In-Studio Performance


Sarasota Contemporary Dance’s In-Studio Series is an incubation platform for artists at varying stages in their careers. Conceived by Artistic Director Leymis Bolaños Wilmott to provide creators a nurturing and formative artistic opportunity, artists receive access to SCD’s home studio and its resources. Whether they’re showing a work-in-progress or adding the final touches to a developed work, the residency culminates in a live performance followed by a Q&A with the featured artist.

Location: SCD's Home Studio
1400 Blvd of the Arts, Ste 300
Sarasota, FL, 34236


General Seating: $20
Reserved Seating: $25
Virtual Viewing: $10
Student Rush Tickets: $10
**Must bring valid student ID**

SCDE's Tribute to Michael
In Person: February 23, 7 pm & February 24, 3 pm & 7 pm‍ || Virtual: February 25, 7 pm
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SCDE's Tribute to Michael

In Person: February 23, 7 pm || February 24, 3 pm & 7 pm

Virtual: February 5, 7 pm

"SCDE's Tribute to Michael"

In memory of Michael Rutherford, a cherished musician and friend to Sarasota Contemporary Dance (SCD), "Tribute to Michael" brings together dance and music that resonated with his spirit. Michael's vibrant rhythms graced SCD's events and Dance for Joy classes, leaving a legacy of joy and connection.

In this special evening, SCD joins forces with Julian Douglas, Michael's longtime collaborator, to honor his memory through movement and music. Experience Melissa Rummel's choreography inspired by Michael's compositions, Eduardo Cosla's melodies painting the air with fond memories, and a solo brimming with his spirit by Xiao-Xuan Dancigers. As the performance unfolds, Eduard's atmospheric soundscapes will add another layer of depth and emotion, immersing you in the essence of Michael's impact.

Join us as we celebrate Michael's life and the beauty he shared with our community. "Tribute to Michael" is a gathering of gratitude, reminiscence, and the enduring power of music and dance to keep our loved ones close.

Ticket Prices:

General Seating $20

Reserved Seating $25

Virtual Viewing $10

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Mark Dancigers
In-person: Saturday, February 10 at 3 pm & 7 pm | Virtual Viewing: Monday, February 12 at 7 pm
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Mark Dancigers
February 10, 2024

Show Description:

Mark will open the show with two pieces for electric guitar and playback (audio files from computer) by composer Alex Temple, then perform his new piece "Sparkle," which has 3 movements. In this solo electric guitar performance, Mark Dancigers presents a new work for live-looped guitar and electronics. The piece is structured in two long, contrasting movements, inspired by the possibilities of layers, rhythms, and energy. Dancigers develops the glowing, dense guitar sounds that he used in previous collaborations with SCD "Jehanne" and "Propel."

About the Artists:

Mark Dancigers is a composer of music for chamber ensembles, orchestra, ballet and contemporary dance, and is the electric guitarist for the chamber music group NOW Ensemble. Significant works for dance have included “Bright'' for the New York City Ballet with choreographer Justin Peck, “The Last Time This Ended” for BalletCollective with choreographer Troy Schumacher, and “Jehanne” and “Dreamfall'' with choreographers Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancigers, and Sarasota Contemporary Dance. Dancigers’s scores have been heard at the Sundance Film Festival, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; in Greece, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Australia; at New York City Center and Carnegie Hall. Orchestral performances have included the Alabama Symphony, the Thunder Bay Philharmonic, and the Cabrillo Festival. His music is recorded on seven albums released on the New Amsterdam label by artists including yMusic and Michi Wiancko. As an album producer, his credits include pianist Michael Mizrahi's "Currents” and "The Bright Motion." He is currently at work on a third album project with Mizrahi as well as an album of compositions for electric guitar and piano with Aaron Wunsch. Dancigers has helped bring the electric guitar into new contexts in chamber music through his work with NOW Ensemble in which he performs and records music by many new voices in the field. He has premiered over 100 works and championed music of peers such as Judd Greenstein, Missy Mazzoli, Sean Friar, and Nico Muhly. With NOW Ensemble he has performed at the LA Opera, Peak Performances, the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, and the Bang on a Can Marathon, among others. He has taught in residencies and workshops at universities including Princeton, the University of Southern California, UCLA, and the University of Texas at Austin. Collaborative performances have been with the Grammy Award winning Roomful of Teeth, clarinetist David Krakauer, the electronic musician Dan Deacon, and indie rock band San Fermin. Dancigers trained as a composer at Yale, the Yale School of Music, and Princeton University under Kathryn Alexander, Matthew Suttor, Martin Bresnick, Ezra Laderman, Paul Lansky, and Steven Mackey. He has taught as faculty at Yale, the University of Redlands School of Music, and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at New College of Florida. At New College, he previously directed New Music New College from 2020-2022, presenting concerts by MacArthur Fellows, collaborative performances between New College students and members of the Sarasota Orchestra, jazz and improvised music, and performers such as the Jack Quartet and Vicky Chow.

Alex Temple (b. 1983) writes music that distorts and combines iconic sounds to create new meanings, often in service of surreal, cryptic or fantastical narratives. In addition to performing her own works for voice and electronics, she has collaborated with performers and ensembles such as Mellissa Hughes, Julia Holter, Wild Up, Spektral Quartet and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In 2017 she completed a DMA at Northwestern University, and she is now an Assistant Professor of Composition at Arizona State University.

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