Past Performances

Here is information on past Santa Cruz area performances.

Karl Schaffer Dancing with Boxes
Photos by Steve DiBartolomeo


418 PROJECT, MAY 15-17, 2009

A concert of mathematically playful new dance works at the 418 Project in Santa Cruz, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15-17, 2009, at 8 PM. Entitled “Imaginary Numbers,” the concert features “Harmonious Equations,” a new work directed and narrated by National Public Radio’s “Math Guy” Keith Devlin, and based on music composed and performed by Santa Cruz choral group Zambra. The concert will also include several new works by Schaffer, and guest choreography by Deanna Ross.

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Fallout Flyer
Photos by Steve DiBartolomeo

Fallout: Dances of War and Peace

Fri/Sat/Sun May 11,12,13, 2007
8PM at the 418 Project in Santa Cruz

Choreography by Karl Schaffer, with guest works by Deana Ross and Kerstin Stuart, and guest performance by Kathryn Petak and Joe Pikalek.

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Twirl Poster
Photos by Steve DiBartolomeo



Twirl features new dances illuminated with the magical and the mathematical. Performances incorporate play with a variety of props: loops of rope, vaudevillian hats, five-gallon water bottles, and giant mathematical puzzle pieces known as tangrams. Dancers and creative collaborators include Saki, Rock Lerum, Fabricio Olsson, Gina Garcia, Shelly Adams, Lalu Simcik, Kristin Hoffman, and Kirsten Livingston. Musical scores include work by Berkeley composer Victor Spiegel. The concert also features performances by children from the Watsonville Charter School for the Arts.

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Photo by Clark Taylor

Writing in the Sky

Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts in Watsonville
Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, at 7:30 PM

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Schaffer, Stern and Lizenbery Dancing
Photo by Clark Taylor
2003 North American Tour
Schaffer and Stern dancing with fly swater
Photo by John Bakalis

The Bounds of Discovery

Cabrillo College Theater
Saturday, September 9, 2000
& Sunday, September 10, 2000

Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern premier their second two-man show, The Bounds of Discovery, on Saturday, September 9, 2000 at 8 PM and Sunday, September 10, 2000 at 3 PM. This playful and engaging dance performance addresses the wonder that people bring to their discoveries and the messes that sometimes result. The Bounds of Discovery features highly physical choreography which interweaves wordplay, striking imagery, and audience involvement in the most unexpected ways!

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Works by Mr. Stern and friends

Demolition Derby: When a Mind Loses Its License to Drive

An evening-length dance-theatre work about navigating dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

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