Tuesday, May 31, 2011





Perpetual Motion to Present FLOORED!
          Perpetual Motion will present FLOORED!, a cutting edge concert of modern and aerial dance works, on June 3rd and 4th at 8:00pm in the historic Plaza Theater, located at 1725 NW 16th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73106. 

          FLOORED!  will feature new innovative choreographic works from Perpetual Motion's company members that include aerial silks, trapeze and cube. The evening length concert will also include an energetic work from guest Stephanie Thibeault (University of Arkansas at Little Rock) titled "Covetous, Our Bond Endures," and an original work, "The Fives" by experimental dance choreographer Jordan Fuchs (Texas Women's University). Fuchs is a celebrated choreographer, who recently was selected as Dance New Amsterdam's 2011 Raw Performance Artists.  Jordan states that his work, "seeks to extend the expressive possibilities of live performance through explorations of form and formlessness."
           
          Tickets for FLOORED! are available at http://www.perpetualmotiondance.org/ or at the Plaza Theater box office one hour prior to show time.  Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.  Student and Child discounts are available at $10.  FLOORED!  is funded in part by a generous donation from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund.

            Perpetual Motion is a locally-based dance company dedicated to bringing innovative
dance performance and education to Oklahoma City and the state.  For more information about Perpetual Motion, its performances and work with area schools, please call 405-206-2843 or e-mail perpetualinfo@gmail.com.  Learn more about Perpetual Motion/Modern Dance Oklahoma at www.perpetualmotiondance.org. 

Friday, May 20, 2011




     INDIAN DANCE LAST POSTED IN
                   TULSA NOT OKC

Thursday, May 19, 2011

THIS POSTING WAS SENT TO ME BY DANA MORROW, AT THE DOWNTOWN
LIBRARY. 


For Tickets - please call or email Pooja - 918-852-8107 | pmutalik@aol.com
FREE Workshop on May 18 & 19, 5:30pm-8:00pm at OU-Tulsa, The Founders Hall.
Admission is FREE on May 20 to the students under 18 years who attend the Free Workshop on May 18 and/or 19SAPAF
 
 
SAPAF presents Dance Sublime - a Bharata Natyam presentation by Lavanya Ananth with Live Orchestra.
 
Venue: Bishop Kelley High School Auditorium 3905 S. Hudson Ave, Tulsa, OK-74135
Date / Time: Friday, May-20-2011 at 7:30pm  (seating by 7:15pm)
Admission:  $8 (FREE admission to students under 18 years who attend the workshop on 18th and/or 19th)
For Tickets - Please call or email Pooja - 918-852-8107 | pmutalik@aol.com
"With her pleasing countenance and firm, graceful, and steady movements, Lavanya  held the audience gripped throughout her performance. She showed very well her expertise in Nritta and her sense of thaalam in the theermanams.  Lavanya's performance proved that she is not only an eye-catching and visually delightful dancer, but also an intelligent one."  - The Hindu
   
 
 
Lavanya Ananth (http://www.lavanya-ananth.com/) represents the graceful picturesque Vazhuvoor (Thanjavur) style of Bharatanatyam. Lavanya tours her choreographic works and conducts workshops internationally   throughout Asia, Europe , Australia and the United States. She is the recipient of the prestigious ���Ustaad Bismillah Khan - Yuva Puraskar��� in the year 2007 from Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi in recognition of her extraordinary services in the field of art at a young age.  An ���A��� grade artist of Doordarshan Kendra and an ICCR empanelled artist  her other honors include ���Nadanamamani - Shriram Award of Excellence��� from Karthik Fine Arts��� and  ���Yuva Kala Bharathi��� from Bharath Kalachar.
Nrithya Samarchita is a compilation of  original choreographic works of  the dancer  Lavanya Ananth  and encompasses a variety of poetry and technique within the classical boundaries of  Bharathanatyam grammar in different Indian languages.
She will be accompanied by a team of highly accomplished musicians from Chennai-India.
Musicians :
S. Srilatha - Nattuvangam
MuraliParthasarathy - Vocal
M. S. Sukhi - Mridangam
R. Kalaiarasan- Violin
  
 
FREE Workshop on May 18 & 19, 5:30pm-8:00pm at OU-Tulsa, The Founders Hall.
  
