Local dance aficionados won’t have to look hard to find some new talent this fall as Ballet Santa Barbara’s fourth season, “Les Petits Ballets Santa Barbara,” begins this weekend. The company, which was founded in 2005, features a season with four all-new pieces from four choreographers, one of whom is Artistic Director and founder Carrie Diamond.
“I’m doing a piece; it’s entitled ‘Eternity, Desire and Other Predicaments,’ Diamond said. “It’s based on the classic film ‘Wings of Desire.'”
While creating the piece, she also had some help from UCSB Art Professor Colin Gardner.
“[Gardner] was instrumental in developing the piece,” she said. “In addition to being an art professor, he’s a fine scholar in film.”
“Eternity, Desire and Other Predicaments” also features the music of Jose Luis Greco, which will be performed live by Nicole McKenzie on violin and Eric Valinsky on piano.
Other guest choreographers include Brian Carey Chung, Carlos Fittante and Lizabeth Skalski, who hail from the East Coast. Also, local singer Stephanie Sivers will accompany Chung’s piece, “A New Commissioned Work,” with her vocals.
The company has seven dancers, including guest artist Fittante, who hails from the New York City dance scene. He choreographed the piece “Wayang Blues,” which features music by jazz great Etta James.
The company also offers an intermediate/advanced level class Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, which is open to community members. The company also dances with the class, which is accompanied by a pianist. Single sessions are $15 and multiple session rates are also available.
Diamond said UCSB students should check out this new addition to Santa Barbara’s dance scene.
“They should definitely come see what Ballet Santa Barbara is working very hard to bring to this community,” she said. “The richness and the level of the work is something we’re very proud of and we believe is a really necessary and exciting aspect of the community. The work is really original and fun.”
The show opens this Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. with a reception following at the Contemporary Arts Forum. Additional shows are Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Center Stage Theater in Paseo Nuevo. Tickets are $18 for students and $22 for general admission and can be purchased online at www.centerstagetheater.org or by calling (805) 963-0408.