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Malpaso Dance Company Masterclass Masterclass, pre-registration required

February 25, 2020 • 6:00 pm

Casco Bay Movers

Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company will share techniques from both their Cuban School of Ballet & their Cuban Modern Dance repertoire at the Casco Bay Movers dance studio on Forest Avenue. This masterclass will warm up with the Cuban style of ballet and techniques, then transition to and conclude with Cuban Modern Dance techniques. The Cuban…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “Afro Cuban Movement” Free, public lecture before Malpaso Dance Company

February 26, 2020 • 6:30 pm

Westbrook Performing Arts Center, Westbrook

Dr. Adanna K. Jones will be introducing the audience to the wide variety of dance styles and cultures that are particular to Cuba. From the stage to the street, Cubans have maintained an amazing ability to use dance as a way to stay connected to both their past and future. Whether rooted in European or…

Raising the Barre Series Malpaso Dance Company

February 26, 2020 • 7:30 pm

Westbrook Performing Arts Center, Westbrook

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJba8XQp8Q4 “...a pinch-me moment, one of those times when you catch an artistic dawning...Malpaso’s dancers were exceptional." - Los Angeles Times Raise the Barre Series Passionate and precise, Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company blends their classical training with “lushly earthy modern dance” (Boston Globe) alongside influences of social dances and capoeira. Though their name translates to…

Bicentennial and Raising the Barre Series Miwa Matreyek: “Glorious Visions in Animation”

  https://youtu.be/-91W32JHF-M “Magical...The sheer breadth of the imagery...is unlike anything you’ve seen before” — LOS ANGELES TIMES Raise the Barre Series Bicentennial Series Merging cinematic vistas with intricate shadow play, multimedia performance artist Miwa Matreyek creates magical, surreal, visually rich fusions of intricate animation and live movement that leave audiences spellbound. Over two separate performances,…

Pre-Performance Panel: “Glorious Visions of Maine’s Watershed”

March 14, 2020 • 12:30 pm

Maine Historical Society

Maine scientists, policy makers, activists and community members engage in a conversation that explores our human connections to the watershed and ocean of Maine’s past, present, and future. What were pre-colonial Maine’s waterways like? How is the changing landscape impacting Maine’s future? What is our human role and responsibility as stewards of this land and…

Pre-performance Lecture: “Tchaikovsky in his Time.” Free, public lecture before Russian National Ballet: 'The Sleeping Beauty'

March 18, 2020 • 5:45 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

ABOUT THE LECTURE During the 1860s to 1890s – a period of rapid industrialization, new social freedoms, and extreme political violence – the arts in Russia flourished, competing on the world stage in literature, painting, and music. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky stood at the center of this ferment, looking to both native Russian and defiantly cosmopolitan…

Raising the Barre Series Russian National Ballet: “The Sleeping Beauty” Family Friendly Time

March 18, 2020 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Raise the Barre Series One of the most famous works of the classical ballet repertoire, The Sleeping Beauty is a sumptuous delight for all ages. Artistic Director Elena Radchenko – a legendary dancer of the Bolshoi – and her Russian National Ballet bring the timeless fairy tale to life with a company of 50 set…

SOLD OUT – Las Cafeteras: In-School Performance Opportunity

March 19, 2020 - March 21, 2020

https://youtu.be/jzqank4QSIg “Live, they’re magnetic.” – Los Angeles Times Bring Las Cafeteras to your school on March 19th, 20th or 21st, 2020 for a special performance and educational opportunity.   Taking the music scene by storm with infectious live performances that cross genres and musical borders, Las Cafeteras embodies a sound that represents a fusion between…

Las Cafeteras

March 19, 2020 • 7:30 pm

Port City Music Hall, Portland

https://youtu.be/jzqank4QSIg “Live, they’re magnetic.” – Los Angeles Times Taking the music scene by storm with infectious live performances that cross genres and musical borders, Las Cafeteras embodies a sound that represents a fusion between Spanish, African, and indigenous musical elements. Using traditional son jarocho instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (a…

Living Voices: “Hear My Voice” – School Time Performance: 10 AM & 12 PM 10 AM LIMITED AVAILABILITY

https://youtu.be/mfnfvNVs0zc   Join the 72-year battle that won half of America’s citizens the right to vote 100 years ago. This dramatization of a young woman, Jessie’s, experience as a suffragette during the World War I era brings to life the rock stars who started the movement, such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; the…

