Santa Ana Sites presents contemporary dance ‘Anthem’

Photo by Gema Galiana

Choreographer Milka Djordjevich breaks the rules. Not unlike Santa Ana Sites. For a two-night-only engagement, Djordievich’s ANTHEM will be presented as the 21st installment of Santa Ana Sites. Staying true to performances set in outside of the box places, ANTHEM will be viewed by the audience from all four sides and in a downtown Santa Ana loft, no less. Staying inside the box are the performers, ANTHEM’s four dancers mirror a square shape with their movement.

For her Santa Ana Sites debut, Milka Djordjevich’s contemporary dance style bends away from the commonplace of neutrality and towards intimacy and immediacy. ANTHEM is a work of existing and imagined dance styles to explore labor, play, and feminine-posturing. Distinct movements dissolve into a tangle of commotion, the steps blur the mundane and glamorous.

“Form generates power: power to rise above, power to hold ground. ANTHEM, a dance for four women by Milka Djordjevich, builds upon units of social and folk-dance moves via a rubix cube-like spatial logic. Layers of repeated forms shift the bodies up gear. There is a new groove made here-a groove made by commitment and giving no-fucks, a groove for women to ride rough, to represent, to feel themselves.” –

ANTHEM will be performed by Laurel Atwell, Jessica Cook, Dorothy Dubrule, and devika wickremesinghe. The four dance with confidence, complimenting each other and enjoying play. Hand-clap games, backstroking arms, and slashing kicks are part of the pronounced syllables from composer Chris Peck. Of note, Naomi Luppescu, the costume designer and Madeline Best, lighting designer, created the rich palette of color the dancers weave through.

Photo by Gema Galiana

This presentation celebrates the continuation of Santa Ana Sites performances. Additional information regarding the upcoming spring season will be available in the coming months, to stay up to date visit


Date: Fri. November 30 and Sat. December 1, 8 p.m.

Location: Soul Space Seven (205 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701)

Tickets: $18 General; $15 Santa Ana Residents; $12 Students with ID

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