By Roger Costa
⭐ Fort Gansevoort
Fort Gansevoort had just opened Memories of Puerto Rico, a new online exhibition featuring a selection of paintings by Nick Quijano, organized in collaboration with critically acclaimed Puerto Rican author, filmmaker, and DJ, Bobbito Garcia.
Memories of Puerto Rico is Fort Gansevoort’s first exhibition with Quijano, who was born in New York and is based in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Crafting a creative philosophy based upon his response to the local context and identity as a citizen of the Caribbean, Quijano experimented with various mediums, from collage and printmaking, to furniture design and assemblage, before devoting himself exclusively to painting.
The energetic culture or Puerto Rico takes center stage in Quijano’s art. Baila la calle (de noche, baila la calle de día) (Dance night and day) (2014) and El Encuentro (Rendzvous) (2020) incorporate two of the artist’s central themes: music and dance. The former painting portrays a couple dancing hand in hand on a city street, with the pavement beneath their feet mirroring their lively rhythm. El Encuentro captures the allure of an environment animated by music, focusing on a couple’s tentative foray into a crowded disco. Merengue and bolero – two styles of music and dance that enjoy paramount popularity in Puerto Rico – are depicted as catalysts for unity among members of the community – vehicles through which the collective and intimate are experienced.
(NJPAC) presents A Virtual Christmas Vacation with the Grisworld’s: An Evening with Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
Switch on the Christmas lights and join Chevy Chase (Clark Griswold) and Beverly D’Angelo (Ellen Griswold) for this online salute to the holiday classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Expect the unexpected as these legends share a no-holds-barred trip down memory lane and unveil the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Vacation film franchise. They’ll also answer questions during the live audience Q&A. So gather the family and cozy up on the couch as we stream the Griswolds directly to your living room for a virtual holiday celebration. Chestnuts and eggnog recommended!
⭐The Limón Dance Company
The Limón Dance Company returns to Kaatsbaan for a four week residency that culminates with a virtual performance featuring three dances: a new work by choreographer Chafin Seymour and two of Limón’s masterpieces, The Moor’s Pavane (1949) and There is a Time (1956).
The residency will also offer Limón’s Home Edition V, an online training dance program that provides participating students workshops, including exclusive access to Company class, rehearsals, a behind-the-scenes streaming event, and a ticket to the Company’s performance.
The Company’s performance showcases two dances by José Limón alongside a brilliant new piece Suite Donuts by emerging choreographer, Chafin Seymour.
The Moor’s Pavane incorporates nobility, deceit, seduction, and innocence in a way that could only be achieved in dance. Based on Shakespeare’s “Othello”, Limón created a work that addresses the power of rumor, lies, and racism, motifs that continue to resonate in today’s world.
The live stream performance from Kaatsbaan Cultural Park’s stage will take place on Saturday, December 19 at 7pm. Tickets $25.