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VIRTUAL THEATER

A TWDCC collaboration with

Crossing the threshold between the physical

and the digital

Virtual Theater presents a monthly platform for artists and audiences to come together from across any distance through live performance enhanced by technology. 

 

The TWDCC studio is home to a new, state-of-the-art performance space built in collaboration with 

Visual Endeavors, a Santa-Cruz based design and integration firm. 

 

UPCOMING VIRTUAL THEATER EVENTS

FORMER VIRTUAL THEATER EVENTS

The Dancer’s Journey: Virtual Storytelling Across Borders
a video collage
featuring "In the midst of it," a new, commissioned work from Nathan Hirschaut

Showcasing compositions from professional and pre-professional dancers, and a live Q & A with Virtual Theater commissioned artist, Nathan Hirschaut, TWDCC Youth Program teacher and 2019 Winter Dance Festival feature, 2020 graduate of the Juilliard School of Dance, and the founder of HIVE Dance Company, who will premiere his piece “In the midst of it.”

The Dancer’s Journey portrays cross-cultural stories from dancers in Santa Cruz, California, and from Final Year BFA students in Kingston, Jamaica, who have reflected on their strengths, vulnerabilities, desire to change the world, and their artistic sensibilities. The Dancer’s Journey is a powerful palliative for this isolating and unsettling moment. 

**This event features partial, brief nudity**

TWDCC’s Virtual Theater is representative of its radical, resilient, cross-cultural transformation as an organization through COVID-19. Since April, TWDCC has brought the domestic and international dance community together through Virtual Theater events, virtual classes and programming, and is currently working to build safe opportunities for Santa Cruz youth to practice their training in-person. TWDCC has risen to each obstacle with adaptability and innovation. As we head into the end of the year, TWDCC needs support to continue pushing forward. The Dancer’s Journey is the launch event of the TWDCC End of the Year Fundraising campaign, and is a call to action for the community to aid in this reformation of Santa Cruz’s Best Cultural Center of 2020.

The Dancer’s Journey was the launch event of the TWDCC COVID Relief & End of the Year Fundraising campaign, and is a call to action for the community to aid in this reformation of Santa Cruz’s Best Cultural Center of 2020. 

In response to the recent damage done by the CZU fires, 50% of the funds raised through this event will be donated to TWDCC community members impacted by the fires and to local organizers and support groups.

 

The Dancer’s Journey is sponsored in part by Arts Council Santa Cruz

The Dancer’s Journey: Virtual Storytelling Across Borders
a video collage
featuring"In the midst of it," a new, commissioned work from Nathan Hirschaut

Showcasing compositions from professional and pre-professional dancers, and a live Q & A with Virtual Theater commissioned artist, Nathan Hirschaut.

Nathan, 
a TWDCC Youth Program teacher and 2019 Winter Dance Festival feature, 2020 graduate of the Juilliard School of Dance, and the founder of HIVE Dance Company, will premiere his piece “In the midst of it.”

The Dancer’s Journey portrays the cross-cultural stories from dancers in Santa Cruz, California, and from Final Year BFA students in Kingston, Jamaica, who have reflected on their strengths, vulnerabilities, desire to change the world, and their own artistic sensibilities. The Dancer’s Journey is a powerful palliative for this isolating and unsettling moment. 

TWDCC’s Virtual Theater is representative of its own developing story through COVID-19, and its radical, resilient, cross-cultural transformation as an organization. Since April, TWDCC has created online opportunities to bring the domestic and international dance community together through Virtual Theater events, virtual classes and programming, and is currently working to build safe opportunities for Santa Cruz youth to practice their training in-person. 

Despite the many obstacles and adjustments this season, TWDCC has risen to each occasion with adaptability and innovation. As we head into the end of the year, TWDCC needs support to continue pushing forward. The Dancer’s Journey is the launch event of the TWDCC End of the Year Fundraising campaign, and is a call to action for the community to aid in this reformation of Santa Cruz’s Best Cultural Center of 2020.

The Dancer’s Journey is the launch event of the TWDCC COVID Relief & End of the Year Fundraising campaign, and is a call to action for the community to aid in this reformation of Santa Cruz’s Best Cultural Center of 2020. 

In response to the recent damage done by the CZU fires, 50% of the funds raised through this event will be donated to TWDCC community members impacted by the fires and to local organizers and support groups.

The Dancer’s Journey is sponsored in part by Arts Council Santa Cruz

Creating Dynamic Resilience In The Professional Dancer:

A Virtual Roundtable


June 5th at 5PM PST

TWDCC’s second installment of Virtual Theater will tackle the vital question of how we, as dancers, can diversify our resiliency tactics.

Featuring TWDCC’s Founder & Executive Director Cat Willis as moderator, and three former principal dancers with the world-renowned Garth Fagan Dance: TWDCC Artistic Director and Virtual Theater Soloist, Micha Scott, Bessie-Award winner Sharon Skepple-Mayfield, and Evidence Dance’s Annique Roberts. 

We will explore what it means to develop “dynamic resilience” as a professional dancer. TWDCC Founder will explore how the panelists, through years of dancing at an elite level of performance and artistic demand, have developed techniques to maintain and nourish their resiliency. What are the tools the panelists use to get through tough periods while continuing to perfect their work and performance? 

Questions will be submitted from selected students pursuing professional careers in dance.

 

Streaming Live on June 5th at 5PM PST on the TWDCC Facebook Page. 

To view, click on the Facebook icon to the right. 

On June 5th at 5PM PST, click on the notification that announces the event is Live.  

Collective
Experience/
Collected
Responses


a new solo work by
TWDCC Artistic Director Micha Scott

Although we aren’t having a “Collective Experience” because we are all in different parts of the world, have different pre-existing circumstances (financial, race, gender, age, health, access),  and different minds and spirits through which we are processing, we are all going through it collectively.

Collective Experience/Collected Responses entwines voices from the global community — friends, students, acquaintances, teachers, strangers — collating these responses in a musical score by Scott’s son, Solomon Scott.

Collective Experience/ Collected Responses aired on May 9th. 

You can view it and a conversation with creator Micha Scott by clicking on the video below.

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