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LOS ANGELES + SANTA BARBARA: ArtBark's "Alma.Sama" with Special Guests

LOS ANGELES + SANTA BARBARA: ArtBark's "Alma.Sama" with Special Guests

Company:

ArtBark International

Location:

Arc Pasadena and Gail Towbes Center for Dance

Dates:

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 7:30pm
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 6:00pm

Tickets:

https://www.artbark.org

Company:
ArtBark International

The multigenerational performing arts collective ArtBark International, with seasoned dance artists hailing from California, New York and Slovenia, will reprise their dance theater work Alma.Sama at Arc Pasadena on April 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm and the Gail Towbes Center for Dance in Santa Barbara, CA on April 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm.  Ticket prices are $5 kids, $10 adults and  $100 angel patrons.

For detailed ticket and venue information, click here.

Alma.Sama is a visual and sonic feast for audiences of all ages, with original music by Stephen Kelly, costumes by Misa Kelly, and projections by the company. The evening-length work premiered to sold-out audiences and was presented by Slovenia’s leading cultural center the Cankarjev Dom in Ljubljana in June 2015. Described as “sophisticated dance poetics with expressive depth and superior movement vocabulary,” and “subtle, intellectual, sophisticated” by the Slovenian publication Parada Plesa, Alma.Sama celebrates the life of Slovenian traveler and revolutionary Alma Karlin (1889-1950) in an energetic and lush non-linear dance theater work.

Alma.Sama serves as a timely and relevant story as Karlin was a visionary who shed all that she had been reared to believe as the "right" course of action for a woman of her standing. The Slovenian polyglot, world traveler, painter, theosophist and author of numerous books sacrificed comfort and convention in favor of an often subsistence-level life with the people of South America, India, Japan, and the South Pacific in the years after the First World War. Celebrated for saying, “An eagle must mate in the air or fly alone,” Karlin believed in the power of empathy and embraced the unknown exposing herself to new ways of thinking and understanding cultures and people around the world. Alma.Sama commemorates this historical figure while exploring what the physical and emotional fibers of a visionary might embody today.

The Hubbard Collective joins ArtBark as guest artists at ARC Pasadena. Closing the evening with their dynamic work Sacred Matters, the company gives voice to the harsh reality of being Black in America. In Santa Barbara, Nebula Dance Lab will share a work-in-progress created specifically for this project by their Artistic Director Devyn Duex, producer of the HHII Festival.

Alma.Sama. is a co-production between ArtBark International, Cankarjev Dom Slovenia, and House of Culture Celje. The West Coast performances are supported by the Ministry of Culture Slovenia, Slovenian Embassy in Washington and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Slovenia.

 

ABOUT ARTBARK INTERNATIONAL

Acclaimed as “forward thinking artists” by the Santa Barbara Independent, ArtBark International is a roving, multigenerational performing arts collective with artists hailing from California, New York and Slovenia. Their present activities embrace innovative ways of organizing that serve to shift the paradigm of how professional artists come together and grow as they work across the United States and the Atlantic through the Internet, performances and residencies. ArtBark International’s work has been performed at AFL Kultur Merzkezi in Istanbul, ARC Pasadena in California, The Cankarjev Dom in Ljubljana, Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, contraMASS Galerie and Palais Kabelwerk in Vienna, Pieter in Los Angeles, and studio Le Regard du Cygne in Paris, among others. In 2015, the collective premiered the evening length work Alma.Sama, described as “sophisticated dance poetics with expressive depth and superior movement vocabulary,” in Ljubljana, Slovenia and co-produced by the opera house Cankarev Dom, ArtBark International, and Celje, House of Culture. artbark.org

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