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Things to do this week in NYC Oct 8-Oct 15: Cultural Arts

October 8, 2011 - 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.

2 and 3 Part Inventions - New York City Ballet
October 08, 2011 -

J.S. Bach wrote these piano studies, Inventions and Sinfonias, between 1720 and 1723 to help instruct his son in the playing and handling of two- and three-part pieces. They are mostly short studies and have been given neither tempi nor dynamic marks. There are as many interpretations as there are pianists, as one can conclude by those recorded. Glenn Gould has even rearranged the order, mixing the two and three parts alternately. Jerome Robbins selected about a dozen of all the pieces for this work. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was born into a family of musicians successful for over two centuries. Although later in his career he became most noted for his choral and other church-related compositions, he also left a large body of instrumental music for solo instruments and ensembles. While his popular reputation was eclipsed by the fame of his sons, he was revered by musicians and composers. Finally in the 19th century Mendelssohn brought his music to public attention and he became recognized as one of the greatest of all composers.

Fearful Symmetries - New York City Ballet
October 08, 2011 -

Fearful Symmetries is a ballet for two principal couples, a soloist couple, three corps men, six corps women, and four corps couples. It is the second work Peter Martins has choreographed to the music of John Adams. A large, complex ballet bathed in dramatic and ever-changing hues of red and blue created by Mark Stanley, it matches the music's racing pulse in striking combination. John Adams (b. 1947) grew up in New England and studied at Harvard with Leon Kirchner and Roger Sessions. He lives in San Francisco where he is music adviser to the San Francisco Symphony and a faculty member at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Influenced by John Cage and Steve Reich, Mr. Adams' music is both electronic and instrumental, and is known for its combination of minimalism and romanticism.

La Sonnambula - New York City Ballet
October 08, 2011 -

Set in a darkly mysterious masked ball, the one-act La Sonnambula tells the story of a Poet who pays suit to a Coquette, who is escorted by the Host. After a series of exotic divertissements, the elegantly attired guests go in to supper, leaving the Poet to himself. In a moment, an apparition in white enters. She is a beautiful Sleepwalker. Entranced, the Poet tries repeatedly to wake her, but she eludes him. The jealous Coquette informs the Host of the Poet's advances to her; enraged, he stabs the Poet. The Sleepwalker reappears to bear the Poet's lifeless body away. The atmosphere of sinister menace that shadows the story is underscored by the Coquette's elaborate, encircling movements, the ball's rather pedestrian social dances, and the enigmatic dance entertainment. The combination of these choreographic elements with the central pas de deux for the Poet and Sleepwalker delineate the spirit of the 19th-century Romantic movement in stark contrast to the conventions it abhorred. Vittorio Rieti (b. 1898), was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and was educated at Milan and Rome. He composed the music for the ballets Barabau and Le Bal for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, both choreographed by Balanchine. He composed operas and orchestral and other instrumental works in the neoclassical style. He came to the United States in 1940 and collaborated with Balanchine on a number of ballets, including Waltz Academy for Ballet Theatre, Night Shadow for Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, The Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne for Ballet Society, and Native Dancers for New York City Ballet. Vincenzo Bellini (1801-35), was born in Sicily and died in France. He was a celebrated and highly popular composer of opera when vocal melody and vocal agility were its most valued constituents. He was a friend of Chopin, who greatly admired his melodic gift. His operas included Norma, Puritani di Scozia, and La Sonnambula. Book by Vittorio Rieti.

West Side Story Suite - New York City Ballet
October 08, 2011 -

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), the gifted and versatile American conductor and composer of symphonic music and Broadway shows, was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts. At the age of seventeen he entered Harvard, went on to study at the Curtis Institute, and then to Tanglewood. Serge Koussevitzky took great interest in his talent and promoted his conducting career, and his great chance came when, on short notice, he substituted brilliantly for Bruno Walter, who had become ill. He performed as a conductor and pianist, and lectured at universities and on television. His compositions ranged from the classical to the musical stage, and included Mass, Kaddish, West Side Story (again in collaboration with Jerome Robbins), Candide, and The Age of Anxiety. He was the first native-born American to become conductor of the New York Philharmonic, and he conducted around the world. Stephen Sondheim began his career as a lyricist on Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, which premiered on September 26, 1957 at the Winter Garden Theater, and Jule Styne's Gypsy, which opened on May 21, 1959 at the Broadway Theatre. The impressive list of Broadway shows he went on to compose music and write lyrics for includes Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods and Assassins. Sondheim's Passion, received several Tony awards in 1994. Early in his life, Stephen Sondheim developed a deep relationship with the Hammerstein family that would prove to have a profound impact on his life and his art. Oscar Hammerstein became his theatrical mentor, instructing his student in the creative process through a series of assignments — writing entire shows using different sources, from plays to original concepts. These lessons were taken seriously by Sondheim, who used them to explore the possibilities in his art form.

