By Walter Rutledge
This week summer is in full force and so are the arts. We have art in Soho, dance on the Westside and Chelsea, Shakespeare in Harlem and a great lady of the theatre portrays the great Lady Day. Here are some of the many events happening in that city that never sleeps guaranteed to keep you Out and About.
Artist Bryan Christie brings his new solo exhibition entitled This Image Tightly Held to 67 Greene Street (3rd Floor) in Soho, New York City, July 22 through Sunday, August 17th. There will be an opening night reception on Tuesday, July 22 from 6- 9pm. Christie’s paintings are created from multiple layers of silk, bound together with beeswax and mounted on wooden panels. Many of the figures’ poses in his paintings are derived from ancient classical sculpture and Renaissance painting. The exhibition is by private appointment only, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rennie Harris Puremovement and A Batalha do Passinho (U.S. Debut) on Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:30 PM at the Damrosch Park Bandshell, Lincoln Center Outdoors
Rennie Harris Puremovement this North Philadelphia–raised choreographer and his company have taken street forms and swept them to new platforms for 20 years. The company has honored hip-hop culture while creating ambitious, transcendent works. This virtuosic troupe of dance theater innovators will present three N.Y. premieres: Get it, Church, and Spirit Migrations, as well as the show-stopping crowd-pleaser Students of the Asphalt Jungle.
A Batalha do Passinho (U.S. Debut) Echoing early hip-hop’s evolution, violence at Brazil’s famed baile funk parties was transformed into a constantly shifting battle of dance moves. These passinho duels, powered by funk carioca beats, have leapt from favela face-offs to national obsession. Now the movement’s intense rhythm-driven athleticism and sheer competitive joy come to the U.S. for the first time.
The Bolshoi Ballet will begin a two week engagement through Sunday, July 27 at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Bolshoi not only means big and grand, it also describes the company’s style—adventurous performances charged with drama and emotion. With three full-length ballets along and one opera-in-concert, this is New York’s first opportunity, ever, to experience the combined forces of the Bolshoi Ballet, Opera, Orchestra, and Chorus together in one two-week engagement.
Pilobolus Dance Theater returns to the Joyce Theater Tuesday, July 15 through Sunday, August 10. The company will present two rollicking programs that exhibit the signature quirkiness and athleticism that leave audiences dazzled year after year. This 2014 roster includes two New York premieres The Inconsistent Pedaler, a created in collaboration with writer/director Shira Geffen and Israeli short story, graphic novelist, and film writer Etgar Keret; and On the Nature of Things. Also presented will be last season’s wildly popular work created with Penn & Teller, along with Megawatt and more favorites from the rich Pilobolus repertory. Having sold out last season’s family matinee, the company treats audiences to two family matinees this time around.
Oui Danse will presents the New York premiere of Travailler: Act 1 & 2, July 26, 7:30pm at the Ailey Citigroup Theater; 405 West 55 Street. Artistic Director/Choreographer, Brice Mousset new work Travailler: Act 1 & 2, is inspired by the mentality of “survival of the fittest.” Travailler takes its name from the French word for work. This piece showcases how the idea of success infiltrates and pollutes the mind, and portrays the circus of the business world, observing the compulsive behaviors of workers into their everyday routine with stress, repetition, competition and the desire for escape.
Act 2 is an all new segment that premiered at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Inside/Out Series July 18th 2014. Oui Danse is thrilled to present the revisited piece Travailler: Act 1 & 2, and works from special guest artists Matthew Powell and Mike Esperanza. For additional information visit bricemousset.com.
In Sex Tape a married couple wake up to discover that the sex tape they made the evening before has gone missing, leading to a frantic search for its whereabouts.
Passinho Dance Off: The Movie, Tuesday, July 22, 2014 6:30 PM at the David Rubenstein Atrium (Lincoln Center Outdoors). Passinho is a creation of the kids in Rio’s favelas—a hybrid of pop, break-dancing and traditional samba, pagode, and frevo. Competitions started to get media attention, propelling some of the dancers to local fame and changing their lives. Breaking away from the temptation of drugs and crime, passinho brings a fresh optimism to the neighborhoods.
Hercules stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in this retelling of the Greek legend. Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord. Opens citywide on July 25th.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, the musical play starring record breaking six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, will extend its strictly limited engagement through September 21st, 2014. The production will be dark from September 1st through September 7th while Ms. McDonald takes a previously scheduled vacation, and the final 16 performances will begin starting September 9th, 2014. Tickets are available via Telecharge.com, by calling (212) 239-6200, or at the box office of Circle in the Square (235 West 50th Street, btwn. Broadway and 8th Avenue).
The Classical Theatre of Harlem will present a urban infused version of William Shakespeare’s tragic love story Romeo through July 27, 2014 at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park. The performances will take place Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays) at 7:30pm and on Fridays at 8:15 with a pre-show Jazzmobile concert at 7:00 Performances are free and unticketed so seating is first come, first served. For more information about this performance and other the Classical Theatre of Harlem visit cthnyc.org.
Ghetto Klown is the next chapter in John Leguizamo’s popular personal and professional story will be presented on Monday July 28, 8pm at Summerstage Central Park.. It is his fifth one-man play, his third on Broadway, and follows in the uninhibited tradition of his Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, Freak, and Sexaholix … a Love Story. This is a FREE show. Tickets are not required. Patrons will be admitted first come, first in, until the venue reaches capacity.
We look forward to seeing you Out and About
Get well soon Wale