11-2pm Docents available to discuss the site
6-7:30pm Dress Rehearsal
Sheetal Gandhi completes her ten-week artist residency with a new site-specific dance on the Beach House grounds. This outdoor open dress rehearsal includes an ensemble of community participants and winds around the Beach House in a joyous, melancholy and ecstatic exploration of the outdoors, family, togetherness and separation. There is no seating for this rehearsal, which wends its way throughout the site; wear layers and sun protection.
From Gandhi’s Artistic Statement: The theme of this dance is “Duality.” It’s the search for harmony between the eternal and the physical, the mind and the body, thoughts and feelings, fact and faith - between that part of us that knows everything and the part that is still learning. From the time we are born, we experience duality in our separation from our mother’s womb. This Beach House dance takes the poetry of Rumi as imagistic inspiration. Like many other mystics and Sufi poets of Persian literature, Rumi explored the concept of tawhīd - union with the beloved from which/whom he has been cut off - and the longing and desire to restore unity.
Gandhi blogs about her residency experience at beachhouseair.blogspot.com.
Sheetal Gandhi is an inter-cultural, multi-disciplinary choreographer and performer based in Los Angeles. Her interdisciplinary work layers movement, complex rhythmic structures, theatricality and live singing - referred to as "eloquent, inventive…virtuosic" by the Philadelphia Inquirer. By exploring traditional forms of dance and music through decidedly postmodern compositional structures that comment on global and multi-layered contemporary society, Gandhi’s work references the past, grounds itself in the present, and evokes the possibilities of the future. Her career has spanned genres and disciplines including work as creator and performer in Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion and playing a leading role in the Broadway production of Bombay Dreams. Gandhi is a recipient of a 2012-13 NDP Touring Award for her acclaimed solo dance-theater work, Bahu-Beti-Biwi and her work has been presented at The Painted Bride (Philadelphia), Maui Arts and Cultural Center and Kahilu Theatre (Hawaii), Black Magic Woman Festival (Amsterdam), The Lab Theater (Minneapolis, MN), Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Erasing Borders Festival (NYC), National Asian American Theater Festival (NYC), among others. She received a 2011 COLA Grant for the creation of a new multi-media dance-theater work entitled Human Nature, and is a participating member of the 2012 Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME) program. Gandhi’s passion for intercultural exchange has recently been supported by a Cultural Exchange International (CEI) fellowship in Amsterdam and an invitation to attend the Tanzmesse International Festival for Contemporary Dance in Dusseldorf, Germany. She continues to engage in collaborations with artists and communities both locally and abroad, embracing opportunities to expand the limits of imagination, creativity and human compassion. sheetalgandhi.com
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Directions: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway, a half mile north of the California Incline and a half mile south of Chautauqua Blvd. Plenty of public parking is available - enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light. The facility is easily accessible by foot or bike from the beach bike path, although the Beach closes at sunset. There is ample bike parking at racks throughout the site - remember to bring your own lock.
Parking: For weekday Beach=Culture events May-September, there is a daily $8 parking charge at the park and pay machines available in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. For hourly and weekend fees, please check the website for details.
Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check http://annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.
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Beach=Culture at the Beach House
Please note that there is bike parking available onsite - bring a lock. Car parking is available and rates vary from weekdays to weekends and season to season.
Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event; reservations are released then and late seating is not guaranteed. Although Eventbrite's automatic email encourages you to print your ticket out, at this time we only require you to give your last name at the door. If an event is at capacity, we will generally open a waitlist online and you can sign up. We will not contact you; just plan to arrive by 15 minutes prior to the event and we will assess unclaimed reservations then.
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The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is a public beach club open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit annenbergbeachhouse.com. The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and the federal Preserve America program.
The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904.
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