dance en Chita Rivera Stars In Kander And Ebb's "The Visit" At The Williamstown Theatre Festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In <em>The Visit</em>, her <a href="">Williamstown Theatre Festival</a> debut, Broadway legend Chita Rivera embodies Claire Zachanassian, the oft-widowed richest woman in the world, who returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth. The locals pray that her wealth will bring them a new lease on life, but the carefully plotted renewal she offers carries a dreadful price.</p><p>Sardonic and morally complex, <em>The Visit</em> asks: What can your heart afford?</p><p>Rivera is joined by Roger Rees, Jason Danieley, and Judy Kuhn and directed in this Kander and Ebb musical by John Doyle.</p><p>Here she speaks with Joe Donahue about working on the show, her reverence for a productions creative team, and keeping her sense of humor - always.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 95435 at Chita Rivera Stars In Kander And Ebb's "The Visit" At The Williamstown Theatre Festival Cirque Éloize At Proctors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>For 20 years now, <a href="">Cirque Éloize</a> has been taking the public and critics by storm in more than 440 cities around the world. This August, Cirque Éloize’s dazzling and energetic <em>iD</em> comes to the Capital Region for the very first time.</p><p>This astonishing modern circus will transport audiences to a vibrant urban streetscape as the stage at <a href="">Proctors</a> in Schenectady, NY comes alive with the boundless energy of acrobats, break dancers and contortionists, who perform against a kaleidoscope of eye-popping projections, building to a stunning finale on a one-of-a-kind video tramp-o-wall.</p><p>We are joined by two Cirque Éloize performers, Justine Méthé-Crozat and Jérémy St. Jean.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 95411 at Cirque Éloize At Proctors The 7th Annual Mount Tremper Arts Summer Festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The 7th annual <a href="">Mount Tremper Arts</a> Summer Festival is up and running through August 23rd featuring groundbreaking music events, visceral dance works and boundary-pushing theater. The festival showcases risk-taking work, but also fosters an environment where audiences and artists can come together to form a community that values dialogue and experimentation.</p><p>The festivals remaining events this year include four world premieres!</p><p>Co-founder and Artistic Director Mathew Pokoik and Executive Director Abigail Guay join us to tell us more.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 95324 at The 7th Annual Mount Tremper Arts Summer Festival "In Your Arms" At Powerhouse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>In Your Arms</em> is a new play with love-themed vignettes written by Douglas Carter Bean, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Carrie Fisher, David Henry Hwang, Rajiv Joseph, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage and Alfred Urhy.</p><p>Christopher Gattelli, the Tony Award-winning choreographer of <em>Newsies</em> and <em>South Pacific</em>, and composer Stephen Flaherty (<em>Ragtime</em>, <em>Once on This Island</em>) bring the vignettes to life through music and dance - using the stories penned by the playwrights but not their words.</p><p><em>In Your Arms</em> is the second Mainstage show of this summer’s New York Stage and Film <a href="">Powerhouse Theatre</a> season at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.</p><p>Christopher Gattelli joins us.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:12:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 94619 at "In Your Arms" At Powerhouse Figures In Flight 4 And Figures in Flight Released Share The Stage At SUNY New Paltz <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>On the evening of June 7th, two modern dance companies will share the stage at the McKenna Theater at <a href="">SUNY New Paltz</a> in a program entitled “Welcome to the World” -- featuring groundbreaking choreography and a celebration of the human spirit.</p><p><em>Figures in Flight 4</em>, a professional youth dance company made up of high school students from the Hudson Valley will be joined by <em>Figures in Flight Released</em>, a group of adult men whose dance training began through a rehabilitation program in prison. In spite of their obvious differences in race, age, and background, these two groups share something that shines through on stage and in rehearsal: a love of dance, and a commitment to mutual respect between people of all kinds.</p><p>They also share a dance teacher and choreographer. Both companies are being presented under the direction of renowned dance educator and artistic director Susan Slotnick.