SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Cultural Affairs revealed that Beach Dances: Repetitions will take place for seven days at the Annenberg Community Beach House starting Monday, June 4 and running through Sunday, June 10. During the weeklong event, each day will feature local choreographers rehearsing and presenting on a sand-level platform.
The public is invited to observe open rehearsals and performances and participate in free movement workshops. Participating choreographers and companies include:
-Mecca Vazie Andrews
-Sarah Elgart | Arrogant Elbow
-Pieter Open Studio
-No)one. Art House
In addition to daily rehearsals, all are invited to a performance of RIGHT & L3FT by No)one. Art House and a world premiere of △▽△▽ [four triangles] created onsite by Jay Carlon and his company CARLON. Free workshops with Suchi Branfman, Rebecca Bruno, Jay Carlon round out the week.
“Rehearsal is the iterative process of transformation, a way to move things from the head into the body, and a testing ground for interpretation, adaptation and change. The vision for Beach Dances: Repetitions stems from this. We’re working to not only support artists by providing a ‘literal’ platform for art-making,’” says Naomi Okuyama, City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Supervisor.
“With Beach Dances, we encourage visitors to consider not only watching what the choreographers and dancers are doing, but also to look around at the cyclists, picnickers, swimmers, bird watchers and kite flyers on the beach and around the Beach House in the context of movement and composition.”
The Annenberg Community Beach House located at Santa Monica State Beach is a public facility operated by the city of Santa Monica on five acres of oceanfront property in Santa Monica. The Beach House story is one of evolution from private to public, starting with the development of the property at 415 Pacific Coast Highway as an opulent private estate of silent film star Marion Davies in the 1920s. Parking from April – October is $12/day or $3/hour.
The SM Cultural Affairs hosts exhibitions on a quarterly basis at the Annenberg Community Beach House as part of the Beach=Culture program. Beach=Culture is a year-round series of free concerts, discussions, readings, exhibitions and artist residency events. annenbergbeachhouse.com @Annenbergbeachhouse #SMBeachHouse
A full schedule is available at beachdances2018.eventbrite.com.