Matinee Performance Added 6/14 for MOVE ON THE CHA-CHA's at Arsenal Centre for the Arts
Diane Ripstein presents Move on the Cha-Cha's June 13th & 14th at Arsenal Centre for the Arts as a preview for her performance run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland August 1-23rd. A matinee performance has been added on Saturday 14th June at 3pm.
Ripstein is one of the rare artists representing Boston at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world. She explains, "I feel the need, like many in my generation, to think about a legacy. What can I communicate that will make a difference? This show is my answer to that question." Like many little girls, Ripstein started taking Ballet lessons at age five. She continued to dance, touring cross-Canada and dancing on the Ed Sullivan Show while still a teenager. Though born and raised in Montreal, Boston has been home for the past 40 years.
The phrase "move on the cha-cha's" is based on a story told by Ripstein's late father, and was heard often around the Ripstein household. From ballet to bop, with a dash of mid-life salsa dating, this poignant one-woman show depicts a life lived and danced. Love, loss and laughter intermingle on the journey from age 5 to 55. A parade of unique characters joins the musical beat, led by The Bubbe (played by Ripstein), our intrepid host and guide. The Bubbe is based on Ripstein's impression of her Russian-Rumanian female ancestors. The Bubbe's secret to aging gracefully? Keep moving! And it's true. From youth to mid-age, the rhythm of life has kept pulling Ripstein back to the dance floor. The stories and characters in the show are an homage to generations of family, with the universal themes resonating with audiences young and old.
Featuring: Writer & Performer: Diane Ripstein; Director: Meghan Mueller; and Choreographer: Jennifer Jenkins.
Move on the Cha-Cha's will be presented at the Arsenal Centre for the Arts June 13th at 8pm and June 14th at 3pm & 8pm. Tickets: $15 at www.arsenalarts.org/move-on-the-cha-chas/.