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ZUZI! Raffle - Donation Request

ZUZI! dancers will be performing an encore presentation of Frida Kahlo: Blood and Gold at Tucson Botanical Gardens on May 26th. ZUZI! and Tucson Botanical Gardens will be holding a raffle at the end of our performance on May 26th with all proceeds going directly to our dancers and musicians. We're accepting donations of raffle items to help offset the costs of Frida performances in support of our talented dancers. If you're interested in donating, please complete the donation form or give us a call at (520) 629-0237. We appreciate your support!


Frida Kahlo: Blood and Gold

Let us serenade you with an evening of music and dance in honor and celebration of the life of Frida Kahlo.

Frida Al Fresco
In collaboration with the Tucson Botanical Gardens exhibit of Frida Kahlo: Art Garden, Life, and the final Frida Al Fresco, ZUZI! Dance celebrates the life of Frida Kahlo Mexican artist, with a concert travelling through Frida Kahlo’s richly diverse and controversial life with dance, visual arts, spoken word and live music.    
Featured dancers: Aarlin Murrieta Acuna, Sabrina Geoffrion, Bethanne Griffin, Karenne Koo, Sherry Mulholland, Aja Squires, and Cynthia Wasco. 
Musical performers: Pablo Peregrina, Sally Withers and Glenn Weyant.
Choreography by Nanette Robinson.
Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) Kahlo's life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House. At the age of six, Frida developed polio.  At the age of 18 she suffered a traumatic trolley car accident that changed the course of her life forever. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.  Her work has also been described by André Breton, principal initiator of the surrealist movement, as "a ribbon around a bomb.” 

Friday, May 26th from 5-8pm. Show starts at 7pm.

Tickets available at the door. For more information visit www.tucsonbotanical.org/visit


Frida Kahlo: Blood and Gold - Tucson Botanical Gardens October 2016



Summer solstice


Special Guest Choreographers

Chaos Theory Dance: 

Chaos Theory Dance, a "quick-come-pick-me-up" company directed by Billbob Brown since 1999, takes its name from the science of complexity, which finds meaningful patterns in apparently unpredictable systems, such as weather, clouds, traffic, populations, and relationships.  Through improvisation and set choreography, interactions with musicians, video, cartoons, or dialogue, and with a lot of zaniness, CTD makes work that is fun and emotionally accessible, letting audiences “ooh” and “ahh” while being intellectually challenged.  The company has performed at Jacob’s Pillow, and in colleges and theaters across the country, including Harvard, Roger Williams University, and MIT.  Recent projects have been with Kristen Miller, cellist, who was named 2004 Female Artist of the Year by Jam Magazine; DuoJalal; Stephen Katz, and other musicians.  Previously based in Massachusetts, the company is now re-established in Tucson, Arizona.

Billbob Brown - was Chair of the School of Dance at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, and before that the director of the Dance Program at UMass Amherst.  Co-founder and artistic director of Desert Dance Theatre in Phoenix (now in its 36th year) in the 1980s, he has performed and taught across the globe, including tours in Japan, Thailand, Great Britain, and Mexico; created shows for the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and choreographed and performed in TV work and commercials for the Chicago Cubs, Molson Canadian Beer, Disney Studios, and ABC-TV, which have received numerous awards.  He has toured internationally with the Bill Evans Dance Company, and was director of Buen Viaje Dancers, a group of people with disabilities. His Emmy-award winning video, "Opening Doors," with Buen Viaje, has been seen on PBS stations across the country.  His teaching and choreography emphasize spatial and energetic awareness, community and social connectivity, through humor, serious topics, and digital arts.

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Funhouse Movement Theater - LeeAnn Hartley 

MAC & Company:

MAC & Company is a Phoenix based 501(c)3 non-profit modern dance company founded from a shared passion for dance education and performance between Micaela Church and Li Pei Khoo in 2014. They are bringing five new works to the Summer Solstice ranging from the fast and fiery to dark and solemn. MAC & Company brings there unique style and choreographic view in each work.

Micaela Church - Holds an MFA and is currently an Adjunct Faculty for the dance programs at Mesa Community College and Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix. She received her MFA from Arizona State University, where she also taught as a Faculty Associate. She has earned both a BA in dance and a BM in viola performance from Alma College. Her choreography for MAC & Company has been invited to festival performances throughout the Southwest including Arizona, California and Nevada. She has danced for several companies including the Michigan Dance Collective, Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre, and the Blue Lake International Ballet. She has performed throughout the country, as well as in China and Europe. She presented her research in 2010 on the integration of music and dance at the National Dance Education Organization’s conference.



Mirela Roza and Dancers:

Mirela Roza was born in Fortaleza Brazil where she received most of her dance training with Tatiana Leskova from the Original Ballets Russe. She performed with Ballet Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro under the direction of Jean-Ives Lormeau. Mirela received her intensive education at The University of Arizona earning a B.F.A in Dance and a B.A. in Psychology. In May 2015 she received her Masters degree of Fine Arts in Performance and Choreography at The University of Arizona. She is currently employed as Adjunct Faculty at Pima Community College and in her short time there she has found that her background in education, performance, and choreography has helped her contribute to the activities and culture of the department.

Mirela Roza

ZUZI! Dance:

Aarlin Murrieta - Full-time Pima Community College undergrad, Aarlin Murrieta was born in Hermosillo, Sonora; she is 19 years of age and has been dancing since she was 12. Aarlin has danced with ZUZI! for over a year now and is excited to be branching out with her dance styles while at ZUZI!. Aarlin also delves into drawing and painting and often uses both along with dancing as complimentary forms of art.

Maddie Brown - A 17 year old senior at Salpointe Catholic High School. She has been dancing at Zuzi for 10 years and is in training to teach trapeze. Maddie has been dancing for Salpointe as well as Zuzi and loves both, but trapeze is her passion. Her family has been very supportive and has helped her passion for the arts grow.

Nanette Robinson - A choreographer, educator and dancer, ZUZI! Co-Founder and Director of Arts Education, holds a BFA in Dance from Temple University and is an introductory and ongoing certified instructor of Skinner Releasing.   She has travelled internationally teaching and performing and has extensive experience as an aerial dancer and teacher having worked with Robert Davidson and Terry Sendgraff. Nanette’s choreography has been showcased locally with O-T-O, Zenith Dance Collective, Arts for All, University of Arizona Dance Department, Rick Wamer, “Mythos” Project, NEW ARTiculations, Funhouse Movement Theater, The Tucson Poetry Festival,Ballet Rincon,  the ADAA Showcase and the Flagstaff Summer Dance Festival. Nanette is currently teaching at Paolo Freire School, with Mirasol Recovery Treatment Program and ZUZI! School.  She is thrilled to be a part of ZUZI!. It has been her home and artistic toolbox for creating dances, flying, teaching and working with all levels and ages of dance lovers.  For more information visit nanutdancer.com

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Summer Solstice: A Dance Concert