Vassar College’s Modfest, now in its twelfth year, is a celebration of 20th and 21st century arts with a series of free programs and performances, January 23-February 7, 2014.
Modfest 2014 is organized by the Vassar College Department of Music in collaboration with the Departments of Art, Chinese and Japanese, Dance, Drama, English, Film, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Russian Studies, and the programs in Africana Studies, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, and the Vassar College Bookstore.
All events are free and open to the public. Modfest Director Adeen Wilson and composer and Professor of Music on the Mary Conover Mellon Chair at Vassar, Richard Wilson join us to tell us more.
The 82nd season of the nation’s longest-running dance festival will showcase 350 performances from June to August. With 52 companies performing on three stages, visitors will be treated to a mix of classic ballet and more modern dance.
Matthew Bourne, the world’s most successful dance choreographer, and his company New Adventures, are bringing their spectacular and lavish UK production of Sleeping Beauty to a mere seven US cities -- and one of them is Schenectady – where the show will run at Proctors through the 20th of this month.
With Sleeping Beauty, Bourne returns to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete the trio of the composer’s ballet masterworks that started in 1992 with Nutcracker! and continued in 1995, with the international hit Swan Lake. In this Sleeping Beauty, the traditional tale of good vs. evil and rebirth is turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story, across the decades, that even the passage of time itself cannot hinder.
We are joined by dancers, Hannah Vassalo and Christopher Marney. Hannah dances the role of Princess Aurora, and Christopher is the associate choreographer and dances the role of Count Lilac.
Curated by Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims, Made in the Berkshires is a locally-grown festival of new works including theatre, film, dance, poetry, music, short stories, performance and visual art.
The 2013 Made in the Berkshires Festival being held from October 11 to October 13 at The Colonial Theatre, The Garage, and The Unicorn Theatre. Hilary and Barbara join us to tell us more.
Actor, singer, dancer Ben Vereen will display his full-range talents at the Belleayre Music Festival during his one-man show, Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen.
Ben's performance is a unique blend of artistry, combining a tribute to Broadway, Frank Sinatra, and a very special tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. Featuring hit songs such as "Defying Gravity," "Mr. Bojangles," "Something's Coming" and "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries," Ben Vereen's "Steppin' Out" is a contemporary and timeless journey through the Broadway songbook.
After formally studying his craft and earning steady work on Broadway, Ben earned critical recognition for his dazzling performance in Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin (Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical) and in Funny Lady. Ben was introduced to a more mainstream audience with his crafty portrayal of Chicken George in the landmark TV miniseries Roots, receiving an Emmy nomination.
He joins us to talk about his impression on the revival of Pippin, Bob Fosse, and more.
The 2013 Dance Omi International Dance Collective is now underway. Seven international Dance Artists, representing six different countries, have a collaborative residency at Omi's upstate artistic oasis. The residency program, now in its ninth year, fosters artistic and cultural exchange in the relaxed and rural setting of Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, New York.
Under the direction of Dance Omi Director Christopher Morgan, and this year's Guest Mentor, Monstah Black (a 2011 Alumnus of Dance Omi and an independent choreographer based in New York City), these highly diverse dance artists have spent their together familiarizing themselves with each others work along with experimenting and collaborating.
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.
The Monica Bill Barnes Company will be at PS21 in Chatham on Friday and Saturday night with two productions - Luster and Suddenly Summer Somewhere. Both pieces were choreographed by Monica Bill Barnes and performed by Monica and Anna Bass.
Luster premiered at The American Dance Festival in July 2012. Featuring themes of endurance and triumph, this duet highlights autobiographical moments of the performers, who are entering their tenth year of dancing together.
In Suddenly Summer Somewhere, two small women stand on top of a dining room table. In silence, carefully navigating the table top, they send silverware crashing to the floor. Simultaneously hilarious and painful, the piece explores how the passage of time affects the collective lives of two people.
Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA is home to America's longest-running dance festival, is a National Historic Landmark, and is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Their 81st Season continues in Becket, MA through August 25th.
On July 26, the documentary film about Dancing at Jacob's Pillow: Never Stand Still, will air nationally on PBS Great Performances. Director of the film, Ron Honsa filmed interviews and performances at The Pillow over the course of several seasons.