Kaatsbaan in May 2018

 Flamenco Vivo/Carlota Santana at Kaatsbaan

 Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:30 – Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 2:30 pm

Kaatsbaan International Dance 120 Broadway, Tivoli, NY

Flamenco Vivo/Carlota Santana returns to Kaatsbaan on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 2:30 pm. Excitement is in the air as Flamenco Vivo celebrates its 35th anniversary and brings to the stage Mujeres Valientes, a new and timely work by Belén Maya, considered to be one of the most important contemporary Flamenco artists in the world today.

Mujeres Valientes, explores the fundamental power and courage of two often forgotten Latin American women:  one a poet and the other a revolutionary. While serving as a nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, (1651-1696) established the largest book collection in Mexico at that time and wrote extensively in defense of women’s intellectual rights and education.  Manuela Sáenz, (1797-1856) collaborated with Simón Bolívar, was a revolutionary heroine of South America and is recognized as a feminist symbol of the 19th century wars of independence.  Both women valiantly challenged authorities and fought for women’s rights and individuality.

The second half of the program presents electrifying solos by two prize-winning dancers from Spain, José Maldonado and Guadalupe Torres.  Maldonado and Torres come to Flamenco Vivo through a partnership with Madrid’s El Certamen de Coreografía de Danza Española y Flamencothe famous competition for up-and-coming talent in Spain.

The program features Flamenco Vivo’s international company of 13 artists, with all works performed to live music.  Most decidedly an evening to remember.

 Since its founding in 1983, artistic director Carlota Santana has led Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana’s growth as one of this country’s most successful flamenco companies, with a mission to promote flamenco as a living art form and a vital part of Hispanic heritage.  Flamenco Vivo has premiered more than 20 original works offering commissions to numerous flamenco artists from Spain and the United States.  Ms. Santana created the company’s innovative arts-in-education program, integrating Spanish dance and culture with academic curricula, and has pioneered bilingual education initiatives targeted to immigrant populations, as well as other programs addressing the special needs of disabled youth.  Santana is most decidedly the “keeper of the flame” (Dance Magzine).

 Kaatsbaan is a nonprofit, professional creative residence and performance facility situated on a 153-acre historic site in Tivoli, NY. Founded in 1990, it provides dance companies, choreographers, composers, set designers and all dance artists with a setting where they can create and showcase new work, rehearse, perform and develop new productions.  It serves dance communities across the US and around the world.

For reservations call 845-757-5106 x10 or on-line at https://kaatsbaan.yapsody.com

Tickets:  Café Table Seating – $45, Adults – $30, Student Rush/Children – $10

 

Tamara LaDonna Moving Spirits:

Upstream Showcase Performance at Kaatsbaan

All seats $10

Kaatsbaan presents the final showcase performance in its Spring 2018 UpStream® Series: Tamara LaDonna Moving Spirits will perform on Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2018 at 2:30 pm.  Founded in 2011 by artistic director Tamara Williams, Tamara LaDonna Moving Spirits’ work is heavily influenced by the African Diaspora.  Their work reflects a fusion of numerous dance styles including modern, ballet, capoeira, contemporary West African dances and the African Diaspora.

During their week-long residency at Kaatsbaan Ms. Williams and her company will be investigating the lost tradition of Ring Shout dances and songs that were created in the Sea Islands of the United States by enslaved African Americans.  The company will contract movements created by enslaved people throughout the African diaspora, including Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil, Haiti, etc. and make connections to the dances practiced in the U.S.  Researching in Charleston and Beauford S.C. Ms. Williams has spent the past two years exploring the Gullah culture and traditions from which Ring Shout was formed. Her ongoing interests include re-imagining Ring Shout traditions during the late 1700’s and early 1800’s forms the impetus for her work at Kaatsbaan.

Kaatsbaan’s UpStream® Residency Award program is designed to support new and emerging dance companies with creative time for experimentation, the creation of new work and showcase performance in which new work as well as repertory work are presented.Kaatsbaan UpStream® Residency Awards are made possible in part by the New York State DanceForce which receives funding from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Kaatsbaan is a nonprofit, professional creative residence and performance facility situated on a 153-acre historic site in Tivoli, NY. Founded in 1990, it provides dance companies, choreographers, composers, set designers and all dance artists with a setting where they can create and showcase new work, rehearse, perform and develop new productions.  It serves dance communities across the US and around the world.

 

Jennifer Muller/The Works at Kaatsbaan

Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

It is with great pleasure that Kaatsbaan welcomes back Jennifer Muller/The Works to its stage.  Since 2002 Ms. Muller and her company have engaged and captivated Kaatsbaan audiences.  The Works is celebrating is 43rd Anniversary and this year’s program features works spanning the last forty years.

Ms. Muller’s most recent work Shock Wave (2018) will have is premiere preview at Kaatsbaan. In physics, a shock wave is a cataclysmic disturbance, characterized by destructive interference and abrupt, nearly discontinuous change. Shock Wave treats this explosive impact as a symbolic event, interpreting it as a widespread, deeply felt feeling of shock caused by unexpected events. The work proposes that when “the life we expect” is disrupted by tumultuous events and shocking changes, the result can be emotional devastation, followed by an urgent attempt at healing and finally the realization that only struggle  will regain a sense of community.

Moving back in time, Lovers (1978), based on the imagery of the painter, Gustave Klimt, is comprised of four sequential duets tracing the development of a single relationship from youth to maturity, from infatuation to the trust of seasoned love. Danced to an original score by Keith Jarrett, the piece is infused with the passion, tenderness and joy of love. The 4th Duet will be performed tonight

Regards (1991) danced by Gen Haskimoto and set to the compelling music of Tracy Chapman, Regards, represents a superior example of the personalized emotional work unique to Ms. Muller. This powerful solo witnesses a homeless man, trapped by poverty and despair, arrive at partial release through the realization that a sense of “home” is engendered by acceptance of self.

Moon (2003) was created when Ms. Muller was invited by the Richard Rogers Foundation to choreograph for the Rogers Centennial at City Center Theater. The result, Moon, in its entirety, is choreographed to seven different recordings of the Richard Roger’s song, Blue Moon. Each section reflects the character of the decade in which song was recorded with moods ranging from the bitter-sweet romanticism of Billie Holiday to the playful do wop of The Marcels. This weekend’s performances will include three sections of the piece.

Miserere Nobis, set to the incomparable music of Samuel Barbar’s Allegeri, Miserere Nobis, is an entreaty for mercy and grace. In an age of unspeakable conflict and cruelty, each of us must ask for forgiveness for all of us.

For reservations call 845-757-5106 x10 or on-line at https://kaatsbaan.yapsody.com  Tickets:  Adults – $30, Student Rush/Children – $10

Kaatsbaan is a nonprofit, professional creative residence and performance facility situated on a 153-acre historic site in Tivoli, NY. Founded in 1990, it provides dance companies, choreographers, composers, set designers and all dance artists with a setting where they can create and showcase new work, rehearse, perform and develop new productions.  It serves dance communities across the US and around the world.