joy”

Presentation of the Raga Kings first concert. Artists involved were Stephen Kelly (piano), Montino Bourbon (sarod), and Greg Johnston (tablas).  Please see files for project program, press, etc.

PRESS RELEASE

PROGRAM

TICKETS


            California Arts Council Grant

Receipt of a CAC grant for assistance in producing  “Collective, Choreographic Dreams”

 

YEAR TWO: 1999

 

Projects:        

           

Ajiva Dance Theatre/Plexus:  Umbrella Services, Costume Subsidy, Space Subsidy

Provision of free umbrella services to Ajiva/Plexus dance theatre receiving and disbursing contributions appropriately.  Offering support to the dance company by providing funds for costumes and rehearsal space.  Primary contact was Susan Shaberman.

 

            Space Subsidy Grant:  SB County Arts Commission

Receipt of a grant from the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission that was disbursed to local choreographers for rehearsal space subsidization. The project was intended to assist in the preservation of a Santa Barbara dance studio in danger of closure due to lack of sufficient funds to maintain the space.  

 

            Adopt a Dancer

Exploration of creating a program that would market professional dancers to professional athletes.  Worked with ballet dancer Mariko Crane and Michelle Knudsen on an artist mentorship program that explored this possibility.  Note:   5,548 hours of training to obtain the professional training necessary to become a professional dancer.  

                       

            Raga Kings

Presentation of the musical group the Raga Kings at the Unitarian Church.  Please see files for records.

 

            Golden Gifts Program

Provided complimentary tickets to those in need at Transition House and the Banana Bungalow.

 

            Letters to the City Council re: dance space needs.

 

YEAR THREE: 2000

 

Tongue: 

Produced a one week workshop taught by Stephanie Gilliland and Holly Johnston. The workshop concluded with a performance in what was then Santa Barbara’s “Studio B”.  

PRESS RELEASE  

TONGUE PRESS

WORKSHOP FLYER

PROGRAM

PROGRAM INSERT


 

Space Subsidies

Provided free space to local choreographers in interest of preserving an endangered studio space, Studio B. 

 

YEAR FOUR: 2001

           

Dreams in Motion

Provision of free umbrella services and consulting services to Shari Brookler. 

           

Santa Barbara County Arts Commission Grant: 

Obtainment of a grant applied towards Shari Brookler’s Dreams in Motion Project.

 

YEAR FIVE: 2002

           

Dreams in Motion

Continued provision of free umbrella services and consultation to Shari Brookler.

 

YEAR SIX: 2003

 

Center Stage Theatre

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre’s participation in the SBDA’s New Works Concert.  World premiere of Gypsy Dreams.  Choreography by Misa Kelly.  Performance & costuming by Shari Brookler.  Music by Iva Bittova.

 

Dreams in Motion

Continued provision of free umbrella services and consultation to Shari Brookler.

 

            Endangered Species

Production of a dance concert at Center Stage Theatre.  Produced by Stephen Kelly & Juliana Bertelson. 

 

           

Solvang: Danish-American Dreamland

            Free umbrella services to Ethan Turpin’s American Dreamland project.

 

YEAR SEVEN:  2004

           

Endangered Species

Production of a dance concert at Center Stage Theatre.  Produced by Stephen Kelly & Juliana Bertelson. 

 

            The Travelling Brick Show

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre collaboration with  Open Spaces Dance Collective.  Performances at the Mission Gardens, the farmer’s market, State Street, & Cabrillo Boulevard.

           

Unitarian Church: Open Spaces

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre collaboration with Open Spaces Dance Collective.  Performance and installation art presented at the Santa Barbara Unitarian Church.

 

 

YEAR EIGHT:   2005

           

Center Stage Theater

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre’s participation in the SBDA’s Works Concert.  World premiere of Cachao’s Galvanized Trash Receptacle. 

Choreography, performance, and costuming by Misa Kelly. Music by Cachao.

                       

            Company Auditions

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre holds company auditions on May 5th.

 

Company Newsletter

                        SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre publishes its first newsletter.

 

            New Works Audition

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre is accepted into the SBDA New Works concert. 

 

 

 

YEAR NINE: 2006

 EVENTS of 2006

We invite you to celebrate with us our accomplishments of 2006. To be honest, all while we've held full time jobs in other vocations. Talk about hard core!

1.0 New Works @ Center Stage Theatre - 
January 2006 - done! Fabulous event 
January 27, 28 & 29, 2006
 
World Premiere of Twang
Choreography: Misa Kelly 
Costumes: Anaya Cullen 
Music Mix: Stephen Kelly 
Performance: Colleen Bialas, Anaya Cullen, Devyn Duex, Misa Kelly, Joanna Nobbe

2.0 Rhapsodies for Humanity & the Glorious Beings Award April 14, 2006 Our first Annual Benefit Concert honoring Robert Muller and Barbara Gaughen Muller; a brilliant success. 