</p><p>Susan joins us now along with Charles Defraia, a promoter, fundraiser, and the father of a Figures in Flight 4 dancer.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Ray Graf 91524 at Figures In Flight 4 And Figures in Flight Released Share The Stage At SUNY New Paltz Dogs of Desire <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A unique, outrageously inventive, one of a kind musical-theatrical experience! From burlesque to motorcycles, from ghost stories to karaoke, a <a href="">Dogs of Desire</a> concert is a multimedia extravaganza you’ll never forget. Classical chamber ensemble meets rock band - the Albany Symphony’s unique, 18-member Dogs go where no classical ensemble has ever gone before.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue & Alan Chartock 90460 at Dogs of Desire "Astonish Me" By Maggie Shipstead <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="">Maggie Shipstead's</a> new novel, <em>Astonish Me</em>, is a compelling glimpse into the demanding world of professional ballet and its magnetic hold over two generations.</p><p>While garnering terrific reviews, <a href="">Northshire Bookstore</a> in Saratoga will host an interview and book signing with Shipstead. She will be interviewed by Darlene Myers, the Artistic Director and Choreographer of <a href="">Northeast Ballet and Myers Dance Center</a>.</p><p><em>Astonish Me</em> is the story of Joan, a young American dancer who helps a Soviet ballet star defect in 1975. A flash of fame and a passionate love affair follow, but Joan knows that, onstage and off, she is destined to remain in the background.</p><p>She raises provocative questions about the nature of talent, the choices we must make in search of fulfillment, and how we square the yearning for comfort with the demands of art.</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 89461 at "Astonish Me" By Maggie Shipstead Albany Berkshire Ballet's May 3rd and 4th Performances <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="">The Albany Berkshire Ballet</a> was founded in 1960 by Artistic Director Madeline Cantarella Culpo as an outgrowth of her school, the Cantarella School of Dance, located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.</p><p>The Albany Berkshire Ballet is nationally recognized for its versatility in performing both classical and contemporary dance works with excellence and they will present Carmina Burana at <a href="">The Egg</a> in Albany, NY on Friday, May 2 and at <a href="">The Colonial Theatre</a> in Pittsfield, MA on Saturday, May 3.</p><p>Artistic Director Madeline Culpo and Carmina Burana Choreographer Paula Weber, and company dancer, and teacher, Kerry Piaggione join us to tell us more.</p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 89177 at Albany Berkshire Ballet's May 3rd and 4th Performances ZviDance At Catskill Mountain Foundation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>During the month of April, <a href="">the Catskill Mountain Foundation</a> is launching its 2014 Orpheum Dance Festival featuring <a href="">ZviDance</a>. This exciting dance company has offered several Master Classes, and a few open rehearsals at the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Orpheum Film &amp; Performing Arts Center in Tannersville, NY.</p><p>ZviDance is in residency at the Catskill Mountain Foundation and will present an in-progress new work, <a href=""><em>Surveillance</em></a>, on Friday, April 25 at 4 pm. This new work, which began development in the fall of 2013, explores our lives in the new world of the surveillance camera.</p><p>On Saturday, April 26, 7:30 pm, ZviDance will present a performance of <a href=""><em>Dabke</em></a>, a line dance based on a Middle Eastern folk dance often performed at weddings and other celebrations.</p><p>Zvi Gotheiner joins us to tell us more.</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 88822 at ZviDance At Catskill Mountain Foundation STOMP Celebrates 20 Years In NYC <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beats at <a href="">STOMP</a>, the inventive and invigorating stage show that's dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm.</p><p>The Olivier, Obie, and Drama Desk award winning rhythmic phenomenon celebrates 20 years at New York’s Orpheum Theatre on February 27 &nbsp;and it will be &nbsp;honored that day when the Empire State Building lights up <a href="">red and white</a> to commemorate this monumental achievement.</p><p>STOMP <a href="">performers</a>, Jason Mills and Penelope Wendtlandt join us to tell us about their STOMP experiences.</p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 84662 at STOMP Celebrates 20 Years In NYC