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Santa Monica Beach House Turns to Dance

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Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier

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By Lookout Staff

August 17, 2015 -- The art of motion will be celebrated at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica starting with a “Mindful Movement Workshop” on Tuesday and culminating next month with the creation of a new dance work in the courtyard.

The events will feature Choreographer-in-Residence Rebecca Bruno, who is an active member of the Los Angeles dance community as a performer, choreographer and producer, Annenberg Beach House officials said.

Her new dance work, “Elemental Forms,” which will be developed between September 8 and 27, will “create a dialogue between dancers and the natural elements of the Beach House site, exploring the interactions between sand, water, air, sun, space and people,” according to beach house officials.

Rehearsals can be viewed on site or by visiting the Artist Residency blog at

Bruno's first workshop, held Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with guest artist Gillian McGinty, will explore “mindful movement” practices that focus on the fluid system of the body.

“Becoming mindful of the ebb and flow of our body allows us to release habitual patterns and offers support for a buoyant and easeful relationship to space,” according to the announcement.

Participants should wear loose clothes for the workshop, which will be accompanied by musician Alex Schnitzler.

On Wednesday September 16, from 9 to 10 a.m., Bruno will lead a free group beach walk where she will share some of the “meditative movement processes” used to develop her new dance piece “Elemental Forms” with dancer/collaborator Samantha Mohr.

“We will tune into the movement, sound, and sensations of the ocean, allowing our bodies to move in response,” Bruno said.

Participants should wear sun protection and comfortable shoes.

Bruno's residency concludes with a dress rehearsal of her new work Friday September 25, followed by performances Saturday and Sunday. All three performances begin at 4 p.m. And take place outside with some audience movement.

Audience members should wear sun protection and comfortable shoes. The Saturday and Sunday performances will be followed by a discussion with the artists.

Bruno's project “homeLA” has “investigated dance process in interior spaces, presenting large-scale dance events in residences with hundreds of performers and thousands of guests” over the past two years, beach house officials said.

She has worked as a dancer and collaborator with Pablo Bronstein at the REDCAT Gallery and Le Mouvement Festival in Biel, Switzerland; as associate choreographer with Julien Prévieux at FAHRENHEIT Gallery and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris for What Shall We Do Next?, and as a member of the temporary performance company, WXPT, officials said.

“She is inspired by the tensions between public and private space, the strange and the familiar, and the possibilities presented by bodies in architecture and the natural world,” beach house officials said.

The Annenberg Community Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway. For more information or to make reservations visit

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