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“Orchid Evenings”: Experience the Energy & Nightlife of Singapore
New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, NY)
March 16 – April 27
Enjoy an elegant night out at the New York Botanical Garden’s annual “Orchid Evenings”. New York City’s most spectacular evening outings are back, bringing the color and nightlife of Singapore with them. Step into one of the world’s greenest cultures as Supertrees come alive around you, exhilarating with a display of lights and orchids after dark in the Conservatory. Sip a Singapore Sling and purchase a bite to eat from the Bronx Night Market Pop-up while freestyle dancers and DJs perform throughout the night, and explore the kaleidoscope of orchid varieties from the “City in a Garden” and beyond. This is a very special and romantic destination!
Saturday, Mar 16, 2019 / 7:00pm | $32
Saturday, Mar 23, 2019 / 7:00pm | $32
Saturday, Mar 30, 2019 / 7:00pm | $32
Friday, Apr 5, 2019 / 7:00pm | $32
Saturday, Apr 6, 2019 / 7:00pm | $32
Friday, Apr 12, 2019 / 7:00pm | $32
Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 / 7:00pm | $32
Friday, Apr 19, 2019 / 7:00pm | $32
Saturday, Apr 20, 2019 / 7:00pm | $32
Friday, Apr 26, 2019 / 7:00pm | $32
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 7:00pm | $32
ISRAEL FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL
And Festival of the Arts
Sunday, March 24, 2019
A Day-Long Celebration featuring dancers from across the United States with special performances by Galgaley Rishon, an inspiring wheelchair dance troupe from Israel!
11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Community dancing and activities for all ages,
Judaica and crafts vendors, food and snacks
Dancers and singers from communities across the
United States and Israel join together on one stage!
The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
524 West 59th Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues, New York, NY
(west of Columbus Circle)
Brooklyn Music School presents
Rock Band Showcase 2019
Saturday, March 24, 2019 at 3:00 pm
at The Slope Lounge
Brooklyn Music School (BMS) presents its annual Rock Band Showcase on Saturday, March 24, 2019 at 3pm at The Slope Lounge, located at 837 Union Street, Brooklyn.
Rock at the Brooklyn Music School
The first BMS rock band was founded in 2006 by Piruz Partow (Executive Director) when he was a guitar faculty member at the Brooklyn Music School. Since the first rock band in 2006, BMS now has 12 rock bands currently learning and performing throughout the year. The rock bands have members ranging in age from as young as 5 years old in our “Groove Theory” Rock Band to adults in our “Motown Mondays” rock band. Rock bands at BMS are generally one hour classes that meet once a week and are open to players beyond the beginning level. Rock ensembles at BMS are a great opportunity for our students to see the results of their learning and practice through collaboration and group performances. BMS provides its ensembles with numerous unique showcase opportunities in our theatre and around the NYC area throughout the year. Recent notable performances include a Jimi Hendrix Tribute with Nels Cline (of Wilco), Sean Ono Lennon, and “Captain” Kirk Douglass (of The Roots), as well as Grammy winning singer for all ages, Dan Zanes.
The Brooklyn Music School views music and performance as the birthright of all people, an essential way that human beings connect with others and explore their creativity. The study of music has been demonstrated to enhance academic learning and helps to develop discipline and confidence that will serve children well throughout their lives. As part of the vision of reinventing the community music school for the 21st Century, BMS is dedicated to:
* Making high quality musical instruction approachable and affordable to a wide range of students,
* Creating frequent opportunities for performance for our students and cultural enrichment for our community,
* Representing a wide range of musical traditions, including European, African, Middle Eastern, and American to represent the diversity of Brooklyn’s musical talent, and
* Offering a warm and welcoming space for families and individuals to explore new talents and make lasting friendships.
For more information, visit www.brooklynmusicschool.org.
MURPHY’S CELTIC LEGACY
Celebrating St. Patrick’s & Irish Culture
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 4 PM
Ticket Prices: $45, $40, $25 | Children 12 & under $10 any seat
Created by Chris Hannon, former principal dancer for Lord of the Dance, Murphy’s Celtic Legacy features original choreography combining traditional Irish and modern dance techniques presented with multimedia elements, song and live music. The cast of Murphy’s Celtic Legacy gives an invigorating performance of traditional Irish Dance.
