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Things to do this week in NYC Oct 31-Nov 7: Cultural Arts

October 31, 2009 - by CG Directory Editor
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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.

Garth Fagan Dance - The Joyce Theater
Through November 01, 2009 -

Soaring high and poised to celebrate four successful decades, Garth Fagan Dance lands at The Joyce Theater for its 39th season with a world premiere and a NYC premiere with a guest appearance by the Ying Quartet. Program highlights include Landscape for 10, a jewel in Fagan's repertoire set to the Brahms Violin Concerto. See the brilliance and intellect of Fagan's inimitable choreography live and enjoy a transcendent experience! For more information, visit

SITI Company - Antigone - Dance Theater Workshop
Through November 01, 2009 -

SITI Company's most recent addition to its repertoire is a starkly contemporary retelling by Irish writer Jocelyn Clarke of Sophocles' classic tale of family loyalty, patriotism, war, and the powers of the state. Antigone, the cursed daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, defies the King of Thebes for the right to bury her own brother. Do not miss SITI Company's embodiment of one of humankind's most enduring and influential stories.

Dancing To Save Our Planet - A Special Performance of Jennifer Muller's 'Bench' - Chelsea Art Museum
November 04, 2009 -

Audience will be treated to a Choreography Exposed conversation with Artistic Director Jennifer Muller and demonstration by The Works’ dancers, in which she will discuss her collaborative and creative process in developing this powerful dance. This will be followed by a full performance of Bench. Tickets: $30 At the Door $25 Advanced Tickets $15 CAM Members For more information or to RSVP: Paypal Option Phone 212-255-0719 ext. 112 Email

Itutu - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Through November 07, 2009 -

Known for her edgy, unbridled energy and hyper-kinetic take on the contemporary zeitgeist, Karole Armitage -- the "punk ballerina" -- has since expanded her choreographic vision, taking on a multitude of genres, from opera to music videos, with credits that include Broadway's Hair (for which she received a Tony nomination) and Passing Strange. Last at BAM with The Predators' Ball/Hucksters of the Soul (1996 Next Wave Festival), Armitage returns with the US premiere of Itutu, a haunting yet unabashedly festive mix of dance and music. Loosely inspired by African notions of syncretism, the off-kilter ballet of Armitage Gone! Dance, the polyrhythmic music of Lukas Ligeti, and the African pop sounds of Burkina Electric (performed live) become a celebratory meeting ground of cultures and art forms. Itutu creates a world without borders in which the modern and the traditional, the pop and the spiritual become one and the same.

Kings of the Dance - NY City Center
Through November 08, 2009 -

The critically acclaimed Kings of the Dance are back onstage at New York City Center. The three-act performance will include choreography by Frederick Ashton, José Limón, Nacho Duato, Roland Petit, Anton Dolin, Boris Eifman, and Christopher Wheeldon.

The Han Tang Yuefu Music and Dance Ensemble - The Joyce Theater
Through November 08, 2009 -

Watch the famous ancient painting of The Feast of Han Xizai come to life by the Han Tang Yuefu Music and Dance Ensemble. The Taiwan-based company recreates the traditional Nanguan music and Liyuan dance of the Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD), with sumptuous costumes and sets by Oscar winner Tim Yip (Best Art Direction, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"). See the dancers and musicians enact this legendary story with subtle drama and refined elegance, depicting how the politician protested government corruption through his decadent lifestyle. For more information, visit

Adv. Beginner/Int. Flamenco w/ Rebeca Tomas - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 01, 2009 -

FALL FLAMENCO COURSE with REBECA TOMÁS TIME: Thursdays, 6:00pm- 7:30pm-Starting September 24th LOCATION: Flamenco Latino Studios, 244 W. 54th St., 4th fl. (Bet. Broadway & 8th Ave.). COSTS: $22 Drop-In $80 for 4 classes ($20/class) $144 for 8 classes ($18/class) CALL: 212-399-8519 for questions or to reserve. DESCRIPTION: Each class will consist of Body and Foot technique, followed by "choreography" snippets of Palos typically danced in Tablao. The "choreography" portion will specifically focus on clarifying structural elements of each palo (i.e., llamada, letra, falseta, remate, etc.) and understanding how to communicate and have the necessary control when dancing with musicians. Rebeca Tomás began her dance training in Granada, Spain, later moving to Madrid, where she trained at the internationally renowned Flamenco Academy, Amor de Dios. While in Spain, she appeared at tablaos such as Las Carboneras, Al Andalus, and el Juglar. In the U.S., Rebeca performs and tours with numerous Flamenco dance companies, including Edwin Aparicio Flamenco Company, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, and Jorge Navarro¹s Pasión Flamenca. In spring 2008, she received a grant from the Jerome Foundation to travel to Sevilla and deepen her studies in Bata de Cola technique. Also in 2008, she received a scholarship to attend Jacob's Pillow Summer Intensive. There, the distinguished flamenco company Noche Flamenca and Soledad Barrio invited her to join the company, with whom she has continued to dance and tour internationally.

