The 2012 Santa Cruz Fringe Festival, Directors Pick:


An Evening Length Dance-Theater Work by Rebecca Alson-Milkman July 19-22, 2012

“The Surveillance Solos,” an evening length dance-theater work by choreographer Rebecca Alson-Milkman, will be presented July 19-22 at Motion at the Mill, located at 131 Front Street Suite E, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, Performances take place on:

Thurs July 19 at 6:30pm, Fri July 20 at 7pm, Sat July 21 at 12pm and 9pm, and Sun July 22 at 3:30pm.

Buy tickets at – $10/single tickets, $44/5 show package (can be shared), $75/10 show package (can be shared), $99/festival pass (one person only).

“In [The Surveillance Solos], all our actions matter, and the universe is not indifferent.  It is as if the smallest things we do become important, because they are registered by another person.”

-Victoria Marks

“Richly gestural, delicately nuanced, subtly subversive- The Surveillance Solos provokes questions about privacy, government control, and human contact. The work is patient, specific to its goals and performed beautifully by some of LA’s most revered dancers.”

 -Joel Smith, Political Moves Blogspot

Rebecca Alson-Milkman, a 2009 recipient of a Hothouse residency at UCLA and a 2007 recipient of a Silo Residency from DanceNOW/NYC, has had her work produced in a variety of festivals and venues in New York, Southern and Northern California including Deli Dances at Times Square, estrogenius at Manhattan Theatre Source, University Settlement, Access Theater, Anatomy Riot, Highways Performance Space, REDCAT Studio, CounterPULSE and Looking Left at Motion at the Mill. Rebecca has danced for Barbara Mahler, Stephan Koplowitz, Taisha Paggett, Carol McDowell and Cid Pearlman. She teaches A Re-Education of the Body: the work of Barbara Mahler grounded in the principles of Klein Technique. Rebecca holds a B.A. in Dance and Sociology from Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from UCLA.

The Surveillance Solos employ a combination of farce and stark honesty to question, in a world where so much information is easily accessible, just what can be considered private or intimate, and how quickly small deviations from “normal” behavior become suspicious. Four solos based on surveiling the quotidian habits of the dancers Carol McDowell, Taisha Paggett (performed by Brittany Brown), Christine Suarez and Ally Voye, intertwine and accrue meaning over the course of the evening, drawing the principal observing agent into the lives of her subjects until she is caught performing the motions she has studied. Additional performances by Rebecca Alson-Milkman and Justin Streichman. Festival lighting design by Pablo Santiago- Brandwein, graphic design by Katherine Quan, film by Ally Voye and sound design by Aaron Drake.

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