The performance centers on an original tale developed by Hannon drawn from Irish folklore—a tale of Kings and Queens, rebels and magic; epic battles between good and evil. It tells the story of the Murphy clan, who flee the corrupt tyrants of their native Eire in search of a better future.
2019 New York Season at The Joyce Theater
Featuring Two World Premieres
March 26-31, 2019
A Restaging of Sombrerísimo by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
featuring the Company Women
World Premiere of New Work by Edwaard Liang
World Premiere of Homebound/Alaala by Bennyroyce Royon
The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), NYC
Tue-Wed 7:30 pm; Thu-Fri 8:00 pm; Sat 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm; Sun 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Tickets start at $10 and are available for purchase in person at The Joyce Theater Box Office, by phone at (212) 242-0800, or online at Joyce.org. Ticket prices are subject to change.
New York, NY – Ballet Hispánico, America’s leading Latino dance organization, brings its bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance to The Joyce Theater with two world premieres from March 26-31, 2019. Tickets start at $10 and are available for purchase in person at The Joyce Theater Box Office by calling Joyce Charge at 212-242-0800 or online at www.Joyce.org.
Ballet Hispánico’s program features passionate and culturally relative works that explore the vast connections between the Latinx and Asian diasporas.Annabelle Lopez Ochoa offers an exploration of identity in her stirring Sombrerísimo. In two separate world premieres by Edwaard Liang and Bennyroyce Royon, the choreographers touch on historic issues that are particularly resonant today, including migration, immigration, journeying, and assimilation.
The women of the Ballet Hispánico Company exercise their athleticism and power in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Sombrerísimo. The work is an athletic tour de force originally created for six men full of complex partnering, Latin sizzle, and a joyous celebration of self. Inspired by the surrealist world of Belgian painter René Magritte, famous for his paintings of men in bowler hats, Sombrerísimo references the iconic sombreros (hats) found throughout the world that help to represent culture.
Edwaard Liang presents an emotional and thought-provoking journey of the Chinese diaspora in his new work.Featuring classical music by Thomas Tallis, Liang evokes emotion through moving sound and lush movement to exemplify how many individuals feel when one leaves one’s homeland or country of birth to seek a new life, including moments of remembering, sharing, and letting go. Liang particularly focuses on the Chinese mass emigration from the nineteenth century to 1949 and the Chinese-Cuban diaspora to explore identity and the ghosts of a former life.
Filipino-American choreographer Bennyroyce Royon explores identity through the lens of Filipino culture in Homebound/Alaala. Royon explores the intersection of Latino and Asian cultures through ideas including the spirit of communal unity (bayanihan), the resilience of women, overcoming hardship, and the quest for home.
“Immigration has enabled plethora of cultural diversity and this program is an example of our leadership role in embracing the diversity, inclusion, and intersectionality in culture. We continue our mission to expose the American experience of Latinx culture and encourage our audience to go beyond the surface of what they know.”
– Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro
At Native Cinema Showcase in New York,
Theme of “Narrative Sovereignty” Returns the Voice to Native Storytellers
Women Filmmakers, Indigenous Languages Highlighted in this Three-Day Festival
The Native Cinema Showcase in New York will take place at the National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center, March 29–31. The three-day celebration of films by Indigenous filmmakers will serve as a preview of the museum’s annual showcase every August in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This year’s theme is “narrative sovereignty.” A combination of full-length features and shorts, dramas and music videos, the films represent contemporary perspectives and themes of Indigenous people as they experience the world. All screenings are free, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All programs are subject to change. The full schedule is available on the museum’s website.
Elevating the Voices of Women
Of the 46 films selected for the showcase, 22 were made by women, including the opening and closing films. The films were selected by a panel of three Indigenous women whose stated goal is to empower Native storytellers to share their own cultural narratives: Rebekka Schlichting (Ioway Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska), assistant director of Vision Maker Media; Génesis Mancheren Abaj (Kaqchikel), co-founder, producer and writer for Tierra Narrative, a multimedia storytelling platform and production house; and Sally Kewayosh (Walpole Island First Nation), who recently founded her own production company, Achimowin Films.
Affirming the Power of Indigenous Languages
The festival opens with SGaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife). Winner of Best Canadian Film at the 2018 Vancouver International Film Festival, SGaawaay K’uuna is the first feature-length film to be spoken only in the Haida language. Set in 19th-century Haida Gwaii (the homeland of the Haida people), the film is an adaptation of one of Haida’s most popular stories of pride, tragedy and penance. The feature will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session with director Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in) and members of the cast. The closing film, Vai, incorporates languages of Oceania as it follows the journey of one woman across eight Indigenous communities throughout the Pacific Islands. In all, the showcase includes dialogue and narration in 19 Indigenous languages.
