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“A Rite” (of Spring) @ ’62 Center Brings Anne Bogart, Bill T. Jones & Janet Wong Together [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, March 16th, 2015
A Rite (photo: Paul B. Goode)

“A Rite” (photo: Paul B. Goode)

When it premiered in Paris in 1913, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, with choreography by Vaslav Nijinksy, was greeted with the vocal equivalent of rotten tomatoes.

“The people were so upset by the music and the choreography that they started screaming and shouting insults, and a riot ensued,” said Anne Bogart, artistic director of SITI Company, a theater ensemble based in New York City. “Not six months later, the music was being recognized as one of the greatest pieces of modern music ever.”

In Williamstown, the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance’s CenterSeries hosts the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Anne Bogart’s SITI Company as they join forces. These two celebrated companies examine The Rite of Spring, Igor Stravinsky’s groundbreaking masterpiece. His celebrated collaboration with choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky was so revolutionary at the time of its Paris premiere that it incited a riot, and “A Rite” attempts to imagine the consequences of hearing the piece played for the very first time, with a libretto that pulls from the diaries of World War I veterans, the writings of physicist Brian Greene and many other sources. There will be one performance only, at 8pm on Tuesday (March 17) at Williams College’s ’62 Center MainStage, located at 1000 Main Street, in Williamstown, MA. Tickets are $10; $3 students.

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Three Glorious Nights in February: WAM Takes Its Hit Show “Emilie” on Tour [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
There’s more to an enhanced “reading” than you might imagine.

There’s more to an enhanced “reading” than you might imagine.

By Gail M. Burns

WAM Theatre has been invited to present an enhanced staged reading of their critically acclaimed 2013 production of Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson at three different locations in Berkshire County and the Capital Region, beginning at 7:30pm tonight (Tuesday, February 10) at Williams College’s Adams Memorial Theatre in Williamstown.

Directed by WAM Theatre Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven, much of the acclaimed original cast returns. Kim Stauffer reprises the title role as Emilie and is joined by returning cast members Suzanne Ankrum, Brendan Cataldo and Joan Coombs as Soubrette, Gentleman and Madam, respectively, along with new cast member Timothy Carter (national tour of The Lion King, Adirondack Theatre Festival’s The Whale) as Voltaire.

This enhanced staged reading will feature some audio and visual elements from the original production, of which Berkshire On Stage and Screen said, “WAM’s brilliantly staged production of ‘Emilie’… is totally entertaining.” The Berkshire Eagle deemed the 2013 production “…highly imaginative…highly theatrical…” and Berkshire Fine Arts stated it was “an absorbing evening of theatre for a sold out audience.”

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Real Good for FREE: I/O New Music Fest 2015 @ Williams College

Monday, January 5th, 2015
The Talea Ensemble

The Talea Ensemble

This weekend, Williams College hosts its annual I/O Festival of New Music, a three-day festival of adventurous new music from around the globe. The festival includes four concerts with several world premieres, the music of numerous composers, performances by the I/O Ensemble and IOTA, as well as special guests, the Talea Ensemble. The fest runs from Thursday (January 8) through Saturday (January 10) at Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance in Williamstown. Admission to all festival events is free.

Here’s the schedule of the festival performances:

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Coming to Williamstown: “Arguendo” Recreates 1991 Supreme Court Argument Over Nude Go-Go Dancers [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Arguendo

Williams College is presenting a theatrical work on Tuesday (February 11) by an unlikely new playwright, the U.S. Supreme Court, at its ’62 Center for Theater & Dance.

It is a play being presented by the NYC theater company Elevator Repair Service (ERS) and though it is simply titled Arguendo, it is also accompanied by this notice: “Parental discretion advised: nudity.”

Nevertheless it is a provocative and important subject to explore. Starting from the question, “Does a state prohibition against complete nudity in public violate the First Amendment’s guarantee of Freedom of Expression?” ERS tackles Barnes v. Glen Theatre, a 1991 U.S. Supreme Court case. Brought by a group of go-go dancers who claimed a First Amendment right to dance totally nude, the case examines an Indiana law that banned public nudity. At oral argument, the Justices attempt to define dance, ponder nudity in opera houses vs. strip-clubs, and ask whether naked erotic dancing is artistic expression or immoral conduct. There will be one performance only, on Tuesday, February 11 at 8pm on the ’62 Center’s MainStage, located at 1000 Main Street, in Williamstown, MA. Tickets are $10; $3 students.

