As the song says, "Even old New York was once New Amsterdam." Just think of what the States might be like today if more of our ancestors had been Dutch traders rather than Puritans, a.k.a the people that even the British thought were too uptight to be real. One can only speculate, but I bet we'd have a lot less people in prison for selling pot. Just sayin'.
NY400 is a celebration of the friendship that has existed between our city and the Netherlands over the years, and one of the many featured acts is Nederlands Dans Theater II, famous for being one of the more revolutionary ensembles in the world of modern dance.
Robbi K is a renowned children’s musician who has performed with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Chaka Kahn and Aretha Franklin. With her husband, South African bassist Bakithi Kumalo, they will present a show of storytelling in multiple languages and singing that will move children and adults alike. For an added bonus, their performance is interactive getting the young-ins to sing, clap and giggle with joy. Your kids will beam.
Id is a theater group that truly believes in nurturing talent, including actors and writers. Unlike other result driven companies, id doesn’t focus on producing full-length plays. It truly gives its participants room to take risks and explore. By focusing on the process, the plays that are presented are truly high quality. Id has been around since 1997 and given hundreds an artistic outlet. It is a wonderful group and deserves to be supported.
Third Rail Projects is at it again, continuing their mission to rescue dance from the twin devils of classical stagnation and academic obscurantism by bringing it to the streets—or in this case, the World Financial Center. Every workday lunch hour this month they will put on a new performance, finding new ways to creratively act out the hidden, interpersonal undercurrents of our daily routines.
Those who work at the World Financial Center are in for a treat. All month long Zach Morris and Tom Pearson of Third Rail Projects will be presenting a new dance performance every workday during the lunch hour. The 5-10 minute performances will showcase the ordinary yet overlooked “undercurrents” of interpersonal “exchange”.
This year’s gala at The Plaza will honor legendary Essence Magazine editor emerita Susan Taylor and her husband, author Khephra Burns, with the organization’s Visionary Award. Noel Hankin, Senior Vice President of Moet Hennessy USA, will accept the corporate Leadership Award. Proceeds will benefit the esteemed Evidence Dance Company.