Summer Forum 2014

New York, New York
Monday, July 07, 2014

Participation in any Summer Forum labs includes the opportunity to see special performances by 2014-15 LCE season repertory artists.

Luster, choreographed by Monica Bill Barnes. Photo by Christopher Duggan.

(Theater) Autumn's Harvest, written by Dominique Morisseau
Autumn Jones is a dreamer who lives within the “what if?” She wants to be a farmer. She wants people to eat right, starting with her father. She wants to make a difference in the lives of those she loves and in her neighborhood. How does Autumn begin to change the world when the only place she and best friend Khadeem have to hang out is an empty lot? And why is that crazy old lady from Fulton trying to talk to her about the power within her?
*Included in Aesthetic Education Immersion (July 7-11), Aesthetic Education in Your Content Area (July 7-9), and Arts as Artifacts (July 7-8)

(Theater) Kish-Kush, performed by Teatro Distinto
Kish-Kush is an imaginary, neutral space, containing two men: one speaks a gibberish mix of Hebrew and Arabic, the other one speaks English. The set is divided in two symmetrical triangles by a paper wall, which also divides the audience into two parts, each witnessing only one actor’s actions and point of view. Through sounds, shadows and few symbolic objects, the two characters confront each other, tearing apart the delicate paper wall. Sharing a common space, they each try to figure out the other’s different language and behavior. Kish-Kush explores the joys and difficulties of cultural and linguistic differences through the game of theatre.
*Included in Aesthetic Education Immersion (July 7-11), Aesthetic Education in Your Content Area (July 7-9) and Arts As Artifacts (July 7-8)

(Music) Tularosa, performed by Kamara Thomas
Tularosa is a song cycle named for a region of land which is the object of desire for all the people whose stories are told, mostly in ballad form. All are distinct individuals with their unique story to tell, and collectively they form a portrait of the long history of struggle on the American landscape. Tularosa tells a story of America in both its shame and its triumph. Versatile guitarist and vocalist Kamara Thomas fronts a talented trio (including Gabriel Berezin on acoustic and electric guitar, and percussionist Robby Sinclair).
*Included in Aesthetic Education Immersion (July 7-11)

(Music) Oria, performed by H’Sao
Drawing from gospel, traditional African music, as well as their Chadian roots, H’sao display clear soul, pop, and R&B influences. All the members of this Montréal afro-pop group are singer/songwriters; elements of their various influences are smoothly blended with African rhythms to create fresh songs in a unique style.
*Included in Creating a Space for the Arts in Your Community (July 10)

(Dance) Profiles and Esplanade, performed by Taylor 2
The six-member second company of the internationally acclaimed Paul Taylor Dance Company perform a pair of highly contrasting dances in this 45 minute program. Profiles, a piece for four dancers and an avant-garde score by Jan Radzynski, is a study in sculptural form; while Esplanade takes its cues from pedestrian movement—walking, running, leaping, jumping—to a melodious baroque score by Bach.
*Included in Aesthetic Education Immersion (July 7-11)

(Theater) Sleeping Beauty, performed by David Gonzalez
Dressed as a footman, David Gonzalez tells the story not just of the beautiful princess Talia, but also of the thirteenth fairy – the one who was not honored by the king and queen with an invitation to her christening celebration. What happens to the one who is ignored? Assisting David in spinning this tale is longtime collaborator, pianist and composer Daniel Kelly, who plays music by Bach.
*Included in Aesthetic Education Immersion (July 14-18)

(Dance) No Man Is An Island / My True North, performed by Arch 8 Dance Company
This pair of dances are each a commentary on relationships, how we interact with and relate to one another; however they set about on these ruminations in two very different ways. No Man Is An Island pushes the limits of physical possibility. It explores balance as one body climbs and shifts atop another without ever touching the ground. My True North is a male-female duet about connectedness; athletic, acrobatic, flowing from beginning to end almost without stopping. Together, the two dancers build a rollercoaster, and invite us to ride it with them.
*Included in Aesthetic Education Immersion (July 14-18), Design & Experience (July 14-16), and Aesthetically Yours (July 16)

 Macbeth, performed by Psittacus Productions. Photo by Wenona Cole McLaughlin.

(Theater) Macbeth, performed by Psittacus Productions
A one-hour adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, Psittacus Productions gives Macbeth the graphic-novel treatment using six actors who play numerous roles courtesy of shadowplay. The text is entirely Shakespeare’s, and the production is uniquely Psittacus’. This version stems from another of their adaptations, A Tale Told By An Idiot (which earned a “Critic’s Pick” in the Hollywood Fringe Festival).
*Included in Facing The Challenge: Problem-Solving, Critical Thinking, and the LCE Capacities (July 14-15)

(Dance) Luster, choreographed by Monica Bill Barnes
Monica Barnes and Anna Bass are celebrating ten years of partnership, and Luster is a slightly wistful yet triumphant reflection on that time, the work they have created, where they are now. Think vaudeville and confetti and duets by two very talented modern dancers who know each other so well it’s hard to determine in performance where one leaves off and the other begins. Luster premiered at The American Dance Festival in July 2012.
*Included in Aesthetic Education Immersion (July 14-18), and Family Event: Lab for Parents and Children (July 17) 

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(Dance) Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich, choreographed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
A “jaw-dropping” work to music by Steve Reich that propelled Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker onto the international dance scene. Learn more.

(Theater) Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki, performed by
Heisei Nakamura-za
The acclaimed Kabuki company returns with a masterful staging of rarely performed 19th-century ghost story. Learn more.

(Dance) Elena's Aria, choreographed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
In this dance set to operatic arias, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker moves away from repetition, questioning her past work. Learn more.

(Dance) Bartók/Mikrokosmos, choreographed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s company presents an evening in three parts, about the pleasure of dancing and playing music together. Learn more.

(Dance) Swan Lake, performed by
The Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra
The Bolshoi Ballet presents one of classical dance’s most famous stories, about the love of Prince Siegfried and his Swan Queen, Odette. Learn more.

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