Ronald K. Brown News

ODC Theater to Host Evening of Dance & Food, 5/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 04, 2014

ODC Theater, one of the West Coast's major centers for contemporary dance and performance, will host a benefit in support of its future programs on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. The annual event, called Indulge, includes an array of irresistible desserts and savories provided by some of the Mission district's best bakeries, shops and food emporiums. The benefit also features pop-up dance performances, a film screening, spirited beverages, enticing auction items and a chance to mingle with artists and art-lovers alike. (more...)

New York Live Arts' 'James Baldwin, This Time!' Presents BALDWIN THROUGH DANCE: CHARLES O. ANDERSON AND DIANNE MCINTYRE, 4/26-27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

As part of the second annual Live Ideas festival, James Baldwin, This Time!, New York Live Artspresents Baldwin Through Dance: Charles O. Anderson and Dianne McIntyre. The shared program features the world premiere of Time is Time created and performed by acclaimed dancer and choreographer Dianne McIntyre, and the New York City premiere of Charles O. Anderson's Restless Natives. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: NY Public Library Digitalizes Thousands of Hours of Jerome Robbins Dance Videos
by Stage Tube - Apr 03, 2014

Newly digitized dance videos and films available on-site at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts include: (more...)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Returns to Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater for a Two-Week Engagement, 6/11-22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 02, 2014

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world's most popular dance companies,will return to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts with four different programs for a two-week 15-performance engagement at the David H. Koch Theater June 11 - 22, 2014. Today, Artistic Director Robert Battle announced repertory for the season, highlighted by a world premiere from Robert Moses - a first-time collaboration with the Company - new productions of Hans van Manen's Polish Pieces and David Parsons' signature work Caught, along with the company premiere of Asadata Dafora's groundbreaking 1932 solo Awassa Astrige/Ostrich. Ailey's acclaimed dancers will perform in diverse repertory including encore performances of 2013-14 season premieres and new productions such as Wayne McGregor's Chroma and an "Ailey/Ellington" program, as well as favorites like Alvin Ailey's American masterpiece Revelations. (more...)

WALKING DISTANCE DANCE FESTIVAL-SF, MUSIC MOVES FESTIVAL and More Set for ODC Theater's 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2014

ODC Theater, one of the West Coast's major centers for contemporary dance and performance, is pleased to announce its 2014 season. After last year's much-lauded season, ODC Theater's 2014 season offers a range of performances featuring established and emerging artists from around the country and as far away as Israel. Anchoring the season are two festivals: the return of the Walking Distance Dance Festival-SF in May, and spanning four weeks from July into August, the Music Moves Festival, a celebration of music and dance. In fact, the Theater's entire season is studded with concerts that feature dance and live music. The relationship between the two serves as a recurring theme for artists and audiences alike. (more...)

Tickets for National Tour of The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS Goes on Sale Today at The Smith Center
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2014

The Smith Center announced today that single tickets for The National Tour of THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS, winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, will go on sale today, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Coming to Houston, 3/14-15
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

Society for the Performing Arts welcomes Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater back to Houston for three performances in Jones Hall, Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 15 at 2 p.m.; and Friday, March 15 at 8 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek below! (more...)

PORGY AND BESS National Tour to Run 3/25-30 at The Ordway
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

Based on DuBose Heyward's novel 'Porgy' and the play of the same name, which he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy Heyward, the Broadway revival of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is a stunning and stirring new staging with a magnificent 23-piece orchestra, including such legendary songs as 'Summertime,' 'It Ain't Necessarily So,' and 'I Got Plenty of Nothing.' (more...)

PORGY AND BESS National Tour Makes Philadelphia Premiere, Now thru 2/23
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2014

Tickets for The National Tour of THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS, winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, are now on sale. Part of the BROADWAY PHILADELPHIA season, presented by the KimMel Center for the Performing Arts and The Shubert Organization, THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS arrives at the Academy of Music for a limited engagement beginning today, Feb. 18 - 23. The official press opening is tonight, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Comes to the Segerstrom Center, 3/27-30
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2014

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents an exclusive Southern California engagement of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater March 27 - 30. (more...)