Flamenco Singing Group Class - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 22, 2009 -

Flamenco Latino offers a group Cante Class with Aurora Reyes and Basilio Georges(mixed students) Work on forms such as tangos, sevillanas, fandangos, alegrias, bulerias. Will include review of both Manuel Gago material and Alfonso Cid material. Mondays, 8:30-9:45 pm, new 4-pack of classes for $70.00! (ONLY $17.50/class!) Call 212-399-8519 to reserve.

Afro-Caribbean Dance Class - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 22, 2009 -

Come explore dance with fun and vibrant rhythms from the Caribbean... Beginners and Advanced beginners. $12.00/class OR 5-pack for $50 prepaid in full. Credit/debit cards accepted. Class Description: Combination of ballet, modern and jazz integrated with the flare of African-Caribbean movements. Excellent for actors and singers. Milteri teaches Salsa at Steps Studios, NYC. Her specialty is Afro-Caribbean, Bomba/Plena. She is also proficient at tap, ballet and other forms. She performs with Danza Fiesta Baile y Teatro Puerto Riquena and portrayed Jenny la Chula, the bomba dancing hairdresser, in Thalia Spanish Theatre’s original musical "Amor Latino." Milteri has a BA in Performing Arts and Arts Education from Hunter College.

Weekly Classes at Flamenco Latino - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 22, 2009 -

Flamenco Latino offers flamenco classes in their midtown studio at 244 W 54th St., 4th fl.! Begin./Adv. Begin. Afro-Caribbean Jazz, Milteri, Mon. 6:30-7:30 pm Basic Beginner Flamenco, Aurora, Mon. 7-8:30 pm Group Cante Class with Basilio and Aurora, Mon. 8:30-9:45 pm Children's Flamenco/Salsa, Aurora, Tues. 4:30-5:30 pm Adv. Beginner Flamenco Incorporating Props (Castanets, Hat, Fan & Shawl), Aurora, Tues. 6:30-8 pm Begin./Adv. Begin. Afro-Caribbean Jazz, Milteri, Wed. 6:30-7:30 pm Flamenco Guitar Group Class, Level I with Basilio, Wed. 7-8:30 pm Flamenco Guitar Group Class, Level II with Basilio, Wed. 8:30-10 pm Flamenco Music Ensemble with Basilio, Thurs. 7:30-9 pm Children's Flamenco/Salsa, Aurora, Sat. 1-2 pm Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Flamenco, Aurora, Sat. 4:00-5:15 pm Sevillanas, Aurora, Sat. 5:15-6:30 pm Email or call now to reserve! 212-399-8519

Flamenco Class Incorporating Props (Castanets, Hat, Fan & Shawl)! - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 22, 2009 -

Aurora Reyes, of Flamenco Latino, offers Flamenco Dance Incorporating Props for Adv. Beginners Tuesdays, 6:30-8PM Flamenco Latino Studio 244 W54 St., 4th fl. (bet. Broadway and 8th Ave.) Single class $20, 4-pack $70 (ONLY $17.50/class) 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! Email or Call 212-399-8519 to reserve.

Flamenco Show on Saturday Nights! - El Meson Asturias
Through December 22, 2009 -

See Aurora Reyes and Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino at Meson Asturias restaurant on Saturday nights! Flamenco singing and dancing with LIVE music- great for the whole family. Shows at 9PM and 11PM El Meson Asturias 40-12 83rd St., Elmhurst, NY 11373 #7 to 82nd St. (at Roosevelt), or E, F, R to Roosevelt Ave. (at 74th) For reservations: 718-446-9154, NO COVER.

