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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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Culture Clashes at Campbell

The curtains open, a Latina woman tap dances in front of an American flag in the backdrop and Tupac’s “Hail Mary” blasts over the speakers for all to hear. Campbell Hall was in for an interestin...
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Winter Wonder Drag at UCSB

If David Bowie taught us anything, it was to always strive to be the artistic, sexy, alluring and flamboyant humans we are. And with Mr. Bowie’s recent passing (moment of silence for my still-aching...
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Akram Khan Comes to the Granada

This Tuesday, dance appreciators swarmed the Granada Theatre for a performance by renowned dance company Akram Khan. Unlike most companies, Akram Khan only performs a single piece, titled “Kaash.”...
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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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New York City Ballet Comes to Santa Barbara

On Oct. 26, a crowd consisting of uniformly local dance patrons and Dance 45: History and appreciation of dance students gathered at the Granada Theater to witness the New York City Ballet. The impecc...
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Anna Deveare Smith’s One-Woman Show Never Gives Up

There is rarely a performance so powerful and so genuine that within the audience, the dim stage light shows streaming tears all around, both from laughter and sorrow. Anna Deveare Smith’s Never Giv...
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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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Flip Fabrique Comes to Campbell Hall

Flip FabriQue gathered families and students to UCSB ground when they came to perform their hit show “Catch Me” at Campbell Hall on October 11th. The famous circus company, inspired by Cirque du S...
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Anna Deveare Smith To Bring Her ‘Never Givin’ Up’ to Campbell Hall

Many plays need large casts, elaborate scenery and special effects galore to capture attention, but there’s one artist who is able to dazzle audiences with only herself and her words. If you are an ...
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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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Azeem X Underbelly live at the Batcave

On May 16, United Kingdom citizen Damon Poole shared a Facebook event page in jest titled “Azeem’s Senior Flute Recital.” True to the haphazard nature by which viral Internet trends begin, Poole...
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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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