Native Cinema Showcase in New York is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional funding provided by the James Simmons and Karen Rudolph Fidelity Charitable Fund and support from the Consulate General of Canada in New York.
About the National Museum of the American Indian
The National Museum of the American Indian is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere—past, present and future—through partnership with Native people and others. The museum’s George Gustav Heye Center is located at One Bowling Green in New York City. For additional information, including hours and directions, visit AmericanIndian.SI.edu. Follow the museum via social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
presents the World Premiere of
at Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street
March 29 – April 6, 2019
Racoco Productions presents the World Premiere of TILT at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, NYC, 10002 from March 29 – April 6, 2019. Performances: Tuesdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm. Tickets are $30 general admission, $20 youth ($25/$15 if purchased by March 25), and are available at www.abronsartscenter.org
Imagine your head is a pinball machine. But who’s playing?
TILT is a live performance/construction site swirling movement, wood, live music, tap dance, pinball, and the story of Don Quixote into a visceral experience of a delusional brain.
Choreographed by Rachel Cohen with music by Lynn Wright, TILT features tap dancer Heather Cornell, with performers Rachel Cohen, Toby Billowitz, Remi Harris, Masumi Kishimoto, and Meghan Schardt. Sets created with Bill Kennedy. Costume design by OLEK. Lighting design by Jon Harper. Lynn Wright, composer, guitar; Eric Eble, double bass; Nikki D’Agostino, bass clarinet, bass and alto sax; Eric Hoegemeyer Ableton, percussion.
A show-specific installation will be open in the lobby gallery during Abrons business hours (10am – 10pm) featuring an interactive pre-show experience that will begin 45 minutes before curtain. Follow Racoco’s journey in the making of TILT, build your own “throne,” and play pinball! Appropriate for ages 6 and up.
TILT is the final chapter of a multi-year project that began with a commission by Women in Motion. It was created in part through The Field’s Artist Residency program, supported by the Tides Foundation, and residencies at CAVE in Brooklyn and Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Thank you to Materials for the Arts, the Depts. of Cultural Affairs, Sanitation, and Education. The first chapter, “I would,” was made possible, in part, by The Field’s 2012-13 Field Dance Fund, supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Mertz Gilmore Foundation. The second chapter, “Construct,” was presented in association with Incubator Arts Project in its New Performance Series and supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Racoco Productions are fantastic excavations of everyday things. We combine quixotic choreography, absurdist visuals, and raw materials to create theatrical worlds in which movement, music, humor, emotion, and texture are inextricably linked. The body and everyday objects are compared, contrasted, blended, and confused to illustrate the inescapable messiness of existence.
Rachel Cohen is a choreographer and performer based in New York City. She studied choreography with mentor Claire Mallardi at Harvard University, and in New York studied dance with Mary Anthony, Bertram Ross, and Carolyn Lord, and mask and clown with Rafael Bianciotto and Mario Gonzales. She is a certifed teacher of Action Theater improvisation, which she has studied with its creator, Ruth Zaporah. Rachel founded Racoco Productions in 2003. Her “If The Shoe Fits,” created with visual artist Olek and composer Chris Becker, was named one of The New York Times‘ top NYC dance performances of 2005. The company has performed in the US, Czech Republic, England, France, Poland, and India. Ms. Cohen has been artist in residence at Harvard University; Santa Fe Arts Institute; Galapagos Art Space and Cave in Brooklyn, NY; Mix-Arte Myrys in Toulouse, France; and The Sanskriti Foundation in Delhi, India, and has been awarded grants from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation US Arts International, Meet the Composer/Creative Connections and Live Music for Dance/American Music Center, NYFA, the Field Dance Fund, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Fund, and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.www.racoco.org
