A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including experimental dance inspired by playwright Edward Albee; a mashup of Jamaican street dance and ballet; early music with a Spanish tinge; Mozart, Brahms, and Schubert; and a whole lot more.
JONAH BOKAER to BRING ALBEE-INSPIRED DANCE to BASILICA HUDSON
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Jonah Bokaer Choreography will present OCCUPANT and Study For Occupant at Basilica Hudson on Thursday, June 15, through Saturday, June 17. OCCUPANT is a trio for three dancers; Study for Occupant is a Jonah Bokaer solo. Both works were inspired by the Edward Albee play “Occupant,” about Russian-born New York sculptor Louise Nevelson, and both feature scenic collaborations with Daniel Arsham. This is Bokaer’s third residency at Basilica Hudson.
Hector del Curto
ASTON MAGNA OPENS SEASON with a SPANISH TINGE
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass., and ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – Aston Magna Music Festival presents Music for Forbidden Dances, showcasing tangos, chaconas, and sarabands, at Bard College on Friday, June 16 at 8pm, and at Saint James Place in Great Barrington on Saturday, June 17 at 6pm. The opening concert of Aston Magna’s 45th season includes works by Arañes, Bach, Bertali, Merula, Purcell, Corelli, Piazzolli, and Rodriquez.
Ballet Next (photo Nisian Hughes)
JAY DONN FLEXES BROOKLYN STREET STYLE with BALLETNEXT at KAATSBAAN
(TIVOLI, N.Y.) – Virtuoso Flex dancer Jay Donn joins BalletNext in “The Game,” a choreographed mashup of two divergent styles, premiering at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center on Saturday, June 17, at 7:30, and Sunday, June 18, at 2:30.
The premiere of “The Game” is the culmination of BalletNext’s week-long creative residency at Kaatsbaan. Kaatsbaan hosts one- to three-week residencies for dance artists to create and showcase new works. The troupe will also perform its signature dance, “La Follia,” a duet for two women created by Mauro Bigonzetti.
violinist Bella Hristova (photo Lisa-Marie Mazzucco)
KALICHSTEIN-LAREDO-ROBINSON TRIO to PLAY MOZART, BRAHMS, and SCHUBERT at BARD
(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio will perform works by Mozart, Brahms, and Schubert in the Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle (HVCMC) series in Olin Hall at Bard College on Saturday, June 17, at 8pm. The trio will be joined by Bella Hristova, guest violinist, and Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, guest violist.
Krakauer-Tagg Duo (photo Tasja Keetman)
COMING SOON: KRAKAUER/TAGG DUO to BRING INVENTIVE NEW SOUNDS to HELSINKI HUDSON
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Krakauer/Tagg Duo, featuring world renowned clarinetist David Krakauer and experimental keyboardist Kathleen Tagg, brings its innovative blend of world music, jazz, classical, experimental techniques, and electronics to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, July 2, at 7pm, as part of the Rogovoy Salon, a new music and literary series curated and hosted by cultural journalist and music critic Seth Rogovoy.