Upcoming Performances

Upcoming Performances

Arise Dance Performance

Mendocino College Repertory Dance Company

Fall 2019 Dance Concert - ARISE

 Director: Eryn Schon-Brunner

 November 21-24, 2019

Thursday, November 21 @ 7:30pm
Friday, November 22 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, November 23 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, November 24 @ 2pm

Tickets: $15 General, $10 Students, Seniors and ASMC cardholders.

Available at the Mendocino Book Company, Mendocino College Bookstore and online at www.artsmendocino.org.

For more information, call (707) 468-3079.

A Family Friendly Event!

 The MCRDC will present four new dance works that respond to ideas of community rebuilding and recovery, loss, fear, and stress brought about by the disaster of wildfires.  The dance artists, local and national, Julie Castillo, (Julie Blackfeather, Auric Medicine, Willits), Alex Miller and Lucy Wilson (BLiPSWiTCH, Austin, Texas), Tony Valencia (DanzArts, San Diego) and Eryn Schon-Brunner (California) draw on their art form to explore the concerns that arise from the ashes after the fires, creating their own personal phoenixes. 

 MCRDC Artist director Eryn Schon-Brunner joins forces with MC Choir Director Janice Hawthorne Timm to bring choral music and dance together in a choreographic debut, A Call to Gather. The thirty-minute work will be set to Missa Druidica, created by local composer Joseph Nemeth, and will be sung by the MC Concert Choir.  A Call to Gather is a vocal and movement offering to the land and to the spirits of the past and the future, a celebration of humanity’s potential to unite with respect and thoughtfulness.



Mendocino College Spring Dance Festival 2019


May 2, 3, 4 at 7:30pm  and May 5 at 2pm

An inspiring dance performance choreographed by local professional and students. Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, and more.... 

Tickets - $10 for everyone!

Advanced tickets available at Mendocino Book Company, the Mendocino College Bookstore, by calling (707) 468-3079, and online at www.artsmendocino.org

Mendocino College Center Theatre, 1000 Hensley Creek Rd, Ukiah, CA. 95482

Photography by Thomas Delgado



Dance Performance Archives

Photo by Thomas Delgado, dancer Ricker Farah

Mendocino College Dance Repertory Company Presents:

 REFLECTIONS…a dive into water, life & dance

Thursday, Friday and Saturday November 15,16 & 17 at 7:30pm, and Sunday,  November 18, at 2pm

Produced & directed by Eryn Schon-Brunner, assistant director Tara Ford. Thanks to Technical Director Steve Decker, Water will be utilized in dance, raining on stage in Water Dream, choreographed by Eryn Schon-Brunner. Guest choreographers: Amelia Uzategui Bonilla, Trudy McCreanor, Eddie Vedolla, premire works that explores relationships, the complications of retrograded action and beauty. Costumes by Kathy Katz and Video Art by Dave Wolf.

Tickets: $15 General, $10 for ASB cardholder, Seniors and children under 12. Available at Mendocino College Bookstore, Mendocino Book Company, and online at www.artsmendocino.edu. or call (707) 468-3079. Tickets will be sold at the door, if available, cash or check only. Mendocino College CVPA Theater, 1000 Hensley Creek Dr. Ukiah, CA. 



Experience Dance!!!
Mendocino College Spring Dance Festival 2018

May 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30pm and May 6 at 2pm

Join us for an exciting performance of Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, and more.... 

Admission $10 General, $5 Students

Advanced tickets available at Mendocino Book Company, the Mendocino College Bookstore, or by calling (707) 468-3079

Center for the Visual and Performing Arts Theatre, 1000 Hensley Creek Rd, Ukiah, CA. 95482

2018 Spring Dance Fest Poster



The Mendocino College Dance Department’s Repertory Dance Company will present Dancing Between the Lines.  Mendocino College Repertory Dancers perform works choreographed by Alice Blumenfeld (Artistic Director, Abrepaso Flamenco), Kara Starkweather (Artistic Director, Mendocino Dance Project), Meredith Cabaniss (Artistic Director, selah dance collective), Kirsten Turner, Miriam McNamara, and Eryn Schon-Brunner.  The performance features costumes by Kathy Dingman-Katz and lighting by Steve Decker.  Performances are November 16-19, in Mendocino College’s Center Theatre on the Ukiah Campus.

The Mendocino College Repertory Dance Company is a diverse group of college dancers who share an interest in dance as a performing art.  The company, which formed in 1986, is currently under the direction of Eryn Schon-Brunner.  Each fall the company spends time learning the works of 4-6 professional choreographers adding to the diverse repertory of dances the company can perform, providing young dancers with experience and connections in the dance field. 

