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Celebrate the power of movement and ingenuity from a collection of diverse dancemakers creating profound and meaningful contributions to the world of contemporary ballet and dance. DEBUTS returns as a weekend of premieres from TRBP Resident Artists and acclaimed Guest Choreographers.


DEBUTS, 2023, presents four distinct choreographic voices, each uniquely different yet connected in their uninhibited approach:

Premiere by Resident Artist, Katie Spagnoletti, who has created four new works for the company since becoming a Resident Artist with TRBP in 2019. 

Jeremy Zapanta, will also premiere a new work, a Resident Artist since 2020 with three previous TRBP commissions and one co-created work for La Jolla Playhouse's 2022 WOW Festival. Zapanta's 2021 creation, Personal Perspectives, has also been selected to be presented as a part of Dance St. Louis' 2023 Emerson SPRING to Dance Festival. 

Company premiere of Sur Le Fil by Guest Choreographer, Penny Saunders,

Saunders won the International Commissioning Project in 2011, which launched her choreographic career, creating pieces for Hubbard Street, Cincinnati Ballet, Whim W’Him, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, BalletX, Sacramento Ballet, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Diablo Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Eugene Ballet, ArtEmotion/Ballet West and Seattle Dance Collective among others. Saunders is honored to be the Resident Choreographer at The Grand Rapids Ballet, to have received support from The New York City Ballet Choreographic Commissions Initiative, to have participated in The Guggenheim Works & Process, and The National Choreographers Initiative, and to be the recipient of the 2016 Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship.

A World Premiere by Guest Choreographer Mike Tyusaward winning dancer, choreographer, and creative director from Los Angeles. He has been performing and creating dance for the stage, print, and screen for over 15 years. He has worked as a performer with Cirque Du Soleil and Joined Pilobolus Dance Theater in 2013 performing and also creating company repertory that is still performed today. Tyus was awarded a creative residency at Orsolina28 in Moncalvo, Italy and has been commissioned to create stage works for Visceral Dance Chicago, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Manhatten Youth Ballet, Ziru Dance, University of Utah, and The Lines Ballet Training Program, among others. He is a founding member of Jacob Jonas The Company and an Associate Producer for Films.Dance

DEBUTS exemplifies TRBP’s dedication to elevate and enrich the arts in San Diego and beyond through the creation of exciting, fresh, and innovative opportunities to experience superlative live performance art for artists and audiences alike. All new works will be presented each performance at the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre in La Jolla. DEBUTS will also be streamed virtually.

*All seating is first-come first-serve, please arrive early to claim your seats.

Doors open 30 minutes before the show begins.



Performance Times


August 25 - 7:30 pm

*Reception Following

August 26 - 7:30 pm

*Free Artist Talk-back Following

August 27 - 7:30 pm

*Reception Following

August 26 -

VIRTUAL STREAM @ 7 pm (pst)

August 25 tickets
August 26 tickets
August 27 tickets
virtual stream tickets

David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

Nestled in La Jolla, just around the corner from the bustling UTC Mall, David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre is the heart of LFJCC, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS. The LFJCC promotes the physical and mental well-being of the community and offering a rich array of stimulating and innovative social, cultural, educational, and recreational programs and services. The LFJCC is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for San Diego’s diverse Jewish community and its greater general community.

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