Once Upon a Story - a dance concert of moving tales

Once upon a time, there was a company of dancers who put on a concert... Actually, to be accurate they’re preparing for a concert. A new concert called Once Upon a Story.

Come join SoMar and we’ll visit the Hatters Tea Party, and recall the ball with Cinderella. We’ll see the little Prince from Asteroid B612 tame a lonely Fox, and be tempted with a tasty apple from an old witch (or two, or ten). These are some of the moving tales on the program. In addition to these familiar stories, we have a few other treats in store for you (including our first contemporary pointe piece).
Full of SoMar’s usual creativity, wit, and superb company of dancers, This concert is sure to please.

November 5th at 8:00 pm
November 6
th at 2:00 pm
Performances at the Dafmark theatre, 1033 State Street, Erie, PA General admission $15.00 – tickets available at the door.

Come on out and see the show and you’ll be the one who lives happily ever after.  ages, and other content


SoMar Dance Works announces their new production, Once Upon a Story: a Dance Concert of Moving Tales. The event is scheduled for Saturday November 5th at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday November 6th at 2:00 p.m. at the Dafmark studio theater located at 1033 State Street, Erie, PA. Tickets are $15.00 and are available at the door.


Using well-known stories and familiar characters as inspiration, SoMar Dance Works (directed and choreographed by Solveig and Mark Santillano) take to the stage with their latest creative endeavor. With a company of thirteen dancers, SoMar will host a tea party with the Hatter, the March Hare, Alice, and one very ill-tempered Queen in their new piece, Tea Time, set to music by 3 Leg Torso. Also on the program, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince befriends and tames a lonely fox, and Cinderella recalls her magical night at the ball. Meanwhile, another princess has a very different story to tell. In the dance, Temptation, set to the Tom Waits song of the same name, Snow White faces not one witch, but ten. The tales included on the program are universal stories of friendship, fear, prejudice, jealousy, and love. However, SoMar Dance Works promises to make these old favorites seem like new .


The concert will feature four dances from SoMar’s repertoire and six brand new creations. Among the new works, one piece stands out. Quicksilver is unique in that it is in a style commonly called “contemporary ballet” and is in a dance genre not typically presented by this modern dance ensemble. Set to the song Prep Gwarlek 3B Remix from the album Acoustica: Alarm Will Sound Performs Aphex Twin, this dance is for three men and four women (en pointe). With amazing technical virtuosity, the seven dancers skillfully execute the exciting choreography by the Santillano’s. “We wanted to try something different for this concert,” said Mark Santillano “and since our dancers are so well trained in classical ballet, we decided to showcase their skills and at the same time challenge them and ourselves with this different style.” Taking a risk on a new style can be scary, but Santillano said “the risk is what makes life, and art, interesting.”

Dancing on the program are Jo Alspaugh, Lucas De Marinis, Dominic Fortunato, Elizabeth Hite, Matthew Huefner, Haylie Kromer, Megan Lay, Tory Morris, Roni Plys, Kerry Schroeder, Sarah Taylor, as well as Mark and Solveig Santillano.


SoMar Dance Works made it’s premier in 1999 at the Missouri Fine Arts Academy and has been in residence at Mercyhurst University for over a decade. They have received numerous Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Erie Arts and Culture.


Solveig and Mark Santillano are also proud to announce that they have been named the recipients of the Erie Arts and Culture Artist Fellowship. The announcement was made Thursday October 20 at their 2016 Fall for Arts & Culture Appreciation Awards. At the ceremony, the Santillano’s performed their dance, Twine, which was the first dance the duo choreographed together. “We are honored, humbled, thrilled and a somewhat shocked by this award,” said Mark Santillano. “With so many talented and dedicated artists in the area, we honestly didn’t expect to be chosen.”


The Fellowship is made possible by community contributions to the annual Arts & Culture Campaign and the Erie Arts Endowment.

Once Upon a Story is a family-friendly concert full of SoMar’s usual creativity, wit, and superb company of dancers. Come on out and see the show and you’ll be the one who lives happily ever after.