BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA. – It may have been strange to see dancers in face masks a year ago, but not anymore.
The Bakersfield City Ballet is hosting its second roadside show called “Splendor and Misery,” an oxymoron depicting the pandemic.
“I think the new routine that people established had some positive aspects,” said Artistic Director Erica Ueberroth. “That ‘you time’ that you may not have gotten before because your schedule was so busy.”
But also some negatives.
“It got pretty mundane and sometimes you just felt locked in with nowhere to go and nothing exciting happens. So just the two ends of the spectrum, “said Erica.
Erica wanted to inspire her dancers, and she choreographed this show all by herself.
“It’s really exciting and fulfilling to still be able to do what we love to do because in times of crisis and difficult times you still have to have an electrical outlet,” said Erica. “For dancers, it has the ability and option to do so. I think that’s our chosen form of communication. “
If you reserve a roadside performance, the dancers will come to you. They appear in your driveway, cul-de-sac or in your parking lot and ensure social distance for everyone.
Erica said creating a show for both her dancers and viewers was downright rewarding.
“They all just said how much fun they were having and how much they loved being able to perform and have that experience because I think it was over a year since we were in front of the audience,” said Erica.
To make the dance possible during the pandemic, Erica said she saw her dancers connect with the community in new ways.
“It was really exciting to be invited into these personal spaces and see our community and way of connecting in a much more intimate way than just being on stage,” she said.
And keeping the dance alive for Kern County has helped Erica and her dancers deal with the pandemic.
“When you are creative, you draw from experiences you know or identify with,” said Erica.
The show features eight corporate members ages 12 to 18.
There are only a few shows left to reserve. Click here to get your ticket.
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