Immerse yourself in the world of movement! You’re invited to gather on The Z Stage to hear dance experts, watch video performances, and have a glass of wine! Free! Dance Barre inspires dance lovers, dancers and choreographers, as well as inform the experience of an upcoming mainstage performance. #lovedance
KICKING AND SCREENING
Wednesday, February 27, 7PM
Choreographer showcase of local, national and international films.
Join us for an film presentation of short experimental dances created specifically for the camera. The films collected here represent a diversity of cultural backgrounds and artistic languages; and though all are concerned with the capture of the moving body within the moving frame, each does so in its own unique way – crafting worlds that range from the narrative and familiar, to the abstract and alien.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
CAN DANCERS SAVE THE WORLD?
Wednesday, March 27, 7PM
Guest speaker: Jose Mateo, Founder and Artistic Director of Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre
This Dance Barre enhances the experience of the Ballet Hispánico mainstage performance on Friday, April 12. More.
Dance tangos with social impact!
Cuban born Jose Mateo explores the ways dance artists are creating deliberate social change. While the arts have always had an impact on the way social order is perceived, many artists in today’s highly-connected global culture openly declare their intended commitment to “save the world” through their work. Experiments seem to proliferate in dance circles because the medium is so well suited to community building. How much impact do these artists really have and is their work done at the expense of artistic excellence and innovation?
José Mateo is one of the area’s most prolific choreographers and since 1986 Director of José Mateo Ballet Theatre. He was also one of the earlier pioneers of contemporary social entrepreneurism and in 2008 founded Dance for World Community, a set of programs that culminate in an annual Festival in Cambridge that has changed the way the Greater Boston area perceives the role of dance in its communities. The project brings together over 80 dance groups and other partners from diverse sectors to significantly amplify the social impact of dance on local community and beyond.
AROUNDTOWN: GLIMPSE INTO DANCE CREATION
Wednesday, April 24, 7PM
Guest speaker: David Dorfman, Professor of Dance at Connecticut College and Artistic Director, David Dorfman Dance
This Dance Barre enhances the experience of the David Dorfman Dance mainstage performance on Saturday, May 11. More.
Join David Dorfman for an inside glimpse into the process he and his company of dancers and musicians used to create Aroundtown. You’ll be drawn into this highly imaginative world where audience members, sitting together in a dark theater, seek a way in to tenderness and then out into the world again. You’ll learn how Dorfman engages highly athletic dance with personal narrative and song to create a world where for one evening, we all belong. A world where everything will be ok. It’s not easy. Hope is not easy. Love is not easy. But Dorfman dares to lead the charge and spread the idea that together we will persist.
CULTURAL ROAD TRIPS
BOSTON BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER
Sunday, December 16, 2018
1:30 performance at the Boston Opera House
Leaving from The Zeiterion at 11:30 a.m
Returning to The Zeiterion at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets: $169 / $159 Z Member
Come aboard a motor coach to Boston Opera House, where you’ll enjoy the world-class Boston Ballet performing the holiday classic “The Nutcracker.” After the show, our group will be escorted backstage for a special tour behind the curtain! Our reserved seats are located in the mezzanine, left side, first four rows. Your package includes round trip transportation between The Zeiterion and The Boston Opera House, a box-lunch served on the bus, tickets to The Nutcracker, and a special backstage tour.
Join fellow dance lovers on a day-long excursion to the Berkshires, home of America’s longest-running international dance festival.
PAST DANCE DISCOVERY EVENTS
JACK OF ALL TRADES, MASTER OF NONE
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 7PM
Guest speaker: Shura Baryshnikov
Head of Physical Theatre for Brown University and Trinity Prep MFA Programs
Performers bring their entire world into every creative project. Their studies and training, joys and traumas, and spiritual and contemplative practices are all present every time they step on stage or enter a creative space. Shura Baryshnikov asks, is it possible to dispel our idealization of specialization in performing arts to disrupt the binary of dance and theater? Can versatility and range as dancers and actors begin to transform stage work? What possibilities await us for stagecraft if this becomes the case? Whether or not you’re a performer, this discussion will be inspiration for the jack of all trades in any profession.
Thursday, September 13, 2018, 5:30 & 7PM
Location: in front of The Zeiterion
Ten choreographers, one tiny stage. During AHA! night.
Ali Kenner Brodsky/ ali kenner brodsky & co.
Andy Russ/ Passive Aggressive Novelty Co.
New Bedford Ballet
Tyler Cantanella/ Paradise Moves
Ian Berg/ Subject: Matter
Jessika Ashley & Julia Krasnow
This performance is dedicated to New Bedford Ballet’s James Brown.