Ecstatic Ekphrasis: Theater about Art
Performance and Panel Discussion
Tuesday, February 20, 7 p.m.
Free, open to the public

For millennia, artists have created in response to the work of other artists. The ancient Greek word, ekphrasis, means just that. Visual artists respond to dance and music, and poets and playwrights mine visual art for subject matter.

This March, three local companies are producing plays about art. The Playhouse will mount the musical Sunday in the Park with George (about the painter Georges Seurat), PACA will produce Yasmina Reza’s hit comedy, Art (about three friends discussing a very abstract painting), and All and Act Theater will present Steve Martin’s play Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Get a sneak preview on February 20 at the Museum of scenes from  Playhouse and PACA cast members. Then take in a lively  panel discussion with local directors David Mitchell, Mark Tanenbaum, Richard Davis, and Kate Neubert-Lechner, joined by museum curator Susan Barnett, and moderated by Kelly Armor.


SoMar Dance Works Performance
Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.
$15.00 tickets available at the door

Master Class with Mark and Solveig
Saturday February 24th @ 1:00 pm (cost of class TBA)

Where the wheel of fortune meets the circle of life, and the beginning is the end is the beginning, again. This dance concert explores the nature of the most fundamental of shapes, the circle. Just as the hands circle round the clock, and the moon circles the earth, and the earth circles the sun, our lives are constantly revolving and evolving. Where each round trip reveals something new about our world, and about ourselves.

SoMar Dance Works has been engaging and entertaining Erie audiences for nineteen years with their unique style and approach to concert dance. SoMar is known for its artistry, physicality, wit, and creativity. This concert will feature a company of fifteen dancers and live music by composer/musicians Tim Theisen and Andy Hasenpflug. The program includes Igor Stravinky’s Rite of Spring and the premier of SoMar’s rendition of Carmina Burana. The concert will be performed “in-the-round” so every seat is a front row seat.

In addition to the concerts on Friday and Saturday night, there will be a master class on contemporary partnering techniques offered by co-directors, Solveig and Mark Santillano.

The class is open to anyone interested in exploring human movement potential regarding multiple body configurations. Bring your circle of friends and join the fun, Saturday at 1:00.

SoMar Dance Works features the dances of Solveig and Mark Santillano. Serving as co-artistic directors, choreographers, and dancers, Solveig and Mark are seasoned performers who have danced all over the world. Their choreography has been influenced by their association with their former companies, Pilobolus Dance Theatre and Momix. Solveig and Mark are also the proud recipients of the inaugural Erie Arts & Culture Artist Fellowship.

 SoMar Dance Works made its premier in 1999 at the Missouri Fine Arts Academy. Since that time, SoMar has performed at the Erie Art Museum, Erie Festival of Dance, the American College Dance Festival, Celebrate Erie, The Brick Church for the Performing Arts in Lovell, Maine, Unitarian Universalists in Community concert, Luther Memorial Concert Series, The Fredonia Opera House, Grand Valley State University, overseas in Gothenburg, Sweden, Austria’s Young! Tanzsommer, and numerous Mercyhurst University programs, where the company is in-residence.