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  Nationwide statistics have proven in-prison educational and rehabilitation programs to be extremely successful, yet many states across the country have cut large portions of the funding for these programs.

The film, The Game Changer, the winner of multiple festival awards, follows New Paltz’s renowned choreographer Susan Slotnick in her work rehabilitating prisoners through dance at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility.

The film will screen at Unison Arts Center in New Paltz, NY this Saturday, May 14th at 8pm in a special event that will also feature dance performances and discussion.

Susan Slotnick joins us.

  Critics have called Garth Fagan “a true original,” “a genuine leader,” and “one of the great reformers of modern dance.” Fagan is the founder and artistic director of the award-winning and internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance.

A Tony and Olivier award winner, Fagan continually renews his own distinctive dance vocabulary, which draws on many sources: sense of weight in modern dance, torso-centered movement and energy of Afro-Caribbean, speed and precision of ballet, and the rule breaking experimentation of the post-moderns.

  Legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp is in our region for the next 6-weeks for the Capital District/Hudson Valley Pathways To Dance Initiative. The project, supported by a $90,000 grant from the NYS Regional Economic Development Council, is designed to support dance programs and performance at ten venues in eight upstate counties.

A work-in-progress showcase will occur April 16 at the Catskill Mountain Foundation's Orpheum Film and Performing Arts Center in Tannserville, with a premiere set for June 30th at SPAC.

Joe Donahue interviewed Twyla Tharp about her legendary career and upcoming projects in a conversation before a LIVE audience at Page Hall in Albany.

Photograph of Robert Battle
Andrew Eccles

  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized as a vital “American Cultural Ambassador” to the world and New York City Center’s Principal Dance Company, returns to the New York City Center stage for the 45th consecutive year from December 2 (that’s today) through January 3rd. Led by Robert Battle in his fifth season, Ailey’s renowned artists will bring to life an expansive repertory of two dozen works by some of America’s most celebrated dance-makers during this annual season.

Dancer and choreographer Robert Battle became Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater after being personally selected by Judith Jamison, making him only the third person to head the Company since it was founded in 1958.

My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey is a children’s picture book about Robert’s life. It is published by Simon & Schuster.

  Legendary dancer, director and choreographer Gene Kelly brought astonishing grace and athleticism to the movies. His engaging onscreen personality is so accessible we feel like we know him. In fact, we know very little.

In her one-woman show Patricia Ward Kelly—his wife and biographer—gives us the real story. Taking audiences behind the scenes, she presents an intimate portrait of this innovative artist who gave us such iconic works as An American in Paris and Singin’ in the Rain.

Gene Kelly: The Legacy – An Evening With Patricia Ward Kelly will be at The Egg in Albany, NY on September 19th.

Matthew Murphy

  The Annual Chatham Dance Festival is underway at PS21 in Chatham, NY. Keigwin + Company will perform this Friday and Saturday and present a class for Dance Omi on Saturday.

Larry Keigwin started his performing career as a backup dancer on Club MTV’s Downtown Julie Brown, and has since gone on to worked with work with the pop band Fischerspooner, comedian Murray Hill, and as an associate choreographer for both The Radio City Rockettes and the Off-Broadway musical The Wild Party.

His recent theatrical projects include choreography for the Broadway production of If/Then; Tales of the City at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and the Off-Broadway production of Jonathan Larson's RENT.

  Cultural partners Jacob’s Pillow Dance and MASS MoCA present KEIGWIN + COMPANY this weekend - April 11 and April 12 at the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA.

A favorite among dance audiences and critics, KEIGWIN + COMPANY will bring a mixed program featuring a variety of diverse contemporary works that embody the company’s signature wit, broad musicality, and profound emotional capacity.

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   During an extended artistic residency at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, Lucinda Childs, one of the most celebrated choreographers of the modern era, is reviving Available Light, her seminal 1983 collaboration with composer John Adams and architect Frank Gehry.

This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA will present three work-in-progress showings of Available Light in the Hunter Center.

First presented in a warehouse-style performance venue at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art in 1983, Available Light blends Lucinda Childs's signature style of choreography, merged with Frank Gehry's stunning two-story Constructivist set and John Adams's original, textured score, Light Over Water.

  This Friday and Saturday, the Jamal Jackson Dance Company will perform Bask in the Shade in Chatham, NY as part of the PS21 Chatham Dance Festival.

Bask in The Shade is a piece that explores the “benchmark” for certain levels of acceptance and inclusion into various social circles. The work, takes an in-depth look at the influence of the surroundings on the individual while also challenging external and internal physical boundaries. 

    Jacob’s Pillow in Beckett, MA is celebrating its 82nd Festival this Summer. It is a National Historic Landmark, recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and home to America's longest running international dance festival.

We are joined this morning by the Pillow’s Executive and Artistic Director Ella Baff and by choreographer John Heginbotham. His evening-length world premiere Chalk and Soot will be presented in the Doris Duke Theatre through August 3. John is also the recipient of the 2014 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award.

Mike Van Sleen

    During the month of April, the Catskill Mountain Foundation is launching its 2014 Orpheum Dance Festival featuring ZviDance. This exciting dance company has offered several Master Classes, and a few open rehearsals at the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center in Tannersville, NY.

ZviDance is in residency at the Catskill Mountain Foundation and will present an in-progress new work, Surveillance, 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.

On Saturday, April 26, 7:30 pm, ZviDance will present a performance of Dabke, a line dance based on a Middle Eastern folk dance often performed at weddings and other celebrations.

Zvi Gotheiner joins us to tell us more.

Rosie Perez

Mar 20, 2014

    Rosie Perez first caught our attention with her fierce dance in the title sequence of Do the Right Thing and has since defined herself as a funny and talented actress who broke boundaries for Latinas in the film industry.

In her new book, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair), Perez tells her never-before-told story of surviving a harrowing childhood and of how she found success—both in and out of the Hollywood limelight.

Christopher Duggan

    Wendy Whelan is arguably the finest ballet dancer of our time. She has danced with New York City Ballet for more than 25 years, and has mastered classics such as Swan Lake, Balanchine's masterful neo-classical repertory, and contemporary works by some of the world's greatest choreographers.

On August 14, she will premiere her brand new dance adventure, Restless Creature, at Jacob’s Pillow in Beckett, MA. She will perform four duets created by four different male choreographers - Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks, and Alejandro Cerrudo.

Restless Creature will be performed at The Pillow through the 18th and Wendy joins us to discuss this new and exciting work.