Upcoming Theater & Dance @ Williams College’s ’62 Center [Berkshire on Stage]

January 22nd, 2016, 10:00 am by Sara
The 62 Center comes alive with the Festival each summer at Williams College.

The ’62 Center at Williams College

By Larry Murray

There are so many good things coming up at the ’62 Center for Theatre & Dance in Williamstown we want you to know about. Williams College brings some of the finest artists and cultural innovators to their campus each year, and we are fortunate to be able to see them, too. The theater they perform in is turned over to the famed Williamstown Theatre Festival in the summer. Plenty of parking in the back.

Tonight (Friday, January 22) | 8pm | $10/ $3 (students)

The iconic Ronald K. Brown, the first Mellon Fellow in Choreography at Williams, brings a program that will include “The Subtle One,” Brown’s extraordinary new collaboration with the renowned jazz pianist Jason Moran. “The Subtle One” dances through the mystic and inspirational relationship between spiritual beings and the society they inhabit. In Arabic, “Al-Lateef” or “The Subtle One” means “the one who whispers things into existence.” The dancers and the music affect each other with this softness. Performers move as “subtle ones,” affecting one another and the audience as they perceive the world. Evidence was founded by choreographer Ronald K. Brown in 1985. The company’s spiritually infused work provides a unique view of human experience through danced journeys of identity and community.

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From India via Paris: “Akasha” by Shantala Shivalingappa @ ’62 Center in W’town [Berkshire on Stage]

February 23rd, 2015, 2:00 pm by Sara
Shantala Shivalingapa in performance. (photo:  Christopher.Duggan)

Shantala Shivalingapa in performance. (photo: Christopher.Duggan)

By Larry Murray

Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance presents Akasha by Shantala Shivalingappa. Akasha features the choreography of Shantala Shivalingappa and Vempati Ravi Shankar (son of Shivalingappa’s Kuchipudi guru Vempati Chinna Satyam) in a program of five Kuchipudi solos, each performed by Shivalingappa and accompanied by live singing, flute and percussion. In Sanskrit, Akasha means “sky” or “space” and is regarded as the source of life. Each work in Akasha is inspired by a traditional Hindu poem. There will be one performance only on Wednesday (February 25) at 8pm on the ’62 Center’s MainStage in Williamstown. Tickets are $10; $3 students.

Born in Madras, India, and brought up in Paris, Shantala is the child of east and west. Deeply moved and inspired by Master Vempati Chinna Satyam’s pure and graceful style, Shantala dedicated herself to Kuchipudi, and received an intense and rigorous training from her master.

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