3.0 Monterey Dance Festival - May 2006 
SonneBlauma traveled to Monterey to participate in the Monterey Dance Fest. Performance of "Twang" at Spector Dance on May 22nd. Thank you Fran Atkins & Spector Dance for the honor and privilege of participating in this awesome event.

4.0 Downtime & Our Newsletter June - July 2006 We slowed our process down a bit to self-reflect and create our Sizzle Summer 2006 newsletter. Wow! A labor of love and then some.

5.0 Auditions - August 2006 We had a fabulous response to our audition on August 8th. Welcome our 2006-2007 company members: Anaya, Natalie, Phil, Apricot, Marcos, Tariel, Stephen, & Misa

6.0 MASTER CLASS: Danah Bella - August 1, 2006

Mixed Level Master Class led by Danah Bella
Met with a high level of success and appreciation! A gifted, inspiring, and passionate artist!

7.0 MASTER CLASS: Gerry Marr - August 15, 2006

PHLOREWORK™: We are planning on bringing this out quarterly. Deep & profound, Gerry Marr is one of a brilliant kind in this department.DESCRIPTION: Gerry Marr, on faculty with SonneBlauma, was involved for many years with Stephanie Gilliland’s community (TONGUE dance company). He is highly aware of the restorative needs of dancers, performance athletes actively engaged in risk-taking, athletic, & acrobatic choreography. Gerry has developed a unique, restorative, duet body work sequence called PHLOREWORK ™. PHLOREWORK is based on the principles of Breema body work and incorporates polarity massage techniques. Gerry practices Breema, is a master polarity massage therapist, and instructor. a restorative movement technique based upon Breema body work principles. $20 suggested donation – scholarships available to those in need. Proceeds go towards keeping our Master Class series alive and addition of new classes. 529 E. Gutierrez. Call (805) 569-0389.

8.0 WORKSHOP: One Day Dances - August 2006

DATE: SATURDAY AUGUST 26, 2006 DONE!! It was awesome! We'll be bringing this workshop back to the community!

The blip: One Day Dances - presented by The Future Traditions Foundation & SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre. Create and perform a dance in a day – all levels. Started with breakfast and ended with a potluck cast party in the home of a local artist. $50 suggested donation. Call (805) 569-0389.

DESCRIPTION: In interest of being true to our desire to UNFRAME ART we share nuggets from our week long workshop “The Eight Limbs of Dancing,” with our community on 26th! Come explore the dance-making process with members of SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre with One Day Dances, open to all levels of experience. One Day Dances begin with a complimentary breakfast, dialog, rhythm games, & vocal warm-ups at an artist's home. Next we travel to a local thrift shop to purchase impromptu costumes followed by warm-up in an open space, improvisation and rhythm games. Pulling from these games Misa leads the group in creating choreographic material. As a group we travel to an outside venue to perform the work in a public venue. One Day Dances conclude with a potluck “cast party.” Are you reading this? Have you always wanted to experience the dance making process? Interested in working with the company? This one's for YOU!!! Phone (805) 569-0389. $50 suggested donation.

9.0 "GET INSPIRED" - September 2006

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 2006 : GET INSPIRED: DONE! Tremendous success with some gracious 
and generous support from Joe Woodard. Preview articles of great integrity appeared in the Santa Barbara Newspress on September 1st & the Santa Barbara Independenton August 31st.
 

10.0 "Chopin to Senegal " September 2006

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 16th, 2006 DONE! It was awesome!!! Where is the CD they ask. Blending 
classics with classics to generate new classics. Certain to pass the test of time!!

“CHOPIN TO SENEGAL : CLASSICAL TO AFRICAN RHYTHM & DANCEMAKING EXPLORATIONS”

11.0 YOGALISIOUS September & October 2006

Yogaliscious (TM) - presented by The Future Traditions Foundation. A six week seminar.

Proceeds go towards keeping the resource alive and addition of new classes.

TIME: Saturdays 11:00 -12:30 @ Montecito School of Ballet. 529 E Gutierrez St. Call (805) 569-0389 for information.

DATES: September 9, 16, 23, 30 & October 7 & 14.

COST: $60 suggested donation for series of 6. $15 suggested donation for drop ins.

DESCRIPTION: developed by Misa Kelly from a lifetime of study with movement and art educators. Yogaliscious™ is a fluid style of movement that incorporates floordance, vocalization, meridian activation, visualization, breathing, and multi-genre, multi-dimensional dance. Yogaliscious™ is designed to warm and open the body, stimulate the energy centers and vital organs, center, ground and connect the body-mind-spirit-soul. What sets Yogaliscious™ apart? The class is taught based on “intuitive process” and focuses on fostering awareness of each human being’s personal “bodytalk.” Additionally, Yogaliscious facilitates group interconnectedness developing an awareness of chords of integrity that weave humanity together as one in relation to all expressions of life AND we have fun!