Living Voices “Hear My Voice”: In-School Performance Opportunity

March 26, 2020 - March 27, 2020

https://youtu.be/mfnfvNVs0zc   Bring Living Voices: Hear My Voice to your school on March 26th or 27th, 2020 for a special performance and educational opportunity.   Join the 72-year battle that won half of America’s citizens the right to vote 100 years ago. This dramatization of a young woman, Jessie’s, experience as a suffragette during the World…

The Snowy Day and Other Stories

March 29, 2020 • 3:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

https://youtu.be/FbKYGg1XNsc “Childsplay… is one of the best theaters for young audiences in the country, with top-notch acting and production values.” – Arizona Republic The Snowy Day and Other Stories celebrates the magic and boundless possibilities of the first snowfall. Follow Peter and his friends as they romp and play, starting snow ball fights, making snow angels,…

SOLD OUT – The Snowy Day – School Time Performance

March 30, 2020 • 10:00 am

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

https://youtu.be/FbKYGg1XNsc “Childsplay… is one of the best theaters for young audiences in the country, with top-notch acting and production values.” – Arizona Republic The Snowy Day celebrates the magic and boundless possibilities of the first snowfall. Follow Peter and his friends as they romp and play, starting snow ball fights and making snow angels in this…

Blue Man Group

March 31, 2020 - April 2, 2020

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

https://youtu.be/v7Z4R2X0b84 “The show is so winsome, so witty, so energetic that it might ensnare you despite yourself.” - The New York Times Blue Man Group will rock your world. Blow your mind. And unleash your spirit. As three bald and blue men explore our world, together we’ll discover music, laughter and surprises at every turn.…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “Quartets and Four-ness” Free, public lecture before New York Philharmonic String Quartet

April 5, 2020 • 3:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Quartets involve four players and are written in four “voices." But even when all the players are playing, there may be only one or two things going on in the music. Or there may be more than four. Composers tend to have characteristic ways of playing with these numbers and the relationships between the voices.…

New York Philharmonic String Quartet

April 5, 2020 • 4:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

https://youtu.be/wjjrqkaSuk4 “A marvelous ensemble.” — THE NEW YORK TIMES A chance to luxuriate with some of the world’s best string players in works that brought the prestigious quartet form to prominence in the 18th century and beyond. This quartet, founded in January 2017 during the New York Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season, comprises four principal musicians…

Requiem for an Electric Chair – School Time Performance Presented in collaboration with Portland High School, Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center and Indigo Arts Alliance

April 16, 2020 • 10:00 am

John Ford Auditorium, Portland High School

https://youtu.be/sDpQzlHjmnE “Requiem for an Electric Chair is a work of catharsis and witness, a way of both processing own trauma and alerting the world to the suffering of others.” — THE ARTS PAPER Set in an illegal detention center, Requiem for an Electric Chair is a powerful and unforgettable solo, multimedia performance about Toto Kisaku's…

Requiem for an Electric Chair Presented in collaboration with Portland High School, Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center and Indigo Arts Alliance

April 16, 2020 • 7:30 pm

John Ford Auditorium, Portland High School

https://youtu.be/sDpQzlHjmnE “Requiem for an Electric Chair is a work of catharsis and witness, a way of both processing own trauma and alerting the world to the suffering of others.” — THE ARTS PAPER With a gun to his head, Toto Kisaku was moments away from being killed when his executioner showed him a moment of…

Bicentennial Series International Contemporary Ensemble

https://youtu.be/iIxZhKQ86Cw “…the new gold standard for new-music…” - The New Yorker Bicentennial Series Called “extraordinary” by The New York Times and “America’s foremost new-music group” by Alex Ross, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is one of the most exciting ensembles working today. For Ovations audiences only, ICE brings an evening of music drawn from Ashley Fure's…

Broadway National Tour Chicago

May 14, 2020 - May 15, 2020

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

https://youtu.be/-Jduj-7Tft4   Chicago still GLITTERS HYPNOTICALLY - Ben Brantley, The New York Times There’s never been a better time to experience Chicago, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, thousands of standing ovations and now the #1 longest-running American Musical in Broadway history…

Alan Cumming and Ari Shapiro – ‘Och and Oy! A Considered Cabaret’

July 15, 2020 • 7:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Alan Cumming (Cabaret, The Good Wife) and Ari Shapiro (NPR’s All Things Considered, Pink Martini) both transport audiences to other worlds through their stories. Now, they’re joining forces in SONG. Witness the exclusive debut of their new evening of tunes and tall tales titled “Och & Oy! A Considered Cabaret”. Musical direction by Henry Koperski.…

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