Nebula Dance Lab

Thank you for your Support in 2017, and cheers to an amazing 2018!

We did it! We pulled off another successful year with season seven; Dance, Dream, Believe... and your generous support allowed us to share our work throughout the community. It’s because of YOU we continue our programming strong into 2018, so please consider us in your year-end giving by DONATING HERE NOW.

We did some amazing work this year, and we are especially proud of a few big productions we were able to execute because of you!   Here are a few highlights:  

HHII Dance Festival  

This incredible festival produced 30 dance works by 20 companies with over 100+ artists from across the United States and Internationally, and featured diverse works showcasing modern, flamenco, performance art/modern, contemporary ballet, tap and more! More than 400 came to view the four day event including a new Opening Evening honoring Excellence in Dance Education through the Apogee Awards. HHII was sponsored by Strategic Incentives, Heritage Oaks Bank, Boone Graphics and Center Pointe Pilates. Curation has begun for 2018 March 1st-4th including artists worldwide and highlighting many local youth companies in our Opening Kickoff Evening. 

Photo Credit: Paul Miyake

Through the Looking Glass, premiering new work Holocene by Edgar Zendejas

With Through the Looking Glass, the company has more than hit its stride, pulling together distinctive facets of live music, visual art, and varying genres of dance for an unforgettable evening down the rabbit hole of curiosity.

Artistic Director Devyn Duex chose wisely in tapping two of Santa Barbara’s most spirited choreographers, Meredith Cabaniss and Karyn Laver, whose signature inclinations toward the syncopated aligned expertly within the whimsy of an abstract narrative. Cabaniss’s spatial acuteness and use of repetition allowed each section to spill seamlessly into the next, while Laver’s tap-dancing Tweedledee and Tweedledum (with Caitlin Davis) brought a flash of delight into an already stirring program. In the role of Alice, dancer Lauren Serrano managed to capture the heroine’s probing complexity without uttering a single phrase, leaping and slicing through an imaginary world with inimitable grace.

In satisfying contrast, Edgar Zendejas’s commissioned “Holocene” provided a wistful layer of moody undertones, with five dancers journeying through the stages of life in reactionary cadence.

Nebula Dance Lab is carving out a significant reputation in the art of dance theater, and the results are nothing short of dazzling.

Review by The Independent, Ninette Paloma 

Photo Credit: [poster] Devyn Duex, Graphic design by Meredith Cabaniss

Through The Looking Glass – Kid’s Matinee Program  two shows 1200 students 

In partnership with The Lobero Theatre, the kids matinee program was expanded in 2016 to offer twice as many students invitations to the production, and in 2017 this opportunity was recreated; November 1st and 2nd at 10am. The houses were packed, not an open seat to be found!

Nebula successfully performed Though the Looking Glass for 1200 K-8 students, chaperones, and teachers with the generous support of The Lobero Theatre Fund, Santa Barbara Education Foundation with funds in partnership with the Leni Fe Bland Foundation,Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, CAPCommunity Foundation, Community Arts Grant, Strategic Incentives and several business & individual sponsors.

Our programming for this production provided priority to Title I schools and included attendance by Adelante Charter, Adams School, Franklin, Cleveland, Roosevelt, Santa Barbara Charter, Peabody Charter, Open Alternative, Harding, Washington, Santa Barbara Community Academy. 

It also included a teacher pre-show worksheet, parent/student prep packet, and post-show worksheet/project. As a testament to our impact to area schools, we learned that more than half of the student audience had never been to a theater before, with many students never having seen a dance production before. How great to be able to enrich the lives of so many children!

Photo Credit: Kathee Miller & Samantha Dei Rossi

Again, Thank You For Your Continued Support, And We Hope You’ll Consider Nebula Dance Lab As Part Of Your Year-End Gifting by DONATING HERE. We look forward to seeing you in 2018!

To you and yours, Happy Holidays!  

Devyn Duex, MBA

Founder and Artistic Director
Nebula Dance Lab

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