Santa Monica College’s innovative and widely praised Synapse Contemporary Dance Theater will present a program of new repertory by award-winning faculty artists, professional guest artists, and up-and-coming student choreographers on November 6 and 7.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 6, and Sunday, November 7, in The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center, located at 1310 11th Street (at Santa Monica Boulevard), Santa Monica. To attend, audience members must show I.D. and proof of COVID vaccination (or a negative test within 72 hours of the event) at the door. Masks are required at all times.

The concert features Contemporary, Contemporary Ballet, Jazz Fusion, and Jazz Funk, as well as Hip Hop and more. The program will present works by Synapse Artistic Director Jae Lee, guest artist Lauren Hall, guest company Kybele Dance Theater, and faculty choreographers Seda Aybay, Angela Jordan, and Sophie Monat. Also creating new dance works for the performance are student choreographers Ariana Chavez, Britt Ganiere, and Hunter Ha.

Guest artist Lauren Hall — a choreographer, teacher, and dance media artist based in Los Angeles — will present The Letter, a film about a mysterious envelope that appears for an unexpecting recipient.

SMC dance professor and Synapse Director Jae Lee will present the Contemporary film Nested Memories, which is an abstract portrayal of residing memories of WWII survivors.

Seda Aybay ‑— a member of the SMC dance faculty and the Founder and an Artistic Director of guest company Kybele Dance Theater — will present “DediKodu,” which explores shedding the burden of cultural expectations and judgements in favor of celebrating personal choices over societal scrutiny.

SMC Dance major Hunter Ha has created a Hip Hop/Improvisational Movement piece — “Sui Inventionis” — with choreography that depicts the struggle to become free from self-perceptions and false narratives, and to come to terms with the past to move into the future and build confidence in true identity as human beings.

SMC Dance major Britt Ganiere will perform the Contemporary work “Breathe,” illustrating connectivity of bodies in space through breath.

Synapse Contemporary Dance Theater has a longstanding reputation for artistic excellence and innovation. Since it was founded more than 40 years ago, the student troupe has performed throughout the nation, including the Electric Lodge in Venice; the Cast Theater in Hollywood; the Getty Center in Los Angeles; and the American College Dance Association Conference in Arizona, California, Georgia, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Utah.

Tickets are available at the door and cost $15 (cash only). Parking is free. Seating is on a first-arrival basis.

More information is available by calling 310-434-3467.

Submitted by: Judith Douglas, SMC Dance Department Chair