In Collaboration with the Orange County based Backhausdance, on Saturday October 16, 2021, at 5:30 pm PT the Sherman Library & Gardens will present Garden Flow, a site-specific work choreographed by Artistic Director and Founder Jennifer Backhaus. The performance of Garden Flow will conclude Backhausdance’s month-long residency at Sherman Gardens. The public is also invited to observe the rehearsals during the weeks leading up to the ticketed performance. Rehearsals will take place at 10:30 am until 1:00 pm on Thursday September 30, Thursdays October 7, & 14 and Friday October 15.

Backhausdance has performed extensively nationwide as well as internationally. Founder Jennifer Backhaus is an award-winning choreographer and Chapman University faculty member. She is the recipient of 10 Lester Horton Awards from the Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles for achievements in choreography, design and performance.

“Backhausdance is thrilled to create and premiere Garden Flow utilizing the landscape of the Sherman Gardens as our inspiration. Garden Flow is a multisensory, personal experience that will infuse the rhythm, presence, colors and beauty of the gardens with the dancers’ fluidity and deeply human and emotional artistic qualities,” said Backhaus.

Guests who choose to watch the rehearsals are also invited to engage with the dancers. Viewing of the rehearsals is free with garden admission – $5.00 per person for non-members, and free for members of Sherman Library & Gardens.

Backhausdance in rehearsal for "Garden Flow" at Sherman Gardens - Photo by Jeanine Hill

Backhausdance in rehearsal for “Garden Flow” at Sherman Gardens – Photo by Jeanine Hill

Tickets for the evening performance on October 16th include a pre-show reception at Cultivar Restaurant in Sherman Gardens. A limited number of VIP tickets will include a post-performance dinner at Cultivar and an opportunity to meet the company dancers.

“This exciting and unique collaboration with Backhausdance aligns with our mission to provide the public an oasis of inspiration, education and appreciation of history, horticulture and the arts. Audiences of all ages are welcome to participate in the creative process by watching and following the dancers as they rehearse throughout Sherman Gardens on select days leading up to the ticketed performances,” said Scott LaFleur, Executive Director of Sherman Library & Gardens.

Ticket Information for Saturday, October 16 at 5:30 pm
Pre-Show Reception at Cultivar followed by Performance; Members $40 / Non-Members $50
VIP Tickets: Pre-Show Reception, Performance & Post-Show Dinner at Cultivar and opportunity to meet the Backhausdance Dancers. Members $150 / Non-Members $200

For more information or to purchase tickets, please click HERE or call 949.673.2261. Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Hwy. in Corona del Mar, California.

To visit the Backhausdance website, please click HERE.

Written and compiled by Jeff Slayton from Sherman Library & Gardens press release.

Featured image: Backhausdance in rehearsal for “Garden Flow” at Sherman Gardens – Photo by Jeanine Hill