Few events have exerted such a hold on the Santa Barbara arts scene as DANCEworks. Launched in 2008, the annual month-long residency program commissions new work and also sets a world-class choreographer on the Santa Barbara community at large. For a nominal fee, anyone can show up — no matter what age or skill level — learn the steps, and perform in a new, original work. This year, the Lobero welcomes Bessie- and Obie-winning choreographer Mark Dendy to its newly renovated house. From March 31-April 26, Dendy will work on creating Dystopian Distractions!, a black comedy about the American war machine that sets out to deliver an irreverent antiwar message as filtered through the lens of pop culture. Want to get involved? Visit sbdanceworks.com for a full rundown of info, rehearsal dates, and fees. For those who just want to see the fruits of Dendy’s labors, the group will world-premiere Dystopian Distractions! onstage at the Lobero on April 26. At the Lobero Theatre, Saturday, April 26. Call 956-7411 or visit lobero.com.
Push, presented by Girls Rock S.B. At the Marjorie Luke Theatre, Saturday, March 22.
Shen Yun 2014. At the Granada Theatre, Saturday-Sunday, March 29-30.
Carmen, presented by State Street Ballet. At the Granada Theatre, Saturday, April 5.
Les Ballets Trockadero. At the Granada Theatre, Tuesday, April 8.
Abraham.In.Motion. At UCSB’s Campbell Hall, Tuesday, April 22.
The Letter, presented by Santa Barbara Dance Institute. At the Lobero Theatre, Sunday, May 18.
Thumbelina, presented by Gustafson Dance. At the Lobero Theatre, Saturday-Sunday, May 24-25.