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Dancing Across the Atlantic
Nikolaj Hubbe and The American Friends of the Royal Danish Ballet, in cooperation with the Royal Danish Theatre, announce a magnificent new book Dancing Across the Atlantic, USA - Denmark 1900-2014, a history in words and hundreds of photos of the Royal Danish Ballet at home and in the U.S. Author Erik Aschengreen has written a comprehensive history of the renowned company which he has watched for over 60 years, and its close and longstanding relationship to the U.S. dance world.
Books available through Amazon, or by contacting email@example.com, 908.782.2323
Downtown Music Production's Benson Aids Series
Tuesday December 1 at 7 PM
Middle Collegiate Church
7th Street & Second Avenue
On December 1st, World AIDS Day, Mimi Stern-Wolfe and her Downtown Music Productions will once again present the Benson AIDS Series, a performance that includes works by Chris de Blasio, Kevin Oldham, and Richard Jetter, composers lost early in their lives to AIDS. Featured performer is counter-tenor/violinist Marshall Coid in a program that also includes Bernstein, Copland, and Tchaikovsky. The Series is named for the late Eric Benson, an exceptional musician, composer, writer, and downtown resident.
Valentina Kozlova's 'Nutcracker Winter Suite'
Saturday, December 5
2 performances - 3 PM & 5:30 PM
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street)
Kozlova announces a new version of her annual production. Called 'Nutcracker Winter Suite,' the ballet will run approximately one hour and will be all dance, opening with the Snow Scene and continuing into the variations and Grand Pas de Deux to the beloved Tchaikovsky score. Arrangement of the new production is by Margo Sappington; staging is by Kozlova after Petipa and Vainonen. Dancers are drawn from Kozlova's midtown school and include exceptional young talents who have received medals and scholarships at international ballet competitions.
58th Annual Dance Magazine Awards
Monday, December 7
Doors open at 7 PM; program begins at 7:30 PM
Ailey School, 405 West 55 Street, 5th floor
Dance Magazine honors five exceptional artists at the 58th Annual Dance Magazine Awards: flamenco artist Soledad Barrio, presented by Martin Santangelo; ABT principal Marcelo Gomes, presented by Julie Kent; Karen Kain, former principal dancer and current artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada, presented by Mikhail Baryshnikov; David Vaughan, dance archivist/writer/historian, presented by Valda Setterfield; and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder/artistic director of Urban Bush Women, presented by Millicent Johnnie. The evening will also include performances by Soledad Barrio with flamenco musicians, and dancers from ABT and Urban Bush Women.
Alessandra Belloni and I Giullari Di Piazza - Christmas Fundraiser
Tuesday, December 8 at 8 PM
Italian American Museum
155 Mulberry Street (Little Italy)
A fundraising event for Belloni and I Giullari di Piazza (The Jesters of the Square) with excerpts from their delightful Christmas show "La Cantata dei Pastori," musical adaptation of a play written by A. Perrucci in the 16th century. On their way to Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph encounter devils, demons, the Archangel Gabriel (on stilts), La Befana (the Italian Christmas Witch), and Razzullo, a commedia dell'arte character. Staging is by Belloni and Neapolitan singer/actor Giuseppe de Falco, after the play still performed on the streets at holiday time in de Falco's hometown of Naples, Italy.
Alessandra Belloni and I Giullari Di Piazza - "Mystical Music in Honor of the Black Madonna"
Saturday & Sunday, December 12 & 13
(Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM)
Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue (between 9th & 10th Streets)
Two performances of "Mystical Music in Honor of the Black Madonna," drawn from I Giullari's unique, full-length "Voyage of the Black Madonna," a music and dance journey to the ancient sacred sites of the Black Madonna with music and traditions from Southern Italy, France, Brazil, and Spain, as well as original compositions. Based on the legend of the seven Black Madonnas, also known as the "Seven Sisters," in Southern Italy.
Downtown Music Productions' Benefit Concert
Monday December 14, 5 to 9 PM
HOWL, 6 East First Street
A benefit for Mimi Stern-Wolfe's Downtown Music Productions, with a showing of the prize-winning film "All The Way Through Evening," about the creation of Stern-Wolfe's Benson AIDS Series.
Eye On Dance Public Screenings and Conversations Series
Monday December 14 at 6:30 PM
Gibney Dance, 280 Broadway
(entrance at 53A Chambers Street)
A screening of the 1986 Eye on Dance episode that features Bessie Schonberg and Louise Roberts, with video excerpts of works by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Paul Andrew Thompson, and Valda Setterfield's introduction of Schonberg at the first Bessie Awards event in 1984. The live panel discussion of the impact of Roberts' and Schonberg's work will then be discussed by Celia Ipiotis (creator/producer/host of Eye on Dance) along with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Jill Williams (director of Clark Center Remembered). Admission is free; for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
West End Theater
263 West 86th Street
Another edition of the popular series of short works by by emerging and established choreographers, presented by David Parker and Jeff Kazin.
Kathryn Posin Dance Company
February 11 & 12 at 7:30 PM
Kaufman Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
Kathryn Posin's company has been invited by the 92nd Street Y to re-open the fabled 900-seat Kaufman Concert Hall. Guests for this special season are Meredith Monk, Theo Bleckmann, and Amar Ramasar (NYCB). Posin will premiere "Climate Control," set to Monk's "Facing North," to be performed live by Monk and Bleckmann. Another highlight of the season will be a reconstruction, by original cast member Lance Westergard, of Posin's famed 1975 "Waves," to music by Laurie Spiegel.
Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway
Dancers from around the world will dance for medals, scholarships and company contracts before a distinguished international panel of judges at the 6th Annual Kozlova Competition.
Keiko Fujii Dance Company
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
Dancer/choreographer Keiko Fujii returns with her company of dancers from Osaka, Japan and Hawaii, where she teaches at the University of Hawaii/Honolulu.
The spectacular Dance Parade returns a Grand Marshall leading hundreds of dancers and companies from Union Square to Tompkins Square Park in this joyous celebration of all forms of dance.
Eliot Feld's Kids Dance
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue
Feld's amazing young dancers, trained tuition-free at his Ballet Tech School at 890 Broadway, in a program of Feld dances created especially for them.