Event marks company’s first full dance program since March 2020. (Courtesy photo)

The UCSB Dance Company offers its season opening concert ‘REBOUND,’ 7 p.m. March 3-4 in UCBS’s Ballet Studio Theater. This is the first full performance by the UCSB Dance Company since March 2020.

Artistic Director Delila Moseley, in keeping with the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access direction of the University of California, has invited a diverse group of choreographers to create or re-stage works on the company.

Guest Artist Yusha-Marie Sorzano will draw on her Caribbean heritage in creating a new contemporary work for the whole company. Derion Loman, UCSB alumni, and partner Madison Olandt have co-choreographed a Group Autogenics.

From her living room last year, faculty member Nancy Colahan choreographed a series of poignant solos which have been reset as Pandemic Dances. Also in the repertory will be a re-staging of the exuberant “Mazurkas” by José Limón, re-constructed by Professor Emerita Alice Condodina; and “Ride” by Joshua Manculich.

Completing the program, Jayne Butler, a Department of Theater and Dance graduate and recipient of The Arnhold Award for Professionalism and Generosity of Spirit in 2021, has created a dance film featuring the company.

The film explores the unique position dancers experience as members of Generation Z in relation to social and climate issues, using the background of Santa Barbara open spaces to artistically support the choreography.

Tickets are $11 for UCSB faculty, staff, alumni and students, seniors and children; $15 for general audience. Tickets and more information are avaiable at the UCSB Theater and Dance box office, by phone at 805-893-2064, and online at www.theaterdance.ucsb.edu.

For all in-person performances, UCSB Department of Theater and Dance is following strict COVID-19 guidelines. To enter any of the venues, audience members must show proof of vaccination or negative PCR test done in the last 72 hours.