OPEN PRACTICE
On the High Wire with Philippe Petit

Saturday, August 31, 2019
@ 7:30 pm

Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Village of Tannersville

“He outlines a whole approach to life, and his vision is pure, primitive and poetic.”
—Rupert Thomson, The Independent

In this new stage presentation, for the first time, Philippe invites the audience to follow one of his “secret” private daily practice sessions on the tight rope.

He starts on the ground, after a short introduction, demonstrating a selection of his warm-up movements essential to his best corporal behavior on the wire.

Then, on an apparatus low enough for you to catch his features and the details of his gestures, Philippe prefaces each crossing by explaining why each walk is different, and how these differences create a “progress program” conducive to artistic creativity. He shares stories about the creation of each major walk and shows the evolution of a simple move into a complex choreography, such as the knee balance, and the laying down. Philippe also performs the juggling without balancing pole, the full half turn with the pole sweeping around and the wire walker’s backward somersault. Philippe Petit concludes, on the ground again, with a Q&A.

A rare opportunity to peer into the backstage secrets of a unique artist.

Philippe Petit has written ten books, including To Reach the Clouds, which recounts the adventure of his illegal high wire walk between the twin towers of The World Trade Center. That walk was the subject of the 2009 Academy Award-winning documentary film, Man on Wire, as well as being the basis of The Walk, a 3-D/IMAX feature film directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe.

Philippe Petit gives lectures and workshops internationally on a variety of topics. He also practices lock picking and is an expert pickpocket.


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CIRQUE MEI

Saturday, October 12, 2019
@ 7:30 pm

Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Village of Tannersville

From People’s Republic of China, Cirque Mei features a company of 40 elite traditional and contemporary circus artists and acrobats. This performance features many award winning Chinese circus routines including Hoops Diving Boys, Bicycle Girls, Umbrellas, Balancing Skills on Ladder and Circus Dance, Flying Meteors, Lion Dance, and some of their most popular acts including Contortion Girls, Balancing High Chairs, and Plates Spinning and Ballet on Shoulders.

The troupe was founded in 1976 and supports a community of over 130 circus performers who tour throughout China and the world.


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NICK OF TIME
No Strings Marionette Company

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
@ 3:45pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter

Join us on a fun-filled adventure that is truly out of this world! On a special mission to explore a mysterious dark object nearing planet Earth, a rocket ship carrying Astronaut Nick Eastman and his hoverbot Glitch is attacked by a deep space alien.

Investigating, Nick is sucked into a time-warp and lands millions of years in Earth's dinosaur-riddled past. Snatched as a pterodactyl snack, Nick escapes only to be warped into a bizarre future where creatures have mutated to survive on a barely recognizable Earth.

This heart-pounding marionette extravaganza probes many unexplored and intriguing dimensions of puppetry. See if our time travelers decode the gravity of their situation and save the Earth in the Nick of Time.

Puppeteers Dan Baginski and Barbara Paulson have toured America together for over sixteen years. Their traveling stage transforms any space into an intimate theater, where the seamless blend of movement, music and masterful manipulation captivates young and old alike.

With puppeteers in full view, the audience sees how the puppets are brought to life. These Vermont artisans lovingly hand craft the marionettes, props and scenery, whether for an original tale or an adaptation of a classic.

Shows begin with an interactive song featuring audience members, and finish with demonstrations sparked by the audiences' curious questions.


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STAYIN' ALIVE
The World’s #1 Tribute to the Bee Gees

Saturday, October 26, 2019
@ 7:30 pm

Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Village of Tannersville

Stayin’ Alive offers the songs and sights of a full Bee Gees play list, singing blockbusters such as “Night Fever,” “Jive Talkin,” "How Deep Is Your Love,” “You Should Be Dancing,”, “Nights on Broadway,” and “Stayin’ Alive.” In addition, they perform softer poetic ballads such as “I Started a Joke,” “Massachusetts,” “Fanny Be Tender,” “Words,” and “To Love Somebody,” among other great hits.

Stayin’ Alive is the largest and most definitive production of its kind, offering big screen video clips, photos and dazzling imagery. Stayin’ Alive has played intimate settings as a six piece band and huge venues with a 62 piece orchestra. Stayin’ Alive is the quintessential tribute band to the Bee Gees, capturing the excitement of live performance and the tender subtleties of the human voice.


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ARITMIA
MIROSLAV and MERIMA

Saturday, November 9, 2019
@ 8:00 pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter

"A gorgeous pairing ... the two play with such serene authority that the listener is almost afraid to take a breath ... quietly compelling and deeply felt music."
—All About Jazz

Two celebrated instrumentalists ruminate on their common roots and shared love of traditional Balkan and classical music with original works and arrangements of Erik Satie, Manuel de Falla, and the mournful music of sevdah—sometimes called 'Bosnian blues', and music from Slovenian composer, Davorkin Jenko.

One of the world's finest concert accordionists, Bosnian-born Merima Ključo is a frequent guest soloist with orchestras like the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Holland Symphonia, and has worked with internationally renowned artists and ensembles such as Theodore Bikel, MusikFabrik and the Schönberg Ensemble.

An acclaimed guitarist of Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian origins, Miroslav Tadić has performed and recorded with luminaries such as Terry Riley, Plácido Domingo, Wadada Leo Smith, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo.

This virtuosic pair shares the fruits of their unique musical partnership, offering a singular mix of joy, yearning and aching beauty.


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THE KNIGHTS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Homage to Bach

Saturday, November 30, 2019
@ 8:00 pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter

“These two dozen musicians from Brooklyn ... playfully combine early music with avant-garde, great classics with world music—constantly blowing away audiences because this mix is simply irresistibly refined.”
—Hamburger Abendblatt (Germany)

The Knights are a collective of adventurous musicians dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience with vibrant programs rooted in the classical tradition.

In this Homage to Bach, The Knights look at a large range of music that was either directly or indirectly influenced by the master, from modernist giants such as Stravinsky, Legeti and Kurtag to American folk/pop icon Paul Simon.


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THE NUTCRACKER

FOUR PERFORMANCES:

Friday, December 13, 2019
@ 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 14, 2019
@ 2:00 pm

Saturday, December 14, 2019
@ 7:30 pm

Sunday, December 15, 2019
@ 2:00 pm

Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Village of Tannersville

Featuring students of Victoria Rinaldi, and local children and adults.

Catskill Mountain Foundation, in cooperation with Victoria Rinaldi and Tony-award winning choreographer Margo Sappington, presents the world’s favorite ballet--The Nutcracker--which enchants audiences young and old across the world during the holiday season. The long tradition of The Nutcracker will draw you into its magical realm, never to be forgotten.

In this special production, Victoria Rinaldi will once again work with local children and adults to stage the party scene, the battle, the second act angels and Mother Ginger. Margo Sappington will play the role of Auntie Drosselmeyer.


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