Unique Dance Event to Light up Fireside Lounge

Maurice Ramirez Photography    A scene from “Stop, Drop, Drink” a new series of short dance performances taking place inside Webster Street’s Fireside Lounge starting Saturday, Sept. 28.

Building off the success of last year’s inaugural Animate Dance Festival, the West End Arts and Entertainment District (WEAED) will present the next chapter of the Animate Alameda project: “Stop, Drop, Drink.” 

This site-specific dance-theater performance invites an audience of 30 people to experience a radically different Saturday night out. Directed by Alameda resident Tara Pilbrow, with music by composer Heather Love, “Stop Drop Drink” follows a group of intrepid performers as they delve into the whys and wherefores of the human desire to gather, to connect and, more often than not, to drink.

What is Animate Alameda?
Animate Alameda is a WEAED project focused on proliferating and promoting dance performance in Alameda. The project started in October 2018 with the inaugural Animate Dance Festival. The festival program included dance classes, vendors and 19 performances, featuring more than 150 dancers of all genres. The festival is set to become a bi-annual event with the next installment coming to Alameda Point in October 2020.  

“This year we are launching ‘Animate Shorts,’” said Pilbrow. “This will be a series of site-specific performances that take place bi-annually in intimate spaces around Alameda.”  

While the festival allows hundreds of people to experience different dance genres and performance styles, Animate Shorts is an opportunity to witness dance performance in intimate and unconventional spaces. This year’s program takes place at the Fireside Lounge, 1453 Webster St. this fall.

Who is Tara Pilbrow?
A Hong-Kong born, British dance artist who moved to the Bay Area in January 2017. Pilbrow worked with dance companies in the UK, France, Dubai and Argentina and founded her own company Tara Pilbrow Dance in London in 2011. She currently teaches at Roco Dance in Mill Valley and leads the Animate Alameda team.

What about “Stop, Drop, Drink?”
Tickets are now on sale at https://stop-drop-drink.brownpapertickets.com. Performances will take place on weekends between Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 13, with a maximum audience size of 30 people for each show, (minimum age 21 years). The performance travels around the bar space and the audience should expect to accompany the dancers as they move around. After the performance audience members are encouraged to stay for a drink with the cast.

Tickets, $25, include one drink. For more info, see www.animatealameda.com.