creates visual music ensembles where she functions as the percussionist. As artistic director for Manhattan Tap, one of the busiest music/dance companies in the world in the 80’s and 90’s, she is known as a mover and shaker of the tap dance renaissance. She has toured worldwide with her shows “Finding Synesthesia”, “CanTap” and “Conversations” and as a soloist. She was recently commissioned to create an evening for the Distinguished Artist Series at Bergen Community College. She is co-director of “Walk to the Beat” and co-founder of Making Music Dance, a tap, flamenco and world music ensemble, releasing their first CD this spring. A pioneer of concert tap and of working with world music, Heather trained directly with the first generation tap masters, and has taught and inspired three generations of tap dancers, musicians and actors internationally. Called “the Oscar Peterson of hoofing” (Globe and Maill), she was the sole tap dancer mentored by the infamous bassist, Ray Brown. TapMotif in Lefkada, Greece was her laboratory for 8 seasons, where she trained freethinking “bilingual” artists in music and dance. This year she celebrates the 25th Anniversary of her NYC Rhythm Tap Intensive with live music. Her TV, radio and film credits include: “Thinking on Their Feet, Women of the Tap Renaissance” (Jenai Cutcher), “Gotta Move, Women in Tap” (Lynn Daly), “”KQED special with Honi Coles and the Jazz Tap Ensemble; “Gregory Hines’ Tap Dance in America” for PBS; featured MT special on “Sounds Impressive”; and, WYNC’s live radio show, “Around New York” for 5 years. She choreographed “The Play What I Wrote” for Broadway and “Three Penny Opera” for Atalaya in Sevilla, Spain. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her excellence in tap dance and in leading the international tap community. http://www.manhattantap.org/story
Lynn Wright is composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn. His music incorporates free improvisation, musique concrète, lyrical songwriting, and jazz-infused scores. His work for film and television has appeared on the BBC, PBS, Netlfix, and ABC, and at Sundance, Cannes, The Venice Film Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Berlin Film Festival. He has performed or collaborated with Algis Kizys, Victoria Miguel, Christiane Hommelsheim, Andrea Belfi, Chris Becker, Helga Davis, Lewis Barnes, Norman Westberg, Laura Ortman, Raphaele Shirley, and Alexander Hacke, among others. His most recent work is This Is Where, an improvised dark-ambient collaboration with Norman Westberg and Algis Kizys.
OLEK’s art pushes the boundaries of fashion, art, crafts, and public art, fluidly combining the sculptural and the fanciful with the old-fashioned technique of crocheting. An active supporter of women’s rights, sexual equality, and freedom of expression, OLEK has traveled the globe for their community-based projects; Love Across the USA is a series of public murals depicting inspiring women from history. OLEK’s sculptures and performances have been exhibited worldwide, including Art Basel and Wynwood Walls in Miami, the Brooklyn Museum in NY, and The Smithsonian in Washington DC. Their work is in the permanent collections at URBAN NATION Museum for Contemporary Urban Art in Berlin, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Avesta Art Museum in Avesta, Sweden, and the New York Historical Society, and several private collections, including those of Antonio Banderas and Mike D from the Beastie Boys. OLEK’s work has been covered in numerous publications, including the Smithsonian Magazine, Creators (VICE), the Huffington Post, The New Yorker, and New York Magazine. OLEK has been named one of the top artist Instagram accounts to follow by Christie’s and Art Net, and Artsy name them as an artist giving knitting a place in art history. OLEK currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
Toby Billowitz has danced with many choreographers and companies, including Jordan Fuchs, Artichoke Dance, Freefall, Jill Sigman/thinkdance, and Ben Munisteri. He has puppeteered at drag shows, NYC Halloween parades, at BAM and around the country with Phantom Limb, and on Broadway in War Horse. In addition to dance, he has taught gymnastics and trampoline to children and adults, social dance to teens, movement to senior citizens, and puppetry to children in the Dominican Republic in an area so rural they were neither familiar with the word for puppet nor the concept. He has enjoyed involvement in several Racoco projects since 2015.
Remi Harris is a Brooklyn based performer, curator, producer, and choreographer whose work explores the intersectionality between dance, new media, and female representation. In addition to performing with Racoco, she works on her own creative projects under her choreographic venture dancesbyremi. Her stage work has been presented at Abrons Art Center, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Danspace Project, Teatro La Tea, Triskelion Arts, The Actors Fund Theater, The Brick Theater, and several site-specific areas in NYC. She was previously the Education Coordinator for Ballet Hispanico and the Co-Director of Brooklyn Studios for Dance and advocates for dance as a member of several dance collectives including the Artists of Color Council. Her first short dance film “to be:free” has been featured in several film festivals including the 2018 Cucalorus Film Festival.
