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SBDT’s 40th Anniversary

UCSB’s resident dance company, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, celebrated its 40th anniversary in January at the Hatlen Theater with a full-length performance that attracted audience members across fou...
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The Venus Hottentot on Parade in the PAT

The chorus of “Venus” lined up in the back of the Performing Arts Theatre Friday evening, dressed casually yet aristocratically while flaunting magnificent white judge’s wigs. “HOLD MY WIG” ...
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ETC Presents Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

A dingy, dark and overall dreary set has been constructed in the New Vic theatre for the Ensemble Theatre Company’s (E.T.C.) performances of “Sweeney Todd.” This creepy musical of the demon barb...
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Twyla Tharp’s 50th Anniversary Tour was Incredible Friday Night Fun

It could have been the I.V. vibe, or maybe the Twyla Tharp dance company just can’t help having a party onstage to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. Performed at the Granada Theatre Friday night (Oc...
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‘Spirit of India’ Brings Santa Barbara Closer to Indian Culture

The startling yet welcome sound of children’s laughter mixed with the chuckles of the adult audience members in Campbell Hall at “Spirit of India,” performed by the Bollywood Masala Orchestra an...
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Eddie Pez – Oedipus – Rex in the Park

An excited and chattery crowd collected in Anisq’Oyo’ Park Saturday night for the opening show of Shakespeare in the Park’s version of Oedipus — Commedia dell’Arte style. Junior BFA actress,...
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Music in Memory | UCSB Remembers Isla Vista 2014 in Concert

Two musicians performed silhouetted against the blank cyclorama at the back of Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. Projected upon them as the music started were two halves of a rectangle, one side white and o...
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Senior Dancers Close Out 2015

Thursday night was the last time UCSB’s senior dance majors performed as students of the Theater and Dance Department. Sophomore B.F.A. dance major Rachel Epling arrived fully prepared for the momen...
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The Talented Ones

Yussef El Guindi’s “The Talented Ones” premiered Thursday night. This show was brought to the Hatlen stage by LAUNCH PAD, a program through which playwrights come to UCSB to create new works. Th...
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Robert T. Johnson Senior Recital

Thursday night, I walked into Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall to see Robert T. Johnson’s senior composition recital. When I was handed bubble wrap and a program with “RECESS” instead of “intermissi...
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Azeem Ward Dazzles UCSB and International Fanbase

This afternoon, outside of Karl Geiringer Hall, a line of Azeem Ward fans snaked through the music building for the esteemed flautist’s senior recital. The hall overflowed, despite attendance being ...
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UCSB’s Undergraduate Directors Present Dark and Comedic One Acts

After seeing the undergraduate-directed One Acts of this spring quarter, you will never be able to un-hear the woeful tuba rendition of “Hot Cross Buns” played by Madison Scarbrough, a junior in t...
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Edgar Zendejas’s Common Ground Premieres at the Granada

  Last Saturday, the combined efforts of State Street Ballet, Santa Barbara Dance Theater and Eisenhower Dance culminated at the Granada Theatre to create beautiful performance, Common Ground. Ea...
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Joffrey Ballet Continues to Amaze in Santa Barbara

After an agonizing separation of three years, the Joffrey Ballet returned to Santa Barbara on Tuesday, March 10 to perform three pieces of recent repertoire. Founded 1956 by Robert Joffrey in New York...
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Shirley Jo Finney and UCSB students bring In the Red and Brown Water to Life

“In the Red and Brown Water,” directed by Shirley Jo Finney, opened this past weekend in the Hatlen Theater. The play is chronologically the first of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s ”Brother/Sister Pl...
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