'Ascend' is a New Musical with a Biblical Story

The Endicott Performing Arts Center is presenting the premiere of a new musical.  'Ascend' starts out where 'Jesus Christ Superstar' ends.  Playwright Lori Zabadal-Dayton talks about how "the play found her", and about the process of dramatizing the story, writing the music, and saying good-bye to some of the songs and scenes during the rehearsal process.  Her daughter, Jennifer Dayton, who is one of the dancers in the show, tells why dance is so essential to the telling of the story. http://wskg.org/audio/ascend.mp3

 

Photo credit: Beyond the Stage Photography for Endicott Performing Arts Center

 

Choreographers Come Together to Celebrate

Choreographer René Neville celebrates 50 years in dance with a party called Alt 50 in the Endicott Performing Arts Center on Washington Avenue in Endicott.  She brings together her choreographer friends for a program of poetry, music, art, and, of course, dance in a festive program. "ALT 50 is a collaborative performance of dance, music, poetry, and art celebrating movement and sound in an exploratory vein. It features the work of nine choreographers exploring the themes of Emergence, Gifts, Resonance, Heritage, Chronicles, Unity, Nexus, Fortitude, Vices, Permanence, and Fêtes as they relate to all artists within the context of an artistic life. These themes are danced by 23 dancers with 6 actors providing spoken word pieces between each dance. Original video art projections by René Neville and live music provided by Laurence Elder completes the collaboration between dance, music, poetry, and art."

Ithaca Ballet Presents 'The Sleeping Beauty'

The Ithaca Ballet presents its first production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's full-length ballet, 'The Sleeping Beauty' in two performances at the State Theatre of Ithaca.  Choreographer Cindy Reid tells us how they are performing this major work with just twenty dancers, and how the original choreography of Marius Petipa has been passed down from generation to generation. http://wskg.org/audio/sleeping.mp3

 

Photo credit: Ithaca Ballet

Great Performances Two-Part Special Celebrating New York City Ballet in Paris

During the summer of 2016, New York City Ballet made a triumphant return to Paris for a three-week season at the historic Théâtre du Châtelet. The engagement’s closing night performance, featuring four ballets by NYCB co-founder George Balanchine to the music of French composers, will now air as a special two-part Great Performances broadcast on consecutive Fridays, February 17 and February 24 at 9:00 pm. Paula Zahn interviews Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief of the New York City Ballet. Martins will host a two-part special featuring four ballets by NYCB co-founder George Balanchine to the music of French composers.  

Thrill to the company's all-Balanchine program of ballet masterpieces, including the Walpurgisnacht Ballet and La Valse, set to music of Gounod and Ravel respectively, recorded in the City of Light.

Ithaca Ballet Presents an Array of Short Ballets at the Hangar Theatre

Ithaca Ballet, under the direction of Cindy Reid, presents an evening of cutting edge and innovative dance with works by Larry Brantley, Amy O'Brien, Tucker Davis, Kevin Olmstead. J. Locarro and Heather MacNeill, Lena Rose Polzonetti, M. Matteer and Anna Nolan Wheatley along with a wide variety of music.  Cindy Reid tells us what to expect. http://wskg.org/audio/0131ithacaballet.mp3

 

Photo credit: Johann Studier via Ithaca Ballet

Binghamton University Presents a Jazz 'Nutcracker'

The Binghamton University Theatre Department is presenting a Jazz Nutcracker.  Music of Duke Ellington is part of the fun as the traditional story of the Nutcracker is updated to the 1950s.  Choreographer JoEllen Kuhlman and Matt Pedersen, who dances the title role, talk about the fun of transforming this classic story. http://wskg.org/audio/jazznutmix.mp3

Photo credit: Binghamton University Theatre Department

BU Theatre Presents 'Bells Are Ringing'

The Binghamton University Theatre Department presents the 1950's musical 'Bells Are Ringing'. If you don't know what an 'answering service' is, this musical will explain it with a great score with lyrics by Comden and Green and music by Jule Styne. Director Tommy Iafrate talks about this exuberant musical, and the chore of explaining a world without voice mail to his young cast. http://wskg.org/audio/bellsmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: PhotoAtelier via Skype

 

 

 

BU Theatre Presents ‘Bells Are Ringing’

The Binghamton University Theatre Department presents the 1950's musical 'Bells Are Ringing'. If you don't know what an 'answering service' is, this musical will explain it with a great score with lyrics by Comden and Green and music by Jule Styne. Director Tommy Iafrate talks about this exuberant musical, and the chore of explaining a world without voice mail to his young cast. http://wskg.org/audio/bellsmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: PhotoAtelier via Skype

 

 

 

Lincoln Center at the Movies Presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

This special Lincoln Center at the Movies presentation brings one of the world’s leading modern dance companies, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, to PBS. Designated by a U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” the Ailey company is known for its spectacular range, diversity and artistry, which are showcased in this episode, culminating in a performance of its beloved signature work, Revelations, the American dance masterpiece created by founder Alvin Ailey. Audiences will also get to see three additional dynamic pieces: Chroma by Wayne McGregor, Grace by Ronald K. Brown and Takademe by the company’s Artistic Director Robert Battle. Matthew Diamond directs for television. Alvin Ailey American Dance airs Friday, November 4, 2016 at 9:00 pm.  

 

 

Photo Credit: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Ronald K. Brown's GRACE by Paul Kolnik.

Ithaca Ballet Presents ‘Peter and the Wolf’ and ‘Carnival of the Animals’

The Ithaca Ballet presents a double-bill of 'Peter and the Wolf' and 'Carnival of the Animals' in Lavinia Reid's choreography. Cindy Reid talks about how these two classics translate onto the stage, and hints at some of the funny aspects of having animals played by humans.  Performances are at the State Theatre of Ithaca. http://wskg.org/audio/peterwolfmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Thomas Hawk via Skype