Description of Affinity Dances


DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK THAT Affinity: SB-ADaPT Fest Artists will present.

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre will be presenting a selection of repertory and new choreographic works by Co-Artistic Directors Misa & Stephen Kelly. 


Stephen, a classically trained pianist, composer and choreographer has created a trio for three or more dancers Falling & Flying based on themes of isolation and solidarity. The work will be set to an original score by Kelly.  His work has been described as “brilliant” and “incredibly imaginative” by the press while Misa’s has been described as “witty”, “gutsy & searching”, “gorgeously multi-layered”, “striking and surreal.”

Misa is presenting four works:

Whisk, an emotionally rich solo set on Slovenian dancer Mojca Majcen which takes both the dancer and audience on a cathartic journey through the shadow lands of humanity’s consciousness abiding in the “crack between the worlds between dreamtime and waking.”


Grit – a spunky and raucous duet performed in retro style swimwear and bathing caps that wrangles with all of the things we love and hate about sibling rivalry, suppressed temper tantrums, and explosive relationships between individuals thrust together by no choice of their own. Photo by Kathee Miller.


Under No Certain Circumstances - a playful, abstract, multilayered duet that draws inspiration from a gamut of random sources. Sources ranging from YouTube tango demonstrations, The Three Stooges slapstick routines & guerrilla style performance explorations that took place in a Westin Photographic exhibit at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  

Unzipped – co-created with New York movement artist and dancer Joanna Nobbe is Misa’s first “conceptual” work and is a step in a bold new direction.  The work is a response to the many years Misa has spent in the studio in life drawing classes and the appreciation developed for the sculptural beauty of the female form no matter what shape and size.  This work will only be performed at Green Space Studios for the Take Root performance.  Adult Content & Theme. 

Block & Block

The mother/daughter dance company Block & Block will perform their newest duet Chaperone.   A funny and touching duet created by Melissa Block (mom) and Sarah Block (11 year old daughter) about the power struggles between mothers and daughters.



Christine Suarez

Christine Suarez choreographs and performs in The Mothers I know and maybe you know too, a solo and self-portrait of her own transition into motherhood. Her words punctuate moments that range from mundane observations to profound surrenders. Her movement both devours space and rigorously spirals in on itself. With The Mothers I know and maybe you know too Suarez reveals a personal narrative that sheds light on the absurd and poetic life of a mother. Photo by Robert Salas.

Hart Pulse Dance Company

Hart Pulse Dance Company will be presenting "Possibility Lost" poetically defined by choreographer Amanda Hart as  “meeting in blindness, catching fire with touch. Finished before they ever became. Knowing what could have been but will not be."  Photo by Sue Bell.


Movement Theater CoLab

Choreographer Robert Salas will be presenting Hindsight. A contemporary modern piece that explores the realities and perceived realities of individuals as they struggle with memories, relationships and the outcomes of their choices as visited via hindsight.

Nebula Dance Lab will be presenting a  segment from Emily Wheeler's work Take the Bull by the Horns.

The segment, Swan Song, choreographed by Emily Wheeler, explores the last effort or performance, the last "song" the swan sings, before death.  It tells the story of the primal/animalistic need we feel to make ourselves heard and for the closure we need before we can let go.

This piece is beautifully performed by the professional dancers of Nebula Dance Lab through their fluid modern dance technique, captivating partnering, and emotionally exposed choreography. 

Rubans Rouge Dance Company (ARC & CST)

Rubans Rouge Dance Company will feature the work of Artistic Director Noelle Andressen-Kale.  At ARC Pasadena Noelle will perform a short and sweet solo Gethsemane and The Stand - a quartet that questions whether we will fold or stand when human compassion is tested.  At CST Rubans Rouge Dance Company will perform Creation.  A physically intense duet that visits the subject matter of desire and passion.  


  Photo by Robert Salas.