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Spontaneous dance

Marc and Darlynne Menkin | It’s All Happening

We were in Balboa Park a few weeks back on a Friday night and we always like visiting the Spanish Art Center (also known as Spanish Village) around dusk.

PGK dance troupe does their thing at Spanish Village. (Photo by Sue Brenner)

PGK dance troupe does their thing at Spanish Village. (Photo by Sue Brenner)

Sometimes we bring tacos or Chinese food in and it’s a colorful place to have an affordable outdoor meal.

That night, there was a dance show being performed by the PGK Project. We spoke briefly with Executive Director Peter G. Kalivas and he provided some great photos. Some feature the colorful jacaranda trees.

“Essentially, what we do is seek community and commercial partners willing to donate or discount their space to host our performances in exchange for cross-promotion,” said Kalvis, who is also the group’s artistic director. “We pick easy, fun, unexpected locations all around town ensure our performances are accessible —  ADA compliant, and easy to get to by car or public transportation — and relevant to contemporary audiences not exclusively tied to a theater space and [that are] looking for art that circulates around diverse themes, styles.”

PGK dance troupe does their thing at Spanish Village. (Photos by Sue Brenner)

PGK dance troupe does their thing at Spanish Village. (Photos by Sue Brenner)

Future PGK Shows will be held at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park, Sept. 20, 5 – 10 p.m. Called PGK Dance’s “Mediterranean Nights,” the evening will celebrate 20 years of affordable world-class dance.

In October they will be performing both matinees and evenings at the Lyceum Space at Horton Plaza. For more information or tickets, visit ThePGKDanceProject.org.

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