Masumi Kishimoto is a native of Tokyo, Japan, who studied dance in Japan and the U.S. She also studied Physical Comedy under the direction of Gregg Goldston and was a featured member of Goldston Mime Company. She has choreographed pieces that combine Mime / Physical Comedy and Dance for performances at the Puffin Room, Movement Research at Judson Church, Studio b.p.m., Theater for the New City, The Ailey Studio Theater and La MaMa. As a dancer, she worked with various choreographers such as Yana Schnitzler, Daria Fain, Ayako Kurakake, Asami Morita in NY, Pennsylvania, Germany and Japan. She has been a member of Racoco Productions since 2010. Ms. Kishimoto is a nationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, AmSAT, ACAT. She has been teaching at Orthopedic Movement Physical Therapy for people who want to know how you move such as dancers, singers, actors. http://masumikishimoto.com/home
Meghan Schardt is a graduate of New World School of The Arts. Her credits include work with Miami Repertoire Ballet Company, Memento, Octavia Cup, Hawaii Ballet Theatre, Bryon Carr Dance, Jenn Sims (Biennale Venice, Art Basel film project), Becky Radway Dance Production, Nancy Whyte and Yuka Kawazus’s Danse En L’Air.
Jon Harper is a lighting designer and arts administrator. Prior design work includes Abby Z and the New Utility, Brian Rogers, Mariangela Lopez, Dylan Crossman Dans(c)e, Racoco Productions, WELOVEYOUONEOFUS, Sean Irons and Lauren Petty. He also has served as lighting supervisor for Pilobolus, Cedar Lake, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. He has been at Abrons Arts Center for six years in charge of the Production department, and has recently taken on a broader role as the Director of Operations.
An award-winning “wildly creative” composer, musician, conductor, educator, and multi-disciplinary artist, Nikki D’Agostino has both performed and had her works performed nationally and internationally. She received her B.A. from The University of North Texas in 2004 after studying with Joseph Klein, Phil Winsor, and Joseph “Butch” Rovan, before pursuing her M.M. in Music Composition (2008) at CUNY Brooklyn College to study with Amnon Wolman and George Brunner. As an educator, Ms. D’Agostino has given lectures on topics ranging from musicology to performance practice as well as holding a position as an Adjunct Professor at CUNY New York City College of Technology in the Emerging Media program. Compositionally, Nikki is currently focused on publishing a book of scores and recording an album of works using a notation system she developed to allow both performer and composer/conductor creative control. As a “beautifully brash” saxophonist, synthesizer enthusiast, and sound artist, Nikki performs actively in the NYC music scene in several groups ranging in style from indie pop to harsh noise.
Eric Hoegemeyer is a composer and producer originally from Detroit, now residing between New York City and Bogotá. He has released music under the names Deep See Sound System, Giant Brain, and Tree Laboratory. He has collaborated with Patti Smith, Tom Verlaine, Kevin Saunderson, Hundred Waters, H09909, and Dennis Coffey. In 2013 he scored 14 short films for filmmaker Steven Sebring’s “Revolution” installation at the 69th Division Armory. In 2014 he directed and scored a short film collaboration with Patti Smith entitled “The Good Gray Poet” on installation with MOMA PS-1. His 2016 album “Secret Agent Volume 1” was released on cassette by Brooklyn-based label Personal Affair. In 2017 he remixed Sun Ra’s Heliocentric Worlds as a part of a compilation also released on Personal Affair. His forthcoming album “Somnambulist Soundtracks” will be released in May of 2019. He has performed original compositions at Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rubin Museum of Art, MOMA PS-1 Rockaway and The Detroit Science Center.
Eric Eble is a longstanding, NYC-based electric and upright bass player. For the last two decades he has been a main contributor and band-member with the likes of the Reid Paley Trio, Reid Paley/Black Francis, Cordero, and The Heroine Sheiks, with all of whom he has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe. Currently he plays bass with And The Wiremen.
TILT, presented by Racoco Productions, will be performed at the Abrons Arts Center as part of the @AbronsSeries, a subsidized performance space rental program.
Abrons Arts Center is a home for contemporary interdisciplinary arts in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood. A core program of the Henry Street Settlement, Abrons believes that access to the arts is essential to a free and healthy society. Through performance presentations, exhibitions, education programs and residencies, Abrons mobilizes communities with the transformative power of art.
