PS21/Performance Spaces For The 21st Century Announces 2023 Summer Season
PS21/PERFORMANCE SPACES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY, a state-of-the art venue on 100 acres of unspoiled meadows, trails, and woodlands in the heart of the Hudson Valley has announced their 2023 SUMMER SEASON, which runs June 1 through October 21, featuring more than 40 events in our open-air Pavilion Theater, in the fields and meadows, and throughout the region. A constellation of celebrated and emerging dancers and choreographers, musicians and singers, actors, directors, and international street artists breathing life into traditional genres and creating new ones.
THEATER AND DANCE
Eight World and North American Premieres / Four U.S. Company Debuts.
Contemporary circus arts, global music, and performing arts from Europe, Africa, the Americas, and beyond.
THE HOUSE BLEND CONCERTS
A perennial favorite, brewed with audiences in mind.
Immersive and participatory, our season-long series at the intersection of nature and the arts, free and open to all.
May 25-June 2
The NEXT Festival of Emerging Artists, a program for early-career musicians, composers and choreographers in residency. On June 2, a concert celebrating The NEXT Festival’s 10th Anniversary, with a program of World Premieres for string orchestra, including five by Guest Artist and solo guitarist/composer Yvette Young, 2022 Pulitzer Finalist Leilehua Lanzilotti, composer/violinist (and Next Festival alum) Che Buford, saxophonist/composer Matthew Evan Taylor, and NEXT Festival Artistic Director Peter Askim.
PS21 presents The Resistance Revival Chorus celebrating Juneteenth at Henry Hudson Riverfront Park in Hudson, NY. The celebrated collective of over 60 women and non-binary singers fuses music and activism to inspire political and social change.
Paul Taylor Dance Company, with a program featuring three Taylor masterworks, Mercuric Tidings, A Field of Grass, and Piazzolla Caldera.
GLOBAL SOUNDS | PLENA LIBRE Orchestra (Puerto Rico)
Community dance party with with a multi-Grammy Award-nominated trailblazing band
Runners, an invigorating work of Czech New Circus from Cirk La Putyka. A hit at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Guardian calls Runners “a moving exploration of time . . . through dance, music, acrobatics and dialogue.”
Save the Last Dance for Me. Italian theatermaker Alessandro Sciarroni’s inventive reincarnation of the polka chinata, a nearly lost Bolognese courtship dance from the last century. “A dance researcher with the soul of a visual artist.” – La Repubblica.
Amoukanama Circus, Guinean acrobats, dancers, and musicians in FA (“To Come”) a joyous enactment of migration from Conakry to Europe and beyond in search of education and opportunity. A PATHWAYS program in partnership with Crellin Park Day.
ANIMA, an immersive performance-installation about the earth’s climate future by visual artist/photographer Noémie Goudal, director Maëlle Poésy, circus artist Chloé Moglia, and composer Chloé Thévenin. A Festival d’Avignon 2022 highlight.
An Immigrant’s Story, Wanjiru Kamuyu, moving through a landscape of 35 empty black chairs, creates an intimate portrait of the migrant’s experience of being uprooted, exotified, and subjected to racism as she searches for a place in the world.
Never Twenty One, SmaÏl Kanouté’s tribute to young Black victims of gun violence. Three male figures, torsos graffitied with testimonials spoken by victims’ families, recount the stories of lives cut short through contemporary dance movements rooted in the street styles of New York, Rio de Janeiro, and Johannesburg.
L’Etang (The Pond). Gisèle Vienne’s scintillating adaptation of Robert Walser’s bitter family drama. With Pina Bausch dancer Julie Shanahan and César winner Adèle Haenel and music by doom metal band Sunn O))) frontman Stephen O’Malley. “A transfixing performance.” – Laura Cappelle, The New York Times.
Pauline Oliveros: Intensity 20.15: Grace Chase for speaking flutist and Expanded Instrument System. Conceived and performed by visionary flutist and current Debs Creative Chair at Carnegie Hall Claire Chase, the piece is inspired by the writings of her grandmother, Grace Chase. Paired with This Is Mary Brown, a one-woman play by OBIE Award winning actor/director Winsome Brown.
READ MORE ABOUT THE SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS
2023 FULL SEASON AT A GLANCE
Apple bloom Members Party in the PS21 orchards, with a special performance by Nuevo Flamenco luminary Patricia Guerrero, the recipient of a Spanish Ministry of Culture National Dance Award in 2021.
May 25-June 3
The NEXT Festival of Emerging Artists, with a June 2 preview performance, including five World Premieres.
The Resistance Revival Chorus celebrates Juneteenth at Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, with a workshop and a panel discussion at Lightforms Art Center, Hudson, NY.
PATHWAYS | Make Music Day.
Paul Taylor Dance Company: Mercuric Tidings, A Field of Grass, & Piazzolla Caldera.
Global Music: Andalusian band La Banda Morisca (Spain).
