Robin Bisio: Santa Barbara, CA U.S.A.

Arna Bee

Robin Bisio studied English Literature at USCB and UC Berkeley where she got a MA in English with her emphasis on the structure of the novel. She took dance classes at South Coast Contemporary Dance Theater, UCSB, Lone Mountain College and at the Margaret Jenkins Dance Studio with workshop studies with Deborah Hay, David Gordon, Valda Setterfield, Meredith Monk, Merce Cunningham Company and other post modern luminaries.

When she came back to Santa Barbara after all the excitement and stimulus of Berkeley, she realized that it was going to be up to her to create a style and venue for her work so she took to the beaches, gardens and mountains to create site specific dance for plein air performance and films. She produced The Coastal Project for ten years where scores of dancers, musician and artists presented site work on local beaches Her aim is to present an indigenous dance that celebrates the landscape of Santa Barbara. She received the Arts Fund Award for Choreography in 1995 and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Dance by the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance in 2010.

Her award winning dance films have been screened at film festivals worldwide, including the last six years with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Festivals include Palm Springs International Film Festival, Washougal International Film Fest, Columbia Gorge Film Fest, New Media Film Fest, Dance Camera West, Danza di Napoli, Me Fest, Hollywood Short Pictures Fest, Chicks with Flicks, Brainwash, Wine Country Film Fest and many others. She is represented by Ouat Media in Toronto.

What Robin will be bringing to the Festival.
Robin will be sharing her work as a film maker at the Fishbon event.

dancer: Dorrie Tames Powell