By Janice Steinberg / San Diego U-T / March 26, 2011
Back in 1913, the Wonderland Amusement Park in Ocean Beach was a place where San Diegans went to ride on the roller coaster, whoosh down the water slide, and do the daring new fox trot in the dance pavilion.
When three prominent members of the arts community were planning an international dance festival, they wanted to give it a name that conveyed San Diego’s flavor. One of them, Patrick Stewart of Sushi, knew about Wonderland because he’d lived near what used to be the water entrance to the park, now Dog Beach and Robb Field.
Thus, “Wonderland: A Festival of International Contemporary Dance” was born. Sushi, UCSD ArtPower! and UCSD’s Department of Theatre and Dance are presenting the event, which debuts next weekend with 10 performances by four dance companies — Monica Bill Barnes and Kate Weare from New York, Lux Boreal from Tijuana and Australia’s Chunky Move.
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