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   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.

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.

    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.

    Edward Villella, one of the most celebrated American male dancers in history, will be a special guest at the “The Ruby Ball” ballet gala Saturday, July 13, at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

The gala, a fundraiser to support New York City Ballet’s Saratoga season, will feature a performance of Balanchine’s “Rubies,” a role that Villella originated in 1967 while at New York City Ballet.

Paul B. Goode

    The 1913 premiere of Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring created an uproar whose repercussions changed the course of dance and music in the 20th century. A hundred years later, two titans of the American performing arts have joined forces to create a thrilling new dance-theater performance that celebrates that legendary opening night.

A Rite is a collaboration between choreographer Bill T. Jones (a resident artist at Bard) and director Anne Bogart (a Bard alumna). Their respective companies of dancers and actors have come together to develop a contemporary response to Stravinsky’s masterpiece.

A Rite will be performed as part of Bard SummerScape on 7/6 and 7/7.

    The Sixth Annual Mount Tremper Arts Festival presents adventurous artists, intimate audience experiences and unique “Art-B-Qs,” - all nestled in the Catskill Mountains.

The festival features 11 weeks of programming where art can be a radical adventure and audiences, along with artists, can have a relaxing environment for nourishing their shared curiosity.

Here now to tell us more are Mount Tremper Arts Artistic Director Mathew Pokoik and Aynsley Vandenbroucke.

    The National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, NY is now hosting Homage to Dance: Sculptures and Drawings by Andrew DeVries.

Each season the Museum rotates in exhibits pertinent to a variety of dance related topics - including dance inspired fine art. This particular exhibition showcases a selection of Berkshires-based artist Andrew DeVries’ many bronze sculptures and pastel pieces.

The grand opening of this exhibit is this Friday, June 28 at 6pm – and at the event Andrew will unveil a brand new sculpture.

Here now to tell us more are the artist himself, Andrew DeVries, and his wife and manager – Patricia Purdy. Patricia is also the gallery director at DeVries Fine Art International in Lenox, MA.

Chet Walker

May 24, 2013

    Chet Walker has been the Director of Jacob's Pillow's Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance program for the past 14 seasons. The choreographer has worked on Broadway for 40 years - starting at the age of sixteen when he appeared in the first revival of On the Town. He was in the original Broadway production of Pippin and this year returns to that show as choreographer for the multi-nominated Diane Paulus directed revival - the show's first since its original run closed in 1977 (after 1,944 performances).

    For seven decades, famed tap dancer Brenda Bufalino has been dancing and promoting the genre, which she describes as “our American art form.” The dancer and choreographer, will present the lecture “Tap Dance ... Made in America” and offer classes on Sunday at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs. The even comes just before May 25th, National Tap Dance Day which coincides with the birthday of legendary dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. 

Brenda Bufalino is also author of the book, Tapping the Source.

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