Donna Sternberg & Dancers present
One Song, Many Dances
Ivy Substation, 8.30pm
Nov 7 & 8, 2014 Culver City, CA

October 24, 2014

Donna Sternberg & Dancers presents ONE SONG, MANY DANCES, a celebration of dance, music and culture. Five dance companies from different cultural backgrounds interpret one piece of music by renowned world music composer Yuval Ron. This grand experiment investigates how an audience’s perception of music is affected by seeing it through the lens of dances from different cultures. Performing on the program are Arpana Dance Company (India), Esplendor Dance Company (Latin), Mandala Dance Works (Middle East) Wilfried Souly (Africa) and Donna Sternberg & Dancers (contemporary American).

In light of recent current events, this showcasing of the beauty of cultural diversity through dance could not be timelier. Ethnomusicologists Munir Beken and Lisa Richardson will speak on musical perception and moderate a panel discussion with the choreographers focusing on the cultural elements that define their work and the influences they had on interpreting Mr. Ron’s music.

Date: November 7 and 8, 2014
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Tickets: $25 general admission, $20 students and seniors and can be purchased at

Support for the performance is made possible, in part, by a Culver City Performing Arts Grant with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment. For more information, please contact Donna Sternberg at 310-260-1198, or visit 

Founded in 1985, Donna Sternberg & Dancers (DS&D) is a non-profit contemporary dance company founded in 1985 that has premiered over 80 works, including 8 full evening-length performances. Discovery is our passion. We express ourselves through movement using our bodies and space as our tools, often collaborating with other art forms. Science is our subject matter. The company performs in site-specific locations such as parks, galleries, libraries and on the beach as well as in traditional theaters. DS&D has performed throughout California, and is the resident guest artist at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. It has been featured in print such as Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Los Angeles Times, radio and television (PBS, City TV). The company has received funding from state and local governmental agencies, businesses and foundations.

Irvine based and award winning Arpana Dance Company has had the honor of performing in the US, Japan, Europe and India under the artistic direction of Ramya Harishankar, recipient of Arts Orange County’s Helene Modjeska Cultural Legacy award (2007) and also a NEA Choreographic Fellow (1994-98). Named a Los Angeles Milestone Dance Company by the Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles, the Arpana Dance Company is a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the Fund for Folk Culture and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts. Besides participating in festivals and events all across Southern California, the Company has presented 16 full-length productions raising over $100,000 for charities worldwide in the last 20 years. 

Esplendor was founded 10 years ago with dancers ranging from 16 to 52 years old. The company has performed throughout California and Nevada and is a member of Coalicion de Grupos Folkloricos CFU and Danzantes Unidos Festival DUF. Artistic Director, Maestro Cecilio de Castro, has been dancing and teaching Mexican folklorico for the past 37 years at UCLA, Roosevelt High School, Danzantes Unidos Festival, throughout California, Texas, Arizona and other locations.

Mandala Danceworks is the result of collaborative efforts between Artistic Director Karin Lynge Jensen and her dancers. The company strives to produce and perform works of beauty, intricacy, power and passion. MDW is the winner of the 2008 “Bellydancer of The Universe” competition in the Tribal Group category, The Breakthrough Fusion 2011 group category winner, the first Bellydance Raqs LA People’s Choice award and the 2012 Ultimate Bellydancer Competition for best Tribal Group. Karin and MDW currently teach and perform regularly in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

Wilfried Souly is a choreographer, dancer, drummer and Taekwondo expert, originally from Burkina Faso in West Africa. He was trained in African traditional and contemporary dances since his youngest age in the acclaimed company “The Bourgeon du Burkina.” In September 2000, he co-founded “Compagnie Tâ” with two other choreographers and co-choreographed many dance pieces presented around the world including a collaboration with an association of visual artists on Genies de la Bastille, Paris. Willy has collaborated with international choreographers and performed in works choreographed by Robert Battle, Gerardo Delgado and with the French Hip Hop Company E.Go. Since relocating to Los Angeles he co-choreographed and performed Arbre D’Adaptation (2007), which won the Best Choreography award at “Emerging Above Ground 07”; been presented at the NOW Festival 08 and 2014; and choreographed and produced the dance film Bayiiri (Home Town) in 2011. Willy is a faculty member at the UCLA World Art & Culture/Dance Department and American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). He teaches community classes at Your Neighborhood Studio in Culver City & Downtown LA and is a participating member of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company's CHIME program, a mentorship program for professional choreographers.”