ZUZI|Dance Company

Dance Company : Schedule

2015-2016 SEASON


No Frills Flyer

Friday, October 30, 2015 - No Frills Dance Happenin'

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 Christine Peterson, Phoenix's MAC & Co. and others. 

“The ‘No Frills’ concert has come to serve two important purposes,” says ZUZI!’s Artistic and Executive Director, Nanette Robinson. “It has become a popular venue for showcasing youth performers, schools, and youth choreography and it continues to be venue for local choreographers to take creative risks with new work.” The show has been described as an open mic for dance and is a unique opportunity to perform in a relaxed setting. As the name suggests, there are no frills—no fancy lights, no fancy sets—just dancers, choreographers, and experimentation.

No Frills Dance Happenin’ will be presented on Friday, October 30th, 2015, highlighting both youth and adult choreographers and performers. The show starts at 7:30 PM in the ZUZI! Theater at the Historic Y at 738 N. 5th Avenue in Tucson. Tickets are $10. 


Saturday-Monday, December 19-21, 2015 - "The Light Keepers Box" Solstice Concert

Saturday, December 19 *Matinee
Sunday, December 20 *evening
Monday, December 21 *evening

ZUZI! Theater in the Historic Y
738 N. 5th Ave. (corner of E. University Blvd) 
Tucson, AZ 85705

The word Solstice literally means “standing still sun.” The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year; it marks the turning from the cold, dark days of winter to the warmer, lighter days of spring and summer. Traditionally, this season was used as a time of reflection, renewal, and community celebration.

The Light Keepers Box

This ancient tale is inspired by the Warao tribe of Venezuela who make their home on the Orinoca River delta. In this story of offerings, the Warao preserve a remnant of their ancient "gift culture" in which the giving away rather than selling of parts of the selves of plants, animals, and people is the bloodlike circulation that forms community. Gift Cultures moisten all beings with generosity and cooperation.

Warao still worship the life in every being on earth and to this end they work with other native peoples to build into Venzuela's constitution, civil rights for themselves as separate cultures.

Collaborators so far: 
Sally Withers, Monica Boccio


Friday-Saturday, March 4-5, 2016 - No Frills Dance Happenin'

ZUZI! Dance presents its spring, 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. 

“The ‘No Frills’ concert has come to serve two important purposes,” says ZUZI!’s Artistic and Executive Director, Nanette Robinson. “It has become a popular venue for showcasing youth performers, schools, and youth choreography and it continues to be venue for local choreographers to take creative risks with new work.” The show has been described as an open mic for dance and is a unique opportunity to perform in a relaxed setting. As the name suggests, there are no frills—no fancy lights, no fancy sets—just dancers, choreographers, and experimentation.

No Frills Dance Happenin’ will be presented on Friday, March 4th, 2016, highlighting youth choreographers and performers and on Saturday, March 5th, 2016 to feature adult choreographers and dancers. Both shows start at 7:30 PM in the ZUZI! Theater at the Historic Y at 738 N. 5th Avenue in Tucson. Tickets are $10.