Abrons Arts Center values freedom of expression and creativity, ever striving to provide creative communities with a space that celebrates diversity of thought and experience. Abrons aims to be an anti-oppressive home to people from all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, citizen status, ancestry, age, religion, disability, sex or gender identity. As definitions of expression and inclusion evolve, Abrons is committed to continually revising this statement in collaboration with our communities.www.abronsartscenter.org
At St. Bart’s
CHAMBER MUSIC FROM APPLE HILL
Sunday, March 31, 2019
at 2:30 pm in the Chapel
Elise Kuder, Anne Takeda, violins
Mike Kelley, viola
Rupert Thompson, cello
Mikael Darmanie, piano
Apple Hill musicians have earned praise around the world for their concerts presenting interpretive mastery of traditional repertoire—including Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, and Ravel—as well as new and commissioned works. For this Great Music at St. Bart’s program, the ensemble will perform the New York premiere of Michael Kropf’s String Quartet (2017), a work the group commissioned; Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Preludes, Op. 87D, arranged for string trio by Mike Kelley; and Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 15.
Central to the mission of Apple Hill is “Playing for Peace,” an innovative outreach program that focuses on social change and conflict resolution through music in areas of conflict, particularly the Middle East. Founded in 1971 and situated on 100 acres of fields and woodlands in rural New Hampshire, Apple Hill is a center of chamber music performance and teaching. It is stewarded today by the organization’s director, Leonard Matczynski, and ensemble-in-residence, the Apple Hill String Quartet, founded in 2007. www.applehill.org
Tickets: $25, $15 for students and seniors
Baruch Performing Arts Center
Fresh Squeezed Opera
present the NYC Premiere of
April 13 – 18, 2019
Baruch Performing Arts Center and Fresh Squeezed Opera will co-present the NYC Premiere of composer Huang Ruo and librettist Bao-Long Chu‘s one-act chamber opera Bound in a new production by Ashley Tata. Performances from April 13-18, 2019 at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (25th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues), NYC. Tickets are $16-36 and may be purchased at www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac.
Bound is based on the true story of Diane Tran, a second generation Vietnamese American and 11th grade honor student who takes two jobs to support her family after her parents’ divorce. As the eldest child, she is bound by her Vietnamese heritage to care for her siblings after her mother leaves. When Diane’s overextended schedule results in multiple absences from school, the administration exercises its right under Texas law and sends her to court, where she is sentenced to a short jail term.
Combining Eastern and Western instruments and musical techniques, Boundfluidly interweaves the past and the present as it explores the cultural conflicts immigrants face on a daily basis. “To me, a Vietnamese refugee living in America,” says librettist Bao-Long Chu, “the notion of being bound to one’s culture (and the struggles therein) is not just an idea, but my life writ large.”
The cast features soprano Fang-Tao Jiang as Diane, mezzo-soprano Guang Yang as Diana’s mother Khan, baritone Andrew Wannigman as Stanley, bass/baritone Daniel Klein as Judge Moriarty, and Zhou Yi on pipa. The production team includes Alex Wen (Music Director), Ashley Tata (Stage Director), Aislinn Curry (Production Manager), Carl Whipple (Technical Director), David Bengali (Projection/Video Designer), Corina Louise Chase (Costume Designer), Abigail Hoke-Brady (Lighting Designer), and Stephan Moravski (Scenic Designer).
Huang Ruo (Composer/Music Director) has been lauded by The New Yorkeras “one of the world’s leading young composers” and by The New York Timesfor having “a distinctive style.” His vibrant and inventive musical voice draws equal inspiration from Chinese ancient and folk music, Western avant-garde, experimental, noise, natural and processed sound, rock, and jazz. As a member of the new generation of Chinese composers, his goal is not just to mix both Western and Eastern elements, but also to create a seamless, organic integration. Huang Ruo’s diverse compositional works span from orchestra, chamber music, opera, theater, and dance, to cross-genre, sound installation, multi-media, experimental improvisation, folk rock, and film. Huang Ruo was the first composer-in-residence of Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam. He is also in residence at the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan. Huang Ruo was born in Hainan Island, China in 1976-the year the Chinese Cultural Revolution ended. His father, who is also a composer, began teaching him composition and piano when he was six years old. Growing up in the 1980s and 1990s, when China was opening its gate to the Western world, he received both traditional and Western education at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He moved to the United States to further his education, earning his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in composition from the Juilliard School.
