Betzi Roe and Manuel Alcántara, celebrated veteran dancer/choreographers, have combined their cumulative 120 years experience in the creation of a 45-minute duet, “120 Years,” for the 2015 San Diego Fringe Festival and the inaugural Tijuana Fringe.
Betzi Roe, Chair of the Dance Division at Coronado School of the Arts, (CoSA), is a well-known “pioneer” of contemporary dance in San Diego. She has toured extensively as a soloist, and has produced work as an independent choreographer. Manuel Alcántara performed for 10 years with the California Ballet Company for several other San Diego dance groups, and with companies in Canada and Mexico.
These two accomplished performers have joined forces to create a work that embraces their history as dancers and acknowledges changes brought by time, while celebrating their new identities as artists and teachers in San Diego and Tijuana respectively. They tell their story through a portrayal of dance rehearsals, domestic scenes, personal memories, philosophy and metaphors about aging and life. The work is thoughtfully conceived, funny, poignant and uplifting. The audience is engaged through the use of multiple modalities including video, props, poetry, classical dance, hip-hop, and Butoh.
“120 Years” will be at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center, 930 10th Avenue, San Diego on Thursday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, July 26 at 2:30 p.m., Monday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 28 at 9 p.m. and Friday, July 31 at 10:30 p.m.
The 2015 San Diego International Fringe Festival brings the beautiful, the bizarre and the unexpected with over 90 performing groups to America’s Finest City for 11 days July 23rd through August 2nd. Fringe events include: Family Fringe, Emerging Fringe, Visual Fringe, Street Theatre, and the World’s First Bi-National Fringe! Fringe Festivals have been established throughout the world to provide an opportunity for artists to showcase their works and performances in a setting unconstrained by censorship, judgment, or the status quo. Fringe Festivals provide platforms for artists of all origins and disciplines to collaborate and share their art with each other and with the local community. Patrons buy a $5 badge to enter all shows and pay as little as $10 per show at the door. Visit sdfringe.org and scroll through Shows.