Upcoming Events!

by Aisha Cruise

If you've been fretting about how to spend your precious final summer weekends, rejoice! There's tons of dance happening just outside Boston this August, so if you've been meaning to plan a weekend get-away, feel free to use these events as impetus to get out for the end of summer!

Sun, August 11 & Sun, August 25 @ 2pm

JMBT School Open House
Presented by Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre
LOCAL! Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre (400 Harvard Street Cambridge, MA)
Join the Jose Mateo Ballet Theater for an afternoon of free trial classes for children ages 3-9 and adult beginners, refreshments, and a chance to win tickets to José Mateo Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker! 

August 11, 12, 14, 17 & 21
NYC FRINGE Festival, 14th Street Y
The impetus for Peter Pan and Stardust Dances comes from an interest in magic, joy and wonderment.  Featuring a variety of dances from the Eva Dean repetoire, they will also be premiering a new piece, Peter Pan (Shadow), set to music from David Khane's Peter Pan Ballet score.  Eva Dean and David Khane plan to work together on a full production of his Peter Pan Ballet, so consider this an advance-preview of magical larger work. If you were looking for an excuse to visit the north east's other major city, this is it!

August 15-18 
Bethlehem, NH
This incredible dance festival is a grass-roots effort, designed to nourish and support community by 1) creating a space for contemporary dance to take root, develop and flourish, and 2) encouraging a conversation to develop between artist and audience.  Check out the web page for an adorable video and more information, and then plan a day trip to Bethlehem, because these people are awesome.

Thurs, August 15 @ 8:00
Sat, August 17 @ 6:30
The Yard @ Chillmark, Martha's Vineyard
Doug Elkins (Fräulein Maria) returns to The Yard with a merry band of dancers, actors and clowns to explore the sharp intersections between physical comedy, choreography, flirtation and romance. Expect near misses of physical action and attraction with high flying kicks and turns eliciting a range of emotions. This new work will be paired with "Mo(or)town/Redux," an homage to Jose Limon's "Moor's Pavane" set to a top 40 sound score, first previewed at the Yard in 2011. Do you need a better reason to head to Martha's Vineyard?

Sat, August 17 @ 2:00 & 4:00
24-Hour ChoreoFest 2013
Presented by Luminarium Dance
LOCAL! Dance Complex (536 Mass Ave Cambridge, MA)
Monkeyhouse loves Luminarium!  Our own Nicole Harris will be participating in this year's choreofest, which promises to be every bit as wild and wonderful as last year! Dancers stay up all night building short pieces to perform the next day, and come up with some brilliant pressurized dance!

This year's Jacob's Pillow Festival is coming to a close, and they're going out with a bang!  I could seriously just list everything on the website for August because it all looks wonderful, but the final performances promise to be truly spectacular. 
Don't forget their free outdoor performances are continuing every week in August!

August 21-25
Jacob's Pillow, MA
"In honor of the 100th anniversary of the original iconoclastic dance The Rite of Spring, created by composer Igor Stravinsky and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, America's most celebrated modern dance company re-stages Martha Graham's acclaimed interpretation." This is worth every minute of the 3 hour drive.
August 21-25
Jacob's Pillow, MA
"Kyle Abraham is a dancer, choreographer, Artistic Director of Abraham.in.Motion, and recipient of the 2012 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award.  In his newest work, Pavement, he layers urban and classical dance influences, bold imagery, and gripping, voluptuous movement."  Also totally worth the drive, and probably a good reason to take a long weekend in western Mass.  
August 24
Jacob's Pillow, MA
The penultimate performances by Martha Graham Dance Co. and Abraham.in.Motion will be followed by a Finale after party with the dancers, drinks and an awesome DJ.  Tickets range from $50-150 and will get you in to either show and the Finale party.  And fits perfectly into an extended weekend away.  (You're welcome)

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