Dancer Crush - New York Live Arts
Through October 08, 2011 -

Shifting the focus from the choreographer to the dancer, Dancer Crush lauds the maverick talents of the contemporary down-town dance artist. For one week, New York Live Arts will spotlight some of downtown's most beloved and revered dancers as they demonstrate what is privileged in contemporary dance while offering a different or alternative definition of virtuosity. From these performers' perspectives on how they perform movement, what it means to perform movement, and their focus on the interpretation of material, this program will show us the remarkable stylistic powers of the New York City dancer.

International Chinese Traditional Martial Arts Competition - Baruch College
Through October 09, 2011 -

The world’s greatest warriors, masters of traditional Chinese wushu, have found an outlet to preserve their art—NTD Television’s International Chinese Traditional Martial Arts Competition. During China’s Cultural Revolution many martial artists were persecuted or killed. Surviving masters struggled to find capable disciples to pass on their art. Today, NTD is reviving authentic, orthodox Chinese martial arts before they are lost to history, giving the world a chance to see these remaining masters in action. The Competition is divided into the following categories: • Fist Category (male division and female division) • Weapons Category (male division and female division) • Southern Fist Category Each of the five divisions will have 1 Gold Award, 1 Silver Award, and 1 Bronze Award and multiple Honorable Mention Awards. • Gold Award winners will receive a straight sword and US$5,000. • Silver Award winners will receive a broad sword and US$3,000. • Bronze Award winners will receive US$1,000. About NTD Television - Headquartered in Manhattan, New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television is a nonprofit TV network with reporters in over 50 cities worldwide. Established in December 2001, NTD is committed to bringing viewers quality programs that not only entertain, but also meaningfully impact people's lives and the world around us. It is the only independent Chinese-language television that broadcasts uncensored programming into China. Beyond its television programming, NTD has distinguished itself as the largest Chinese culture event producer outside of China. Every year NTD organizes and sponsors a range of performances, competitions, and outreach programs that promote Chinese traditional arts and culture. When: Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, from 9am-5pm Where: Baruch College, 55 Lexington Avenue, New York City Tickets: General Admission Saturday $15 General Admission Sunday $20

Garth Fagan Dance performs at The Joyce Theater - The Joyce Theater
Through October 09, 2011 - New York

Internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance continues its 40th anniversary celebration with two world premieres from Garth Fagan and Norwood Pennewell. Garth Fagan will bring his "...astonishing..." company of dancers to the Joyce theater for eight performances of premieres and revivals. Discover why "Fagan's dances are perhaps the most profound and original in contemporary dance today." The Star-Ledger Performance Dates & Times: October 4 at 7:30 pm; October 5 at 7:30 pm; October 6 at 8:00 pm; October 7 at 8:00 pm; October 8 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm; October 9 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. October 4th and 7th will include receptions after the performance, at no extra cost.

Diamonds - New York City Ballet
October 09, 2011 -

Jewels is unique: a full-length, three-act plotless ballet that uses the music of three very different composers. Balanchine was inspired by the artistry of jewelry designer Claude Arpels, and chose music revealing the essence of each jewel. He explained: Of course, I have always liked jewels; after all, I am an Oriental, from Georgia in the Caucasus. I like the color of gems, the beauty of stones, and it was wonderful to see how our costume workshop, under Karinska's direction, came so close to the quality of real stones (which were of course too heavy for the dancers to wear!). Each section of the ballet is distinct in both music and mood. Emeralds, which Balanchine considered "an evocation of France — the France of elegance, comfort, dress, [and] perfume," recalls the 19th century dances of the French Romantics. Rubies is crisp and witty, epitomizing the collaboration of Stravinsky and Balanchine.Diamonds recalls the order and grandeur of Imperial Russia and the Maryinsky Theater, where Balanchine was trained. Mary Clarke and Clement Crisp have written: "If the entire imperial Russian inheritance of ballet were lost, Diamonds would still tell us of its essence." Gabriel Urbain Fauré (1845-1924), was Maurice Ravel's teacher, and his life and work bridged the eras of Romanticism and Impressionism. He wrote piano and chamber music as well as incidental music for plays such as Pelléas et Mélisande and Shylock; he composed operas and many songs set to the words of French poets of the late nineteenth century, especially Verlaine. Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), born in Russia, is acknowledged as one of the great composers of the twentieth century. His work encompassed styles as diverse as Romanticism, Neoclassicism and Serialism. His ballets for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes included The Firebird, Petrushka, The Rite of Spring, and Apollo. His music has been used in over thirty ballets originating with New York City Ballet from 1948 through 1987, including Danses Concertantes, Orpheus, The Cage, Agon, Monumentum pro Gesualdo, Rubies, Symphony in Three Movements, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Concerto for Two Solo Pianos, Suite from L'Histoire du Soldat, Concertino, and Jeu de Cartes. Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky (1840-1893) studied at the Conservatory in St. Petersburg, where Balanchine later studied piano in addition to his studies in dance. Tschaikovsky is one of the most popular and influential of all romantic composers. His work is expressive, melodic, grand in scale, with rich orchestrations. His output was prodigious and included chamber works, symphonies, concerti for various instruments, operas and works for the piano. His creations for the ballet, composed in close partnership with Marius Petipa, include Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty.

Episodes - New York City Ballet
October 09, 2011 -

Episodes grew out of Balanchine's enthusiasm for Webern's music, to which he had been introduced by Stravinsky. Balanchine wrote that Webern's orchestral music... fills the air like molecules; it is written for atmosphere. The first time I heard it... the music seemed to me like Mozart and Stravinsky, music that can be danced to because it leaves the mind free to "see" the dancing. In listening to composers like Beethoven and Brahms, every listener has his own ideas, paints his own picture of what the music represents.... How can I, a choreographer, try to squeeze a dancing body into a picture that already exists in someone's mind? It simply won't work. But it will with Webern. Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein invited Martha Graham to choreograph a joint work with Balanchine using all of Webern's orchestral pieces. The result was no true collaboration but a work comprised of two separate sections. Graham's contribution, Episodes I, was danced by her company plus four dancers from New York City Ballet. Episodes II, created by Balanchine, was danced by New York City Ballet and Paul Taylor, who was then a dancer in Graham's company. After 1960, Graham's section and the solo variation were no longer performed at New York City Ballet. Anton von Webern (1883-1945), an Austrian, was part of the neoclassical movement in music. He was a musical scholar who adopted and extended Schoenberg's 12-tone method of composing music, which meant basing a composition on a "series" made up from the 12 notes of the chromatic scale arranged so that no note was repeated within the series. Webern became more and more rigorous in his attempt to compress or simplify his own style.

In Memory of... - New York City Ballet
October 09, 2011 -

Louis Krasner, an American violinist, commissioned a violin concerto from Alban Berg in early 1935. Berg, absorbed in the orchestration of his opera, Lulu, did no work on it until the death, from polio, of 18-year-old Manon Gropius. Her parents, Alma Mahler (composer Gustav Mahler's widow) and Walter Gropius were Berg's close friends. The concerto uses melodic themes from Mahler and a Carpathian folk song, and concludes with a treatment of J. S. Bach's cantata, O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort. Alban Berg (1885-1935), an Austrian, had little formal musical training before beginning his studies with the musical innovator Arnold Schoenberg in 1904. Berg, Schoenberg, and Berg's student Anton Webern formed the Second Viennese School. They were the originators of serialism: the 12-tone row of atonal music. Berg is most famous for his two operas, Wozzeck and Lulu. His writing, dense, dissonant and full of personal allusions and complex devices, was well regarded critically, but won little popular acceptance during his life.

