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Big Apple Circus Schedules Performances for Children with Special Needs and Autism

 

The Big Apple Circus, beloved by thousands since its 1977 debut, returns to Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park October 27January 7. Also returning are their community outreach programs, Circus of the Senses and a performance for children with autism.

BACCoSClownNoseCircus of the Senses has its beginning in 2007 when theater executive Anne Tramon arranged for Broadway theatres to invite blind students for audio-descriptive performances. It was such a success that the Big Apple Circus asked her to expand the program for special family shows.

Big Apple Circus will host two Circus of the Senses for those blind, deaf, with vision impairment and cognitive challenges: 75-minute school matinees November 2nd and 3rd at 11 A.M. [all seats priced at $10].

These feature an exciting, multi-dimensional performing arts experience, integrating theater, dance, and live music with the circus arts. There will be ASL-interpreted performances for children with visual, auditory, and sensory impairments and hands-on experiences with Big Apple artists, and Jenny Videl’s rescues dogs and horses. In addition, there’s pre- and post-show touch therapy experiences, Braille programs, and large print books.

Tramon’s company G Pass provides wireless infared assistive listening devices with live audio narration by ASL Interpreters.

BACCoSHorseOn Saturday, November 18 at 11 A.M. there’ll be a performance for children with autism, which will feature live audio description and sensory adaptations for ASD patrons and their families that include modifications to sound and lighting, and a professionally-staffed calming area. Fox TV news anchor Ernie Anastos will be welcoming the audience as guest ringmaster.

For more information, individual tickets and group pricing and pricing for
November 18, contact Lisa Lewis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

As part of the Big Apple Circus outreach initiative, there will be eleven Circus for All initiative performances throughout the ten-week run. Every seat in the house will be offered to underprivileged children and underserved schools for $10 tickets.

"La Bayadère" Casts a Shade on American Ballet Theater

In the panoply of works by Marius Petipa that have entered the repertory of classical ballet, La Bayadèreis not one of the most famous or popular but the loveliness of its choreography, set to a melodious and underrated score by Ludwig Minkus, is comparable to the best of them. The American Ballet Theater’s (at 890 Broadway #3, New York, NY) evening performance on Saturday, June 6th, proved to be a stellar one, despite the replacement, in the lead role of Nikiya, of the incomparable Natalia Osipova — she had magnificently displayed hitherto unseen depths in Giselle the previous week—  with guest artist Maria Kochetkova, but it is perhaps no surprise that she too is a thrilling ballerina, as was abundantly in evidence that night.

Her partner, as Solor, was another Russian guest artist, Leonid Safranov, and in both precision and dynamism he was to be Kochetkova’s equal. The tertiary role of Gamzatti was danced by principal Isabella Boylston who has come into her own as one of the luminaries of the company — she was simply superb. The trio of Shades were beautifully inhabited by Sarah Lane, Melanie Hamrick and Misty Copeland, each one a jewel of Ballet Theatre and together they added a further lustre to the proceedings. The corps de ballet, which has been at its rare best in previous performances this season, was, apart from one or two very minor infelicities, dazzling, especially in the celebrated “Dance of the Shades” in Act II, one of the glories of classical choreography.

DanceAfrica 2012 @ BAM: One Africa/Many Rhythms

Under the artistic direction of Baba Chuck Davis, the 35th anniversary of Dance Africa 2012DanceAfrica features the largest gathering of dance companies in its history, with 15 in attendance and performing over two weekends at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), including many favorite performers and reunions of companies from the earliest DanceAfrica festivals during a special Opening Celebration on Sunday, May 20th, 2012.

Read more: DanceAfrica 2012 @ BAM: One...

Dublin Dance Festival 2012 Has Arrived

Dublin Dance FestivalBe ready to get swept off your feet as the Dublin Dance Festival kicks in this May 11th - 26th, 2012. Experience the exquisite wonders of Irish dancing, travel through artistic space and become entranced in dramatic tales expressed by swift body movements.

Presented in various venues in Ireland, emotions will be intertwined as viewers are taken on a musical journey of fantasy and existence.

Some of the breathtaking performances will include:

  • Trisha Brown Dance Company
  • Body and Forgetting / The Wake
  • Nubes (Clouds)
  • Score
  • Mixed Bills
  • The Falling House
  • Black/Prompted Breathless/NOTHING for body
  • The Blue Boy

This year’s festival will contain not only festival performances but also the following:

  • Panel Discussions
  • Meeting the Artists
  • gala performances
  • dance screenings
  • the chance to take dance classes from professional instructors
  • off-stage/on street events

Also opening at this event for its fifth year will be Re-Presenting Ireland 2012 showcase comprising of Culture Ireland, Dance Ireland and Dublin Dance Festival. Re-Presenting Ireland 2012 are: Philip Connaughton, Anna Gaciarz, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company, Aoife McAtamney, Maria Nilsson Waller, and Catherine Young.

Interested in art and science? Wanna learn about the striking hybrid of art and technology? The Dublin Dance Festival 2012 is collaborating with the Arts and Technology Research Lab at Trinity College for a discussion on Dancing with Fire: Technology, Performance, Objects, Environments on Wednesday, May 23 2012.  All aspiring college/university students & graduates as well as professors and professionals are encouraged to attend!

Don’t miss out on this special event where extraordinary dancers and artists all unite at one festival each year and this is the year!

Tickets can be purchased online. Early Bird Tickets are offered only online starting March 22nd - April 1st.

For ticket information visit: http://www.dublindancefestival.ie/book-tickets/

For further information about performance details & schedules please visit: http://www.dublindancefestival.ie/programme/

Dublin Dance Festival
May 11th - 26th 2012

26 South Frederick Street
Dublin 2
Ireland

T: +353 1 679 0524

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