UNFRAME ART VENTURES IN THE COMMUNITY OCCUR AFTER THIS CLASS. STAY AND JOIN US IN OUR DANCE MAKING ESCAPADES AROUND SANTA BARBARA!!

12.0 MASTER CLASS With CHRISTOPHER PILAFIAN 
Date: Tuesday October 17, 2006 
Time: 6:15-8:15 
Place: 529 E. Gutierrez Santa Barbara, CA 
Contact: (805) 569-0389
Cost: $20 suggested donation. Free to those in need Proceeds go towards keeping our Master Class series alive and addition of new classes.

ABOUT OUR MASTER CLASS SERIES : I have (Misa) discovered that there is a whole world of dancers and artists that train and grow outside the realm of an academic setting. Yet, within academia there is a host of BRILLIANT masters. As a community service these artists are coming out into the community to share with us their special gifts and insights. Check back for information about master classes with Nancy Colohan and Holly Johnston.

13.0 Hard Core SonneBlauma Style of Danscz - presented by The Future Traditions Foundation.

TIME: Tuesdays 6:30-9:30

DATES: Months of August, September, February, March, June & July

PLACE: Montecito School of Ballet, 529 E Gutierrez St. Call (805) 569-0389 for information.

DESCRIPTION: Join us in our "process." This is our company class/rehearsal process. The first portion of class is a mixed level. As the class progresses it becomes more advanced. We encourage people to come and do as much as they can! The style is 100% dance unique in that it is an "intuited" process that draws from an extensive movement vocabulary. That means, when you come and engage, we are sensitive to who you are in time and space in an interconnected realm. What you bring to the moment informs what emerges in the experience. Our emphasis? You are absolutely perfect where you are in the moment...when you leave class...you will be just that much different, all that more aware. Presently we are engaged in workshoping a new work so expect to not only dance & move, but participate in the choreographic process.

14.0 MASTER CLASS With SUSAN GINGRASSO, CMA, Language of Dance ® Specialist. 
Date: Tuesday October 31, 2006 
Time: 6:15-8:15 
Place: 529 E. Gutierrez Santa Barbara, CA 
Contact: (805) 569-0389
Cost: $20 suggested donation. Free to those in need Proceeds go towards keeping our Master Class series alive and addition of new classes.


ABOUT OUR MASTER CLASS SERIES : I have (Misa) discovered that there is a whole world of dancers and artists that train and grow outside the realm of an academic setting. Yet, within academia there is a host of BRILLIANT masters. As a community service these artists are coming out into the community to share with us their special gifts and insights. Check back for information about master classes with Nancy Colohan and Holly Johnston.

15.0 From Chopin to Senegal 
Date: Saturday November 11th, 2006
Time: 8:00 pm 
Place: Music Academy of the West 
Contact: (805) 569-0389
Cost: $18 general $16 students & seniors.
ABOUT: More Information coming soon! Stephen Kelly (piano) and Budhi Harlow (percussion.) Classical piano, classical Sengalese percussion, & nascent classics.

16.0RESTORALISCIOUS/YOGALISCIOUS - your choice

Date: Saturdays of October 21, 28: November 4, 11, 18: December 2, 9, 16 
Time: 11:00-12:30
Place: 529 E. Gutierrez Santa Barbara, CA 
Contact: (805) 569-0389
Cost: $20 suggested donation. Free to those in need! 
About: Restoraliscious is a continuation of our breaking down SonneBlauma philosophy and style movement. This sequence focuses on the restorative and healing qualities of movement as well as mediation and council circle. Our work is founded an ever evolving sensibility, inspired by the eight limbs of yoga called "The Eight Limbs of Dancing" 
· The Flow of Life: Asana in the Body Intellect, The Layers of Living, The Interconnected Body/Mind/Soul/Spirit/Energy/Emotion/Dream/ Ethic/ Journey 
· The Breath of Life: Pranayama: G-d is Breath, and Breath is Life, and When There is No Breath, There is No Life
· The “Now” of Life: Dharana: Presence in all expressions of one’s manifestation. These are the Good Ol’ Days
· The Meditation of Life: Dhyana: Singular Focus Within the “Who”, Grounding the Practice, Activating the Core Of Living
· The Practice of Life: Niyama: The moral/ethical/spiritual precepts that inform the individual path of most growth through the purple layers of onion
· The Community of Life: Yama: Passionate Pursuit of a Profound Sense of Life Purpose, Choosing the Yama that Honors the Purpose. Fostering Respect/Appreciation/Gratitutde For All Expressions of Life
· The Joy of Life: Samadhi: Heaven on Earth
· The Rainbow of Life: Pressing Against Edges, Expanding into Places of Mystery, Embracing the Totality of the Human Experience, The Land of The New, Catharisis, Change

17.0 Danah Bella Master Class 
Date: Tuesday December 26th 
Time: 6:15 pm 
Place: Montecito School of Ballet 
Cost: $20 suggested donation. 
Contact: Please call (805) 569-0389 for information. 