Children's Dance Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 22, 2009 -

Open House and trial classes week of September 14, 2009: Monday Sept.14, Thursday Sept. 17 and Saturday Sept. 19. Call 212-399-8519 to reserve. Enrollment for Fall Semester begins week of September 21, 2009 Mondays-Thursdays 4:00-5:00 and 5:00-6:00, Saturdays 12:00-2:00pm Mondays 4:00-5:00 pm Flamenco/Salsa, ages 5-9 5:00-6:00 pm Singing/Percussion/Music Ensemble, ages 10-15 Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm Ballet/Modern, ages 5-9 5:00-6:00 pm Jazz/Musical Theater, ages 10-15 Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 pm Singing/Percussion/Music Ensemble, ages 10-15 5:00-6:00 pm Flamenco/Salsa, ages 10-15 Thursdays 4:00-5:00 pm Ballet/Modern, ages 10-15 5:00-6:00 pm Jazz/Musical Theater, ages 5-9 Saturday 12:00-1:00 Flamenco/Salsa, ages ages 6-10 1:00-2:00 Flamenco salsa, ages 10-15 All classes Beginner level. Enrollment levels will determine exact program schedule. Music ensemble only for older aged students who already play an instrument. Participants may purchase single clases, $20, 4-packs, $35, 12-packs $85, and soon 24-packs and 36-packs will be available. Pre-paid packages require weekly attendance. Flamenco shoes and castanets are available through subsidy. Students will also have performance opportunities. Call 212-399-8519 to reserve a trial class or visit Flamenco Latino’s website for further details:

Flamenco Classes w/ Jose Moreno in Midtown - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 22, 2009 -

Jose Moreno offers two levels of flamenco dance at Flamenco Latino Studio. Sundays 2-3 PM, Beginners Flamenco Sundays, 3-4 PM, Intermediate Technique at Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W 54th St., 4th fl. (between Broadway & 8th Ave.) 212-399-8519 Study with a true master! JOSE MORENO, dancer/percussionist/singer, is the son of famous flamenco artists Estrella Morena and Pepe de Malaga. Mr. Moreno began studying flamenco dance with his mother at age 6. He later studied with Manolete, Andres Marin, and Farruquito. He learned percussion – especially cajon – under the tutellage of Manuel Soler. Performing professionally since he was 14, Mr. Moreno has appeared with dancers Manolete, La Tania, Pastora Galvan, Antonio Granjero, Joaquin Ruiz; singers Jesus Montoya, Joni Cortes; guitarists Pedro Cortes, Basilio Garcia, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Roberto Castellon, Jose Cortes (Pansequito); and in concert with Isabel Pantoja. He has performed with the companies Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, Duende Ballet Espanol, Bailes Ferrer Flamenco Music and Dance, and Jesus and Suaya Montoya Company. He has also performed in the New World Symphony's concert series with singer Carmen Linares; Flamenco in the Sun; and on tour with La Tania Flamenco Music and Dance, Boston Flamenco Ballet, and Zorongo Flamenco Dance Company.

Titanic - The Artifact Exhibition - Discovery - Times Square Exposition
Through December 31, 2009 -

Relive Titanic's fateful 1912 maiden voyage and take on the identity of a Titanic passenger as you explore magnificent reconstructions of the Ship's interior. Discover how the "unsinkable" Ship met its fate and connect with the passengers and crew as you view haunting personal artifacts recovered from the wreck. Largest collection of Titanic artifacts, many on display for the first time after being recovered from the ocean floor including jewels, china, documents, clothing and much more. Experience a recreation of the Ship's illustrious Grand Staircase. Open 7 days, 10am-10pm.

Free Trial Class in Flamenco Dance - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through November 01, 2010 -

Discover flamenco by taking a FREE trial class at Flamenco Latino in midtown Manhattan! The first Monday of every month, first time students at Flamenco Latino may take a flamenco class free of charge. This special offer starts November 1st at Flamenco Latino Studio 244 W 54th Street, 4th floor (bet. B-way and 8th Ave.) Adults: Monday 7:00-8:30 PM- Basic Beginner Flamenco w/ Aurora Reyes Children: Monday 4:30-5:30 PM- Flamenco/Salsa w/ Aurora Reyes, Ages 5 and Up Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes with a hard sole. For ladies, pumps are preferred. Call with questions and to reserve: 212-399-8519,

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