Showcasing new dance works from local students, as well as a world-renowned artist, Secrets is the Santa Rosa Junior College dance department’s biggest performance of the year. The show features modern, ballet, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary dance, all of which are used to explore our deep and sometimes dark aspects, such as depression and obsession.
This performance is significantly more personal and enigmatic than previous shows put on by the department. Guest artist and choreographer Malaya (pictured), an international talent who teaches master classes at the famous Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, will perform a lyrical dance piece based on the idea that each dancer has his or her own form of addiction—a relevant contemporary topic.
Secrets will also be the last show that director Susan Matthies choreographs after working with the SRJC for 25 years. Matthies is a longtime icon of Sonoma County dance, best known as a major influence in the aerobic dance movement of the ’80s and ’90s. She and co-director Lara Branen, along with faculty member Carrie Stillman, chose student choreographers through a competitive selection process, and their work will be featured as well.
Secrets reveals itself Friday through Sunday, May 13–15, at the Burbank Auditorium, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Friday–Saturday, 8pm;
Saturday–Sunday, 2pm. $10–$17. 707.527.4343.