 

YEAR TEN: 2007

Our Calendar 2007
1.0 World Premiere of Misa Kelly's 
"Lion's Fire" 

January 12th, 13th, & 14th
Center Stage Theatre
 
8:00 pm

Done! It was a tremendous event with the work enthusiastically received by the community.

Our audience:

"epic"
"majestic"
"encore!"
"fresh & authentic & wild"

The Santa Barbara Independent

"surprisingly subtle choreography against feats of athleticism"

Yup...we done good! 


2.0 Holly Johnston - Master Class

Saturday February 3rd
Arts Alive! 12:00-2:00 pm 
1 N Calle Cesear Chavez

IT WAS AWESOME! Thank you Holly for coming up and giving so much.  


3.0 Alice Condodina - Master Class

Tuesday February 20th
A Master Class in Improvisation
 
Montecito School of Ballet 7:00-8:30 pm 
529 E. Gutierrez
 

4.0 Gerry Marr - Master Class

Tuesday March 20th
Montecito School of Ballet 7:00-8:30 pm 
529 E. Gutierrez
 
Gerry Marr taught an innovative restorative dance sequence called PHLOREWORK. Thank you Gerry! We hope to have you back soooon!
 

5.0 SonneBlauma - Master Class facilitated by company members Misa Kelly and Kaita Lepore

Saturday April 21, 2007 
Montecito School of Ballet 11:00-12:30 pm 
529 E. Gutierrez

6.0 
Stephen Kelly in Concert : 4/21

Company Member Stephen Kelly performs piano masterworks by Bach, Chopin, Scarlatti, Ginastera, Kelly, and Debussy.

7.0 
SonneBlauma Master Class 
Led by Misa Kelly 
Sunday April 22, 2007 
Montecito School of Ballet 11:00-12:30 pm 
529 E. Gutierrez

8.0 
Studio Showing: 5/15

Studio showing of works in progress. As many people as the space could hold came to the showing. The event was very well received with one audience member suggesting we do the event monthly. Lots of inspiration, lots of energy generated, and a great opportunity for us to connect with the community.

9.0 
Stephanie Nugent Master Class: 5/19

Stephanie came out into the community to teach an inspiring contact improvisation master class! Big thank you sent your way Stephanie. Thanks for bringing you and your pregnant belly into our creative spaces!

10.0 
Open Studio : 5/20

Date: Sunday May 20th 
Time: 7:30-8:30 pm
Place: Montecito School of Ballet
 
529 E. Gutierrez

SonneBlauma hosted an open studio of works in progress to a full house. It was a fantastic evening that begin with the audience meandering in while Misa facilitated the company class. She particularly enjoyed chatting and joking with the audience while engaged in class. Phil played some Bach preludes on his unicycle (thanks Phil!) to gather and focus the audience's attention. After introductions the company passionately finished its program. As with the first night of our Open Studio the event was enthusiastically received with the snacks going fast. Misa's seven layer bars were a big hit!!

11.0 
Budhi, Steve, and Ray: 5/25
Circle of Chi: From Chopin to Senegal
"From Chopin to Senegal" features percussionist Budhi Harlow, violist Ray Tischer, and pianist Stephen Kelly in both original and traditional classical music of Europe and Africa. Friday, May 25th, 8 p.m., at the Music Academy of the West, Lehmann Hall. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $18 at the door. Call 966-4604 or 569-0389 for tickets and information. Presented in collaboration with members of Panzumo, and the SonneBlauma Dancz Theatre.

12.0
Susan Gingrasso Master Class: 6/3 
Montecito School of Ballet 6:15-8:00
Susan took time out from her world travels to spend time with SonneBlauma and friends sharing her wealth of knowledge about the language of dance. For adding yet another set of tools to our choreographic toolkit we thank you! If you missed this event, we're sorry to say, you missed out.
 

