Things to do this week in NYC Oct 29-Nov 5: Cultural Arts
October 29, 2011 - by CG Directory Editor
Dance, art galleries, museums, lectures -- you name it, there are plenty of things to do in NYC. From the New York City Ballet, to Alvin Ailey, from performances at the Metropolitan Opera, to live music at Madison Square Garden, New York has it all. Here is a selection of what's going on in New York this week.
John Kelly - Find My Way Home - New York Live Arts
Performance artist John Kelly remounts his Bessie Award winning Find My Way Home, based on the ancient Greek Myth of Orpheus & Eurydice. Originally commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop in 1988 (revised in 1998) and set in the Great Depression, Find My Way Home recasts Orpheus as a famous 30's radio crooner who makes a pact with the gods and descends into hell to bring Eurydice back to life. Created during the height of the AIDS epidemic, Find My Way Home deconstructs genres of opera, period dance, and cinematic acting, and includes scenes and arias from Gluck's baroque opera Orfeo Ed Eurydice, (sung in Kelly's countertenor voice), together with film sequences, set and costume design, and a company of 11 singers and dancers.
THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER & GRACE - MMAC THEATER
Featuring two World Premieres, THE ADVENTURES of TOM SAWYER by Leonard AJKUN, and GRACE by Royce ZACKERY, AjkunBT presents ACT 1 with some robust humor and high-spirited adventures pointing at social values of central South of 1840, and ACT 2 with the beauty, elegance and strength of women of any age. Contemporary ballet is defined by some of the best dancers from the outstanding Company's roster.
Morphoses - Bacchae - Joyce Theater
The company makes its Joyce debut with the world premiere of Bacchae, a stunning work that delves into the balance between order and chaos. For this evening-length production, Resident Artistic Director Luca Veggetti collaborates with a cast of twelve dancers, composer Paolo Aralla, a flautist, and a puppeteer to create a dynamic new staging of the dance-driven classic Greek play. With this contemporary interpretation of Euripides' timeless tale, the company, applauded by the Los Angeles Times for "its willingness to soften the very edges of radicalism, to make peace between modernity and traditionalism," demonstrates its commitment to bringing exceptional artists and dancers together in performance.
Jose Maya: Flamenco Dance Workshop - Flamenco Latino Studio
Flamenco Latino presents Jose Maya for a special 3-day dance workshop this November! He is one of the most explosive dancers in Spain today and a powerful figure in flamenco's new generation. Note that the classes will NOT be held at Flamenco Latino Studio. SCHEDULE AND STUDIOS: Wed. Nov. 2 Technique 7-8 pm Bulerías por fiesta 8-9 pm Flamenco Vivo, Studio A Thurs. Nov 3 Technique 7-8 pm Bulerías por fiesta 8-9 pm Roy Arias Studio, 5th Fl, 301B Fri. Nov 4 Technique 7-8 pm, Bulerías por fiesta 8-9 pm Flamenco Vivo, Studio A $30 single class $80 all three technique classes $80 all three bulerías classes $150 all 6 classes (packages MUST be paid in advance) PRE-REGISTER BY NOV. 1st or pay drop in rate in cash at studio. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the fact that the workshops are NOT being held at Flamenco Latino, to save time and prevent difficulties with making change, we encourage all participants to pay in advance, even if for a single class. Package discounts will NOT be honored the day of class, please pay in advance. To pay in advance online: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/205579 To pay by phone, call Flamenco Latino at 212-399-8519 Please Note: the studios are NOT at Flamenco Latino! Studios: Flamenco Vivo 4 W 43rd St corner 5th Ave. Take elevator to 7th Fl., walk up to 8th Fl. No studio dressing rooms, only bathrooms on 7th Fl. Keep belongings with you. Roy Arias Studio 300 W 43rd St # 506 corner 8th Ave. Please arrive 15 min. early. Flamenco Latino director Aurora Reyes will be at Flamenco Vivo and Roy Arias studios on the days of the workshops and her cell phone will be made available. ONLY CALL Flamenco Latino for information: 212-399-8519 www.flamencolatino.com BIOGRAPHY JOSE MAYA, AKA "Joselito Romero," one of the most explosive dancers in Spain today, is a powerful figure in flamenco's new generation. He comes from a family of Gypsy intellectuals in Madrid: artists, actors and writers, including painter Antonio Maya and dancer Fernanda Romero. He has collaborated with many of the most well-known flamenco artists including Farruquito, El Güito,Manolete, Estrella Morente, Gerardo Núñez and Diego El Cigala, and has opened for pop stars Marc Anthony, Beyoncé and Björk. He was featured as the main dancer in Gypsy filmmaker Tony Gatlif's recent performance project "Vertigo" which toured throughout Europe. As a member of Grammy-winning guitarist Tomatito's sextet he thrilled US audiences on an East Coast tour in 2008. Maya now returns to perform with his own company at Festival Flamenco Gitano in NYC and San Francisco, hot off a busy year of performances including the prestigious 2010 Bienal del Arte Flamenco de Sevilla, International Flamenco Festivals in Brazil and Albuquerque New Mexico and the 2011 Flamenco Festival de Jerez.
Fall for Dance Festival - New York City Center
For ten exhilarating days each year, feel the rush...the exuberance...the sheer joy that is dance, from New York City, across the country, and around the globe! Experience the world-famous alongside the cutting-edge, treasured favorites surrounded by undiscovered gems. Multiple companies appear in each performance, offering audiences a sampling of the best that dance has to offer – from hip hop to ballet, contemporary to tap, and so much more. So bring your family, grab your friends, join us and fall in love...Fall for Dance!