Ashley Tata (Director) is a director of multi-media works of theater, contemporary opera, performance, live music and immersive experiences. Her work has been presented in venues and festivals throughout the U.S. and internationally including LA Opera, The Miller Theater, Mass MoCA, National Sawdust, The Kitchen, EMPAC, Dixon Place, Roulette Intermedium, HERE Arts Center, PROTOTYPE Festival, The Crossing the Line Festival, the Holland Festival, The National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, and the Bard Fisher Center. She earned her MFA at Columbia University and has taught or guest taught at Harvard University, MIT, Marymount Manhattan College, Colgate College, Bard College, LIU Post and NYU. She is the recipient of the Lotos Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award in Arts and Sciences and a winner of the 2017 Robert L. B. Tobin Director/Designer grant. Recently: Found Sound Nation’s Mosaic International (Big Ears Festival); David T. Little’s Soldier Songs (LA Opera); Kate Soper’s Ipsa Dixit (Miller Theater); and Associate Director of Oklahoma! (St. Ann’s Warehouse).ashleytata.com
Fang-Tao Jiang (Diane Tran) Since soprano Fang Tao Jiang’s solo debut in Rutter’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall, her career has found a home both on opera and concert stages. Recent career credits include solo and operatic roles with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Utah Festival Opera, Rome Opera, and Carnegie Hall Music Explorer Concerts, among others. Her critically acclaimed contributions to new music include the leading role Song Ching-Ling in composer Huang Ruo’s opera Dr. Sun Yat-sen in concert. The New York Times heralded her performance as “strong” and praised her “ably brought out the drama and intensity…” Jiang is frequently featured on WQXR, WNYC, CCBC and Xinhua News.
Founded in 2013, Fresh Squeezed Opera dedicates itself to providing composers with a platform to present their new music, specifically focusing on vocal works and fully-staged opera. In its five years of operation, the company has presented over 25 composers’ works, with consistently sold-out houses as a testament to the power of new music. Fully staged operatic productions include the World Premieres of Spencer Snyder’s Scopes, Whitney George’sThe Yellow Wallpaper, and Jillian Flexner’s La Zombiata, as well asthe New York Premieres of Constantin Basica’s Knot An Opera!, Kevin Wilt’s Prix Fixe, and Bruce Trinkley’s Baby Shower.
Baruch Performing Arts Center is an acclaimed performing arts presence. Located in the heart of Manhattan just east of Chelsea and the famed flatiron building, BPAC presents renowned classical music, opera, jazz, theater, dance, discussion, film, and innovative cross-genre programming. BPAC has presented over 1,000 cultural programs in its 5 spaces since 2003. Its curated season of 40 programs annually emphasizes new work experienced in intimate settings, the diversity of American culture as exemplified by Baruch students (who come from 130 different countries), and work that lives at the confluence of art and social justice.
Past presentations have included theatre companies such as the National Asian American Theatre Company, Folksbiene, New Georges, The Acting Company, Aquilla and MCC. Dance companies such as Dzul Dance, José Limón, and Urban Bush Women. BPAC is the New York home of the Alexander String Quartet and presents a rich chamber music season including ensembles such as the Israeli Chamber Project, Cantata Profana, and pianists Sara Davis Buechner and 2018 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist, Michael Brown. BPAC offers a jazz series named for bassist and faculty member Milt Hinton, which has featured artists such as Grammy-Award winner Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. Discussion program have included writers Teju Cole, Colum McCann and Amitav Ghosh, actress Linda Lavin, and thought leaders such as Gloria Steinem and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. Visit www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac for complete and up-to-date information on the 2018-19 season.
February 12, March 14, April 18
The Live Comedy Show About All Things Food
Every Month @ The Tank
312 West 36th Street
The Tank (Meghan Finn and Rosalind Grush, Artistic Directors) will present the live comedy show for food lovers, GOOD COOKS! created by Deby Xiadani, Alec Ring, and Luke Katler at The Tank (312 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues) on Tuesday, January 22 at 9:30pm, Tuesday, February 12 at 9:30pm, Thursday, March 14 at 9:30pm, and Thursday, April 18 at 9:30pm. Runtime is 1 (delicious) hour. Tickets ($10) are available for advance purchase at www.thetanknyc.org.