Tickets for National Tour of The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS to Go on Sale 2/21 at The Smith Center
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

The Smith Center announced today that single tickets for The National Tour of THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS, winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, will go on sale Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. (more...)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Comes to Chicago, 2/28-3/9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

Celebrating the life and legacy of Alvin Ailey and his innovative, inspiring and thrilling work, 25 years after his passing, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, "long one of the nation's more cherished troupes," ("Chicago Tribune") graces the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University's landmark stage February 28 - March 9, 2014 as part of a 23-City U.S. Tour. Robert Battle returns for his third year as Artistic Director to lead the world renowned company as they continue to inspire and delight audiences with both new work as well as traditional pieces that have made "the Cultural Ambassadors" a staple on the international stage. Tickets ($32 - $92) are on sale now and available online at ticketmaster.com/auditorium, by calling (800) 982-ARTS (2787) or at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office (50 E Congress Pkwy). (more...)

BWW Reviews: PORGY AND BESS Enthralls at the Palace
by Roy Berko - Feb 06, 2014

It might surprise many to find that the original 1935 Broadway production of 'PORGY AND BESS' ran only 124 performances. The reasons were many including the all Black cast, some of the overtones of the script were perceived by some to be 'too Negro,' the opera format was considered 'not Broadway,' while some railed that it 'had racial overtones.' Other suppositions were that the heavy dependence of a strong story line was not a familiar format during the era of escapist comedies, follies and vaudeville. Not to be overlooked was the fact that the production lasted four hours, with two intermissions. (more...)

PORGY AND BESS, Ronald K Brown and More Set for The Ordway's 'African Diaspora in Harmony Initiative'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 05, 2014

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced today the launch of 'Taking Our Place Centerstage: The African Diaspora in Harmony.' This special initiative offers enhanced programming that includes master classes and workshops, an art exhibition, social gatherings and cultural conversations to celebrate the rich artistic traditions of communities of African and African American ancestry. The surrounding events are designed to enrich the Ordway's 2013-2014 season of world-class performances by Rennie Harris Puremovement, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Maria de Barros, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, and Step Afrika!. (more...)

Alvin Ailey Launches 23-City North American Tour Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 04, 2014

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world's most popular dance companies, will travel coast to coast beginning in February on a 23-city North American tour hitting major markets such as Atlanta, Miami, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Chicago (full schedule below). The 25th season since the passing of legendary founder Alvin Ailey is led by Artistic Director Robert Battle who continues to expand the Company's diverse repertory with a wide range of important choreographic voices. Exciting premieres and new productions give Ailey's 30 extraordinary dancers even more ways to inspire audiences. Highlights of the season, launching in New York in December, include: (tour programming will be announced by January): (more...)

PORGY AND BESS, Ronald K Brown and More Set for The Ordway's 'African Diaspora in Harmony Initiative'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced today the launch of 'Taking Our Place Centerstage: The African Diaspora in Harmony.' This special initiative offers enhanced programming that includes master classes and workshops, an art exhibition, social gatherings and cultural conversations to celebrate the rich artistic traditions of communities of African and African American ancestry. The surrounding events are designed to enrich the Ordway's 2013-2014 season of world-class performances by Rennie Harris Puremovement, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Maria de Barros, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, and Step Afrika!. (more...)

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Comes to the Orpheum Theater, 3/1
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2014

Omaha Performing Arts presents Ronald K. Brown/Evidence at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday, March 1, at 8:00 p.m. The performance is part of Omaha Performing Arts' Dance 13/14 Series. Tickets start at $20 and are available at TicketOmaha.com, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St. Ticket Omaha is the official ticket outlet for the performance. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS Reaches a New Audience
by Jimmy Ferraro - Jan 16, 2014

By all means GO SEE THIS PRODUCTION. The voices are amazing! In addition, you may never have another opportunity to experience music of the legendary Gershwins' at their very best, in a multi-award winning production. (more...)

ODC's Next Dance and Diaspora Features Farima Berenji and Shahrzad Khorsandi, 2/1
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2014

ODC is pleased to announce the program for the next installment of Dance and Diaspora, its biannual showcase celebrating the world of dance within the Bay Area. Next month's double bill runs Saturday to Sunday, February 1 - 2, 2014, and features work by Persian dance artists Farima Berenji and Shahrzad Khorsandi. (more...)

John Tartaglia, Marcia Milgrom Dodge & More Set to Direct The Muny's 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2014

Muny Executive Producer Mike Isaacson announced today the directors, choreographers and music directors for the Muny's 2014 Season, which opens on June 16 with Billy Elliot The Musical. "We're so happy these exciting artists are creating our 2014 season," said Isaacson. "This is a challenging season, one with incredible variety and power. We're fortunate that such extraordinary talents will be creating our 'Muny Magic.'" (more...)

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