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San Diego Dance Theater's Cabaret Dances to feature Ballet Trockadero dancer

SAN DIEGO -- French Impressionist painter Claude Monet created some of his most famous works of art depicting his gardens of Giverney in the 1890s. Many artists have been inspired by the images, and now San Diego Dance Theater choreographer Jean Isaacs is among them.

In creating work for the 11th annual Cabaret Dances, to be performed on Jan. 19-20, Isaacs is embracing the impressionist ethos that tries to capture an image that has only been “glimpsed” and is not detail oriented.

“This artistic energy of creating quickly also permeates the rehearsal process. Rather then coming in with steps to teach, we are sketching and then filling in through a very collaborative process,” Isaacs said.

“The Water Lilies (Nymphéas)” in Monet's garden provided him many moments of contemplation, peace, but also fiery epiphanies. The evening combines fresh new dances with music composed by Ravel, Debussey, folk music from Brazil played live by pianist Steve Baker and guitarist Fred Benedetti and several Villa Lobos songs, which were deeply affected by the impressionist movement in music.

The new location at Qualcomm Hall provides comfortable seats and an intimate atmosphere. A Cabaret Club will include cash bar open to all and heavy hors d’oeuvres before each performance for Cabaret Club ticket holders.

All choreography is by Jean Isaacs.

Dancers include Blythe Barton, Annie Boyer, Matt Carney, Liv Isaacs-Nollet, Trystan Loucado, Minaqua McPherson and Kyle Sorensen.

Loucado, one of the company dancers who has performed with San Diego Dance Theater for the past five years, is taking a brief break from touring the world with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. This past season he has traveled all over Europe and to New Zealand and Australia.

Cabaret Dances is supported by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the James Irvine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, Seth Sprague Foundation, San Diego Foundation: Hervey Family Fund, Parker Foundation, Weiss Charitable Trust, California Arts Council and San Diego County Supervisors.

The details

San Diego Dance Theater Cabaret Dances will be at 8 pm Saturday, Jan. 19, and 5 pm Sunday, Jan. 20, at at White Box at NTC. 2590 Truxtun Road, 92106.

Cabaret Club ticket: $50 - Reserved priority seating and access to Cabaret Salon featuring pre-show buffet and post-show dessert bar.

Cabaret Show ticket: $30 general admission; $20 seniors (65+)/military/artists (with ID); $15 students

Purchase tickets online HERE.

For tickets and more information, call San Diego Dance Theater at 619.225.1803