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Willkommen to “Cabaret” in Williamstown, Nov. 14-23 [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Kit Kat Klub

The Williams College Theatre Department will stage Fred Ebb and John Kander’s icon Cabaret, directed by David Eppel with Musical Director Eric Kang ’09 and Choreographer Brittany Baker-Brousseau ’11.

Set in the outrageous and sexy Kit Kat Klub, the musical is based on the writings of Christopher Isherwood about his life in Berlin in that bubble of time between 1920 and 1933, Cabaret is an amalgamation of several of his stories. They celebrate the moment in history when Berlin, its population ignorant or willfully blind of the coming Nazi conflagration, became the most exciting, most creative, most sexually fabulous and depraved city in all the world. Indeed, as many Berliners decided that they believed the very air, the “luft” in Berlin, carried in it a heady mixture of delightful drugs designed to maximize pleasure and bring out the best and the worst in all who breathed it.

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Martin Jacques, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
The Tiger Lillies

The Tiger Lillies

“The first record album that I ever bought? That’s a tricky question, that one. It was something dreadful, I’m sure, because what do you know when you’re 14? When you’re young, you make mistakes.

It could have been anything, really, but it was probably something horrific like Genesis. Maybe Elton John. Or Mungo Jerry. Barclay James Harvest. It could have been anything, really.

And, of course, I used to have lots of children’s records when I was very little. ‘The Stories of Sinbad,’ that was a good little record.”

Vocalist-accordionist Martin Jacques leads the indescribably decadent London cabaret trio the Tiger Lillies in their unique production of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” at Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance in Williamstown at 8pm on Thursday (October 24). Tickets are $10.

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The Tiger Lillies’ “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” Top Theater Attraction at Williams College [Berkshire on Stage]

The Tiger Lillies’ “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” Top Theater Attraction at Williams College [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
This Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a different kind of musical theatre. The Tiger Lilies consists of Martyn Jacques, Adrian Huge, Adrian Stout.

This Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a different kind of musical theatre. The Tiger Lilies consists of Martyn Jacques, Adrian Huge, Adrian Stout.

The Tiger Lillies
“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

Oct. 24 | 8:00 PM | $10 / $3 students

The Tiger Lillies are a three-piece band, formed in 1989 and based in London. The English trio tours worldwide, and won international acclaim with their opera “Shockheaded Peter.” Defying any singular description, the Tiger Lillies’ surreal musical style is something of a mix between opera, gypsy punk and old Paris. Masters of dark humor, their music plays in the intersection between offensive and delightful. It has been called macabre, darkly humorous, perversely beautiful and impossible to pigeonhole.

“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” a collaboration with the visual artist Mark Holthusen, immerses the audience in the world of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s surreal ballad of death and enchantment on the high seas with multimedia staging that shifts from song to song to create a production somewhere between a film and a concert. Multi-screen projected animation and video, along with other fancy stage tricks, work in tandem to create a virtual baroque production – a unique musical experience that’s as quirky and unexpected as the Tiger Lillies themselves.

This performance is made possible by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Endowment for the Arts and the Lipp Family Fund for Performing Artists.

INTEGRATED PROGRAMMING:

6pm: Cocktails and Context: Macabre Musicals, Subversive Singing
Co-hosted by Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Artistic Director Jenny Gersten and Williams College Theatre Department’s Chair David Eppel. Open bar.

10pm: Post show Q & A
with Mark Holthusen moderated by Professor of Art Liza Johnson.

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Adrian Stout, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Adrian Stout

Adrian Stout

“‘I’ve Got a Brand New Combine Harvester’ by the Wurzels and ‘Ernie’ by Benny Hill.”

Bassist Adrian Stout fuels the indescribably decadent London cabaret trio the Tiger Lillies in their unique production of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” at Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance in Williamstown at 8pm on Thursday (October 24). Tickets are $10.

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Adrian Huge, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?
Martin Jacques, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?
The Tiger Lillies’ “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” Top Theater Attraction at Williams College [Berkshire on Stage]

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