 
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011



Brightmusic composers and musicians: first row, left to right, Gregory Lee, Amy I-Lin Cheng, second row Tomasz Zieva, Kate Pritchett, Kris Maloy, last row, Carl Rath, Royce McLarry, Char Burrow, Michael Anderson, Edward Knight, and Rod Deemer.  Photo by Nancy Condit c. by Nancy Condit

BRIGHTMUSIC GIVES CONTEMPORARY
"AMERICANA" SEASON FINALE

By Nancy Condit

Brightmusic enjoyably wrapped up its chamber music season with contemporary "Americana" music at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral.  For those who did not have the pleasure hearing the concert, it will be broadcast on KCSC's "Performance Oklahoma" on June 5 at 5 p.m.
 
Much of the music, including a world premiere "Vigils," by Dr. Rob Deemer, was commissioned by Brightmusic.  Deemer, currently composition chair in the school of music at the State University of New York, taught at OU and OCU from 2005 to 2007.  The work was inspired by his work with Brightmusic trumpeter Michael Anderson at OCU.  Deemer wrote in the program notes, "One of the many uses of the trumpet throughout history is to signal the beginning and ending of the day, so I chose to write a work inspired by the vigil prayers that several different religions take in the evening, at midnight, and at the break of day."  The piece was for violin, viola and cello.

Dr. Kris Maloy is adjunct professor of composition and saxophone and director of jazz studies at OCU, and a music faculty member at UCO.  In his premiere of the commissioned "Overture to the Great American Songbook," that covered nearly 300 years, Maloy explained, "I wanted to write something that used authentically American songs, famous songs that most of us would recognize.  And I wanted to do more than a medley, something that would borrow from lots of songs in a free way, incorporating the different traditions of regional music that have coalesced over the years into the tradition of American folk song." The piece was written for violin, viola, cello, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn and piano.

Dr. Edward Knight's "Beneath a Cinnamon Moon" was is a series of reflections on chapters on the history of the Great Plains.  It was commissioned by Brightmusic in 2007 in honor of the Oklahoma Centennial, and was performed again that year at the OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville.  ""While researching ancient songs originating from tribes living in and around what is now Oklahoma, I was moved by the musicality of the Wichita and Pawnee... I've created and layered evocative propulsive textures and sprinkled them with elements from the state's history, creating an extended rondo that highlights virtuosic elements."  Knight is a professor music, composer-in-residence and director of composition at OCU.  The piece was written for clarinet, viola and piano.

"Twilight Music," composed by John Harris Harbison, was play by the horn, violin and piano.  Harbison "is a prominent and prolific American composer" who has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for many years.  The Pulitzer prize winner has composed symphonies, operas, concertos, numerous chamber music works, a ballet, solo vocal works and many choral works.  Twilight Music was commissioned by the ChamberMusic Society of Lincoln Center in 1985.  The premise is that "the horn and the violin have little in common," and, when they share material, this work shows "how differently they project it."   The piece was played by the horn, violin and piano.

Bill Douglas wrote of his "Suite Cantando," "Although much of the music in this suite was influenced by jazz and world music, the players are instructed to sing expressively throughout, as though they were playing Mozart or Bach.  The Canadian-born composer, pianist and bassoonist lived in Boulder, Colorado, and teaches at the Naropa Institute.  His large discography includes 11 CDs for Hearts of Space Records.
"Douglas describes his philosophy of music as that music 'can be helpful to the world.  It can evoke such positive emotions as compassion, tenderness, strength, nobility, upliftedness and joy."  The work was performed by the clarinet, bassoon and piano.

Dr. Edward Knight's "Beneath a Cinnamon Moon" was is a series of reflections on chapters on the history of the Great Plains.  It was commissioned by Brightmusic in 2007 in honor of the Oklahoma Centennial, and was performed again that year at the OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville.  ""While researching ancient songs originating from tribes living in and around what is now Oklahoma, I was moved by the musicality of the Wichita and Pawnee... I've created and layered evocative propulsive textures and sprinkled them with elements from the state's history, creating an extended rondo that highlights virtuosic elements."  Knight is a professor of music, composer-in-residence and director of composition at OCU.  The piece was written for clarinet, viola and piano.

The musicians were Dr. Gregory Lee, violin, Royce McLarry, viola, Tomasz Zieba, cella, Chad Burrow, clarinet, Carl Rath, bassoon, Michael Anderson, trumpet, Dr. Kate Pritchett, horn, and Dr. Amy I-Lin Cheng, piano.



READ TO A CHILD
 
Volunteer Information Day - Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 10 am - 2 pm, Downtown Library, 4th Floor, Friends Event Room
 
For Volunteer Applications: Go to www.metrolibrary.org, click on the "Support" tab. Call 606-3838 for more information.
 