 Mendocino College Repertory Dancer - "Between the Lines", Dancers/ Oscar Medina-Montelongo, Photo By Tomiko Jones

According to Schon-Brunner, Dancing Between the Lines explores topics ranging from the holocaust to relationships, from daily newspapers to geometric patterns.  Each choreographer uses movement as a tool to investigate subjects of interest.  The dances presented are the culmination of their artistic discoveries, an offering to the audience.  

 Mendocino College Repertory Dancer - "Sol y Soledad", Dancers/ Rickie Farrah, Photo By Tomiko Jones

Meredith Cabaniss, a Ukiah local now residing in Santa Barbara, founder and artist director of selah dance collective, returned home to set work on MCDRC in early September. Cabaniss reset a vibrant piece of choreography that explores The Scribble, kinesthetic force with audio, visual and kinetic elements that all come together to create another kind of being, a kind of digital double. Using video projection, she investigates the intention behind the patterns and habits that we develop because of the things that happen to us and the things we ourselves do.  Cabaniss sighs and smiles saying, “People are so much more than the worst thing they have ever done.” She is “really very excited to bring [her] professional artistry to Ukiah and share the many styles and forms she has explored since she left.”  

  Mendocino College Repertory Dancer - "Scribbles", Dancers/ Eleazar Brown, Kevin Klay, Jasmyn Haralson, Owen Browne, Carolina Torres - Photo By Tomiko Jones  

Guest artists Cabaniss, Blumenfeld, and Starkweather have motivated and inspired the MCRDC dancers, encouraging them to ‘fine tune’ their dance technique, while staying true to what they love about dance.  Alice Blumenfeld, an International Flamenco Artist, guided the Repertory Dancers through a sultry rhythmic exploration of one’s connection to others amidst feelings of solitude and loneliness.  Blumenfeld describes Sol y Soledad is an exploration of finding the scarf and our connections.”

  Mendocino College Repertory Dance Company - "Numbered", Dancers/ Lhasa Summers, Brian Teate, Ari Sunbeam - Photo By Tomiko Jones

Closer to home, Starkweather has spread her “desire to create a vibrant dance community on the [Mendocino coast],” into the heart of Mendocino County.  The choreography she set on the MCRDC has moments which defy gravity, with elaborate partner work, stunning energetic phrases, and playful sequences.  Influenced by her time dancing for Bandaloop, the foremost San Francisco-based aerial dance company, she shares her knowledge of how a body can efficiently move through space while investigating relationships between dancers. 

  Mendocino College Repertory Dance Company - "Relations", Dancers/ Rocio Ramos, Ari Sunbeam, Paloma Rodriguez - Photo By Tomiko Jones

Local choreographers Kirsten Turner and Miriam McNamara have reflected on personal and cultural histories in the works they have set on the Repertory dancers this fall.  Kirsten Turner expanded Chan Chan, a tribute to her maternal lineage to Havana, Cuba. Invoking Cuba’s sultry Latin feel, in a ballet influenced by Latin dance forms. While, Miriam McNamara, pays homage in Numbered, to the victims of the Holocaust, specifically those who were interned in concentration camps, such as Auschwitz and Birkenau, where prisoners were tattooed with identification numbers. 

Eryn Schon-Brunner asked the dancers to draw on what they find in today’s newspaper to weave their own truths into, Between the Lines, an physical investigation of how the steady stream of digital and printed media impact us over time. She asked the dancers, ”Where do we hold the information we take into our minds in our bodies, how does it affect us, what do we do with it?” Schon-Brunner will also premiere, I Choose, I Reject, a dance addressing the idea that each day, each minute, each moment is filled with choices and rejections, some simple, some complex. It is the stockpile of our choices that makes us who we are, defines us as individuals, the sum of our actions and opinions. Both dances will be accompanied by the haunting vocals and musical arrangements of Lindsey Chapman. 

  Mendocino College Repertory Dancer - "I Choose, I Reject", Dancers/ Lhasa Summers, Paloma Rodriguez - Photo By Tomiko Jones   

Dancing Between the Lines will run for one weekend only.  Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 16, 17, and 18 at 7:30PM, and Sunday, November 19, at 2PM.  Tickets: $15 general; $10 ASB cardholders, seniors and children 12 and under.  Tickets are available at the Mendocino College Bookstore, Mendocino Book Company, and online at www.artsmendocino.org.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door, if available. Audiences are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.  Get your tickets today!  For more information, please visit www.mendocino.edu.