Raise the Barre Series Step Afrika! Presented in partnership with Indigo Arts Alliance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xQYr6P_qBc "Exciting and brilliantly choreographed." - THE NEW YORK TIMES A joyful mixture of songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation make STEP AFRIKA! so much more than a dance concert. The thrilling company of dancers blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, traditional African dances and an array of contemporary dance [...]

By | June 15th, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Program Notes for “Samuel James Tells the Story of Tiny Bill McGraw” by Sarah Coleman

Friends,  As I curate our programming geared towards young audiences it is important that it covers the three major genres of the performing arts – theater, dance and music. Our final offering this season falls into the category of music. The list of musical artists is long and with the impact of the pandemic and [...]

By | March 11th, 2021|Categories: Family, Program Notes|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – We’re POP-ing with Performances

As we close in on the one-year anniversary of pandemic shut downs, we're overjoyed to be in production for Portland Ovations Presents: POP 90, a benefit celebration of Ovations' 90th anniversary year. That's right: Portland Ovations was founded as the Portland Music Commission in 1931: in the midst of another global crisis, the Great Depression. [...]

By | March 4th, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – Toward Being Future Beings

As we look forward to next week’s Seeking Resonance conversation “Toward Being Future Beings” in partnership with Indigo Arts Alliance, we want to take a moment to share with you the genesis of this conversation: a dynamic new work by dancemaker Emily Johnson, “Being Future Being,” which Portland Ovations is co-commissioning. Originally from Alaska and [...]

Program Notes for ‘Seeking Resonance: Toward Being Future Beings’ by Marcia Minter & Aimée M. Petrin

Dear Friends, The collaborative series Seeking Resonance is at the heart of Indigo Arts Alliance and Portland Ovations’ programming this year. At a time when we cannot gather in person, these virtual conversations and presentations are more vital than ever in helping us connect with each other, the artists we share and the places and [...]

By | February 24th, 2021|Categories: Seeking Resonance|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – Learning and Dancing with Step Afrika!

When we experienced Step Afrika! we couldn't stay in our seats. The energy, the rhythm, and the speed were infectious. We couldn't wait to get Maine audiences - of all ages - into Merrill for the performance. We had intended for Step Afrika! to be featured live in the 2020-21 season but those plans had to change. While [...]

By | February 19th, 2021|Categories: Our Stories, Seeking Resonance|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

A LIVE Virtual Step Class with Step Afrika!

This event is captioned and interpreted. Come learn to step with dancers from Step Afrika! During this live session, you’ll have the chance to discover what stepping is and learn some of the basics of a step routine. There will even be time to ask the dancers a few questions. This event is only offered [...]

By | February 1st, 2021|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Program Notes for Step Afrika! by Sarah Coleman

Dear Friends,  The first time I saw Step Afrika! I could not stay in my seat. The energy, the rhythm, the speed was infectious. I loved being in their audience – especially with young people. When Aimée shared that Step Afrika! was to be featured in our 2020-21 season I was ecstatic. And while we [...]

By | February 9th, 2021|Categories: Family|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments