Binghamton University Presents a Jazz 'Nutcracker'

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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

Ithaca Ballet Presents 'Peter and the Wolf' and 'Carnival of the Animals'

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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

 

 

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

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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

 

 

Vortex Presents 'I'm in Here'

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The Endicott Performing Arts Center welcomes Vortex, the new dance wing of SRO Productions.  Choreographer Anne Trebilcock and SRO’s Pam Ondrusek talk about forming the new group, and the program, ‘I’m in Here: Women’s Journeys of Hope and Strength Told Through Dance and Song’.  This show will benefit Traci’s Hope, with all proceeds going directly to this organization to fight breast cancer. http://wskg.org/audio/srodancemix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Vortex

Vortex Presents ‘I’m in Here’

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The Endicott Performing Arts Center welcomes Vortex, the new dance wing of SRO Productions.  Choreographer Anne Trebilcock and SRO’s Pam Ondrusek talk about forming the new group, and the program, ‘I’m in Here: Women’s Journeys of Hope and Strength Told Through Dance and Song’.  This show will benefit Traci’s Hope, with all proceeds going directly to this organization to fight breast cancer. http://wskg.org/audio/srodancemix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Vortex

Binghamton University Hosts the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

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The Anderson Center on the Binghamton University campus presents the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, performing ‘Play and Play, An Evening of Music and Movement’.  He joins us to talk about his early dance experiences at what was then Harpur College, and with Binghamton’s American Dance Asylum. “Recognized as one of the most innovative forces in the modern dance world, Bill T. Jones returns to his alma mater for a Homecoming weekend performance by his dance company. While attending Binghamton University, Bill T. studied classical ballet and modern dance. Binghamton is also where he started his first dance company in 1973.” http://wskg.org/audio/jonesmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

Stravinsky's ballet 'The Firebird' Lands in Ithaca

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The Ithaca Ballet is presenting Igor Stravinsky’s ballet ‘The Firebird’. It’s a well-known score, but the ballet is not performed often, because of the demanding role of Prince Ivan and the stage magic called for in the scenario.  Choreographer Lavinia Reid has solved the latter issue with the use of black light, and the leading man, Peter Doll, is looking forward to to his challenging role. http://wskg.org/audio/firebirdmix.mp3

 

Photo credit: Ithaca Ballet

A choreographic cocktail party comes to Norwich

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Ballets with a Twist presents Cocktail Hour in Norwich. Artistic Director and choreographer Marilyn Klaus talks about this show of short dances, each inspired by a cocktail.  Some are humorous, some are thoughtful, and they have original music by composer Stephen Gaboury.  “Cocktail Hour, harks back to a time when entertainment was an engaging, vibrant social experience. Inspired by the likes of Busby Berkeley and Lucille Ball and infused with the exotic flavor of legendary Hollywood haunts Trader Vic’s and Coconut Grove, this pop-infused production brings timeless American spirits to life, launching the Mai Tai, Martini, Manhattan and more off the menu and onto the stage.” http://wskg.org/audio/ballettwistmix.mp3

 

Photo by Nico Malvaldi via Ballets with a Twist