Beyond NY: “Brodsky/Baryshnikov” at Apollo Theater, London, UK

Beyond NY: “Brodsky/Baryshnikov” at Apollo Theater, London, UK

Beyond NY: "Brodsky/Baryshnikov" at Apollo, London, UK
J.Brodsky, M.Baryshnikov / image source – londontheaterdirect.com

This 90 min one-man show, directed by Alvis Hermanis, is a delicate theatrical staging of complex poetry by Josef Brodsky. The selected poetry is moody and at times disturbing. And so is the acting by Mikhail Baryshnikov, an acclaimed dancer and actor, and a close friend of J. Brodsky. In the FT  “Poetry and Motion” article Baryshnikov refers to Brodsky as “his university”.

Baryshnikov opens his heart and soul in performing Brodsky’s in a rather subdued and melancholic setting. Hermanis’s production skillfully uses contrast between the simplicity of the stage set and the depth of the material to amplify the effect.  The verses, the graceful movements and sounds are full of inevitability of the passing time. The beauty of this performance is in its ability to tie together the convoluted world of Brodsky’s poetry with Baryshnikov’s elegant reading and acting. The show was performed in NYC at the BAC in March 2016 and reviewed in the New York Times.

 

For bookings go  here

 

Venue: Apollo Theater, London, UK                 Dates: May 3 – 5, 2017 

April 2017 Classical Music: Two Pianos Concert at Carnegie Hall

April 2017 Classical Music: Two Pianos Concert at Carnegie Hall 

Leif Ove Andsnes / Marc-Andre Hamelin 

April 2017 Classical Music: Two Pianos Concert at Carnegie Hall
Leif Ove Andsnes, Marc-Andre Hamelin / image source carnegiehall.org

This concert with two greatest pianists sharing a stage at Carnegie Hall promises to be an event to remember. The concert is part of the spring tour program performed in Europe and the United States. In keeping with spring celebration, the program very appropriately features Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”, as well as the music of Mozart and Debussy.

Leif Ove Andsnes , a Norwegian pianist who was inducted to the Gramophone Hall of Fame in 2013, is a master in delivering what the New York Times calls a difficult and beautiful recital program. Marc-Andre Hamelin whose fame grows with each performance, is not only a brilliant pianist, but is a well known composer. Its extremely fascinating to hear music by the composer himself, which Mr. Hamelin sometimes includes in the encore at his concerts.

The tickets can be booked here.       Performance date: April 28, 2017

 

Venue: Carnegie Hall, 57th Street, NY      Directions to Carnegie Hall

 

April 2017 Dance Performance in NYC: Tango Lovers at Symphony Space

April 2017 Dance Performance in NYC: Tango Lovers at Symphony Space

Sensuous and dynamic tango history through dance and music

Contributed by Rita Shpilsky

April 2017 Dance Performance in NYC: Tango Lovers at Symphony Space
From the performance / image source symphonyspace.org

Hot, passionate, romantic story of love, lust and history told by amazing group of  dancers using tango symbiotically interlocked with beautiful music as their way of communicating right to the souls of the spectators. If this was the only thing we produced to communicate with aliens, so they can understand us, people of Earth, that would be enough to show what we humans are about.

The show was awarded Latin ACE 2015 “The Best Musical Show of the Year”.  It tells the history of tango starting with its golden age in Buenos Aires all the way to nowadays. The audience gets a chance to experience the progression of time and norms through the passionate movements and familiar music.  Find out more about the show and tickets here.

 

 

 

Venue: Symphony Space, NY                                    Date: April 6, 2017

April – July 2017 Art Event in NYC: “Age of Empires” Exhibition at the Met Museum

April – July 2017 Art Event in NYC: Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties at the Met Museum  

April - July 2017 Art Event NYC: Age of Empires: Chinese Art of Qin and Han Dynasties at the Met Museum
Terracotta Warriors

Organized in collaboration with 32 cultural institutions from China, the Age of Emrires exhibition at the Met Museum covers the epic period in Chinese history. The Qin (221–206 B.C.) and Han (206 B.C.–A.D. 220) dynasties’ rulings brought in a long period of stability and fostered a “golden age” in Chinese history. Scholars ascribe the Chinese identity as we know it today to be rooted in that period of 221 B.C. – A.D. 220. The significance of Qin and Han empires’ period resembles Greco-Roman era in the West.

The exhibition includes more than 160 artifacts and features a Terracotta Warrior and other examples of ancient sculptures as well as ritual vessels, musical instruments, lacquerware, and silk textiles. It is organized into 3 sections in chronological progression. A review of the upcoming exhibition in the ArtNet News quotes Met’s outgoing director Thomas Campbell calling the show “the largest and most important display of Chinese art in the US”.

You can find more at the Met Museum site.

