Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Announces Its 2021/2022 Dance Series

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (SCPA), known for
presenting innovative contemporary dance companies each year,
will kickoff its 2021/2022 Dance Series tomorrow, Thursday, June 10.

Masterclass with Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Thursday, June 10, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Ahead of their public performance at SCPA, company members of Alonzo King LINES Ballet will be hosting a virtual masterclass via Zoom for advanced-level dancers and students. This event is free and open to the public, RSVP required. Space is limited. For questions please contact Diandra Adamczyk at diandraa@scottsdalearts.org

Panel Discussion with Alonzo King LINES Ballet: How to Make it in the Dance Industry

Tuesday, June 15, 7 p.m.

Join us for a discussion with company members of Alonzo King LINES Ballet and their agent for a comprehensive talk on the current state of the dance industry and what it takes to garner success as a dance professional. Moderated by local performer and director, Julia Chacon of Julia Chacon Flamenco Theatre.

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Alonzo King LINES Ballet: The Personal Element and AZOTH

Saturday, June 19, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet brings two new works to the Center: The Personal Element, which premiered in August 2019 at the Vail Dance Festival in Colorado, and AZOTH, which debuted at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco in October 2019. 

Since 1982, Alonzo King LINES Ballet has collaborated with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists from around the world to create performances that alter the way we look at ballet today. Its unique artistic vision adheres to the classical form—the linear, mathematical, and geometrical principles that are deeply rooted in the pre-existing East-West continuum. 

Thirty-eight years of outstanding, multi-disciplinary collaborations for the stage place Alonzo King LINES Ballet at the forefront of artistic innovation in ballet. With each collaboration, the company investigates deeply rooted affinities between Western and Eastern classical forms, elemental materials, the natural world, and the human spirit. At LINES Ballet, the artistic investigation is infinite and essential, for it leads to what unites us as human beings: empathy, joy, and the ability to transcend. 

Bridgman | Packer Dance: Ghost Factory

Friday, June 25, 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 26, 8 p.m.

Dance meets film meets virtual reality: Ghost Factory is the latest in Bridgman|Packer Dance’s body of acclaimed and genre-breaking work that features their “video partnering,” the integration of live performance and video technology. Inspired by the residents and vast deserted factories of Johnson City, an upstate New York town, Ghost Factory is a compelling work that reveals remnants of a past era through a contemporary lens. Live performance merges with haunting video imagery of abandoned factory buildings, evoking humanity these spaces once held. With choreography and performance by the award-winning duo Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, the creative team also includes filmmaker Peter Bobrow, lighting designer Frank DenDanto III, and composer/sound designer Ansel Bobrow.

Julia Chacón Flamenco Theatre: Flamenco Intimo

Every Friday and Saturday night in October, 7:30 p.m.

Julia Chacón Flamenco Theatre brings the power of internationally experienced flamenco dancers and musicians to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Stage 2 every Friday Saturday night in October. Beautiful costumes, undulating arms, fiery footwork, intricate Spanish guitar, and soul-stirring vocals come together to deliver an unforgettable show. 

Chacón, who has more than 15 years of international performing and production experience, founded Inspiración Flamenca (now known as Julia Chacón Flamenco Theatre) in 2008 with the mission of celebrating the community nature of flamenco and promoting cultural understanding through this rich and complex art. 

Ashwini Ramaswamy: Let the Crows Come

Saturday, January 15, 8 p.m.

Evoking mythography and ancestry, Let the Crows Come uses the metaphor of crows as messengers for the living and guides for the departed. This dance for three with live music, which premiered in 2019,  explores how memory and homeland channel guidance and dislocation. Featuring Ramaswamy (Bharatanatyam technique), Alanna Morris-Van Tassel (Contemporary/Afro-Caribbean technique), and Berit Ahlgren (Gaga technique), Bharatanatyam dance is deconstructed and recontextualized to recall a memory that has a shared origin but is remembered differently from person to person. Composers Jace Clayton (dj/rupture) and Brent Arnold extrapolate from Prema Ramamurthy’s classical Carnatic (South Indian) score, utilizing centuries-old compositional structures as the point of departure for their sonic explorations

MOMIX

Friday, March 11, 8 p.m.

Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton. For more than 40 years, MOMIX has been celebrated for its ability to conjure up a world of surrealistic images, using props, light, shadow, humor, and the human body. 

Dorrance Dance: SOUNDspace

Friday, March 25, 8 p.m.

Originally a site-specific work that explored the unique acoustics of New York City’s St. Mark’s Church through the myriad sounds and textured created by the performer’s feet, SOUNDspace has been adapted and continues to explore what is most beautiful and exceptional about tap dancing – movement as music.

Dorrance Dance is an award-winning tap dance company based in New York City. The company’s work aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new, dynamic, and compelling context not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it rhythmically, aesthetically and conceptually. The company’s inaugural performance garnered a Bessie Award for “blasting open out notions of tap,” and continues its passionate commitment to expanding the audience of tap dance. Street, club and experimental dance forms – all of which are American dreams – awake to the sound of furious rhythms and find their boundaries missing.

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