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New dances from Glass Bead Players

The Glass Bead Players will present three experimental dance theater works four times between Friday and Sunday at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.

Each work in the show titled “Transformations” embraces the idea of transformation in its own way, according to Glass Bead Players’ co-founder Azriel Getz.

One work is offered by participants in a six-week community performance workshop begun in early January and directed by Getz and Glass Bead Players co-founder Bill Dufford. The group piece – featuring Laura Keyser, Lauren Goodwin, Amber Cone, Ruby Turple, Marni Marshall and Elly Boer – explores the realm of the fantastic with dancers embodying deities of the roaring wind, dragons, giant tarantulas, angelic apparitions, winged horses, imps and the devastating and hypnotic beauty of sea sirens.



Getz and Dufford have also revised their first collaboration – a duet created four years ago in Charlottesville, Va. – that places four wacky characters amid a background of changing images.

Glass Bead Players’ member Grace Totherow will present a new solo that was developed during a month-long, intensive workshop about “action theater,” an improvisational method merging body and voice.




A reception follows the 8 p.m. show Friday ($15 admission). The other performances are 7:30 ($10) and 9:30 p.m. ($5 at the door only) Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday ($10).

Advance tickets are available at Herb Shop Records and are $2 off the admission price.

The Off Center Stage is at 315 Richardson St. in back of Center for the Arts.

Call 477-7577 for more details.


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