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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.

    Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beats at STOMP, the inventive and invigorating stage show that's dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm.

The Olivier, Obie, and Drama Desk award winning rhythmic phenomenon celebrates 20 years at New York’s Orpheum Theatre on February 27  and it will be  honored that day when the Empire State Building lights up red and white to commemorate this monumental achievement.

STOMP performers, Jason Mills and Penelope Wendtlandt join us to tell us about their STOMP experiences.

  A few weeks ago, we were in Manchester Center, VT taping an episode of The Book Show with Eve Ensler - Tony Award winning playwright, performer, and activist, and the author of The Vagina Monologues. Ensler’s experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. The latest off-shoot of V-Day is One Billion Rising.

One Billion Rising For Justice is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they deserve to feel safe but too often do not. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.

On 14 February of last year, one billion people in 207 countries rose and danced to demand an end to violence against women and girls. This year the organization is escalating its efforts, calling on women and men everywhere to rise, release, dance and and demand justice!

After The Book Show portion of the evening, which was a partnership between Northshire Bookstore and WAMC – we had an audience Q&A with Eve. While it was not taped to be broadcast – it was taped, and we felt that what was shared that night should be heard by a larger audience.

    Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company presents the provocative and richly imagined choreography of Artistic Director Ellen Sinopoli. Now in its 23rd season, ESDC shares its work with diverse audiences through concerts, showcases, residencies, workshops and educational outreach, seeking to enrich our community by enhancing the appreciation, understanding and experience of contemporary performing arts.

They will have an Antique Appraisal Benefit on Saturday, February 8 from 10am to 3pm at the Hilton Garden Inn on Hoosick St. in Troy, NY. The public may attend to have antiques, unique items, gold and precious metals appraised by local experts, Mark Lawson from Mark Lawson Antiques, Dennis Holtzman from Dennis Holzman Antiques and Nancy Toomer from The House of Rose Antiques.

Ellen Sinopoli and Mark Lawson join us to tell us more.

Vassar Modfest 2014

Jan 23, 2014

    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.

jacobspillow.org

The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has announced its 2014 season lineup.

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.

Made in the Berkshires

Oct 9, 2013

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.

Local Ballerinas Experience Worldly Instruction

Aug 28, 2013
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Young ballet dancers from the region had a chance to learn from world-renowned performers in western Massachusetts this week.

    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.

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