Affinity I

ABOUT  Affinity I

The company celebrated its 15th season as SonneBlauma and transitional year into ArtBark with the first installment of the Affinity series.

Affinity- SB-ADaPT Fest Sprouts!

Affinity is a project that continues to take bold strides in manifesting a vision and a mission unlike any other - providing artistic experiences of a lifetime that educate, uplift and inspire audiences and artists alike.

Building on the phenomenal success of the inaugural year of the critically acclaimed SB-ADaPT Festival, phase two of this project consists of cultivating relationships established during the festival. Bridges of opportunity presented themselves during the Festival as those with an "Affinity" for each other forged new relationships and existing friendships deepened. With Affinity: SB-ADaPT Fest Sprouts! the creative flow between communities was nurtured through choreographic exchanges hosted in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara keeping the SB-ADaPT Fest spark of inspiration alive in the hearts of participating artists and audiences.

SonneBlauma focused on bringing together SB-ADaPT Fest participants from SoCal, Santa Barbara, and Slovenia together with choreographic exchanges occuring at ARC Pasadena in Los Angeles and Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara.

Southern California companies and independent artists that participated in the SB-ADaPT Festival contributing to the exchange were Hart Pulse Dance Company, Rubans Rouge Dance Company, Christine Suarez & Robert Salas.  Each brought glorious expressions to these spaces along with SonneBlauma's work and the comment we heard most was - this is a really strong show.

International artist Mojca Majcen. Mojca travelled from Celje, Slovenia to collaborate with the Kelly's. During the four weeks she was in the United States, as a dancer, she collaborated with Stephen Kelly and was integrated into his a new work called Falling and Flying. Mojca also collaborated with Misa Kelly resulting in two exciting new works. Moki's Wedding and A Bao A Qu. Additionally, there were some magical collaborative moments between photographers and film makers.  Kathee Miller caught some amazing rehearsal moments, there was a photo shoot with Sue Bell at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and photographer David Pu'u came into Center Stage Theater with his crew to film and photograph Mojca.  He had seven cameras set up capturing footage from seven different angles and also mounted one to Mojca's waist getting close ups of her face as she danced.  Penny Little helped capture the performances on videotape for Center Stage Theater performances and Kathee Miller and Sue Bell covered performance pics.

It was a TREMENDOUS success with connections made with the Dance Resource Center.  Amanda Hart, member of the Board spoke on behalf of the DRC at Center Stage Theater expressing their commitment to keeping the LA/SB exchange flow going!

Robert Salas's pics from ARC Pasadena 

Sue Bell pics from Center Stage Theater

Kathee Millers pics from Center Stage Theater

Stephen Kelly's pics from tech at Green Space Studios

Santa Barbara Independent
Affinity: SB-ADaPT Fest Sprouts 
SonneBlauma Danscz to Host a Mixed Bill at Center Stage 
By Elizabeth Schwyzer

Santa Barbara News Press
Affinity: SB-ADaPT Fest Sprouts
ONSTAGE: Sayonara SonneBlauma, Hello ArtBark - Co-Artistic Directors Misa and Stephen Kelly are mellowing a little, but don't expect them to retire from a life in the arts anytime soon
By Dan Kepl

"Last year, SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre co-founders Misa and Stephen Kelly, had an idea: send an email to the world, inviting dance and physical theater artists to come to Santa Barbara — at their own expense — for what was dubbed A Dance and Physical Theatre (ADaPT) Festival. Never underestimate the power of the internet, or the nearly indefatigable energy of the Kellys, nor the impression our little paradise on the Pacific has on the outside world. Last year's ADaPT Fest was huge, drawing artists from throughout the U.S. and Europe to Santa Barbara for several shows at various venues around town"

You can access the article online HERE

Santa Barbara Independent
A Review of SonneBlauma’s Final Show 
S.B.-Based Company Morphing to “ArtBark”
By Elizabeth Schywzer


Block & Block

Christine Suarez

Dante Elephante (CST Only)

Hart Pulse Dance Company

Movement Theater CoLab (ARC Pasadena only)

Nebula Dance Lab (CST only)

Rubans Rouge Dance Company

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre - Stephen Kelly

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre - Misa Kelly