Love is eccentric. It often erupts in or from unresolved disagreements and conflicts.
Some “lessons” about the messy nature of romance were witnessed first-hand by author Ellen Maddow in her role as a mediator in Brooklyn Civil Court.
Maddow applies what she learned to create the chaotic music-filled comedy, Burnished by Grief-A Romantic Comedy, at La MaMa’s first floor theater from January 22–February 7, in which she investigates the symphonic beauty of cramped New York City life.
Burnished by Grief, written and composed by Maddow and directed by Paul Zimet, partners since 1974 in the Talking Band, one of the city’s foremost avant-garde theaters. La MaMa joins with Talking Band to present the world premiere of Burnished by Grief, an offbeat and disturbing romantic comedy.
The creative team—including Anna Kiraly (Set and Video Designer), Kiki Smith (Costume Designer), Lenore Doxsee (Lighting Designer), and Tim Schellenbaum (Sound Design) – will transform LaMaMa’s First Floor Theater into a prismatic and halucinatory Brooklyn with a backyard surrounded by peering neighbors and stationery bikes in the midst of the disarray of a traffic island.
Visit www.lamama.org to find out more about Burnished by Grief.
Love is a form of intoxication for some. LABAlive presents Drunk, an Evening of Wine, Jewish Text Study, Art, Music, Theater and Imbibing at the 14th Street Y on January 21, explores the more traditional kinds of inebriation. LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture presents this event in which wine is paired with scriptural text.
To find out more about LABA and Drunk, visit http://www.labajournal.com/drunk.
There are additional January off-Broadway “treats” at http://wp.me/p5jq0w-FA
Sometimes love and art marry. Bob Fosse, for instance, was not just influenced by Jack Cole, the legendary “inventor” of the theatrical jazz style of which Fosse, along with Jerome Robbins, Alvin Ailey, and Gower Champion, was a practitioner, he also married Cole’s assistant, Gwen Verdon.
From January 20 through February 4, MOMA presents a film (series) tribute to Jack Cole, All That Jack (Cole). Cole’s style of dance–combining elements from ethnic, ballet and popular dance idioms– is what we have come to expect on stage and screen.
For a schedule, please visit the MOMA calendar.
Speaking of dance… and dance on film:
Movies by Movers will merge with The American Dance Festival’s International Screendance Festival to become ADF’s Movies by Movers. Directed by Cara
Hagan, ADF’s Movies by Movers will be a festival dedicated to the exploration and celebration of human movement in film and digital media. The festival will hold screenings in Durham, NC during ADF’s season and in Boone, NC in September.
Teach your children well:
Exposure to dance performances can be a formative experience for youngsters.
A new initiative by Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance (PTAMD) called the Tier 3: Arnhold Dance Education and Audience Development Initiative is a free program introducing New York City students K-12 to modern dance. After its success as a pilot program last year, Tier 3 will invite New York City teachers, administrators, principals, students, and parents joined PTAMD to experience great works of modern dance at the highest standard of excellence—performed by amazing dancers, with live music, at one of the world’s greatest dance venues, free of charge to PTAMD’s annual New York Season at the Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in March.
Tier 3 will also make available a customized Study Guide that contains primary source material, critical thought provokers, and links to video documentation and will give teachers an opportunity to attend a Professional Development workshop to deepen their understanding of the modern dance genre so they can maximize the benefits of the performance component when following up in their classrooms.
About the (PTAMD) Spring season:
Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance opens its annual Season at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York, on March 16. (It runs through April 3.)
The prolific Paul Taylor presents his 143rd dance, Sullivaniana, and his 144th work, Dilly Dilly this spring.
Taylor Company Commissions, initiative Paul Taylor has undertaken to ensure that the vitality of modern dance continues, will feature commissioned world premieres of dances by Larry Keigwin and Doug Elkins.
To honor the Martha Graham Company’s 90th Anniversary, Paul Taylor chose to present her Diversion of Angels during the seven seasons he danced with the Martha Graham company beginning in 1955. Helping him oversee the production, to be staged by Blakeley White-McGuire and Tadej Brdnik, will be Linda Hodes, Taylor’s partner in Diversion of Angels. and who was the founding Director of Taylor 2 in 1993.
Rainbow ’Round My Shoulder, Donald McKayle’s 1959 signature work, depicting workers on a chain-gang, is another historical masterpiece that will be on the Season’s programs; Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will perform.
Music will be performed live by the renowned Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by long-time Taylor Music Director, Donald York.
To learn more about the PTAMD New York Season, please visit http://ptamd.org/LC2016/