Venue: Metropolitan Museum, Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street     Time: April 3 – July 16, 2017

March 2017 Art Event: Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection at MoMa

March 2017 Art Event: Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection at MoMa

March 2017 Art Event: Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection at MoMa
Unfinished Conversations: From MoMa’s Collection

“Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection brings together works by more than a dozen artists, made in the past decade and recently acquired by The Museum of Modern Art. The artists that make up this intergenerational selection address current anxiety and unrest around the world and offer critical reflections on our present moment. The exhibition considers the intertwining […]

via Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection at The Museum of Modern Art, March 19 – July 30, 2017 — Arts Summary

Current affairs, personal motives, burdens of history, growing pains. Its all there at the Unfinished Conversations exhibition at MoMa. The show includes the works made and acquired by the museum in the past 10 years. The artists rosters covers all corners of the globe presenting diverse and critical perspective of the world around us.

Plan your visit

Venue: Museum of Modern Art, 53rd Street            Dates: July 30, 2017 

 

Places: The Museum at Eldridge Street, NY

Elsewhere in NYC: The Museum at Eldridge Street

Contributed by Rita Shpilsky

Elsewhere in NYC: the Museum at Eldridge Street
Inside the Museum at Eldridge Street; image source eldridgestreet.org

Have you ever been to a place that magically transports you to a fairytale not just by its architectural beauty and history but by the magic of light and spirituality? Surely every normal person used to dream about that type of place as a kid, but it’s almost impossible to find it when you are getting older. The Museum at Eldridge Street became such a place for me the minute I made my first step inside. The first thing that strikes you at Museum at Eldridge Street is the  flow of blue light coming from a huge stained glass above and around you which fills the space with purity and hope.

The museum is one of the oldest Ashkenazi synagogues in New York City situated in the historic Lower East Side. The neighborhood was almost destroyed by natural disasters and age, but luckily was restored to become a sanctuary place for many New Yorkers. There are many programs and concerts held in this hidden gem of the city. Check its March program here.

Venue: Museum at Eldridge Street 

February – May 2017 Art Event in NYC: The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers

February – May 2017 Art Event in NYC: The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers at the Met Museum

February - May 2017 Art Event in NYC: The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers
Hercules Segers, Mountain Valley with Fenced Fields, c. 1615-1630, etching, ink

The mystery of a faraway land, the beauty of new space, the expectation of secrets, the passing of time…. All of it is on full view at the Met exhibition of Hercules Segers, 17th century Dutch Golden Age master known for his prints, etchings and oil paintings. This is the first exhibition for Segers in the USA. Not many details of the artist’s life is known to us now but from what we do know he was well regarded by his contemporaries. He brought in pioneering techniques to printmaking by mixing colors, mediums and textures. At his time in the first half of 17th century his methods were fresh and groundbreaking like the impressionism at its time. Add to it an assumption that the artists had never traveled farther than between Haarlem, where he was born, and Amsterdam in the Low Countries but filled his work with mountainous views, and the mystery surrounding the master persists. The New York Times calls the exhibition mesmerizing and the New York Review of Books notes that “an air of unreality hangs over” Segers’s paintings. 

Venue: The Met Museum on Fifth Avenue        Time: till May 21, 2017

April 2017 Opera in NYC: Rigoletto at Met Opera

April 2017 Opera in NYC: Rigoletto at Met Opera

April 2017 Opera in NYC: Rigoletto at the Met Opera
Scene from the opera / image source metopera.org

Rigoletto in Las-Vegas?  This vibrant and colorful production of Giuseppe Verdi’s beloved opera is sure to entertain and engage everyone. For the original opening of the opera in 1851, Verdi and his librettist Francesco Maria Piave shifted the setting in Victor Hugo play which the opera is based on  from early-16th century french court to Renaissance time Mantua, Italy.

It seems the story is destined for such transformations in time and place as the current production is set in Las Vegas in the 60s with all the bells and whistles of that turbulent era. Even if you are not a big fun of modern adaptation for traditional art forms, you will enjoy the time-tested tunes and passionate performance. Think about finding repeating patterns of history and savor the music in all its glory. The New York Times review for 2013 opening of this production called it “the Rat Pack “Rigoletto'”.

You can buy tickets here.

 

Venue: Met Opera, Lincoln Center, NY                                  Dates: April 19, April 22, April 27

Elsewhere in NYC: Meditation Arts at Shambhala Meditation Center

Elsewhere in NYC: Meditation Arts at Shambhala Meditation Center

Contributed by Vegan Aharonian

Elsewhere in NYC: Meditation Arts at Shambhala Meditation Center
Shambhala Buddhism: The Great Eastern Sun

Peace of mind, positive thinking, healthy compassionate relationships – if you are intrigued by these topics, there is a place in NYC where a vision of Enlightened Society is taught and practiced. The place is Shambhala Meditation Center in Chelsea, NYC. For 40 years the center brings Shambhala Buddhism with its secular practices and teachings to New Yorkers. These teachings help cultivating wholesomeness, sanity and joy in everyday life as well as lead to achieving enlightened society. Its program offers Shambhala Training weekend retreats, numerous weekly courses, contemplative arts, and extremely popular open house talks every Tuesday on various practical aspects of life. The podcasts of these and some other talks are available on the Center’s website blog. You may also want to attend a simple one hour “Learn to meditate”  program offered every Sunday and Wednesday.

One of the upcoming workshops will be about “Political activism and the vision of the Enlightened Society.”  This program becomes particularly relevant now days when our society is so divided, frustrated and even hopeless at times. This program is on April 5, 2017.