British singer/songwriter Beth Orton brilliantly combines the passionate beauty of acoustic folk with the electronic beats of trip-hop to create a fresh, distinct fusion of roots and rhythm. Her stunning debut Trailer Park was followed by Central Reservation, Daybreaker, and Comfort of Strangers. Presented by Battery Park City Authority.price: freewebsite: www.batteryparkcity.orgphone: 212.417.2000
Bang on a Can returns with its incomparable 12-hour super-mix of genre-defying music from around the corner and the globe. Hear the highly anticipated U.S. premiere of Fausto Romitelli's Professor Bad Trip performed by Talea Ensemble; a Bang on a Can All-Stars' premiere with Mira Calix; African crossover innovators Burkina Electric; Balinese Gamelan; music from Kyrgyzstan and much more! 12pm - 12am.Presented by Arts World Financial Center.
This beloved event returns for its 18th year with performances by Gordon from Sesame Street, Angelina Ballerina and more. Kids can meet their favorite storybook characters like Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George and Madeline. In the evening don't miss The Apples in stereo, with special guests the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic - part of our Summer Stars series - plus the spectacular Target Fireworks. Presented by The Seaport.
The art-rock ensemble Renaissance, led by vocalist Annie Haslam, perfected a synthesis of folk pop and symphonic influence on their classic albums Prologue, Turn of the Cards, and the remade Scheherazade. Steve Hackett, best known as the Genesis guitarist, continues to shine as a star performer and composer in his own right with an origial and extraordinary acoustic and electric playing style. Presented by Battery Park City Authority.
Culminating this year’s Dancing Classrooms program, talented 5th and 8th grade dancers from New York City public schools participate in this city-wide competition for the grand prize as they Fox Trot, Merengue, Rumba, Swing and Tango their way to the gold. 3-4:30pm (5th graders) and 6-7:30 (8th graders). Presented by Arts World Financial Center.
The most sought-after trio in the world, the Grammy®-nominated Eroica Trio thrills audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance. Whether playing the great standards of the piano trio repertoire or daring contemporary works, the three young women who make up this celebrated ensemble electrify the concert stage with their passionate performances. Presented by Arts World Financial Center and IMG Artists. Founding sponsor for Summer Stars is Pace University.
Dance has figured prominently in the development of calligraphy as one of China’s essential art forms. During the Shang Dynasty, it was dancing shamans who presided over divination rituals in which oracle bones were cracked in order to commune with the ancestors. Later, dancers also inspired drunken T’ang Dynasty monks to abandon the formalism of their age, seek freedom of expression and perform through calligraphy. The Mountain River Project is an extension of that connection: a work of modern calligraphy-making and its reflection in movement.
The Apology is a multi-media theater piece revolving around the 60th birthday party for the patriarch of an Irish family living in America. As the day looms, the four adult children, scarred from childhood wounds inflicted by their father , try to come to terms with honoring the man who caused them so much suffering. The weight of the conflict strains an already knotted marriage between father and mother and a day meant for celebration and unity, threatens to bring down an already fractured family.
Command Voice is an evening-length, multimedia opera that re-imagines Odysseus's return through the story of a post-combat Marine, his waiting wife, and the scientist who promises to restore their life to 'new normal'. With original video and artwork by Justin Waldstein, music direction by Tony Melone, dramaturgy by Alison Fleminger, and through the songs of Susan Oetgen and Likeness to Lily, Command Voice considers the process of healing injury in a world where technology allows us to exceed our human limitations, while at the same time compelling us to confront the ambiguous consequ
The play Real Dogs begins when the Pattersons receive a wooden dog as a gift. Their suburban basement is the set and fear is the main character. Crippled by fear that the dog will bite, that the neighbors will complain, and that the dog could be hit by a car, the Patterson’s paranoia eventually overwhelms the family (while reflecting current American fears of terrorist attacks, economic collapse, or government run wild). The artists also want to explore how close we might be to losing sight of the bigger picture.
Songs To Live For explores the profound romantic and spiritual longing evoked by Hindustani vocal music—love songs called thumri and khayal, in particular. Dancers move solo, in pairs and as an ensemble, responding to the music's spacious vocals, rhythmic punctuations and nuances of poetry. Parijat Desai's choreography blends fluid movements from postmodern dance with gesture/expression from Indian classical dance. This dance theater work is enhanced by visuals referencing India's Mughal courts, where this music was originally fostered.
To Begin The World Over Again is a collaboration between Choreographer Edisa Weeks and Composer Joe Phillips for an evening-length performance that integrates Weeks' dance company DELERIOUS Dances and the live music of Phillips and his Orchestra Numinous. The work explores the writings of Thomas Paine and his spirited advocacy for freedom and democracy in America. The piece inquires: how are freedom and democracy packaged and promoted in America? How do Weeks and Phillips as African-Americans answer that question, and how do other communities address the question?
Join us in the Governors Island Commanding Officer’s Quarters in beautiful, tree-filled Nolan Park, enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing under the stars to music by local hit band Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra. GIA will honor two extraordinary partners and friends of the Island: Congressman Jerrold “Jerry” Nadler and Terry MacRae, founder of Hornblower Cruises & Events. Contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or register at http://gia.kintera.org/2010party.
Join us for arts and crafts, story telling, as well as musical and theatrical performances and harbor education activities for kids. Featuring special 4 PM headliner: Grammy winning singer / songwriter Tom Chapin. Sponsored by the Governors Island Alliance. www.governorsislandalliance.org
This Noh play by poet Leslie Scalapino travels between the left and right sides of the brain, with appearances by a reincarnated Patty Hearst in the 1974 SLA bank heist and a green-winged creature that is part crocodile, part Michelin man and part charging rhino. The play is performed by The Relationship, a performance group directed by Fiona Templeton that specializes in innovative language and use of site.