Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Tandy Beal is one of the most enduring treasures of Santa Cruz County. An internationally recognized dancer, choreographer, and teacher who has performed on four continents, she's like our own personal Cirque de Soleil; her productions offer a feast of dance, music, comedy, drama, and soaring imagination.

Her ongoing work-in-progress, Here After Here played to packed houses at Cabrillo's Crocker Theater last fall. I loved it, and I'm delighted to report that the ensemble show is coming back to the Crocker next weekend, Sept 9, 10 and 11.

Subtitled "A self-guided tour of eternity," it's a wry, intriguing, poignant, never depressing, often hilarious inquiry into the idea of death and what may or may not come after. It's a multi-media affair with 25 performers live onstage, three screens of film and video projections, and a propulsive, haunting, finely nuanced original musical score by Jon Scoville, Beal's longtime accomplice and partner in creative rapture. There are moments of eloquent pondering throughout, but this thoughtful, probing show is never mournful. Rather, it celebrates the adventure of life, this grand stage on which every single one of us is called upon to perform without a net. (Read more)

Click here for ticket info.

New this year is a full slate of extracuricular events and workshops on life and beyond, held in conjunction with the Here After Here performances, from a televised interview with Tandy and Bruce Lee on the the new community arts program, "Art In the Loop," running all month on Community TV, to end-of-life workshops around town, to post-show Q&A sessions with Ann Pomper of Hospice, and Rev. Deborah L. Johnson of Inner Light Ministries.

Here are all the details.

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