Bard SummerScape 2016 Festival Opens Friday with the World Premiere of ‘Fantasque’!

Bard SummerScape Opens Friday with Fantasque,
A World Premiere Ballet for Dancers and Puppets by
John Heginbotham and Amy Trompetter
Bard SummerScape kicks off Friday evening with the world premiere of Fantasque, a new ballet for dancers and puppets choreographed by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award–winner John Heginbotham and designed by Amy Trompetter, Bread and Puppet alum, and founder of the Hudson Valley’s own Redwing Blackbird Theater.

The New Yorker calls Fantasque “a zany, surrealist story about the creation of the world.” Heginbotham says, “children, even young children, should get it.” This is enchanting fun for the whole family.

Celebrate the Hudson Valley summer before or after the show with drinks and fine dining in the Spiegeltent. Your ticket to Fantasque also includes after-hours dancing in the Spiegeltent on Friday andSaturday nights, beginning at 10 pm.

July 1 at 7:30 pm, July 2 at 7:30 pm, and July 3 at 2 pm—all in the Sosnoff Theater. Tickets start at $25.

Participate in a post-performance conversation with John Heginbotham and Amy Trompetter on July 2 or join us for a pre-performance talk on July 3 at 1 pm—both moderated by Bard College’s director of theater programs, Gideon Lester

Ride the SummerScape Coach from New York City to the Fisher Center on July 3.

Make a Night of It! Enjoy Out-of-Town and Night-Out packages, available for select performances ofFantasque.

Read a conversation between John Heginbotham, Amy Trompetter, and Gideon Lester,
A World Turned Upside Down.

 

Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed
Award-winning puppet artist Dan Hurlin creates a surreal “puppet noir” based on four beautiful but disquieting plays written at the height of World War I by the Italian futurist artist Fortunato Depero. Hallucinogenic, fast-paced, and shot through with dark humor, these astonishing plays celebrate the energy and possibility of technology, while revealing the chilling parallels between their time and ours.

July 7–17 in the LUMA Theater. Tickets start at $25.

Read a program note about Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed by James Leverett, professor of dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at Yale School of Drama.

 

Iris
In Iris, Pietro Mascagni’s “shimmering, dreamlike score” provides the backdrop for Luigi Illica’shaunting libretto, which recounts the tragic story of Iris, an innocent young girl tricked into abandoning home for a brothel in Tokyo’s sinister and sensual red-light district.

Luigi Illica wrote the librettos for both Iris andMadama Butterfly, and the works are thematically linked, depicting innocence betrayed in fin-de-siécle Japan.

Mascagni’s “bewitchingly lovely” (Independent UK) score depicts a young woman in the midst of a very dangerous youth.

July 22–31 in the Sosnoff Theater. Tickets start at $25.

 

Bard Music Festival Program Nine: Italian Choral Music since Palestrina
It is a great season for the “exemplary” (New York Times) Bard Festival Chorale! From opera by Puccini, Verdi, Boito, Massenet, and Busoni to orchestral works by Dallapiccola and Petrassi, they have many opportunities to shine.

Come join this group of stellar ensemble singers for a program devoted to Italian Choral Music since Palestrina and hear them in the intimate setting of a chamber concert.