13.0

PERFORMANCE
Monterey Dance Festival 
Choreographers Showcase: 
July 29, 2007 
5:00 pm
SpectorDance Studio: 3343 Paul Davis Drive in Marina 
Call 384-1050 for information

World Premiere of Misa Kelly's "Le Jardin Bleu". Performances by Kaita Lepore and Gwenna Devries. Sound score by Stephen Kelly. The event is to be held at 8:00 pm at SpectorDance

14.0

Sunday August 5th, 2007: Carol Ann Manzi

Internationally acclaimed soprano Carol Ann Manzi will lead a master class in the color of sound and movement. Carol Ann Manzi intends to take students someplace new by teaching them how to tap into their vast palette of choices. Choices that will richen their lives as well as the lives of future audiences by informing their creative processes. In this master class students will explore breathing techniques, vocal warm-ups, and sound and movement color variation. Time will be set aside for a Q&A. No previous experience required. $20 suggested donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 569-0389 or sonneblauma@hotmail.com for information.

Particulars: at the Montecito School of Ballet on August 6th at 6:30 pm. By donation - free to those in need. Suggested donation is $20. Free to those in need!!

15.0

September 11, 2007: Christina Tague will teach a master class in Shinui.

Shinui Martial Dance is an evolution and synthesis of dance, movement, martial and spiritual arts. Shinui is a dance form, which naturally is about movement, about self-expression and about the joy of being in ones body but it is also about learning to know oneself and how to be in relationship with a partner and with a group. By using the dance as a conscious exploration, Shinui provides an opportunity to examine ones expression of self and the dynamic which emerges from the meeting of two individuals. It is practice centered on the art of meeting and relationship.

Shinui brings together elements of modern dance, marital arts as well as body-work methods such as Feldenkrais. The influences of these arts upon each other resulted in the softening of the marital techniques, making their applications more creative and open for exploration and gave the dance an organizational intention. Similar to Tai Chi Chuan and Aikido, Shinui Martial dance is an inner practice emphasizing self awareness. 

Particulars: at the Montecito School of Ballet on September 11th at 6:30 pm. Suggested donation is $20. Free to those in need!!
 

16.0

MUDDY WATERS: November 2007 

Company members Molly, Misa, and Kaita have visual art up at the Muddy Waters cafe for the month of November! Drop on by, order your favorite coffee drink, and enjoy the display. All proceeds from the sale of Misa's work will be donated to SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre. The opening is November 17th beginning at 6:00 pm. SonneBlauma will perform an improvisation at 8:00 pm. Closing out the evening will be company member Phil Taylor performing with his band OSO.
 

Address: 508 East Haley St. Santa Barbara CA
 
GET INFO: (805) 569-0389

17.0 Istanbul Exchange
SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre & Joanna Nobbe: December 1st & 2nd 

Dates: December 1st & 2nd 
Time: 7:30 pm
 
Place: 529 E. Gutierrez, Santa Barbara CA
GET INFO: (805) 569-0389
 

Joanna Nobbe joins SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre for an evening of evocative contemporary dance exchange. Joanna Nobbe, former Santa Barbara resident, has been living in Istanbul for the past year and a half. While returning for a visit she will be sharing with our community works created while living abroad. SonneBlauma will be presenting two works from its repertory, Nadar Sabe en El Agua Fria and Gypsy dreams choreographed by Misa Kelly. Additionally SonneBlauma will present a new work "Le Jardin Bleu" also choreographed by Misa Kelly which was inspired, in part, by the life of Meena (founder of RAWA). In addition to completed works the artists will perform an improvisation. As a part of the exchange SonneBlauma will travel to Istanbul in September of 2008 to teach and perform!
 

18.0MASTER CLASS: December 4th 
Yamuna Body Rolling

Company member Megwyn leads a session in Yamuna body rolling. For those serious about transforming your body quickly this is N O T to be missed.

Date: Tuesday December 4th 
Time: 7:00 pm
 
Place: 529 E. Gutierrez, Santa Barbara CA
 
GET INFO: (805) 569-0389

YEAR ELEVEN: 2008

 

            Center Stage Theatre

January 11, 12, 13 SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre participates in the SBDA New Work’s concert.  Performance of Le Jardin Rouge.  Choreography by Misa Kelly, performances by Kaita Lepore & Gwenna Devries, Music by Misa & Stephen Kelly, costumes by Anaya Cullen. See files for program, DVD of performance, flyers, press.

 

            Diavolo Theater: 3 Cities: 3 Choreographers

April 5th SonneBlauma Danscz Theater presents Misa Kelly’s choreography (Gypsy Dreams performed by Erika Kloumann; Le Jardin Rouge performed by Anaya Cullen and Kaita Lepore, My Flame Knows to Swim the Cold Waters performed by Kaita Lepore)  in conjunction with choreographers Kerstin Stuart and Louie Cornejo as a part of the 3 Cities: 3 Choreographers project.  See files for program.

