Tannery World Dance + Cultural Center presents...
Winter Dance Fest, Feb 27th @ 7:30pm
Join TWDCC at the NEW Colligan Theater for an evening of highoctane, tour de force dance with San Francisco choreographer/former Lines Ballet dancer, GregoryDawson and Santa Cruz choreographer/former Garth Fagan soloist, Micha Scott.
The Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center (TWDCC) ignites its mission of showcasing diversity, supporting local and Bay Area artists and artists of color with an explosive lineup of events for 2016. This amazing year of unique dance offerings begins on February 27th with our Winter Dance Fest featuring the Santa Cruz premiere of dawsondancesf and new work from local choreographer Micha Scott.
The evening will open with new work from Empire Dance Company. Under the direction of TWDCC’s Artistic Director, Micha Scott, Empire speaks to audiences with a fresh, exciting new vocabulary of movement. Premiering in 2014 during the Santa Cruz Ethnic Dance Festival, Empire is on a mission to bring high energy, high caliber dance to Santa Cruz and beyond. Capturing past and future in the present time, Empire’s new work, ‘It’s About Time’ realizes the fluidity between what was, what will be, and what is. Empire is: Micha Scott, Mercedes Johnson, Angela Chambers, Juliet Ulibarri, Taliha Scott and Selah Scott.
“Ms. Scott is a powerhouse...she exudes enthusiasm and energy...” — NY Chronicle, Rochester
At Winter Dance Fest, TWDCC will present the Santa Cruz premiere of DentDropBend fromdawsondancesf. This triptych is a mesmerizing journey that explores the fantastic athleticism of Dawson’s artists. Each movement is a testament to the company’s vision of breaking down barriers placed on classical ballet and bringing to light the embodiment of strength and beauty. dawsondancesf / Company Members Isaiah Bindel & Jordan Drew / Photo by Kyle McKee Dawson investigates the marriage of music, visuals, voice and dance; the physical possibilities created by this matrimony; and the influence each of the components has on the union. The independent movement compositions are abstract, but hold the possibility of intermingling narratives. The artists explore their voices through choreography and vision while dance andvisual elements merge.
San Francisco Gate calls Dawson’s work, “mesmerizing,... a major achievement”
The score for DentDropBend is Dawson’s fourth collaboration with San Francisco based artist