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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.

PS21 2015 Season

Jun 19, 2015
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Set in an apple orchard in the foothills of the Berkshires, PS21 Chatham presents the annual Chatham Dance Festival every August and a Performing Arts Festival of music and theater in June and July. PS21 Chatham programming also includes free performances for kids, dance and theater workshops, community sings, and free movie screenings. Performances are presented from mid-June through Labor Day.

PS21 was founded under the leadership of PS21’s Board President Judy Grunberg in 1999 to bring world-class performances to Columbia County and adjacent counties. We get a preview this morning with Judy and also welcome Amanda Boyd-Grout - Amanda is a professional singer who is participating in 2 of this summer's events, "Summer Shtick" and as a soloist in PS21’s Bach program which opens the season.

  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. 

  Cuban-American drummer, composer, and bandleader Dafnis Prieto and his globally inspired Si o Si Quartet will perform their mix of Afro-Cuban jazz at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century on Saturday at 8pm.

Prieto will give an one-hour talk/demonstration on Saturday from 1 to 2pm at the Tracy Memorial Village Hall in Chatham as part of the village’s Summerfest event.

Classically trained in Cuba, his revolutionary drumming techniques has had a powerful impact on the Latin and jazz music scene, locally and internationally. He is a recipient of various awards, including the 2011 MacArthur Fellowship Award.

    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.

    Walking the dog Theater returns for its sixth season at the PS21 Tent with an evening of comedic short plays by contemporary American playwright David Ives.

Long Ago and Far Away and Other Short Comedies shows the verbal dexterity, theatrical invention, and quirky humor that have made Ives popular with audiences and critics alike. His full-length play Venus in Fur recently had an award winning run on Broadway.

The show is up and runs through July 21st. This morning we are joined by Judy Grunberg, president of PS21, and David Anderson, director of Walking the Dog Theater to discuss their latest collaboration at the Tent.