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Sinatra, Momix, and Bolero
The much-loved dance that Twyla Tharp choreographed for Mikhail
Baryshnikov, "Sinatra Suite," will be reprised by the Aspen Santa Fe
Ballet in its McCarter Theater appearance on Wednesday, March 2, at 8
Choreographed for American Ballet Theater to five songs including "All
the Way," "That’s Life," and, of course, "My Way," this duet for
Baryshnikov and Elaine Kudo was called "a choreographic sensation" at
its 1983 debut. "It is an extraordinary love duet full of sexual
tension," wrote Anna Kisselgoff of the New York Times, "but on another
level, the piece is also something very different; a formal
exploration of new ways in dance partnering."
The suite ends with the quintessential lonely-man solo, to the Harold
Arlen/Johnny Mercer song, "One for My Baby (and One More for the
Road)." The male dancer, in this case Seth DelGrasso, has an
opportunity to portray humor and pathos in steps where the virtuosity
is embedded in gestural details.
Also featured is a piece commissioned by the company from Moses
Pendleton of Pilobolus fame. Kisselgoff pronounced "Noir Blanc" as
being "both obvious and delightfully deceptive." Commenting on a theme
of evolution and rebirth, she compared the stagecraft to the Laterna
Magika Shows of Prague, noting that behind the scrim the dancers "look
like bodies seen in a fun-house mirror, incomplete humans, sometimes
missing a limb or two."
The company is directed by Tom Mossbrucker and Jean-Philippe Malaty,
both former Joffrey dancers. The program includes a piece by Nicolo
Fonte and ends with another sexually-charged work, "Fandango,"
choreographed by Lar Lubovitch to the famous Ravel’s "Bolero."
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, McCarter Theater, 91 University Place,
609-258-2787. $29 and $32. Wednesday, March 2, 8 p.m.
Princeton Festival announces chorus auditions for "Sweeney Todd," on
Saturday, March 12, and Wednesday, March 16, at the Woolworth Music
Building, Princeton University. Rehearsals begin in May for July
performances. Paid positions. To schedule an appointment E-mail:
McCarter Theater holds auditions for equity actors on Monday, March
14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reserve your space at 609-258-6504.
Villagers Theater has auditions for Lionel Bart’s "Oliver!" Adults (16
and over), Tuesday and Wednesday, March 8 and 9, 7 p.m. Children ages
7 to 15, Saturday, March 12, 4:30 p.m. Do not prepare a song from
Oliver and be prepared to speak with a Cockney accent. 415 DeMott
Lane, Somerset. Visit www.villagerstheatre.com. E-mail
Richard@villagerstheatre.com for more information.
Pennington Dance offers African Dance on Saturdays from April 2 to May
7 for dancers ages 10 and older. $100. Call Nancy Warner at
609-737-7596 for information.
Trinity Church is accepting grant application from secular or
faith-based non-profit organization that provide human services in
Mercer County. Grant awards usually range from $500 to $2,000. Call
Cathy Wheeler at 609-921-3065 for information.
Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition seeks entries for its 13th
annual competition opening on May 15. Any medium involving a
photographic process including black and white, color or mixed media,
historic, experimental, or digital. Financial awards. Entries may be
hand delivered on Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12. Visit
www.phillipsmill.org or call 215-862-9568 for information.
Arts Council of Princeton and Numina Gallery seek submissions for
"Relatively Seeing," a show celebrating the life and work of Albert
Einstein. The juried exhibition is open to all artists high school age
and older. Entries must be received on Monday, March 28, from 9 a.m.
to 7 p.m. All work must be for sale and ready to exhibit. Visit
www.artscouncilofprinceton.org or call Melissa Buchanan at
Arts Council of Princeton and Princeton Public Library seek original
projects for summer student film and video festival to take place on
July 28. Students in grades 9 through 12 may submit VHS or DVDs not
longer than 20 minutes in length to the library through June 30. Visit
www.princetonlibrary.org/teens or call Janet Stern at 609-924-8777.
Kidsbridge Children’s Museum seeks nominations of a child, a group of
children, or a classroom, that has demonstrated an extraordinary acts
of kindheartedness, service to the community, peaceful resolution of
conflict, and compassion for the less fortunate. Deadline is Friday,
March 18. For information visit www.kidsbridgemuseum.org or call
Knights of Pythias offers leadership and awards programs for high
school students in public, private, and parochial schools. Public
Speaking Contest is held in April with a deadline of Saturday, March
19. Poster Contest, "Defensive Driving: Avoid Road Rage" has a
deadline of Saturday, May 14. Community Service Award goes to one
graduating student based on community service record through the high
school years. Deadline is Friday, April 15. For information visit
Tourette Syndrome Association of New Jersey will recognize a student
with Tourette Syndrome who had a proven record of accomplishment and
achievement. Visit www.tsanj.org or call 908-575-7350. Deadline is
Saturday, April 30.
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