Chunky Move - Connected - Joyce Theater
The Australian-based dance company, praised for its "hard-edged impact and design originality" (The Manchester Evening News), performs the New York premiere of Connected, a work created by Artistic Director Gideon Obarzanek, who teams up with extraordinary sculptor Reuben Margolin to explore the physical connection between constantly moving dancers and kinetic design. Beginning with simple movements and hundreds of tiny pieces, the dancers build their performances while constructing the sculpture in real time.
Duality of Light - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Lobby of Alice Tully Hall - Broadway at 65th Street - FREE - One at a time, in the lobby of Alice Tully Hall, visitors enter a long, dark corridor of sound, stepping uncertainly toward an unsettling encounter. This immersive, responsive sound-and-light installation by Australian artist Lynette Wallworth, inspired by a visit to the Preah Khan temple at Kompong Svay in Cambodia, is a unique experience for every visitor.
Beginner Flamenco Singing Class-Fall Session - Flamenco Latino
Flamenco Latino offers a new class in Cante (flamenco singing) for beginners. Most classes will be led by Alfonso Cid with a couple of sessions led by Basilio Georges and Aurora Reyes on the established material. Fall Session runs September 8-December 19, 2011 on Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm at Flamenco Latino Studio 250 W. 54th St., Suite 404 New York, NY 10019 212-399-8519 Cost: Fall term prices: --12 pack paid in advance- $192.00 ($16/class) --12 pack paid in three installments by credit card- $204.00($68/4wk term, $17/class) --4 pack paid in advance-$72.00 ($18/class) --Walk in class- $20.00 (only available until 9/27) In this course, students will learn the basics of flamenco singing, emphasizing diaphragmatic breathing and voice placement or “impostatción.” The class will start building upon basic cante repertoire such as sevillanas, tangos,fandangos and rumbas. The class will also focus on flamenco rhythms and handclapping, flamenco scales and terminology so students can communicate in the traditional lingo with guitarists and flamenco dancers. Lyrics and translations of the “letras” will be provided. The course is taught in English, and no previous knowledge of music or Spanish is required. It is ideal for people who want to deepen their understanding of flamenco music or for flamenco dancers who want to broaden their experience of this art form. Please respond by email or call 212-399-8519 with questions or to reserve.
Flamenco Latino Fall Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Flamenco Latino offers a wide variety of classes each week in their midtown studio at 244 W 54th St., 4th fl.! Fall term: September 6- December 19, 2011. Monday: Basic Beginner Flamenco with Aurora Reyes, Mon. 6-7 pm; Advanced Beginner Flamenco with Aurora, Mon. 7-8:30 pm; Group Intermediate Cante Class with Alfonso Cid, Mon. 8:30-9:45 pm. Tuesday: Advanced Beginner Flamenco Incorporating Props (Castanets, Hat, Fan & Shawl) with Aurora, Tues. 6-7:30 pm. Wednesday: Beginner Sevillanas with Aurora, Wed. 6:30-8 pm; Advanced Beginner Flamenco Guitar Group with Basilio Georges, Wed. 8:00-9:30 pm. Thursday: Beginner Cante with Alfonso and Basilio, Thurs. 6:30-7:30 pm; Flamenco Music Ensemble with Basilio, Thurs. 7:30-9:30 pm. Friday: Intermediate Group Guitar with Basilio, Fri. 12:15-1:15 pm. Saturday: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Flamenco with Aurora, Sat. 3:00-4:00 pm; Basic Beginner Flamenco Guitar Group with Basilio, Sat. 4:00-5:00 pm. Fall term prices: --12 pack paid in advance- $192.00 ($16/class); --12 pack paid in three installments by credit card- $204.00($68/4wk term,$17/class); --4 pack paid in advance-$72.00 ($18/class); --Walk in class- $20.00 (only available until 9/27). Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Call now with questions or to reserve! 212-399-8519 www.flamencolatino.com
Flamenco Class Incorporating Props - Flamenco Latino Studio
Aurora Reyes, of Flamenco Latino, offers Flamenco Dance Incorporating Props for Adv. Beginners Tuesdays, 6-7:30 PM. Fall term runs September 6- December 19, 2011 at Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W54 St., 4th fl. (bet. Broadway and 8th Ave.). Technique and choreography for dances that use... -- castanets and Sombrero Cordoves. For example, Tanguillos de Cadiz, and Garrotin (hat only) dances. --Abanico (fan) as in such dances as Guajiras (fan + castanets) and Caracoles (fan only). -- manton (shawl) used in Solea and Seguiriya. We plan to rotate palos. We have extra fans, mantons, hats and castanets at the studio in case you forget yours! Fall term prices: --12 pack paid in advance- $192.00 ($16/class) --12 pack paid in three installments by credit card- $204.00($68/4wk term,$17/class) --4 pack paid in advance-$72.00 ($18/class) --Walk in class- $20.00 (only available until 9/27) Email or Call 212-399-8519 to reserve. www.flamencolatino.com
CSI: The Experience - Discovery Times Square
Play the role of a crime scene investigator at CSI: The Experience! As the latest recruit in the world of forensic science, guests are guided by videos featuring CSI: cast members and real-life forensic scientists. Throughout the exhibition you must examine blood types, while matching DNA to potential suspects in order to complete the investigation process and solve the crime. Complete with 3 Crime Scenes, 15 Forensic Lab Stations, and dazzling special effects, this hands-on experience is sure to plunge exhibit goers deep into the science of solving crimes.
Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times - Discovery Times Square
Take a fascinating archaeological journey through the Holy Land. This rare exhibit features the famed Dead Sea Scrolls, a stone from the Western Wall from the Second Temple in Jerusalem and more than 500 never-before-seen artifacts from biblical times. Experience firsthand the traditions, beliefs and iconic objects of ancient Israel that impact world religions today.