Calendar History 1996-2012

1996 
I graduated with an MFA in choreography knowing NOTHING about the craft of building, growing, nurturing a dance company.  20 years later... the community has done awesome work... and that is the key... I always created in context of family/community... never to serve my own selfish needs solely... but always thinking of others.

 

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.

YouTube Video


 

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

 

Center Stage Theatre

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre’s participation in the SBDA’s New Works Concert January 27, 28 & 29. World Premiere of Twang.  Performed by Joanna Nobbe, Anaya Cullen, Misa Kelly, Colleen Bialas, and Devyn Duex.  Music by Stephen Kelly. Costuming by Anaya Cullen.

 

Music Academy of the West

Production of the First Annual Rhapsodies for Humanity & Glorious Beings Award Concert. Award granted to Robert and Barbara Muller.

April 14, 2006.  Presented by Frank K. Kelly

 

Monterey Dance Festival 

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre travels to Monterey to perform in the Monterey Dance Festival May 2006  

Performance of Twang

 

Company Newsletter

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre publishes its second newsletter. May and June.

 

Auditions

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre holds company auditions

August 2006:  Anaya Cullen, Natalie van Zelm, Phil Taylor, Apricot Capos, Marcos Duran, Tariel Naxon, Stephen Kelly, & Misa Kelly company members.

 

Master Class: Danah Bella 

Danah Bella leads a master class in contemporary dance at the Montecito School of Ballet on August 1st

 

Master Class:  Gerry Marr 

Gerry Marr leads a master class in restorative dance on August 15th at the Montecito School of Ballet

 

One Day Dances

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre produces its first One Day Dance project on August 26th.  Day involves group engaging with Sojourner Kincaid Rolle’s poetry writing workshop participants.

 

Get Inspired

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre presents Paul Livingstone in Get Inspired at Center Stage Theater on September 2nd

 

Chopin to Segal

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre presents Stephen Kelly and Panzumo in an evening of classical western, fusion, and African music on September 16th at the Music Academy of the West. 

 

Master Class: Christopher Pilafian 

Christopher Pilafian leads a contemporary “Muller” technique class on October 17th at the Montecito School of Ballet.

 

Master Class:  Susan Gingrasso 

Susan Gingrasso, Language of Dance ® Specialist, leads a master class in Language of Dance at the Montecito School of Ballet.
 

From Chopin to Senegal 2 

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre presents Stephen Kelly and Panzumo in an evening of classical western, fusion, and African music on November 11th at the Music Academy of the West. 

 

Master Class: Danah Bella 

Danah Bella of d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks leads a contemporary dance master class on December 26th.

 



YEAR TEN: 2007

2007 & 2006 Overview

2007 & 2006  SonneBlauma Events 

 

Center Stage Theatre: Lion’s Fire

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre’s Misa Kelly premiere’s Lion’s Fire as a part of the SBDA New Works concert.  January 11, 12, 13

Performed by: Misa Kelly, Marcos Duran, Tariel Naxon, Natalie van Zelm, & Anaya Cullen.  Music by Stephen Kelly.  Costumes by Anaya Cullen.

 

Master Class: Holly Johnston 

Holly Johnston of Ledges and Bones Dance Project leads a contemporary dance master class on February 3rd at Arts Alive! 

 

Master Class: Ms. Condodina 

Ms. Condodina, professor emeritus of U.C.S.B. department of dance  leads a master class in performance techniques on February 20th at the Montecito School of Ballet. 

 

Master Class:  Gerry Marr 

Gerry Marr, master body worker and tai chi teacher leads a master class in restorative dance on March 20th at the Montecito School of Ballet. 

 

Music Academy of the West 

Stephen Kelly in Concert at the Music Academy of the West on April 21st.

 

Studio Showing at the Montecito School of Ballet

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre showing of works-in-progress and repertory on  May 15th at the Montecito School of Ballet.  

 

Master Class:  Stephanie Nugent

Stephanie Nugent of Nugent Dance leads a master class in contact improvisation on May 19th

 

Studio Showing at the Montecito School of Ballet

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre showing of works-in-progress and repertory on  May 20th at the Montecito School of Ballet.  

 

Music Academy of the West

Stephen Kelly, Ray Tischer and Panzumo perform Circle of Chi: From Chopin to Senegal at the Music Academy of the West on May 25th

 

Master Class:  Susan Gingrasso

Susan Gingrasso, professor emeritus of UWSP department of dance leads a master class in the language of dance on June 3rd

 

Monterey Dance Festival 

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre performs the world premiere of Le Jardin Rouge at the Monterey Dance Festival on July 29th at Spector Dance.  Choreography by Misa Kelly, performances by Kaita Lepore and Gwenna Devries, music by Misa and Stephen Kelly, costumes by Anaya Cullen.

 

Master Class: Carol Ann Manzi

Internationally acclaimed soprano Carol Ann Manzi leads a master class in the Color of Sound on August 5th at the Music Academy of the West.  

 

Master Class: Christina Tague

Christina Tague leads a master class in Shinui on September 11th at the Montecito School of Ballet.

 

Muddy Waters:

SonneBlauma Dancz Theatre company members show visual art at Muddy Waters café during the month of November. 

 

The Istanbul Exchange:

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre and Joanna Nobbe perform at the Montecito School of Ballet December 1st & 2nd.

 

Master class: Megwynn White

Megwynn White leads a master class in Yamuna Body Rolling at the Montecito School of Ballet on December 4th

 

            Photo Shoot with Am Wu

See website for images.  Photos used for Santa Barbara Dance Alliance promotional materials.  One photo was used for the poster and program cover for the show. 

 

 

YEAR ELEVEN: 2008

2009 & 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.


2010 

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



Definition of SonneBlauma . . . 
 
[so-neh-blou-ma] 

Verb (used with object)
1. to ignite with inspiration: Their performance SonneBlaumaed the audience. Her choreography SonneBlaumaed her dancers.

Verb (used without object)

1. to breath it in and breath it out

noun 

1. a number of passionate artists collaborating in joint action to make a difference in the world by harnessing their life work to create, perform & teach.
2. an assemblage of persons that use the name SonneBlauma to denote fostering the artistic experiences of a lifetime by creating and performing profound, razor-sharp & riveting work. 
3. an international 501 (c) 3 entity based in Santa Barbara, CA founded by Misa Kelly in 1996.

origin: bef. 1996. Cathartic series of episodes in Ticinio Switzerland and surrounding valleys with Scuola Dimitri as the container. See sunflower.

Synonyms 
Ingenious, quixotic, vivid, whimsical, wild, charming, seasoned, dramatic, emotional, daring, poetic, sensitive, exciting, innovative, metaphorical, mythical, magical.Latest Review!
















































 

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