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Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca Meld Spanish Dance with Classic Greek Drama [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, June 29th, 2015
Noche Flamenca (photo: Chris Bennion)

Noche Flamenca (photo: Chris Bennion)

Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca, whose vitality, energy and passion have won accolades around the world, return to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington from Wednesday-Sunday (July 1–5) with Antigona, their visually arresting adaptation of Sophocles’s Antigone. The dance drama merges live music, theatrical spectacle and dance to create a production that propels the classic Greek play to new heights. In the production, Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca bring the inherent theatricality of flamenco to bear on this classical tragedy – reigniting the theatrical potential of the Greek chorus as the lyrical and rhythmic heart of the drama.

Noche Flamenca’s lead dancer and choreographer, the celebrated Soledad Barrio, will embody Antigone, the classical Greek heroine. Daughter of Oedipus and sister of the shunned Polyneices, Antigone follows her heart and defies Creon by burying her brother. Sentenced to death, Antigone then kills herself. Ms. Barrio will bring her usual fire to the role. “Powerfully athletic,” says The Washington Post, “Soledad Barrio burst forth with a chain reaction of staccato footwork and pumping knees, whipping her head as hairpins flew. Not to join her in this captivating journey would be to lose a chance at love, both its ecstasy and its agony.”

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FEST: Berkshire International Film Festival to Screen 80 New Indie Films This Week [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia’s “H.” has already been been earning buzz before a frame has been screened. Middle-aged Helen lives with husband Roy and finds comfort from a “reborn” baby doll. Meanwhile, successful young artist Helen is expecting a child with her noncommittal partner. Foreboding signs begin to appear: a meteor reportedly crashes nearby; people go missing, and inexplicable, life-altering changes spiral the Helens’ inert realities into a terrifying journey through unknown terrain.

Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia’s “H.” has already been been earning buzz before a frame has been screened. Middle-aged Helen lives with husband Roy and finds comfort from a “reborn” baby doll. Meanwhile, successful young artist Helen is expecting a child with her noncommittal partner. Foreboding signs begin to appear: a meteor reportedly crashes nearby; people go missing, and inexplicable, life-altering changes spiral the Helens’ inert realities into a terrifying journey through unknown terrain.

The four-day festival features 31 documentaries, 27 narrative features and 20 short films

The 10th annual Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced its weekend line-up of films that is marked with stronger international programming and continues its dedication to programming the best in documentary film and highlight films from our region. BIFF will showcase nearly 80 new independent feature, documentary, short and family films from a record 23 countries.

The festival, which takes place from Thursday-Sunday (May 28–31) in Great Barrington and Friday-Sunday (May 29–31) in Pittsfield, will bring films, filmmakers, industry professionals and fans together for a four-day festival celebrating independent film featuring 31 documentaries, 27 narrative features and 20 short films. Some of the countries represented this year are Egypt, Afghanistan, New Zealand, India, Brazil, South Korea, UK, Germany, Mexico, Ukraine, Norway, Sudan, Israel, France and Krygyzstan.

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Multi-Faceted Singer-Songwriter Rufus Wainwright to Shine @ Mahaiwe on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright

By Larry Murray

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present “The Best of Rufus Wainwright” at 8pm on Saturday (May 9). “We look forward to an incredible evening with this exceptional artist,” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly. “He is truly one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation.”

The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer-songwriter is the son of folk music luminaries Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle and the brother of Martha Wainwright, but he has achieved his success by carving out his own singular sound in the worlds of rock, opera, theater, dance and film. He has released seven studio albums, three DVDs and three live albums. He has also collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Elton John, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys, Robbie Williams and producer Mark Ronson, among others. His latest album, Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright, was released in 2014 on Universal.

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Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Adds Seven New Concerts

Monday, April 13th, 2015
Pink Martini

Pink Martini

Of course, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington still has some A-list concerts coming up on its spring calendar – including Rufus Wainwright on Saturday, May 9 and Rosanne Cash on Sunday, May 17 – but now they’ve announced a big batch of seven new concerts for the rest of 2015. The new concerts range from the neo-lounge sparkle of Pink Martini to Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash.

Tickets for the newly announced summer concerts will go on sale to Mahaiwe members at 12noon on Thursday (April 16) and to the general public at 12noon on Wednesday, April 22.

Here’s the round-up of new concerts coming up at the Mahaiwe in 2015:

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Mahaiwe in March: Chinese Acrobats, Met Opera, Bolshoi Ballet, London’s National Theatre, More [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
Behind the Beautiful Forevers

London’s National Theatre in HD presents David Hare’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers”

There’s a variety of live and projected performances on stage and screen at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington for the month of March. Included are the Chinese acrobatic troupe Golden Dragon Acrobats and HD broadcasts of the Met Opera, London’s National Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet, as well as classic movies and children’s theater by the Omaha Theater Company.

“We’re offering timeless fun for the whole family this month,” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly.

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo Is All About Harmony, Returning to the Mahaiwe Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
Mahaiwe welcomes Ladysmith Black Mambazo back to the Berkshires.

The Mahaiwe welcomes Ladysmith Black Mambazo back to the Berkshires.

Excitement and anticipation is high as the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington welcomes back Ladysmith Black Mambazo at 8pm on Friday (February 6).

In conjunction with the performance, the Mahaiwe will also host a pre-show 7pm panel discussion at the theater with members of the Berkshire community from Africa, including Pauline Dongala and Eileen & Roy Tau. The speakers will talk about some distinctive aspects of South African culture and the impact of Ladysmith Black Mambazo on their countries. Admission to the panel is free to concert ticketholders. In addition, Castle Street Café Chef Michael Ballon will honor Ladysmith Black Mambazo by creating a South African cuisine menu option that evening.

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Noche Flamenca Dances Full-Length “Antigona” @ Mahaiwe on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
Friday at the Mahaiwe: Noche Flamenca’s Antigona (photo: Chris Bennion)

Friday at the Mahaiwe: Noche Flamenca’s Antigona (photo: Chris Bennion)

Noche Flamenca will present Antigona at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Friday (January 23) at 8pm. Praised by some critics for its transcendent and deeply emotional performances, Noche Flamenca is one of the most authentic flamenco companies in the world today, and Soledad Barrio is its star. This new evening-length work based on Sophocles’ ancient Greek heroine combines live music, song and dance, bringing the fiery, expressive nature of flamenco to one of the world’s great tragedies. There will be a post-show Q & A with the artists about flamenco and the production.

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Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach @ the Mahaiwe with St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, September 26th, 2014

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The Berkshire Bach Society has put together a fascinating program titled “Bridging the Baroque” which connects early music with the Baroque era, from which came the classical period. With the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble – the artistic core of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s – it is an evening of Baroque and Classical favorites.

Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” is one of the most popular and evocative pieces in the canon, and Bach’s vibrant “Orchestral Suite No. 2″ is clearly influenced by Vivaldi’s brilliant Italianate harmonies, while Mozart’s “Divertimento” in D Major traces the transformation of light music into the Classical era.

The welcome classical music event takes place on Saturday (September 27) at 7:30pm at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington. 413 528-0100 Tickets: $25-$70 (Box Office fees apply.) Berkshire Bach membership discount $5 $15 for 30-years and younger with ID. Students free with ID.

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