           

Shall We Dance: 3 Cities: 3 Choreographers

April 18th SonneBlauma Danscz Theater presents Misa Kelly’s choreography (Gypsy Dreams performed by Erika Kloumann; Le Jardin Rouge performed by Anaya Cullen and Kaita Lepore, My Flame Knows to Swim the Cold Waters performed by Kaita Lepore)  in conjunction with choreographers Kerstin Stuart and Louie Cornejo as a part of the 3 Cities: 3 Choreographers project.  See files for program/press

           

Project 418: 3 Cities: 3 Choreographers

April 19th SonneBlauma Danscz Theater presents Misa Kelly’s choreography (Gypsy Dreams performed by Erika Kloumann; Le Jardin Rouge performed by Anaya Cullen and Kaita Lepore, My Flame Knows to Swim the Cold Waters performed by Kaita Lepore)  in conjunction with choreographers Kerstin Stuart and Louie Cornejo as a part of the 3 Cities: 3 Choreographers project.  See files for program

 

Center Stage Theater: 3 Cities: 3 Choreographers

May 25th SonneBlauma Danscz Theater presents Misa Kelly’s choreography (Gypsy Dreams performed by Erika Kloumann; Le Jardin Rouge performed by Anaya Cullen and Kaita Lepore, My Flame Knows to Swim the Cold Waters performed by Kaita Lepore)  in conjunction with choreographers Kerstin Stuart and Louie Cornejo as a part of the 3 Cities: 3 Choreographers project.  See files for program, press, DVD of concert by Penny Little.

 

Amy Fritzler

Community service.  Assist Amy Fritzler in the production of her summer modern dance series.

 

Joanna Nobbe

Community service. Assist Joanna Nobbe in the production of her summer Improvisational Lab workshop.

 

Studio Showing

September 21st showing of choreography by Misa Kelly.  Le Jardin Rouge danced by Kaita Lepore and Anaya Cullen. My Flame Knows to Swim the Cold Waters performed by Kaita Lepore.  Gypsy Dreams performed by Anaya Cullen.  Something Sweet performed by Kaita Lepore, Jacque Wiley & Melissa Block.  Additionally showed choreographic process and work in progress phrases for a new work. 

 

Tour to Istanbul

 

September 27th 2 Cities: 2 Choreographers at AFL Kültür Merkezi.  SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre shares a show with Sinan Temizalp of Meditative Dance.  See files for video documentation & poster.

 

September 28th:  SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre lecture/demonstration at Çati Dans.  See files for DVD of event. SonneBlauma Participants include Misa and Stephen Kelly, Anaya Cullen & Kaita Lepore. See files for DVD documentation.

 

September 29th-October 3rd:  SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre presents workshop.  Workshop facilitated by Misa Kelly, Anaya Cullen, Kaita Lepore and documented by Stephen Kelly. See files for mini-Dv documentation.

 

Moorpark College Performances

November 20, 21, 22, 23 performances in Moorpark College’s "Speaking Movement" Dance Concert.  Performances by Kaita Lepore & Anaya Cullen.  Choreography by Misa Kelly.  See files for program.

 

Moorpark College Master Class

            November 22nd master class facilitated by Misa Kelly, Anaya Cullen & Kaita Lepore.

 

Matt Nelson Master Class

            November 25th.  Master class led by Matt Nelson held at the Montecito School of Ballet.  

 

Two Photo Shoots with Am Wu

Spring and summer photo shoots with Am Wu.  See website for images.  Spring photo shoot used for the 3 Cities: 3 Choreographers photo shoot.  Helped in getting good press coverage.  One shot used as cover shot for LA Yoga Magazine.  Summer photo shoot used for Santa Barbara Dance Alliance’s 2009 New Works concert.

 

            Umbrella Project:  Alzeheimer’s Art Project

Alzheimer’s Arts project description:

 

Future Traditions Foundation is creating a documentary film about Alzheimers and Dementia patients residing at Villa Alamar.  The documentary is to demonstrate the wisdom, highly developed intuition and intelligence of Alzheimer’s patients through the stimulation and interaction of music, Tai Chi, and other movement arts including dance.  The film will be distributed to other Alzheimer units, convalescent homes, hospitals, doctors, nurses, all healthcare professionals, caregivers and family members of patients to educate and raise the consciousness about these positive and enlightening aspects of this disease.

 

Umbrella Project:   Dance of the Forest: African Rhythm, Dance, and Song project description: 

 

After 15 years of research and extensive teaching experience, Budhi Harlow has created Dance of the Forest, high-energy drumming, dancing and singing, from the magical forests of West Africa. This interactive program highlights the beauty, grace and dynamic energy of music and dance, giving young people a greater sense of self-confidence and connection to each other. Dance of the Forest creates a level playing field for children to express themselves while gaining skills essential to their success in school. From greater coordination to better timing, increased listening skills, team building and enhanced social skills. This program also addresses timely issues including environmental awareness and anger management and conflict resolution.



