Want to learn how to dance Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece Revelations? Here’s your chance…on June 11, opening night of their season at Lincoln Center, two beloved former Ailey company members—Nasha Thomas-Schmitt and Renee Robinson—will host a free public event on Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza, featuring live music with a drummer and a choir. The free event takes place at 5:30pm.
(Should it rain, rain date will be Thursday, June 12 at 6:00pm)
Just announced: In celebration of the return of Japan’s leading Kabuki troupe, Heisei Nakamura-za, for its third Lincoln Center Festival appearance, the Festival has added a number of special events to accompany the performances of the classic revenge tale, Kaidan Chibusa No Enoki (The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree), July 7-12, at the Rose Theater. Included in this is a free movie screening about the founder of the troupe, a special teacher workshop about Kabuki theater, a family program about the artform and traditional Japanese dance and an artisan village on the Josie Robertson Plaza with booths specializing in traditional handicrafts for purchase—from wood-fired pottery and textiles to delicately fashioned dolls in kimonos cut from antique fabrics, along with fine cotton towels (tenugui), intricately painted hand fans (sensu), calligraphy, and hair ornaments (kanzashi). Read more here: http://bit.ly/1matxyM
The New York Times profiled the artist Aaron Curry, whose 14 sculptures will adorn Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza starting Monday and through January as part of a new and vast public art exhibit. Read the article here to learn about the artist and the story behind the commission. Says Curry of the sculptures: “I like the idea that as you walk around, it compresses and almost disappears from the side.”
(Photo: Angel Franco/The New York Times)