Now Playing Onstage in Santa Barbara - Week of 4/16/2017

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Compagnie Herve KOUBI in Broadway COMPAGNIE HERVE KOUBI
University of California Santa Barbara - The Granada Theatre
4/18-4/18/2017
Recognized as one of Europe’s most distinctive choreographers, Hervé Koubi makes his Southern California debut with What the Day Owes to the Night, a highly physical, stunningly fluid work that invokes the complex interwoven threads of his French-Algerian ancestral history. Combining capoeira, urban and contemporary dance with powerful imagery evocative of Orientalist paintings and the stone filigree of Islamic architecture, 12 French-Algerian and African male dancers appear in a striking contrasts of light and dark, skin and textile and whirling yet chiseled movement to reveal a powerful interpretation of an internal quest.
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Che Malambo in Broadway CHE MALAMBO
University of California Santa Barbara - Campbell Hall
4/23-4/23/2017
Celebrate the thrilling South American cowboy traditions of the gaucho with Argentina’s Che Malambo, a powerhouse company of 14 performers. Malambo began in 17th century Argentina as a dueling display of agility, strength, dexterity and zapateo – the fast paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses. With precision dancing, rhythmic stomping, pounding drums and whirling boleadoras (stones attached to lassoes), the fiery malambo traditions of yesterday are transformed for the contemporary stage in this percussive dance and music spectacle.
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Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge | Aoife O’Donovan in Broadway JULIAN LAGE & CHRIS ELDRIDGE | AOIFE O’DONOVAN
University of California Santa Barbara - Campbell Hall
4/25-4/25/2017
Representing a new generation of Americana music, Julian Lage, Chris Eldridge and Aoife O’Donovan join forces for a night of unflinching songwriting and acoustic innovation. A superlative duo known for pushing the envelope of folk, bluegrass and jazz, Lage and Eldridge turn their supreme musical technique into a love letter to the acoustic guitar. Folk-pop singer Aoife O’Donovan, who has gained wide recognition through an impressive list of projects including The Goat Rodeo Sessions (with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile), performs from her catalog, her honeyed voice “almost too gorgeous for its own good” (The Washington Post).
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Baby Doll in Broadway BABY DOLL
Ensemble Theatre Company
4/13-4/30/2017
In the spring, ETC will present the seductive black comedy Baby Doll, by Tennessee Williams, based on the 1956 Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning film of the same name. Set in the Mississippi Delta, two rival cotton gin owners, Archie and Silva, are locked in a vicious professional competition. After he suspects Archie of burning down his cotton gin, Silva seeks his vengeance by hatching a plot to seduce Archie’s 19 year-old bride, Baby Doll. Wary of reaching adulthood and being obliged to consummate her marriage to Archie, Baby Doll clings to her childhood with naïve innocence, sleeping in a crib, wearing children’s nightgowns, and even sucking her thumb.
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High Fidelity in Broadway HIGH FIDELITY
Center Stage Theater
4/20-4/30/2017
Meet Rob Gordon, a thirty-something, indie record store owner who knows everything there is to know about music but nothing about how to have a mature, functional relationship. Based on the popular novel by Nick Hornby (and the 2000 film featuring John Cusack), High Fidelity follows Rob on an introspective evaluation of his life and lost loves though an original rock and roll score that's peppered with musical references to some of the great rock and pop artists of our time.
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