Ask Jennifer Backhaus about her choreographic style and she will smile and say, “Eclectic!” That seems to be the term to describe not only BackhausDance, but the entire dance season at Old Town Temecula Community Theater—eclectic! The variety of dance companies, personalities, textures and styles has been a real treat for local audiences. So much so, that you are likely to find people traveling from our big-city neighbors, like LA or San Diego, to see what Old Town Temecula has to offer.
The next offering is multi-dimensional, as we get to experience the first phase of a partnership between Temecula Presents and the InnerState Project, conceived by ODC Theater in San Francisco. This partnership is funded, in part, by the James Irvine Foundation and will support programming and cultural development throughout California.
“Temecula Presents’ participation in the InnerState Dance Project will allow dance companies in our dance series to expand their resident activities to encompass a larger segment of the community in a more meaningful and lasting way,” according to Bruce Beers, Old Town Temecula Community Theater Manager. “Over the next three years, the InnerState Dance Project will help fund a heightened involvement of our dance community with visiting dance companies that will result in a legacy of creative vitality and will enrich our local dance artists and students.”
The inaugural InnerState Dance project is the residency of BackhausDance at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. Beers adds, “In addition to the two public performances (Friday & Saturday, April 23-24), the dance residency will offer four performances for students in the Temecula Valley Unified School District and a unique opportunity for local dance students to rehearses a dance work choreographed by Jennifer Backhaus to open both public performances.”
BackhausDance will be performing three works that live in the company’s repertoire: “Arrive” (2008), “Shift” (2008), and “Sitting in January” (2004). They will also present a new work, which recently premiered at Joyce SoHo, New York entitled “Incandescent” (2010). Opening both performances, local dance students will perform an original work, created by Jennifer Backhaus. The students learned and rehearsed the piece throughout their spring break. This will be a pre-show treat for the young performers and the audience, as well.
BackhausDance performs at the Old Town Temecula Theater on April 23rd and 24th at 8:00 PM.
To hear more about the BackhausDance company and the new work, “Incandescent,” listen to a podcast interview record earlier this month at: http://podcast.insidethedancersstudio.com/. Visit the BackhausDance website at: www.backhausdance.org.
To learn more about the Old Town Temecula Theater or to get tickets to upcoming events to go: www.temeculatheater.org or call 1.866.OLD.TOWN.