Friday, September 9, 2005 at 7:30pm
modern solos and duets
at the Gualala Arts Center
$12 admission, kids free
Gualala Arts LocalEyes Series will present Chamber Dance,
modern solos and duets, on Friday, September 9, at 7:30 p.m.
The evening will feature dancers/choreographers Lucinda
Weaver and Virginia Matthews performing modern dance
pieces, accompanied by vocalist Joy Willow. Featured in the
program will be the premiere of a dance choreographed by Ms.
Weaver to an extended haiku series conceived and written by
poet Alan Bern. He and Barbara Villanova will be reciting the
poetry. Music will be performed on a shakuhachi flute. There
will be a discussion period at the end of the evening where the
audience will be able to gain additional insight into the performance
Lucinda Weaver and Virginia Matthews have danced with San
Francisco's principal modern dance company, the Margaret
Jenkins Dance Company - and both, in their formative years,
received modern dance as well as classical ballet training, including
studying in New York City. Ms. Weaver, who now
lives in Gualala, has performed throughout Europe and the
The Modern Dance form began in the early 20th century by
Isadora Duncan and was developed by such famous choreographers
as Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, and Merce Cunningham.
Admission is $12, $8 for students, and can be purchased at the
Gualala Arts Center and The Dolphin Gallery or by calling
Lucinda Weaver began dancing and Alan Bern began writing poetry as young
children in Berkeley, California. Both have performed for many years,
including performances together in the late 1960s and the early 1970s,
primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in September 2002 at the
Berkeley Art Center in Berkeley, California.
In her adult years Lucinda
Weaver danced with Margaret Jenkins Dance Company after studying in New
York City and with David Wood at the University of California, Berkeley,
then continued to the present as a solo performer/choreographer, for
many years living and performing in the Middle East and in Europe. She
now lives in Gualala, California, where she is also a physical
Lucinda's most recent performances were at the Swiss Expo in
June 2002 with the Compagnie Vitale in "Danza" and at LA RADA in Locarno
and in Orta San Giulio, Lago d'Orta, in 2003 where she performed with
poet Alan Bern.
Alan Bern has worked as a librarian in public libraries
in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past ten years. He is now
Community Relations Librarian at the Berkeley Public Library. Before
working in libraries, he was a printer and a college English instructor
in both literature and creative writing. Alan has had poems published
in a variety of magazines, as well as a sequence of poems in English
entitled Red is Fugitive published on an Italian literary and cultural
Lo Sciacallo (The Jackal).
had a book of poems, No no the saddest, published by Daniel & Daniel
Publishers in March 2004.
Besides working on poems for his own books,
Alan has been engaged for thirty years in translating poems from Italian
into English, including Dante, Leopardi, and Montale. He is also a
storyteller and author of children's picture and chapter books. His
most recent poetry readings have taken place at libraries and bookstores
in the San Francisco Bay Area where he has performed in collaboration
with the dancer Lucinda Weaver and in Orta San Giulio, Lago d'Orta, in
September 2002, where he took part in a Memorial for 9/11 and in 2003
where he performed with dancer Lucinda Weaver at LA RADA in Locarno and
in Orta San Giulio, Lago d'Orta.
Barbara Villanova is originally from Italy. After
living for many years in the United Kingdom, Australia
and the Netherlands, she has finally settled in
California. She has worked at various times as an
Italian and Spanish language instructor and a
translator. She has published short stories in the
United Kingdom and in Australia, and some of her
stories have been produced for radio and aired on the
BBC World Service and National Public Radio. More
recently, one of her stories appeared in the San
Francisco Chronicle. She is currently working on a
Children's chapter book.
Barbara's collaboration with Alan Bern and Lucinda
Weaver began in 2003 when Barbara met Alan while
working as a volunteer at the Berkeley Public Library.
She has been helping with the Italian and Spanish
translation of Alan's haiku collection Three Trees,
which is featured in parts of the upcoming performance,
Chamber Dance, in Gualala.
The Gualala Arts Center is located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA. Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information.