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Santa Barbara, CA: DANCEworks presents Adam Barruch Dance and the premiere of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
Adam Barruch Dance
DANCEworks presents Adam Barruch Dance
and the premiere of
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
An Exploration by Adam Barruch Dance
This weekend! Friday, September 25 & Saturday, September 26 8PM at the Lobero Theatre
Santa Barbara, CA, September 22, 2015 – Santa Barbara DANCEworks welcomes trailblazing New York City actor, dancer and choreographer Adam Barruch for their coveted 2015 residency (August 31-September 26) at the Lobero Theatre.While in residence with his internationally based seven-member company, Adam Barruch Dance, Barruch and will create a new work of Dance Theater based on selections from the score of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street during their DANCEworks residency. Mentored by acclaimed Canadian artist, Margie Gillis, Adam Barruch will work with the company to discover the corporeal language that eventually become a full-scale production of the musical. Using Barruch's gestural and emotionally charged language, audiences will be taken deeper into the psychological realms of these complex and emotionally charged characters. Don’t miss the debut of the new work along with repertoire from the company on September 25 & 26 at the Lobero Theatre.
*Please note: this performance contains scenes of nudity and violence.
“For those intrepid theatergoers who plan to join the DANCEworks audience on Friday or Saturday night for Sweeney Todd at the Lobero, you will witness awe-inspiring movement and song from some of the most talented young performers in the world, and perhaps be present at the creation of a whole new direction for the musical, and that’s not an exaggeration.” – Santa Barbara Independent, cover story, Sept. 17, 2015
About Adam Barruch
Adam Barruch began his career as a young actor, performing professionally on Broadway and in film and television, working with prominent figures such as Tony Bennett, Jerry Herman and Susan Stroman. He later received dance training at LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts. After three years, he graduated early and was accepted into the dance department at The Juilliard School. As a dancer he has performed the works of Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Susan Marshall, Jose Limon, Daniele Dèsnoyers, and is currently a dancer with Sylvain Émard Danse in Montreal.
As a choreographer, Adam’s work has been presented at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop, City Center, NYU/ Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, The Juilliard School, The Baryshnikov Arts Center, Ailey-Citigroup Theater, The 92Y: Buttenweiser Hall, Jacob’s Pillow: Inside/Out, LaMaMa,The Cedar Lake Theater, The Harris Theater, The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, Bates Dance Festival and Theatre Usine C in Montreal. He has also taught technique and repertory at Princeton University, The Boston Conservatory, The Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program, and the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College.
Adam Barruch was selected as a participant in the 2011 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab made possible by generous support from the Ford Foundation. Adam Barruch’s short-film collaboration with filmmaker Nel Shelby, Folie a Deux, was screened at the Dance On Camera Festival in Lincoln Center in 2012. In June 2013, Adam performed a full-length evening solo work, My Name is Barbra ADAM, at Joe’s Pub commissioned by DanceNOW NYC, and was a recipient of a Late Stage Production Stipend from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. In addition, he has also created works for companies such as Ailey II, Keigwin + Company, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, River North Dance Chicago and BalletX, as well as for dance icons Margie Gillis and Miki Orihara. Adam has also choreographed two music videos for Tokyo based musical act mishmash*. Adam was the recipient of a 2014 Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences, which recognizes institutions and individuals for distinguished accomplishments and exceptional talent in the arts and sciences.
Santa Barbara DANCEworks isn’t just about unforgettable performances. It’s about long-term relationships with the gutsiest artists in contemporary dance—relationships that allow bold choreographers to take new risks. DANCEworks is gaining broad recognition within the world of contemporary dance and has already contributed to the careers of groundbreaking choreographers Aszure Barton, Larry Keigwin, Doug Elkins, Brian Brooks and Mark Dendy.
DANCEworks is an innovative collaboration between SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara and the Lobero Theatre Foundation designed to offer notable choreographers a month-long residency in which to create, rehearse and premiere a brand new work on the Lobero stage. This partnership puts Santa Barbara on the map as a community that supports the creation of new choreography in a significant way. Learn more at SBDANCEworks.com.
[Photo by David Bazemore]
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