The UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance commemorates the work of the late choreographer Della Davidson this weekend.
The two-part performance includes the world premiere of "and the snow fell softly on all the living and the dead , " a work Davidson devised with Granada artist-in-residence Ellen Bromberg. It will be followed by a tribute to Davidson, a longtime UC Davis dance and performance instructor who died in March of breast cancer.
Based on the James Joyce novella "The Dead" and taking its title from a line in the elegiac work, "and the snow fell softly on all the living and the dead " is a multimedia performance piece choreogaphed by Bromberg collaborating with Kegan Marling and the dancers. Live video onstage puts the performers in shifting visual contexts incorporating themes of time and loss.
The second half of the performance includes work from numerous Davidson collaborators from her Sideshow Physical Theatre and members of the Bay Area dance community.
"and the snow fell softly on all the living and the dead " along with the celebration of Della Davidson's work runs at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Main Theatre, Wright Hall, UC Davis. Tickets are $12-$19.
You're not coming back
The ubiquitous musical director Graham Sobelman and a crew of local musical theater all-stars will perform a concert reading of "Sleepaway Camp: The Musical," an original adaptation of Robert Hiltzik's 1983 horror slasher classic "Sleepaway Camp."
Based on Hiltzik's original story, the musical's book is by Fredrick Wolf Molitch, Rob Bean and Hiltzik with music by Andrew Heringer and lyrics by Heringer, Molitch and Bean.
The cast includes Heringer and Marlana Sheetz (both of Los Angeles-based band Milo Greene) and Tyler Robinson of NBC's "The Voice."
The new musical receives a three-day tryout in advance of a fully staged production in the near future. Shows are 7 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Wm. J. Geery Theater, 2130 L St., Sacramento. Tickets are $15. Go to www.grahamarama. com for more information.
The real thing
Singer-songwriter Peter Case has had several artistic lives, from new wave power-pop muse to iconoclastic traveling balladeer. He now plays music coming from the folk and blues traditions of people like Lightning Hopkins, Sleepy John Estes, John Fahey and Reverend Gary Davis. Case plays Thursday night at Antiquité Maison Privée. Opening the show is Tom Weber's documentary "Troubadour Blues," which features Case and similar traveling singer-songwriters Chris Smither, Slaid Cleaves and Amy Speace.
"Troubadour Blues" screens at 6:30 p.m. and Case plays at 8:15 p.m. Thursday at Antiquité Maison Privée, 2114 P St., Sacramento. Tickets are $20.