Local Hero

David Asbell: Directing the Lobero

We know it embarrasses him, but, we are thrilled to see our fearless leader selected as one of the Independent’s 2016 Local Heroes.

“It was almost exactly 20 years ago that David Asbell accepted the position of executive director at the Lobero Theatre… he not only brought the kind of savvy that only comes from working backstage, but he also brought a profound vision of what the Lobero Theatre could become: Santa Barbara’s beating creative heart. By establishing a welcoming atmosphere and by being open to a creative team that includes such area luminaries as Hale Milgrim, Dianne Vapnek, Peggie Jones, and Stephen Cloud, Asbell has turned the Lobero into what we need most, in good times and bad: a blessed community of like-minded people, alive to the arts and ready to listen and share the love of great music, ideas, dance, and theater.” (Read the full story)

For the past 20 years, David has worked hard to make the Lobero the bustling, vibrant performing arts venue that it is. He created the Lobero LIVE and Jazz at the Lobero series, bringing truly legendary artists to the stage. He has had a leading role in the completion of more than $10 million in major renovations behind the scenes and in the auditorium. Most important, David has championed the Lobero’s essential role as a community resource, a place that our local artists call home. From the Chamber Orchestra to the Film Festival to Sings Like Hell – they are all welcomed here by the man at the helm.

This Thanksgiving, the Lobero Board and Staff are thankful for David and all he’s created.

 

DANCEworks, Dendy & Dystopia …

DANCEworks presents fearless New York choreographer Mark Dendy

Dystopian Distractions! premieres April 26

  • Just Added! Pre-Curtain Discussion with Dance Critic Rachel Howard
  • New ticket prices! See Dystopian Distractions! from $12

We’re now halfway through the 2014 DANCEworks residency with nationally-renowned choreographer Mark Dendy. Not only is there tremendously thought-provoking work being accomplished onstage, Mark is engaging  the community with fascinating open rehearsals, and even brought local dancers into the new work. Check out photos & videos.

While in residence, Mark Dendy Projects is creating a new work entitled Dystopian Distractions!, a black comedic take on the American war machine through the lens of pop culture. Audiences can expect a social commentary sending up many American notables from Elvis Presley, Honey Boo Boo to Donald Rumsfeld – and will still be surprised by what Mark comes up with.The premiere of the fearless and insightful new work is Saturday, April 26. Tickets start at just $12 – that’s the price of seeing a movie! So, before you head to the cinema, consider a once-in-a-lifetime premiere of dance theater…

 “Dendy is a most unusual talent. The dances are brilliant!” – THE NEW YORK POST 

New to DANCEworks this year the “Friday Club.” a chance to go behind the scenes with Mr. Dendy and the company each Friday of their residency with open rehearsals and a reception with the company. This amazing perk is available for DANCEworks supporters who have made a contribution of just $50. There’s still one more Friday Club coming up on April 18! If you want to experience this rare glimpse into the creative process, make a gift at SBDANCEworks.com/donate.

Just Added: Pre-Curtain Discussion with Dance Critic Rachel Howard, 7:15 p.m., April 26. Who is Mark Dendy, what is dance theater, and how does Dendy’s new Dystopian Distractions! carry forward the tradition of dances made about war and society? Dance Critic Rachel Howard offers a deep dive into Dystopian Distractions! Read more. 

Are you hip to DANCEworks? This groundbreaking collaboration between SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara and the Lobero Theatre Foundation offers notable choreographers a month-long residency in which to create, rehearse and premiere a brand new work on the Lobero stage. It’s a truly innovative partnership that puts Santa Barbara on the map as a community that supports the creation of new choreography in a significant way. DANCEworks is gaining broad recognition within the world of contemporary dance and has already contributed to the careers of choreographers Aszure BartonLarry KeigwinDoug Elkins, and Brian Brooks.

DANCEworks '13. Photo: David Bazemore

DANCEworks ’13 company & community dancers with Larry Keigwin. Photo: David Bazemore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more at SBDANCEworks.com, and keep up to date on Facebook & Twitter.

**Note: Dystopian Distractions! expresses an anti-war sentiment in an irreverent fashion. Parental discretion is advised.