Western Symphony - New York City Ballet
October 09, 2011 -

Set on a rugged Old West street populated by cowboys and dance hall girls, Western Symphony nevertheless is very much a classical work. The steps Balanchine uses from the traditional ballet vocabulary allude to the steps, formations, and gestures of American folk dancing. The ballet is a striking example of Balanchine's fascination with American themes. The lively and familiar score consists of classic American folk songs, including "Red River Valley," "Old Taylor," "Rye Whiskey," "Good Night Ladies," "Oh Dem Golden Slippers," and "The Girl I Left Behind Me." Hershy Kay (1919-1981) established himself as a preeminent orchestrator of musicals with Leonard Bernstein's On The Town in 1944. His works for the ballet include Cakewalk, Clowns, Western Symphony, Stars and Stripes, Who Cares?, and Union Jack; his works for the musical theater include Peter Pan, Once Upon a Mattress, Candide, A Chorus Line, Evita and Barnum. A composer in his own right, Hershy Kay also reconstructed Louis Moreau Gottschalk's Grande Tarantelle for Piano and Orchestra, which later became the Balanchine ballet Tarantella. Mr. Kay's work also includes a children's record, Mother Goose.

Rachid Ouramdane - Ordinary Witnesses - New York Live Arts
Through October 12, 2011 -

Rachid Ouramdane with his company of performers explores the effects of a violent past on people's bodies and minds in this sublime and poetic new work. Based on extensive conversations with survivors of torture, Rachid Ouramdane portrays this violence as a withdrawal from humanity. Rachid Ouramdane probes the limitations of representing barbarity and explores how the body can transform itself in the extremes of endurance. He shares portraits of those who have experienced the unimaginable so that their suffering is not forgotten, and highlights the repeated use of violence at a time when torture appears to be tolerated and even used legitimately on the global stage. Ordinary Witnesses is a moving testimony to the extraordinary power of the human spirit.

Water Stains on the Wall - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through October 15, 2011 -

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan (Wild Cursive, 2007 Next Wave) returns to BAM with Water Stains on the Wall, a metaphorically rich continuation of artistic director Lin Hwai-min's choreographic exploration of the beauty and aesthetics of calligraphy. Projections of continuously shifting cloud shapes—reminiscent of flowing ink—transform a tilted white platform into a giant sheet of rice paper. All movement is at once filigreed and rooted, reflecting the virtuosity of chi kung, internal martial arts, modern dance, and meditation. The dancers seem to hover as they jump and spin, embodying the calligraphic potential of clouds, slithering snakes, and water stains on the wall.

Rachid Ouramdane - World Fair - New York Live Arts
Through October 15, 2011 -

What can authorities expect from a work of art? What are the marks left by political history on the body? In this new work, French-Algerian maker and performer Rachid Ouramdane with composer instrumentalist Jean-Baptiste Julien, explores our notions of nationhood and identity by examining the relationship between the body and power.

Houston Ballet - Joyce Theater
Through October 16, 2011 -

Heralded by The New York Times as "one of the nation's best ballet companies," Houston Ballet takes the Joyce stage with a powerhouse program of 21st century ballet that includes a new work by celebrated Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo; Christopher Bruce's Hush, a comic celebration of life set to the eclectic music of Bobby McFerrin and Yo-Yo Ma; and Ji?í Kylián's Falling Angels, based on ceremonial ritual music from Ghana and set to the first movement of Steve Reich's Drumming.

Above and Beyond Dance presents RAW - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Through October 16, 2011 - New York

Above and Beyond Dance features four dancer-aerialists in its latest full-length production, RAW. A journey into raw emotion and raw physicality, RAW utilizes aerial artistry, acrobatic partnering and dance theater choreography as it explores the vulnerability inherent in the human experience. Performances will be held Oct. 13, 14 & 15 at 8pm and Oct. 16 at 7pm. Tickets: $22 adults and $15 students with ID. To purchase, visit: For more information, visit:

Beginner Flamenco Singing Class-Fall Session - Flamenco Latino
Through December 17, 2011 - New York

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
Through December 19, 2011 - NY

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 or Call now with questions or to reserve! 212-399-8519

Flamenco Class Incorporating Props - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 19, 2011 - New York

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.

CSI: The Experience - Discovery Times Square
Through January 01, 2012 - New York

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.

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