Foot & Fiddle Dance Company’s performance of “American Footsteps” introduces three centuries of American folk dance in a dazzling blend of square dancing, tap dancing, Irish step dancing, and Appalachian clogging.
Dance China NY performs dances of different genres, from raucous folk dances of farming villages to gentle classical dances of the Imperial Palaces.
JOURNEY THROUGH THE CARIBBEAN
¡Retumba!, a multi-cultural all-woman ensemble, traces the roots of Afro-Caribbean music and dance, introducing students to the dances of Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.
POETS AND PEACEMAKERS
Led by Artistic Director Kim Grier, The Rod Rodgers Dance Company celebrates the creative struggles and landmark achievements of Black heroes in choreographed tributes to Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King, Jr., Duke Ellington, and Harriet Tubman using poetry, music, and when possible, media elements.
Performances by Aishwarya Madhav (new):
INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE
Indian Classical Dance combines music, dance, storytelling, and poetry to create a highly stylized, artistic endeavor. Solo Artist Aishwarya Madhav combines athleticism, drama and beauty presented in traditional dance attire.
Bollywood Dance blends different art forms like Indian classical and Indian folk dances. Performed to very strong beats and high energy music, it is presented in colorful and elaborate costumes.
CANCIONES LATINOAMERICANAS: JOURNEY IN SONG THROUGH LATIN AMERICA (After-school only)
A Gonzalez Band workshop and performance is a fun, easy way to get into the music featuring songs by Rubén Gonzalez and the Latin American repertoire. Musicians demonstrate the various percussion and string instruments of the ensemble and encourage people to sing along and dance. Through call and response and musical play, the Gonzalez Band introduces song lyrics, rhythmic patterns and claves of the World Children Repertoire.
MEXICO BEYOND MARIACHI
This delightful program showcases the vast cultural expression of Mexico. Each region from the country has its own rituals, celebrations, costumes, language and music. The ensemble’s mission is to encourage students to look beyond stereotypes and into the fascinating story and history of the Mexican people. The concert will bring students on a journey that begins over 500 years ago, first with the Aztec civilization, then continuing in a chronological order showing how time, geography, climate and foreign influence have affected folk traditions to the present day.
INTRO TO THE STRING QUARTET
The West Village Quartet performs works by composers as diverse as Mozart, Scott Joplin, and Dvorak to illustrate the universal language of music. Members of the quartet provided a glimpse into their lives as performers, and give historical information about their instruments, the music, and the composers.
SWING STREET ENSEMBLE: THE DIXIE RASCALS
Six dynamic musicians trace the origins of tap-your-feet, clap-your-hands, grin-on-your-face Dixieland music. They perform in period costume on traditional Dixieland instruments: trumpet, trombone, clarinet, banjo, tuba and drums and focus on the role of each instrument in the ensemble. Emphasis is placed on the importance of listening to each other in the music as in every day conversation. Special attention is devoted to the cultural place of the music in “life events”, New Orleans traditions, and a celebration of the human spirit.
Taikoza, a Japanese Taiko drum group, demonstrates the powerful rhythms of the taiko drums. Students learn from master Taiko drummer Marco Lienhard about the role of the drum in Japanese culture, and experience the pounding rhythms of the taiko, a large, barrel-like drum that can fill the air with the sounds of rolling thunder.
PICTURES COME TO LIFE
Jeff Hopkins tells stories by quickly sketching, narrating, and acting out characters’ movements and sounds. Jeff draws on wall-sized sheets of mural paper, creating large-scale images that transform and develop over the course of the story. Interactive performances incorporate humor, history, and folklore. His subjects range from Greek mythology and Impressionist painting to baseball and tall tales of the Wild West.
Freestyle Repertory Theatre’s masters of improvisation form competing teams to create scenes, stories, songs, and poems on the spot, based on audience suggestions from poetry, history, and literature.
Performances by Anne Pasquale:
They came from all parts of the world: Russia, Italy, China and Latin America. Some came to escape oppression, others just to seek a better way of life. Meet the women who made us Americans, and hear the stories from every point of Liberty’s crown in Liberty Belles.
THE REVOLUTION OF DEBORAH SAMPSON
The story of Deborah Sampson tells the story of America’s birth. At the age of eighteen, when the young woman heard the cry of George Washington, she was prepared to fight and die for her liberty; she dressed as a man and enlisted in the Continental Army. See 18th century America brought to life as Deborah Sampson joins George Washington’s Army for the Revolutionary War.
HELEN AND ME
Blind from the age of two and orphaned by the age of nine, Ms. Sullivan conquered seemingly impossible obstacles and revolutionized the teaching of the deaf and blind. From her own perspective, listen as ‘Teacher’ relates the miraculous work that transformed the life of Helen Keller and has continued to inspire millions.
CALAMITY JANE: THE WOMAN AND HER LEGEND
This is the story of how a young girl from Princeton, Missouri became the legendary Calamity Jane. Martha Jane Cannary, a.k.a. Calamity Jane, was an orphan at the age of fifteen when she dressed as a man to earn a man’s wage. Calamity Jane was one of the Old West’s most colorful characters. Now you can hear her story from her point of view and learn about a time long forgotten. Catch the pioneer spirit and travel the Overland Trail with Calamity Jane!
Performances by Ron Sopyla (new):
STORIES AND MYTHOLOGY FROM AROUND THE WORLD
(Auditorium Performance, ages K-3)
Ron Sopyla tells a multi-cultural mix of stories designed specifically for each class and age group. Stories for the younger children are participatory, with children joining in the storytelling by becoming characters in the stories, joining in dialogue, singing and movement, and improvising parts of the stories.
STORIES AND MYTHOLOGY FROM AROUND THE WORLD
(Classroom Performance, ages K-5)
Ron Sopyla tells a multi-cultural mix of stories designed specifically for each class and age group. Stories for the younger children are participatory, with children joining in the storytelling by becoming characters in the stories, joining in dialogue, singing and movement, and improvising parts of the stories. Props, story cloths and rolling story scrolls (crankies) may be used to illustrate the stories. More complex stories for older children are drawn from fairytales and mythology from around the world.
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE JUNGLE
(Classroom Performance, ages K-3)
Ron Sopyla performs a mix of shadow puppetry and storytelling to tell folktales from around the world. The stories are rich with participatory elements, where children can sing, speak, create sound effects and move like the characters as Ron illustrates the stories with shadow puppets. There is an opportunity after the performance for the children to look at artifacts of the construction process, source material for ideas, rough sketches, and the finished puppets up close.