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

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 [...]

By | May 22nd, 2019|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By | November 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Raising the Barre Series Malpaso Dance Company

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

By | January 17th, 2020|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Malpaso Dance Company Masterclass Masterclass, pre-registration required

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 [...]

By | December 6th, 2019|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A Cuban Dance Social with Malpaso Dance Company

Don’t just watch: dance! Social dances, like New England’s famed contra dances, or partner or ballroom dancing, are all about how we have a good time dancing together. In Cuba, this is the danzon set to music including African and indigenous as well as European rhythms, and has many styles: from mambo to salsa to [...]

By | December 6th, 2019|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Raising the Barre Series MOMIX: “Viva MOMIX” Family Friendly Time

The show goes on! MOMIX is in town and loaded into Merrill and waiting for you for their 7PM performance! https://youtu.be/2JIfbXK_5Xo “MOMIX is a tension between illusion and reality, apprehension and excitement” – The New York Times Raise the Barre Series Long live the magic of MOMIX. The miraculous dance company balances whimsy with [...]

Pre-Performance Lecture: “You GET This: Guidelines for watching contemporary dance”

Do you shy away from contemporary dance out of fear of “not getting it”? Annie Kloppenberg, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance at Colby College, will join us for a Pre-Performance Lecture to discuss the language of dance, how dance artists work, and how dances develop their meaning(s). She will [...]

By | January 29th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments