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‘Arts for All!’ community concert series highlights local artists
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‘Arts for All!’ community concert series highlights local artists
This fall, Celebrity Series of Boston is staging 11 free, livestreamed community concerts as part of their “Arts for All!” initiative. Every Thursday evening from Sept. 10 to Dec. 17, a different beloved local performer will take the stage to bring hope and tapping feet into Boston homes through music and other art forms.
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Starlight Square safely stages performances, public art
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Starlight Square safely stages performances, public art
Live, socially distanced performances are now taking place under the stars in Central Square. Starlight Square, a parking lot repurposed as a community space, provides a hub for safe public art, performances, markets and dining.
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Step Afrika! virtual performance honors Stono Rebellion
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Step Afrika! virtual performance honors Stono Rebellion
On Wednesday, Sept. 9, ArtsEmerson and Step Afrika! will recognize the 281st anniversary of the Stono Rebellion with the world premiere of “Stono.” The 30-minute digital theater piece brings a dynamic new layer to Step Afrika!’s oeuvre of stage-based performances.
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Hibernian Hall and VLA DANCE launch free classes
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Hibernian Hall and VLA DANCE launch free classes
On Monday, July 6, VLA DANCE and Hibernian Hall launched their “Summer Online Movement Series” providing classes for young people ages 10–15 and adults. The series runs through August 12 with a packed class schedule on both Monday and Wednesday each week. The classes are free and hosted on Zoom, but registration is required.
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Virtual performance series highlights Latinx voices
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Virtual performance series highlights Latinx voices
Four Latinx organizations in Boston — Amplify Latinx, Hyde Square Task Force, Cojuelos’ Productions and Ágora Cultural Architects — have come together to celebrate art and community through their online performance series “Cadencia Latina,” running through July 5.
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Alvin Ailey for all
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Alvin Ailey for all
The Alvin Ailey stage is dark this May, but the new online initiative Ailey All Access brings the famous company and their joyful dances into living rooms all over the country. The platform provides full length streaming performances, dance classes you can take from home and regular interviews with the company members.
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Poet, rapper Oompa brings artists together with #QuarantineDanceChallenge
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Poet, rapper Oompa brings artists together with #QuarantineDanceChallenge
Boston native artist Oompa has been making waves in the local music scene for years. The poet, rapper and educator won the 2018 Unsigned Artist of the Year award from Boston Music Awards and was nominated for an unprecedented six awards total. Now in the age of social distancing Oompa is bringing the community together in a whole new way: through dance.
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‘Diary of a Tap Dancer’ — Ayodele Casel evokes history and magic of tap
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‘Diary of a Tap Dancer’ — Ayodele Casel evokes history and magic of tap
Weaving together her own life story as a tap dancer with the story of earlier female tap dancers of color is Ayodele Casel, an actor, tap dancer and choreographer and currently a Radcliffe Fellow.
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Camille A. Brown & Dancers in Celebrity Series debut
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Camille A. Brown & Dancers in Celebrity Series debut
Camille A. Brown and her company Camille A. Brown & Dancers began their Celebrity Series of Boston debut at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre Saturday night by summoning the gifts, legacy and complicated history of black performers.
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Choreographer Camille A. Brown talks with the Banner
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Choreographer Camille A. Brown talks with the Banner
Acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown has been praised and awarded for her riveting, soulful and innovative dance-theater performances, which explore the rich and complex history of African American culture. The artistic director and founder of the dance company Camille A. Brown & Dancers invites audiences to experience stories and dialogues about race, culture and identity.
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Ice Dance International performs with soaring grace and powerful artistry
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Ice Dance International performs with soaring grace and powerful artistry
The soaring grace and artistry of ice dancing and its expressive power were on full display Saturday night at the Boston Skating Club, where Ice Dance International (IDI) performed a thrilling, 90-minute program of 13 short works.
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Dancing into the revolution — Boston Ballet highlights black dancers in formerly controversial piece
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Dancing into the revolution — Boston Ballet highlights black dancers in formerly controversial piece
Debuting February 7–March 8, “rEVOLUTION” at Boston Ballet highlights three choreographers that took dance to its very physical and artistic limits, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and William Forsythe. Though the pieces in the show date as far back as the 1950s, their power and vision continue to resonate with contemporary audiences.
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