Skip Main Navigation
Page Content

Save This Event

Event Saved

Field Notes: Dances in Dire Times - curated by Suchi Branfman - Fireside at the Miles

Miles Memorial Playhouse - Santa Monica Cultural Affairs

Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)

Field Notes: Dances in Dire Times - curated by Suchi...

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
General Admission   more info Feb 9, 2019 $10.00 $0.00
Senior / Youth / Student
Senior (55+) / Youth (18 and under) / Student (w/ID)
Feb 9, 2019 $5.00 $0.00

Share Field Notes: Dances in Dire Times - curated by Suchi Branfman - Fireside at the Miles

Event Details

Field Notes; dances in dire times - Curated by Suchi Branfman

This evening’s dances serve as performative field notes from the world, the border, the prisons, the barrios, the streets…a dancing report to the public about what lies hidden in plain sight every day.


Suchi Branfman, choreographer, curator, performer, educator and activist, has had the honor of curating dance at Fireside at the Miles for the past ten years. She has worked nationally and internationally, from the war zones of Managua to Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre and from Kampala’s Luzira Prison to NYC’s Joyce Theatre, as both soloist and with Wallflower Order, Crowsfeet Dance Collective, Harry Streep’s Third Dance Theatre, Katherine Litz, Gus Solomons Jr., Dan Wagoner and Augusto Boal. Branfman is currently in the middle of a five-year artist residency at the California Rehabilitation Center, a medium security state men’s prison in Norco, and serves on faculty at Scripps College and Cal Poly Pomona. She is a 2018-19 Santa Monica Arts Fellowship recipient, with past supporters including the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, California Arts Council, and the Los Angeles and Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Divisions. She is a Santa Monica community gardener, a prison abolition activist, former chair of the Santa Monica Arts Commission and co-director of Catalpa Residency, in Desert Hot Springs.

As a collaborative group based in Riverside, PRIMERA GENERACION DANCE COLLECTIVE (Alfonso Cervera, Patty Huerta, Irvin, Gonzalez, and Rosa Rodriguez- Frazier) focuses on the visibilization of Mexican American corporeality through movement-based exploration, process, and performance. Utilizing a pastiche quality of text, satire, song, and movement (comprised of improvisation, postmodern, contemporary and Mexican social/folk forms) the collective fuses together their eclectic aesthetics to expose el desmadre, or messiness, that is their first generation, Mexican American experience. 

 BERNARD BROWN is a Los Angeles based dance artist, choreographer and educator. His work is rooted in catalyzing change through dance; dance sparks dialogue which in turn, inspires action, the action being the change within our communities. He is interested in excavating the ways in which art can transform, create ripples of empathy, and foster healing.

 ROSANNA TAVAREZ has a diverse background as a performer/entertainer and has had the honor of working with Marina Ambramovic, Ryan Heffington (Sia), Travis Payne (Michael Jackson), Tony Michaels (Beyonce) and Rosanna Gamson/Worldwide. She also toured with N’SYNC and Jessica Simpson as one-fifth of the girl group Eden’s Crush and covered the Emmys, Grammys and Oscars in addition to hosting her own shows as a television personality for FOX, E!, TVGuide Network, and Telemundo/NBC.She is now on faculty at Relativity School and CalState LA, and creates her own dance-theatre work in Los Angeles under the moniker LA DANSA DANSA. Her works have been supported by ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, UCLA Hothouse Residency and Show Box LA.

Part of a season of cozy performances in front of an open fire in Santa Monica’s historic Miles Memorial Playhouse.  


Getting Here: The Miles Memorial Playhouse is wheelchair accessible and conveniently located at 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403 near the intersection of Wilshire Blvd and Lincoln Blvd in Christine Emerson Reed Park, just north of the tennis courts.

Street Parking: Metered Street Parking Limited metered parking available surrounding Reed Park. (2 hour maximum, 9-6 p.m., $2.00 per hour, accepts credit cards - FREE Sundays and after 6 p.m. at meters). Please read all street parking signs carefully, as area has permit-only parking.

Evening Event Parking at 808 Wilshire: Free parking is available to Miles Memorial Playhouse patrons at the 808 Wilshire Building. Vehicle entry is on Lincoln. Important: Do not take the automatic machine printed ticket - instead mention “I'm going to Miles Playhouse” to the attendant upon entry. Be sure the receive a special validated ticket to gain access back to the garage. After the performance, use the special validated ticket to swipe the card reader to the right of the pedestrian entrance at 808 Wilshire. Take the elevator down to the parking area. The pressure of your vehicle at the exit will lift the gate.

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit, email or call (310) 458-8634.

By registering for this program via this Eventbrite page, you consent to receiving occasional email about cultural programs and updates from the City of Santa Monica. You can unsubscribe, or change your preferences at any time using the “unsubscribe” or “manage preferences” links on these emails.

About the Miles Memorial Playhouse: Managed by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, the Miles Memorial Playhouse was bequeathed to the City of Santa Monica in 1929 by J. Euclid Miles as a theater "for the children and young men and women” of Santa Monica. Following a full restoration after the Northridge earthquake, the Miles Memorial Playhouse is now home to cultural presentations, programs for youth and serves as a rental facility for local nonprofit community.

Have questions about Field Notes: Dances in Dire Times - curated by Suchi Branfman - Fireside at the Miles? Contact Miles Memorial Playhouse - Santa Monica Cultural Affairs

Save This Event

Event Saved

When & Where

Miles Memorial Playhouse
1130 Lincoln Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)

  Add to my calendar

Please log in or sign up

In order to purchase these tickets in installments, you'll need an Eventbrite account. Log in or sign up for a free account to continue.