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Volume 6, Issue 75  | September 17, 2021

Backhausdance presents “Garden Flow,” a month-long residency at Sherman Gardens

Backhausdance, Orange County’s critically acclaimed contemporary dance company, is creating “Garden Flow,” a site-specific dance performance inspired by the beauty of Sherman Gardens. 

Garden visitors can watch and engage with the dancers as they immerse themselves throughout Sherman Gardens during weekly rehearsals beginning Thursday, Sept. 23. The month-long residency concludes with two ticketed promenade performances on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. 

“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. 

Backhausdance presents dancers

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Backhausdance dancers Ellen Akashi and Samuel DeAngelo

“Garden Flow” rehearsals will take place 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on September 23 and 30 and October 7, 14 and 15. Viewing of the rehearsals is free with garden admission, which is $5 per person.  

Ticketed guests are invited to a pre-show reception at the new Cultivar restaurant while a special VIP offering includes a three-course dinner and chance to meet the dancers. 

“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 Jennifer Backhaus, artistic director and founder of Backhausdance. 

Ticket Options:

–Saturday, Oct. 16

~2 p.m.: Afternoon performance is free with garden admission. Registration is required.

~5:30 p.m.: Pre-Show Reception at Cultivar followed by the Performance – Members, $75 and Non-Members, $100.

–VIP Offering: Pre-Show Reception, Performance and Post-Show Dinner at Cultivar and a chance to meet the Backhausdance Dancers. Members, $150 and Non-Members, $200.

Backhausdance, Orange County’s critically acclaimed contemporary dance company, has performed extensively nationwide as well as internationally.  Founder Jennifer Backhaus is an award-winning choreographer and Chapman University faculty member. Backhausdance is the recipient of 10 Lester Horton Awards from the Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles for achievements in choreography, design and performance, quickly propelling the company to the forefront of Southern California contemporary dance. The company is committed to engaging and educating the community about the relevance and vitality of contemporary dance, both as a valuable art form and as a tool for learning, creative expression, healing and overall well-being. Backhausdance is particularly interested in responding to new locations and collaborating with other organizations. The company provides extensive education programs in schools and the community for all ages and is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of artists. Visit to learn more.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, or call 949.673.2261. 

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.


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