YEAR TWELVE: 2009

2009 

It was supposed to be a year of rest primarily focusing on generating new work to take out into the world in 2010. It was anything but! Managed to get out of town and jetted down to MAX10 in Venice Beach. Lots of happenings locally. Branched out into more experimental work. Welcomed a new company photographer, Jim Boyden. Ecstatic to revive a piece of theatrical repertoire "My Cat Thomas" with the choice find of Michaun Barner. SonneBlauma Collaborators in 2009 were: Michaun Barner, Melissa Block, Misa & Stephen Kelly, Joanna Nobbe, Monica Robles, & Jacque Wiley. New works created include Misa's two duets "Grit" & "Under No Certain Circumstances" created in collaboration with Melissa Block, Misa's solo "Ranunculus" with Erika Kloumann and Hannah Oberheimer-Smith contributing to the process, and Stephen Kelly's "Lucky Ducks." Special thanks to Roger Bradley, Cay Fitzgerald, DBA Energy Essentials, Howard Glasser, Kaita Lepore, Christopher & Michelle Kelly, Sharyn Namath, the Rudi Schulte Family Foundation & Christiane Schlumberger for their kind and generous patronage. Without there support much of the following just wouldn't have happened! Bravo and Brava!

January 9, 10,11: 
SBDA New Works concert

February 1: 
Company Auditions 

April 5: 
Master Class: Gerry Marr PHLOREWORK™ 

June 20th: 
Studio Showing with Jessica Chen

July 6th: 
Electric Lodge: MAX 10

July 19th: 
"Weston"- SB Museum of Art 

September 3rd: 
"First Thursdays" - SB Museum of Art

September 26th: 
NECTAR: Love & War @ Yoga Soup 

October 4th: 
Dance at the Top of the Hill

November 21st: 
NECTAR: Heroes; Stories of Transformation @ Yoga Soup


YEAR THIRTEEN: 2010

VIEW 2010

10 Events - in short

Insanely busy in a delightful way

January: Studio Showing with Guest Artist Rubans Rouge Dans, Santa Barbara Dance Alliance's New Works Concert, NYC for the COOL New York Dance Festival and some exploratory work at the Met and MOMA.

February: Company auditions, NECTAR: Sex & the Body, We "Heart" our Patrons, Master Class at Santa Barbara City College

March: Sylvia White Gallery: 5x5x5 Performance Art Series, Dance Anywhere Project.

April: Participated in Keigwin & Co.'s Bolero at the Lobero, Santa Barbara Dance Alliance's Dance Day

May: UCSB Dance Alumni Studio Showing, "Behind the Words" at Center Stage Theater

June: 1st Thursdays at the Granada Theater, MAX10 at the Electric Lodge, "Integration" at Center Stage Theater

July: Trip to Monterey: Spector Dance Choreographers Showcase

August: Hunker down with some creative work

September: MIXMATCH Festival, Music Academy of the West Frank K. Kelly

Memorial Concert

October: Hunker down with some creative work, Santa Barbara City College Dance Festival

November: Back to MAX10 at the Electric Lodge, Studio Showing December: Hopefully another NECTAR

YEAR FOURTEEN: 2011

2011 


February
February 5th & 6th, 2011 - Performance in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Dance Arts - Dance Teachers Gone Wild at Center Stage Theater performance.
February 25th & February 26th, 2011 - Performance in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Dance Alliance's "Kinesis Concert."  We premiered a new group work as a part of our educational outreach program.  Misa set a work on 11 Santa Barbara City College Students!  Wonderful new piece of choreography called "Flint."  This was the 8th year SonneBlauma had a work on this awesome group show.  
March
March 19th, 2011 - Performance in Santa Barbara  
Another NECTAR installation!  Company member Weslie Ching and Misa Kelly performed "Under No Certain Circumstances"
May - Performance in Venice, CA
May 2nd, 2011
MAX 10 @ the Electric Lodge in Venice Beach
MORE INFO:  MAX10 
 
June - SB-ADaPT Festival Activity
June 8th-25th, 2011
SB-ADaPT Festival!  www.sbadaptfest.com
Over 50 companies and independent artists from 5 countries and 23 different cities engage in over 20 events in eight different venues occurring between June 8th and June 25th!
MORE INFO: SB-ADaPT Festival 
 
September - Performance in Venice, CA
September 17th &18th, 2011
MixMatch Festival
September 17th @ 8:00 pm and September 18th @ 2:00 pm
The Miles Memorial Playhouse
Santa Monica, CA
MORE INFO: MixMatch Festival


YEAR FIFTEEN: 2012
One final show as SonneBlauma and then we moved on!

2012 

A Year of transition - after 15 years as SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre we morph into ArtBark International. 