House Blend concert I: Leo Ornstein; Claude Vivier; Lili Boulanger; Igor Stravinsky; Rebecca Saunders.
North American Premiere of Runners, an invigorating work of Czech New Circus from Cirk La Putyka. A hit at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Guardian calls Runners “a moving exploration of time…through dance, music, acrobatics and dialogue.”
PATHWAYS DAY | Processional Arts Workshop performs Invisible Cities, a roving installation inspired by Italo Calvino’s fiction. Plus Save the Last Dance for Me, Italian theatermaker Alessandro Sciarroni’s inventive reincarnation of the polka chinata, a nearly lost Bolognese courtship dance from the last century.
PATHWAYS | Movement Workshop with Save the Last Dance for Me dancers Gianmaria Borzillo and Giovanfrancesco Giannini. Participants dive into the polka chinata, helping to rescue an art form from the brink of extinction.
PATHWAYS | CRELLIN PARK DAY | Amoukanama Circus, Guinean acrobats, dancers, and musicians in FA, with Amoukanama artists leading workshops on Aug. 18 & 20.
House Blend concert II: Ruth Crawford Seeger; Johannes Ockeghem; Tania León; Sofia Gubaidulina; Anthony Cheung; Luciano Berio.
House Blend concert III: Gérard Grisey; Allison Loggins-Hull; Lou Harrison; Johanna Beyer; Annea Lockwood.
ANIMA, an immersive multidisciplinary performance-installation about the earth’s climate future by visual artist/photographer Noémie Goudal, director Maëlle Poésy, circus artist Chloé Moglia, and composer Chloé Thévenin. A Festival d’Avignon 2022 highlight.
An Immigrant’s Story, Wanjiru Kamuyu (Kenya/France).
Never Twenty One, SmaÏl Kanouté & Compagnie Vivons! (France).
L’Etang (The Pond) Gisèle Vienne’s adaptation of Robert Walser’s bitter family drama. With Pina Bausch dancer Julie Shanahan and César winner Adèle Haenel and music by doom metal band Sunn O))) frontman Stephen O’Malley.
Pauline Oliveros: Intensity 20.15: Grace Chase by Claire Chase paired with This Is Mary Brown, by actor/director Winsome Brown.
- Movement Without Borders, weekly sessions of yoga, Pilates, and community wellness classes, plus free workshops with visiting luminaries.
- Season-long creative engagement with the grounds including open rehearsals with visiting artists, self-guided ecology walks, and StoryWalk, a collaboration between PS21 and the Columbia Land Conservancy.
- Site-specific art installations: James Casebere’s Solo Pavilion for Two or Three, an architectural sculpture that interrogates the delicate balancing act between the human need for shelter and our obligation to preserve the landscape.
With a well-earned reputation as “a Hudson Valley outpost of the avant-garde” (The New York Times, June 2022), PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, is home to a state-of-the art, green, 350-seat theater offering resident makers and performers the tools and flexibility for successful innovation and collaboration in developing and presenting sophisticated multi-media work. Just five of PS21’s 100 acres of grounds are developed; the rest are meadows and woodlands.
Founded in 2006, PS21 is the mecca for innovative programming by leading and emerging artists in music, dance, theater, contemporary performance, and the visual and multimedia arts in the Hudson Valley. We support artists’ creative endeavors, connect them to a broad, diverse audience outside the conventional urban setting, and offer the region’s year-round inhabitants the opportunity to engage with the arts regardless of economic status, age, or cultural background.
PS21’s programming also reflects our commitment to environmental preservation and the quest for a sustainable future. Among recent seasons’ performances that focused on environmental issues, including global warming, were the New York State premiere of John Luther Adams’s Ten Thousand Birds by Alarm Will Sound (2020), Heartbeat Opera’s The Extinctionist (2021), a cautionary vision of the future threatened by rising sea levels, and-last year-the screening of Earth, Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s masterly 1930 critique of the collectivization of Ukrainian farms, with live accompaniment by DakhaBrakha, the Ukrainian ethno-chaos band, and Philippe Quesne’s eco-futurist fable Farm Fatale (2022). This year’s season highlight, ANIMA, from France, a spectacular performance-installation by visual artist/photographer Noémie Goudal, director Maëlle Poésy, circus artist Chloé Moglia, and composer Chloé Thévenin, without moralizing about ecological precarity, combines music, photos, film, and circus performance to create an experience of the vertigo of time, the fragility of landscapes, and the power of the elements (2023).
Our Pavilion Theater is a green-energy marvel surrounded by 100 acres of unspoiled meadows, trails, and woodlands that are a haven to wildlife and visitors across the region. Integrated into our unspoiled campus, the theater embodies our commitments to the public: open, inviting, and optimized for their enjoyment and encouraging citizen expression and participation. Our state-of-the-art green theater provides artists with a level of technical support that few facilities in the US or elsewhere can match.
Throughout the year, PS21 hosts residencies for dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, actors, and creators of unclassifiable innovative and multimedia theater pieces.
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