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Agenda Cultural: 20 May, 2022

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By Roger Costa

@David Koch Theater

America’s beloved Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will wrap up the Spring 2022 season during the New York City Dance Week celebration. The special 1-week long spectacle will feature four dynamic and diverse programs including a World Premiere, new works and audiences’ favorites such as “Revelations” and “Takademe”.  From June 15 thru 19, the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center will display the vigor and sensibility of one of the world’s most accomplished and committed dance companies. The highlights include Jamar Roberts’ Premiere of “In a Sentimental Mood”, a special program celebrating Artistic Director Robert Battle’s 10th anniversary as the leading choreographer in the company, The Ailey Spirit Gala benefit show on June 16th, featuring rising stars and gifted dancers from the company’s schools, and a Matinee for the family on June 18 with a free post-performance Q&A and photo opportunities with Mr. Battle and dancers. Tickets start at $29. INFO: www.AlvinAiley.org

@The Town Hall

For its 21st season’s second edition, creator and host Scott Siegel’s Broadway By The Year will celebrate the music from acclaimed Broadway shows such as “Jersey Boys”, “After Midnight”, “Ring of Fire”, highlighting the importance of composers and their respective styles. The event, “From Ziegfeld to Moulin Rouge”, will feature Broadway and stage stars such as Danny Gardner (“Flying Over Sunset”), Tony Danza (“Who is the Boss?”), Douglas Ladnier (“Jekyll & Hyde”), performing hits that range from rock to classic and from blues to contemporary pop, embodying he essence and glamour of the Musicals. Other important appearances include TV Star Tom Wopat, and 18-year old phenom Anais Reno and surprise guests. Monday, May 23rd at 8pm at The Town Hall, 123 43rd Street between Times Square and 6th Avenue. Tickets start at $60. INFO: www.TheTownHall.org

@MoMA

The exuberant and interactive exhibition “Matisse: The Red Studio” created by Parisian artist Henri Matisse reunites some original works that were actually there when he conceived it in 1911. In a studio painting atmosphere, the gallery at MoMA’s third floor resembles the mood of the artist, featuring six paintings, three sculptures, one ceramic, and various drawings, sketches, and portraits. Visitors will also be encouraged to try their own talent at the interactive studio, which provides material to create your personal work of art. You can leave it there hanging at the visitors’ mural or take it home as a souvenir. The exhibition also features a documentary shown on a large-scale screen telling the Matisse’s studio process of creation. On view thru September 10th 2022. MoMA is located at 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. Admission is $25 for adults, $14 for students and Free for children up to 16 years-old. INFO: www.MoMA.org

@The Joyce Theater

The renowned dance company Doug Varone and Dancers will mark its 35th anniversary with their return to the stage of The Joyce Theater, located at 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Street in Chelsea, Manhattan. On tour, the company has performed all over the US and at prestigious venues around the globe, including London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Marble Hall in Tokyo. For their 35th season celebration, Mr. Varone has said that “feels monumental to bring two incredible works to the Joyce”, the New York Premiere of “Somewhere”, which re-imagines Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” into a vibrant and highly emotional choreography, and the 1993 acclaimed work “Rise” that brings the dancers into a swirling movement while examining the human spirit and the body’s physical dynamics. The ensemble dancers are formed by  Courtney Barth, Hollis Bartlett, Bradley Beakes, Jake Bone, Joniece Boykins, Quaba Ernest, Daeyana Moss, Aya Wilson and Ryan Yamauchi. May 31 thru June 5th. Tickets start at $10. INFO: www.Joyce.org

@Blue Note Jazz Festival New York City

A tradition in the city promoted by the historic Jazz performing leader, Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York City will take over various venues in the Big Apple during the month of June presenting award-winning musicians and respected artists, as well as Worldwide famous jazz singers and instrumentalists. Among the highlights, Herbie Hancock, Chris Botti, Kenny G, Madeleine Peyroux and Macy Gray will perform around the city in venues such as The Town Hall, the SummerStage project, Sony Hall, Blue Note and others. Check out the full program and lineup at the website. INFO: www.BlueNoteJazzFestival.com


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