Chatham’s PS21 Announces Summer Season of Concerts & More

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PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century in Chatham has announced its 2018 summer schedule of performances, the first in its new state-of-the-art pavilion theater. Highlights of the season include Eliot Fisk and Yehuda Hanani headlining the Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert, the Rory Block Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend, five diverse music concerts and the Chatham Dance Festival.

“We are so excited to have such a strong line-up of music and dance performances for our first season in the new pavilion theater,” said PS21 Board President and founder Judy Grunberg. “State-of-the-art sound and lighting are just the beginning. Our new theater seats 300, and there isn’t a bad seat in the house.”

Here is the schedule of 2018 performances:

FILM: SILENT FILM COMEDIES
Saturday, May 19, 7pm
$8; students $4
An evening of silent film comedy, including Buster Keaton’s “One Week,” “The Boat” and “Balloonatics,” as well as Charlie Chaplin’s “The Immigrant,” with live piano accompaniment by Jon Pohlmann.

DANCE: LARRY KEIGWIN & NICOLE WOLCOTT IN “PLACES PLEASE”
Saturday, June 2, 7 & 9pm
$35; students $15
“Places Please” is a zany trip backstage in the final moments before the curtain goes up before a performance, where the audience becomes privy to the anxiety and playfulness of life behind the scenes. The piece celebrates the creative relationship between Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott, the co-founders of the acclaimed Keigwin + Company.

PS21 THEATER OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION & REVUE
Saturday, June 30, 8pm
$50; students $10
A variety of the talented artists who performed over the past twelve years under the tent return for this celebration: Guy Klucevsek, TAKE Dance, physical comedian Hilary Chaplain, Vanaver Caravan and Parsons Dance.

MUSIC: TWISTED PINE
Friday, July 6, 8pm
$25; students $10
One of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast, their infectious style brings the sound and pop hooks of indie music to an acoustic instrumental setting.

MUSIC: ELIOT FISK & YEHUDA HANANI
Saturday, July 7, 8pm
$40; students $10
Eliot Fisk is one of the most exciting and unique guitarists. Yehuda Hanani, cellist and founder/director of Close Encounters with Music, is known worldwide for his charismatic playing and profound interpretation. Together they will perform selected Bach Cello Suites.

JUST FOR FUN: FOLKLIFE STORIES WITH DIATA DIATA INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORIC THEATRE
Friday, July 13, 1pm
FREE
Pamela Badila, artist and matriarch of the Badila clan, tells folk tales integrating music, song and dance.

MUSIC: THE WINIFRED HORAN TRIO
Friday, July 13, 8pm
$25; students $10
This extraordinary Irish fiddler was a member of Cherish the Ladies, the stellar all-female Irish music group, and is co-founder of the Irish supergroup Solas.

MUSIC: MARIACHI FLOR DE TOLOACHE
Saturday, July 14, 8pm
$25; students $10
Latin Grammy winners and New York City’s first and only all-women mariachi group, they offer a fresh take on traditional Mexican music.

JUST FOR FUN: MAGICIAN JIM SNACK
Friday, July 20, 1pm
FREE
Jim Snack will mystify and wow the audience with his incredible and fun magic tricks.

MUSIC: RORY BLOCK
Friday, July 20, 8pm
$25; students $10
Experience the power of Rory’s authentic, deeply felt and skillfully wrought performance in an intimate setting. This solo concert focuses on women’s place in the blues.

MUSIC: DIUNNA GREENLEAF & BLUE MERCY
Saturday, July 21, 8pm
$25; students $10
Diunna Greenleaf, a native Texan steeped in gospel music, embodies the tradition of powerful women blues artist from Bessie Smith through Koko Taylor.

MUSIC: STRAIT WAY MINISTRIES GOSPEL CHOIR
Sunday, July 22, 2pm
$25; students $10
A full concert of traditional African American gospel music. From Mississippi, the group includes a band and uplifting, powerful singers.

JUST FOR FUN: WEST AFRICAN DANCE AND DRUM
Friday, July 27, 1pm
FREE
Jamal Jackson Dance Company’s West African Dance and Drum Workshop presents a high energy exhilarating performance of the traditional dance and drumming of Mali, West Africa.

MUSIC: THE FARAH SIRAJ TRIO
Friday, July 27, 8pm
$25; students $10
The guitarist-vocalist performs original compositions fusing influences of Middle Eastern music, bossa, flamenco, jazz and pop with lyrics in Arabic, Spanish and English.

MUSIC: IGUDESMAN & JOO
Saturday, July 28, 8pm
$40; students $10
Igudesman is a Russian violinist, composer, conductor and actor. Hyung-ki Joo is British-Korean pianist and composer. The two met in grade school. Inspired by Victor Borge and Dudley Moore, their show combines comedy with classical music and pop culture.

JUST FOR FUN: CARDBOARD EXPLOSION WITH PUPPETEER BRAD SHUR
Friday, August 3, 1pm
FREE
With help from the audience, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes.

DANCE: PARSONS DANCE

Friday & Saturday, August 3 & 4, 8pm
$40; students $10
Parsons Dance is known for its energized, athletic, ensemble work, and has collaborated with iconic artists across all disciplines.

JUST FOR FUN: BILL SHANNON
Friday, August 10, 1pm
FREE
Shannon shares his personal story and inspires his audience to find their own moves. Skateboarding, physical comedy, storytelling and crutches are all part of his work.

DANCE: BILL SHANNON: MAKER MOVES
Friday & Saturday, August 10 & 11, 8pm
$35; students $10
A multimedia contemporary clown theater piece. Moving on crutches and a skateboard, performance/video artist Bill Shannon explores the role failure plays in innovation.

DANCE: DUSAN TYNEK DANCE THEATRE: “MIDDLEGAME” AND “ROMANESCO SUITE”
Friday & Saturday, August 17 & 18, 8pm
$35; students $10
Known for his striking blend of theatricality and musicality, Týnek’s “Middlegame” employs tactics of game strategy and seduction and takes its inspiration from the game of chess and 19th century café life.

DANCE: BANG GROUP: MOUTHFUL OF SHOES
Friday & Saturday, August 24 & 25, 8pm
$35; students $10
Comic enthusiasm with a blend of tap, body percussion, vaudeville, ballet and contemporary dance. Toe shoes, tap shoes and Velcro suits.

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