Thursday, October 01, 2015

Introducing PACZ & the New ZUZI!


From: ZUZI! Dance []
Sent: Thursday, October 1, 2015 10:43 AM
Subject: Introducing PACZ & the New ZUZI!

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Introducing PACZ & the New ZUZI!



Happy October!

We can't believe how quickly things have been moving along here at ZUZI! Dance, not just in time, but also in activity. There have been several MAJOR changes in the organization and we can finally tell you about them.

Firstly, in our commitment to providing opportunities and resources for the artistic community to grow, we are proud to announce the formation of PACZ: The Performing Arts Coalition at ZUZI!  PACZ is the result of a concerted effort to create a hub of live performance where various creative groups inhabit a shared home, our home, the ZUZI! Theater in The Historic Y.

We have joined forces with two non-profit performance groups--Winding Road Theater Ensemble and Something Something Theatre Company--to bring each of our unique visions to the stage. Winding Road aims to tell dynamic, theatrical stories with a special commitment to developing new work by American playwrights while Something Something intends to bring more diversity to Tucson's stages with plays by female and minority playwrights that are intellectually and emotionally accessible. Find out more at

ZUZI! Dance, meanwhile, is refining our creative process. We have disbanded the dance company in favor of a project-driven approach, where dancers will be cast by invitation or audition for specific shows. We feel that this will create opportunities for more dancers to move in more ways. Furthermore ZUZI! will continue to focus on our multigenerational dance and somatic education programs because we believe that everyone can benefit from relating to the unique perspectives of varying aged individuals.


We have also restructured the business operations. Nanette Robinson, co-founder of ZUZI!, has been working exceedingly hard for the last few years as both Artistic Director and Acting Executive Director, a formidable task for which we are very grateful for her service. In order to relieve her of the burden of business management so she can more freely develop our artistic and educational visions, Nanette Robinson will fulfill the role of the newly created position of Director of Arts Education.

Additionally, ZUZI! Dance has promoted our present Marketing Coordinator, Paul Galbraith (that's me, hi!) to the position of Executive Director. He... I mean I... intend to work diligently to help the organization fulfill our recently revised mission (see About Us panel to the left) and to help guide ZUZI! Dance into the future as the premier multigenerational dance and somatic arts service organization in Tucson.


We are proud to be entering our 19th year and are looking forward to the 20th and beyond.


Thank you all for your time, interest, dedication, and support! You are the reason we are here.


Thank you, again.

-ZUZI! Dance

Come in. Be moved. 





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October 2 & 3 - BlakTina Tucson

A dance festival featuring Black and Latina(o) choreographers & performers

Friday & Saturday, October 2nd & 3rd

7:30 PM 

Presented by Eva Tessler, Licia Perea and The Latina Dance Theater Project, this inspiring festival, gives local and regional dance/movement artists, an opportunity to create and present new work! BlakTina Tucson Festival will feature 11 contemporary choreographers with five premieres in an evenin... READ MORE...   


October 8 - 25: Saint Joan

Winding Road Theater Ensemble presents Saint Joan


October 8 - 25, 2015 

Friday & Saturday performances at 7:30PM 

Sunday performances at 2PM 




Written by George Bernard Shaw 

Adapted by Toni Press-Coffman 

Directed by Susan Arnold 

Featuring MAC-Award Winner Lucille Petty 


In what many consider to be Shaw's greatest play, we meet Joan of Arc: not a saint, a witch, or a madwoman, but a French farm girl who is anything but simple - an illiterate intellectual, a true genius whose focus on the individu... READ MORE...   



October 21 - EDGE 80 : LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Jos Charles & Wendy Burk

Co-sponsored by The University of Arizona Poetry Center

Wednesday, October 21

7:30 PM 
$5 suggested donation

EDGE is a lit & performance series of local and national writers and cross-genre artists, emphasizing diversity of narrative, identity and literary source. Its purpose is to create community and foster visibility & voice for diverse peoples and words; emerging and/or younger writers; and performers working across media and art form. Founded by poet and dancer/choreographer, Melissa Buckheit in 2008 at... READ MORE...   


October 30 - No Frills Dance Happenin'

An "open marley" dance variety showcase!


Friday, October 30

7:30 PM 

ZUZI! Dance presents its fall, biannual No Frills Dance Happenin'. A variety of performers throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona come to share fresh and innovative works from various stages of the creative process. The works range from serious to silly and some are presented here for the first time. This year features choreographers Vanessa Corona, Christine Peterson, Pablo Rodarte, Condanza, Evolve Dance West, Tucson Pole Fitness, Phoenix's MAC & Co. and more.  ...  READ MORE...   


ZUZI! Dance is a non-profit arts service organization committed to catalyzing personal expression and healing for people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities. Through movement-based art forms and somatic practices, ZUZI! Dance provides opportunities and resources for individuals to discover and confidently navigate their creative paths. We offer classes, workshops, and performances for our community to fully experience live art.



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