 
 
Photo Slam is  tomorrow at 7pm with OVACPhoto Slam 

The public is invited to get a quick glimpse into the workings of twelve Oklahoma photographers during the upcoming Photo Slam this Thursday. To be held at the Noble Theater at OKCMOA, this is not your typical artist lecture.

Each of the twelve participating photographers will get five minutes to share what they do using a variety of tools - slides, digital projections, printed samples or other means. The speakers will have to be careful not go into overtime or they will get the gong! Presenting photographers are: Narciso Arg├╝elles, Edmond; Holly Baumann, OKC; Andrew Bingham, Tulsa; JT Burg, OKC; Tommy Evans, Midwest City; Jennifer Cocoma Hustis, Edmond; Matt Jarvis, Pawhuska; Mandy Love, OKC; Ann C. Sherman, OKC; Carl Shortt, OKC; Evan Taylor, Tulsa; and Sherwin R. Tibayan, Norman.

The Photo Slam is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Amy Blakemore: Photographs 1988-2008, on display at the museum May 5 - July 10, 2011. Admission is included in the cost of gallery admission, $5 after 5pm, with cocktails on the rooftop.

Photo Slam is presented by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.
From the OKCMOA press release 

Sunday, May 15, 2011



Istvan Gallery and Urban Art Open House, and Maya Trading Company 
Continues Sunday 15, 1- 5 p.m.
"The opening on May 13 was excellent and we continue the fun with an open house Sunday May 15," writes Stephen Kovash.  "See and purchase the wonderful work from Scott Henderson, Marvin Lee, Bobby Lee, Audrey Barcus, The Teen Advisory Council as well as a number of other outstanding Oklahoma Artists. "
The show continues through July 31.
 
Maya Trading Company One Year Anniversary 
Maya Trading Company will celebrate their one-year anniversary on Sunday, May 15 from  1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m,

Its been a year since Amber Sharples and Milo Borges opened their retail space in Urban Art, bringing the finest in Mexican High Craft to Oklahoma City.  The celebration is free, open to the public, and will include light Hors d’Oeuvres and sangria. Maya Trading Company is located inside Urban Art at 1218 N. Western Avenue (the same location as Istvan Gallery).
From the press release

NAULT GALLERY PRESENTS
BYRON SHEN
The current Nault Gallery exnibit features established painterTulsan Byron Shen, who paints abstract and spiritual landscapes.  The show runs through June 1, with the gallery open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a. to 6 p., on the Walker Roundabout, 1114 N. Walker. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

GREAT news TODAY after running the
Memorial Marathon Relay "WE REMEMBER" with the Sweet Feet team,
 OUR PROJECT MADE IT TO the NEXT PHASE OF The Pepsi Refresh Project!!!!!!
 Go to this link every day and vote to help
Hartel Dance Group Create
an Alternative Performance Space in
The Magnolia Historic Building in OKC!!!!!


Thank you for you support, always.

Austin Hartel and the Hartel Dance Group.

From the press release

Sunday, May 8, 2011

FINAL PERFORMANCE TODAY:

OU SCHOOL OF DANCE PRESENTS OKLAHOMA FESTIVAL BALLET:
A CONCERT OF CLASSICS AND CONTEMPORARIES


The University of Oklahoma School of Dance presents the Oklahoma Festival Ballet  at 3 p. Sunday, May 8 at the Rupel Jones Theatre in Norman, in a concert of renowned classics and thrilling contemporaries. The event will take place The featured work of the evening will be choreographic genius Antony Tudor’s playful and stylish ballet Fandango, which was set on OU dancers by former American Ballet Theatre (ABT) ballerina Amanda McKerrow and soloist John Gardner. Five females show off impressive dance abilities. Rivalry of the se├▒oritas is sometimes playful but always highly competitive. Tudor is credited with creating the psychological ballet.  In addition, David Lichine’s lively Graduation Ball, Ben Stevenson’s haunting Camouflage and Jeremy Lindberg’s ballet Foxes will combine to fill the eclectic dance experience.

Another re-staging is Graduation Ball. David Lichine created the ballet in 1940 in Australia during the 1939-1940 tour of the Original Ballet Russe directed by Colonel Wassily de Basil. This light-hearted ballet, with music by Johann Strauss, takes the viewer to the graduation ball of a Viennese ladies’ school.

The final performance will take place at 3 p. Sunday, May 8 at the Rupel Jones Theatre in Norman.

From the press release