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SoMar Dance Works

Solveig & Mark Santillano, Directors


February 22 & 23, 2020

Postcards from our Happy Place

SoMar Dance Works announces their new production, Postcards from Our Happy Place. The event is scheduled for Saturday February 22nd at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday February 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Dafmark studio theater located at 1033 State Street, Erie, PA. Tickets will only be available at the door. Admission is $15.00 (cash or checks only).

As a follow up to last year’s 20th anniversary celebration, Super SoMar Palooza!, Solveig and Mark Santillano, co-founders and directors of the dance company, have a fun-filled concert planned. The title of their latest show, Postcards from Our Happy Place, is based on the idea that we, as humans, often deal with un-pleasantries in our lives by retreating in our minds to some location that brings joy and/or peace. Postcards are short notes that are sent to family and friends to let them know they are on our minds and in our hearts. The concert is an invitation for the audience to leave the stress and toil of their daily grind and escape with SoMar to the beauty and grace of dance.

“In tumultuous times, we all need to take a break, to go to our happy place” says co-artistic director, Mark Santillano. “And what could be happier than a space filled with music and dancing?”

The concert will feature eight dances, including two world premieres. From the light-hearted piece Flax-Golden Tales, set to the poems of Shel Silverstein, to the outright silliness of To Get to the Other Side, set to a collection of songs about chickens, SoMar balances the program with a piece inspired by the writings of Li Po, Only the Mountain Remains, and a brand new contemporary pointe piece set to the music of Pat Metheny that has the challenging time signature of 22/8. Also on the program is a new rendition of Aaron Copland’s Rodeo as you’ve never seen it before.

The concert is sponsored in part by a Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Erie Arts and Culture.

Dancing on the program are Annelise Browne, Megan Carnuche, Kaitlyn Culp, Caitlin Cummings, Emmaline Devore, Kristen Faraclas, Jenna Fritts, Sydney Gondringer, Shelby Hildebrand, Stacie Preuhs, Danielle Quenneville, Maya Richards, Hanna Schayes, Lucie Shultz, Grace Sinke, Jenna Swartz, Margaret Vivian, Jo Theisen, as well as Mark and Solveig Santillano.

SoMar Dance Works features the dances of Solveig and Mark Santillano. Serving as co-artistic directors, choreographers, and dancers, Solveig and Mark are seasoned performers who have danced all over the world. Their choreography has been influenced by their association with their former companies, Pilobolus Dance Theatre and MOMIX. Solveig and Mark are also the proud recipients of the inaugural Erie Arts & Culture Artist Fellowship. More information can be found at

SoMar Dance Works made its premier in 1999 at the Missouri Fine Arts Academy. Since that time, SoMar has performed at the Erie Art Museum, Erie Festival of Dance, the American College Dance Festival, Celebrate Erie, The Brick Church for the Performing Arts in Lovell, Maine, Unitarian Universalists in Community concert, Luther Memorial Concert Series, The Fredonia Opera House, Grand Valley State University, overseas in Gothenburg, Sweden, Austria’s Young! Tanzsommer, and numerous Mercyhurst University programs, where the company is in-residence.

For more information contact:

Mark Santillano

(814) 824-2176 office

[email protected]