By Walter Rutledge
The weekend offers opportunities to see dance, enjoy fine dining, or experience art with the kids. These activities are taking place all around the city. Here are a few of the many events in our community and across the city.
Sidra Bell Dance NY will present the second part DUEL, at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, Nagelberg Theater located at East 25th between Lexington and Third Avenues. This weekend the company will offer ReVUE (Program B). The piece includes a quirky cast of six characters who find themselves in precarious situations – like a very small woman in very big high heels. Bell describes the show as “burlesque-y,” with vaudeville themes and sketches.
The Sidra Bell Dance NY is based in New York City and considers itself a boutique company. Under the direction of Bell, the company has presented innovative dance theater works. Her style combines high fashion and cinematic imagery, in full-scale dance theatre productions. Bell’s unique and original approach to dance has a simplicity and honesty tinged with theatricality and a little bit of madness.
The four performances of ReVue will take place on Thursday March 29, Friday March 30, Saturday 31, at 8pm and Sunday, April 1, at 7pm. Ticket prices are $25 general admission, $10 students, and two students $15. There is an advance ticket sale of $20 when you use thr on-line code BELL. Tickets can be purchased by calling (646) 312-5073, or visiting www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac.
The Paul Taylor Dance Company concludes their 2012 season at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center this weekend. The company will present thirteen different works this weekend including all three of the New York City premieres The Uncommitted, Gossamer Gallants, and House of Joy. In addition to the new works Taylor classics including Promethean Fire, Cloven Kingdom, Esplanade and Brandenburgs will also be performed.
The Uncommitted is a true Paul Taylor dance work. Set to the music by Arvo Pärt, the work deals with relationships, or in this case, individuals who are unable to form bonds. While Gossamer Gallants is a fast-paced comedic work about predatory female “insects” and the doomed male bugs that are drawn to them. House of Joy is probably the most different of the new work presented this season. The work is set in a whorehouse, and has an unmistakable Taylor twist at the end.
The weekend schedule is: Friday, March 30, 8pm: Junction, 3 Epitaphs, The Uncommitted, Promethean Fire * Saturday, March 31, 3pm: Oh, You Kid!, Big Bertha, House of Joy, Esplanade * Saturday., March 31, 8pm: House of Cards, Gossamer Gallants, Brandenburgs * Sunday, April 1, 3pm: Cloven Kingdom, Big Bertha, House of Joy, Piazzolla Caldera
For the complete schedule of the season performances and repertoire visit www.ptdc.com. Ticket prices for all performances are $10, $25, $50, $60, $75, $100 and $150 and can be purchased by visiting www.ptdc.org/tickets.
This is also the last weekend to experience the Aureole Prix Fixe Menu at Aureole Restaurant located at 135 West 42nd Street. The restaurant is honoring the fiftieth anniversary of Paul Taylor’s masterwork Aureole with a special three-course prix fixe menu. Renowned Chef Charlie Palmer, known for his Michelin-starred New York City restaurant Aureole, has created a special menu inspired by the famous dance that has been offered at the restaurant throughout the month of March. Patrons are invited to be a part of this magical synergy by stopping in to Aureole restaurant for the exclusive Paul Taylor prix-fixe menu.
Aureole Prix Fixe Menu is being offered from March 13 – April 1, 2012 in the Bar Room from 5-10pm, for the value price of $55 per person. Aureole located at 135 West 42nd Street is in the heart of the theater district near Bryant Park. For reservations to request the Paul Taylor Dance Menu call 212-319-1660.
There is also another option for the real epicurean, a complete evening of dining and dance. Aureole Restaurant and the Paul Taylor Dance Company have fashioned the perfect night out. Patrons can enjoy the special Aureole pre-fixe dinner menu followed by a performance of The Paul Taylor Dance Company. Aureole Dinner and Show Package is also offered from March 13 – April 1, 2012 and is only $125 per person. The Paul Taylor Dance Company will offer orchestra seats, which are priced at $100 per ticket, to audience members who wish to take advantage of this special offer. To purchase tickets call 646.214.5830.
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Hands On- Scratch The Block inspired by Kira Lynn Harris at the Studio Museum In Harlem on Sunday April 1st is offering a fun and informative afternoon as part of their Target Free Sunday Series. It brings together the entire family while teaching the technique of scratch art with crayons and black oil pastels. The participant will create artwork based on Kira Lynn Harris installation based on Romare Bearden six-panel mural The Block. You will prepare templates and then scratch beautiful images of the city! To sign up go to http://www.studiomuseum.org.
As always thank you for letting me share my world with you.
In Photo: 1) Kira Lynn Harris: The Block | Bellona (installation view), 2011 2) Sidra Bell 3) Francisco Graciano and Michael Apuzzo 4) Julie Tice and Robert Kleinedorst 5) Bar Room at Aureole Restaurant 6) Sample art at the Studio Museum of Harlem
Photos by: 1) Adam Reich 2) Jubal Battisti 3) Tom Caravaglia 4) Lois Greenfield 5) Charlie Palmer Group