January 7th, 2012

8:00 pm at Yoga Soup
NECTAR: HOME
Tickets @ the door
$12 cash

Weslie and Tina premiere a remake of "Grit." It evolved into an entirely new work!  Fun stuff. Dancing in vintage bathing suits/caps, idiosyncratic movement, relationship rich, deeply psychological and walks the edge between scary and hysterical. Feedback? Folks LOVED the work... 

photo by ArtBark photographer Kathee Miller

February - Affinity Tour! Pasadena, Santa Barbara, New York

February 5th, 2012 
ARC Pasadena
4:00 pm Performance Celebration
SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre, Hart Pulse Dance Company, Rubans Rouge Dance, Christine Suarez, Movement Theater CoLab, Block & Block donate art gifts to unwrap!

February 7th, 2012
Center Stage Theater
6:40 Dante Elephante Pre-Show
7:00 pm Performance Celebration
SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre, Hart Pulse Dance Company, Rubans Rouge Dance, Christine Suarez, Nebula Dance Lab, Movement Theater CoLab, Block & Block donate art gifts to unwrap!

HUGE success!
Visit our Affinity page to see photos and read preview articles and reviews.


February 11th, 2012 - 8:30 pm
Green Space Studios
Take Root Series
SonneBlauma shares an evening of work with NY based Perceptions Contemporary Dance Company.  Works shared included Grit, Unzipped, Moki's Wedding and Falling and Flying. Huge thanks to dancers Kevin Deelen, Tina Corbett, Weslie Ching, Mojca Majcen, and Joanna Nobbe and especially Valerie Green for hosting such a wonderful series.  

February 12th, 2012 - 8:30 pm
Green Space Studios
Fertile Ground
SonneBlauma shares the stage with New York choreographers


While we were there - a bit of guerrilla style movement art in the streets and in museums - unannounced and uninvited, which is always a bit of a rush when on the quest to "unframe art" and bring to places and spaces one might normally not encounter.


March - DANCEWorks

Glorious time participating with the community in Brian Brook's community work "Rush Hour." 

Video of the cast backstage warming up. So lovely to dance with my then neighbors. Sophia (10) and her mom.  











 

 



 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 



 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 




 

ABOUT
SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre was founded in 1996 by Misa Kelly - she served as its sole Artistic Director, Company Manager, etc. She wore all the hats doing everything it takes to grow a dance company from a local to international status with full support of her spouse Stephen Kelly and her vibrant community. A recent series of blog posts reflects on the contributors of this journey and can be found at https://playfreshional.wordpress.com where Misa blogs on a sundry of topics under the pen name, Ginger Freedom.

Misa reached out to be of support to other artists through the Future Traditions Foundation and volunteering for other organizations such as the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance and SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara. Given Santa Barbara is a small, and for a period of time, a very insular community, circumstances forced her to hone her skills as a visionary and a groundbreaker. Consequently, through SonneBlauma, her company was the first to tour California, the first to host artists from outside of Santa Barbara, the first to tour internationally, the first to tour to NY, the first to produce international dance festivals, the first to produce in other cities such as Pasadena, Santa Monica, New York, Ledyard, CT as well as produced and co-produce in other countries.





It was a very extreme lifestyle with Misa not only living her dreams as a dance maker, but doing other things to pay the bills. LIST OF TASKS for those interested - "What Misa Does" at one point in the flow. It was too overwhelming to attempt to organize it further. Some of it was further refined a bit for the Foundations Operations Manual. 





In 2011 she invited her partner to share the role of Artistic Director, which nearly destroyed the relationship. In 2012 she pulled the plug on SonneBlauma and allowed it to morph into ArtBark International evolving into a more holistic/functional/era appropriate paradigm of a horizontal playing field. 



In 2012 she co-founded ArtBark International with Stephen Kelly, Mojca Majcen, and added Trina Mannino as a core collaborator and co-creator in 2012. Kindly see www.artbark.org for information about this community. In 2016, feeling an urge to have some of her own personal space, and to be able to guide the flow of activity Misa launched Misa Kelly Dances with her first project that of TURF, with a master class by Barbara Mahler and sustainable co-productions in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. For more about this kindly visit www.mdkellydances.com

In the flow of the moment, in December 2016, Misa observes looking at these years generates a lot of stress. Her lifestyle now is not as "extreme" and she enjoys a balanced flow and says no to many things, choosing projects, collaborators, co-creators very, very, very carefully.

Image below by Sue Bell of Misa Kelly and Mojca Majcen.








Photo by Kathee Miller: Mojca Majcen and Yvette Johnson

It was an excellent shift - shifting to ArtBark.org!

In the flow of the moment I am busy writing books, continuing on with my visual art flow, continuing on as a dance maker, songwriting, and organizing with my collaborators and co-creators.