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The Astana Ballet Theater is a leader in the world of Kazakh ballet, and constantly strives to grow creatively, experimenting, and seeking new images, representations, and performance styles, and can always be counted on to bring joy to its audiences with new performances and shows.
The Government of Kazakhstan and DCINY are proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to the program.
Drawing inspiration from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Go Forth is a performance and photo installation that considers how we create space in our lives for the presence of the absent. Burial is proposed not as erasure but as offering restitution and performing rites.
The 3,000-year-old funerary text is approached as an ancient performance score: excavating the spells and incantations to create a series of burial vignettes, fragments of translation, memory and imagination. Photographic funerary murals usher the audience into a mythological underground landscape. Galvanized by the intimate relationship between black people and death around the world, Go Forth paves way for its audience to reflect on their individual and collective mourning processes.
As theatre legend Eric Bentley enters his 100th year, Michael Riedel emcees a tribute concert in his honor. A recital of Eisler songs in English versions by Eric Bentley and performed by soprano Karyn Levitt accompanied by Eric Ostling, will be followed by the main Tribute segment of the evening. This will feature the participation of Tony Kushner, Austin Pendleton, Bill Coco representing The Actors Studio, and Michael Paller of The American Conservatory Theater; Louise Kerz Hirschfeld, theatre historian and president of The Al Hirschfeld Foundation; as well as James Shapiro, Edward Mendelson and Phillip Lopate of Columbia University. The participants will offer readings from Eric Bentley's classic works, and share reminiscences and anecdotes followed by Songs For Mother Courage by Darius Milhaud and Eric Bentley, and performed by Karyn Levitt with the Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra conducted by Glen Roven.
Hildegard (vision) follows the story of Hildegard, a medieval nun, composer, and philosopher, who experienced divine visions. The structure piece mirrors the scientific phases of the body during a migraine attack, represented through an integrated mix of piercing sound, motion and surreal imagery, to examine the ways in which context combined with physiological processes shape how we perceive and affect change within the world around us.
Panopticon is a duet that is simultaneously a solo and a work for 100 dancers. Through reflections and multiplications using mirrors and video, a kaleidoscopic arena of bodies is created, obscuring the divide between individual and object.
Inspired by the architectural concept of the panopticon, a structure in which everything is seen at all times, this performance aims to achieve omniscient visibility.
Victor Morales takes his audiences for the ultimate digital performance ride, where particle robots, computer vision, digital puppets, and mapped dynamic projections are used to answer universal questions about purpose in art and life. Morales' experience as a puppeteer and theatre performer adds a humorous and humanizing touch to his digital creations. The artist interacts with his digital environments, as they exist in the way they would with traditional puppets and sets. Hi-tech medium notwithstanding, storytelling is at the core of the project.
John Jesurun's cross-media storytelling returns as Shadowland Live, a continuation of his webserial Shadowland. His exploded narrative form is a continuously revised "plot" created and shot in front of an audience. A combination of the memorized, improvised, playback, music, media and the internet. Two new episodes take on the changing perception of reality manipulated by ubiquitous mediation and a host of virtuosic veteran performers and new talents.
Episode 4: The Crystal Ship - 11/30/2015 - 12/2/2015 at 8pm
Episode 5: Hallucitania - 12/4 - 12/5 at 8pm and 12/6/2015 at 6pm
Performance Space 122, Asia Society, and the China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF) come together for a second year of collaboration through multidisciplinary, music- focused emerging Chinese artists Xi Ban and Pi Huang Club.
Wrapped in an absurd and hyperbolic narrative, the music film, Sever revisits the ancient Chinese folktale of Diao Chan with live accompaniment by the modern Chinese band Xi Ban. Mixing classical instrumentation with westernized form, Xi Ban create an intriguing interplay between traditional idioms and pop culture references.
Drawing parallel lines between Qi-style Peking Opera and southern blues, Pi Huang Club matches the two main tones of this ancient performance with similarities in this distinctly American form.
A truly international collaboration between Australian based Ranters Theatre, acclaimed Brazilian visual artist Laura Lima, and UK musician James Tyson, Song is an exploration of place, wanderings and the nature of purposeful existence.
This immersive sound installation reinvents the song cycle form by combining the sounds of weather, the scent of earth and the colors of day's end, transforming the space into a multi-sensory constructed "nature".
The world premiere of Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty's Why Why Always conjures a live cine-performance through the interplay of other worldly video, music, sound and technology.