LifeWorks to Benefit from Toni Bravo’s Upcoming Production

A Glimpse of Heaven with Eyes ClosedLifeWorks’ own Brett Barnes will be performing in A Glimpse of Heaven With Eyes Closed  at the Long Center. Before every production, Brett will give a short lecture on homelessness in austin. Part of the proceeds from the show will be donated to LifeWorks to help youth and families in crisis.




WHO:  Toni Bravo’s Diverse Space Dance/Theatre and The Violet Crown Players Present

WHAT:  A Glimpse of Heaven With Eyes Closed       

WHEN:  July 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. and July 26 at 2 p.m.        

WHERE: Debra and Kevin Rollins Studio Theatre Long Center for the Performing Arts

TIX:        $15 for students and seniors; $20 general admission; $30 VIP

Ticket purchases can be made at The Long Center website or by calling 512.474.LONG (5664); Part of the proceeds will benefit: LifeWorks transitions youth and families from crisis to safety and success.

                              (Some charges may apply for advance and credit card purchase.)

More about the show:  

A Production about finding Heaven in Human Connectedness: at Home, in Dreams and in the Streets. 

AUSTIN, Texas Diverse Space Dance/Theatre and Violet Crown Players will once again bring dance, motion picture, and music to the final production in their trilogy about Heaven and Connectedness, with Nature and Humanity. A Glimpse of Heaven With Eyes Closed will carry the audience through the lives of isolated characters who create snapshots of Heaven in their chance encounters with each other and their newly found abilities to connect.

A young child is abducted, a prisoner of war returns home, an immigrant struggles with life in a new country, and an elderly widow wanders aimlessly. Each in isolation, and each attached to their memories, they soon find that the streets are full of surprises.

“We want this production to remind our audience that there might be a compelling story behind why someone becomes homeless. We also want to remind ourselves of the value of togetherness, kindness and compassion,” said Toni Bravo, principal of Diverse Space Dance/Theatre. “We hope our message will encourage the viewers to choose the risk of connection over the safety of isolation.”

Choreography will intermingle throughout the program with film music and live vocals to present an array of Human and Heavenly relationships.

Toni Bravo choreographed this original work in collaboration with Sharon Marroquìn. Diana Huckaby provided concept development and costumes. Technical direction is by Stephen Pruitt and sound design by Frank Hipchen.

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts with an award from The National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.


Diverse Space Dance/Theatre is committed to diversity of: cultural influences, performance techniques, and performance spaces, and determined to promote social responsibility and connectedness in the Human experience.

Named Best Choreographer by the Austin Chronicle for three consecutive years, Bravo is known for her willingness to explore any performance possibility in traditional and nontraditional performance spaces. She presents her independent, politically charged works through Diverse Space Dance Theatre produced by Violet Crown Players, Inc. Bravo also directs Ballet Austin’s Dance in Education programs and conducts an award-winning program at St Michel’s Academy.


Diverse Space Dance Theatre is sponsored and produced by Violet Crown Players, Inc. (VCP). VCP is a non-profit arts organization that presents programs that include a variety of theatre arts. The performers have been recognized for their artistic endeavors through local, national or international awards and contracts.


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