GOOD COOKS! is a monthly sketch comedy show all about food. Each month, we invite two amazing guests who work in the world of food. We interview them about their passions and their work and help them plan AUDIENCE TASTINGS and LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS. Between interviews, original comedy sketches keep the atmosphere upbeat and energized. We’ve featured chefs, small business owners, social media influencers, publicists, sommeliers, and more. The show was born out of our shared love of food, comedy, and creating a sense of community for our audience.
Deby Xiadani (Director/Writer/Producer) is a Mexican-American woman specializing in new work and comedy. She won the fictitious award for Most Likely To Make Friends on the Train and has actually been nominated Best Director 2018 for Leurana (by Enrique Huili). Deby’s been asked back to Dartmouth College (her alma mater) seven times to direct, emcee, and produce live events because she can collaborate with a wide-range of skill sets. She’s assisted Broadway Director Gabriel Barre on Billy Elliot in Mexico City and designed a writer’s workshop for playwright, Elise Wien, in preparation for Corkscrew Festival in NYC. In her spare time, she teaches fitness to active adults. (“Xiadani” pronounced: Shee-ah-daw-nee)
Alec Ring (Director/Writer/Producer) is a director, writer, and producer with training at UCB and Improv Olympic based in New York. After living in Los Angeles, Alec moved to New York to begin working at Cinetic Media – a full service sales, finance, management, and production company in film and television. Most recently, he has assisted with the production of Ethan Hawke’s Blaze which premiered at Sundance 2018 and Peter Farrelly’s Green Book starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.
Luke Katler (Director/Writer/Producer) hails from sunny south Florida where he spent his days staring longingly at the beach from a darkened room watching 90s comedies. Luke works at Barbara Whitman Productions as Barbara’s Associate Producer, where he helps shepherd plays and musicals to the Great White Way. Luke has spent his life as a performer and director in everything ranging from Shakespeare, musical theatre, and improv comedy at Chicago’s Improv Olympic. On any given day or night you can likely find Luke at the theatre or huffing and puffing on a strained run along the Hudson. He has strong opinions about the most authentic Italian cuisine in New York, so just don’t even bring it up. For your own sake. Trust him on this.
The Tank is a non-profit arts presenter serving emerging artists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas and forms of expression. We serve over 2,000 artists every year in over 400 performances, and work across all disciplines, including theater, comedy, dance, film, music, public affairs, and storytelling. Our goal is to foster an environment of inclusiveness and remove the burden of cost from the creation of new work for artists launching their careers and experimenting within their art form. The heart of our services is providing free performance space in our 98-seat proscenium and 56-seat blackbox that we operate in Manhattan, and we also offer a suite of other services such as free rehearsal space, promotional support, artist fees, and much more. We keep ticket prices affordable and view our work as democratic, opening up both the creation and attendance of the arts to all.
Past Tank produced-work includes Drama Desk-nominated productions Ada/Ava (2016), youarenowhere (2016), The Paper Hat Game (2017), the ephemera trilogy (2017), and The Hunger Artist (2018), as well as New York Times Critics’ Pick’s The Offending Gesture by Mac Wellman, directed by Meghan Finn (2016) and Red Emma & The Mad Monk by Alexis Roblan, directed by Katie Lindsay (2018). Since its founding in 2003, artists who have come through The Tank include Alex Timbers, Amy Herzog, Lucy Alibar, Reggie Watts, Kyle Abraham, Andrew Bujalski, We Are Scientists, and tens of thousands of others. www.thetanknyc.org
New York Kathak Festival
April 19 – 21, 2019
At The iconic Ailey Studios + Ailey Citigroup Theater
405 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019
A 3-day event with concerts, workshops, and discussions, in the heart of Manhattan
Featuring guest of honor Pandit Birju Maharaj, Saswati Sen, as well as performances by Prashant Shah, Pandit Satya Narayana Charka, Janaki Patrik and the Kathak Ensemble, Anjali Nath, Courtyard Dancers, Farah Yasmeen Shaikh and Noorani Dance, Barkha Patel, Labonee Mohanta and many more.
Organization Mission: The New York Kathak Festival is a newly formed organization that presents and promotes dancers, scholars, and practitioners of Kathak, a classical dance tracing its origins to India. We produce a festival bringing together established and emerging artists from across the United States and overseas. The New York Kathak Festival is produced by the American Kathak community, inspiring creative exchange between local Kathak artists and diverse New York audiences.