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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Premieres Three Pieces at the Harris
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

by David Cohen

The internationally acclaimed Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (ASFB) returns to the Harris Theater for one night only, Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. A leader in the next generation of American contemporary ballet, the company will present a highly anticipated, exhilarating program of three contemporary dances exemplifying its commitment to groundbreaking work by world-renowned choreographers;  Jirí Kylián’s Stamping GroundJorma Elo’s Red Sweet and Nicolo Fonte’s Where We Left Off.

“As we celebrate our 15th anniversary season, it was important for us to stop in Chicago” said Jean-Philippe Malaty the company director. “We were so well received here four years ago, we thrilled to be here again and share our new work with the warm Chicago audience.”

With a distinguished level of maturity and impressive technical ability, ASFB will present three pieces showcased by it’s ten brilliant dancers. The repetoire will include  the company’s signature piece Red Sweet, premiered in 2008 in Santa Fe, and choreograh by Jorma Elo one of the most sought-after choreographers in the United States and Europe. Music by Vivaldi.

A rarely seen piece,  Stamping Ground is the work of one of the world’s foremost living famous master choreographer Jiri KyliánStamping Ground is the third piece commisioned from Kylián to be added to the company’s repertoire. Music by Carlos Chavez.

Where We Left Off, is the 8th piece ASFB commissioned from choreographer Nicolo Fonte. The piece premiered in 2011 in Aspen, CO. with music by Philip Glass.

Tikets are available at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Dr. Cost: $32-$72 (handling fees extra). For tickets or more information, visit harristheaterchicago.org or call 312.334.7777.

Photos by Rosalie O’Connor. Top L: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dancers Billy Cannon, Emily Proctor and Joseph Watson in “Stamping Ground.” Top R: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dancers Sam Chittenden and Nolan McGahan DeMarco in “Where We Left Off.” Bottom: Billy Cannon, Sam Chittenden, Katherine Bolanos, Katie Dehler Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performs “Red Sweet.”

 
 

WHITE NOISE: Is It For Real?
Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Last night, PINK invited some of our readers to see White Noise at Royal George produced by Whoopi Goldberg.
Here are some comments about the show. 

Finally, someone got the guts to convey hate into edgy musical. This production is more than life, it’s a mark in history. With an outstanding cast White Noise is remarkable, even for those who can’t diegest it. It’s a must. It makes us thing, wonder and questioned life. It’s one of the best shows I have ever seen. Bravo!–David

A powerful message full of truths about what hate can breed. Difficult to digest but, a necessary message to our society. Great job to the cast. The performance was spectacular! It’s a must see show! Did PINK send you to the show? Comment on our page tell us what you thought! - Al

Thanks again for the tickets-John and I went today and we enjoyed it.  I am not surprised to hear that is closing early – it is kind of a hard sell of a show to a mainstream audience.  I was actually shocked a couple of times at some of the songs but the shock quickly disappeared.  I actually thought the songs were pretty good and I was surprised to see who was in it-the girl Eva used to be on  Bold and the Beautiful and the sister Eve I met in NYC when she was in Rock of Ages-I have a picture with her on my facebook page.  Overall I thought it was enjoyable-thanks for the tickets!! –David Roberts


WHITE NOISE: “Live Broadcast” Concert From The Theatrical Stage in Celebration Of  Final Week In Chicago Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Monday, May 9th, 2011 

White Noise, the provocative and powerhouse new musical produced by Whoopi Goldberg playing at The Royal George, announces a first time event from the theatrical stage—-a live broadcast concert on Wednesday, May 11 at 3:00pm(CST) featuring cast commentary and six musical numbers from the show, including the show-stopping “Mondays Suck,” “Hip Hop Country,” pop/hip hop tuners “Welcome to Eden,” “Life, Liberty & Happiness,” and “W.T.F.”, and the newly added romantic ballad “Fireworks.” Theatre-lovers and music-aficionados can screen the event at www.whitenoisemusical.com/live. This live event is provided in conjunction with Ustream, the world’s largest live streaming broadcaster that receives over 60 million unique visitors/month.

This trailblazing concert celebrates the final performances of White Noise, which, in preparation for its next stage of development will play its final performance in Chicago on Sunday, May 15, 2011.  Says Director/Choreographer Sergio Trujillo, “Our time in  Chicago  has been remarkable. White Noise is the type of show that redefines our ideas of what musical theatre is, and what it can do. We look forward to our next steps and we thank our Chicago audiences for the role they have have played in the development of White Noise.”

White Noise pulls back the curtain at a major record label where a top-selling producer stirs up an explosive cocktail of shock and spin with a splash of controversy to package talented artists into blockbuster stars. Steadily baited by the lure of mainstream fame and power, two diametrically opposed groups—“White Noise,” an irresistible pop band that churns out catchy tunes of coded rhetoric and “Bloodbrothas,” the hip-hop-turned-gangsta rap duo—meet at the top of the charts and collide with consequenceInspired by real life, White Noise is a timely and cautionary tale that challenges conventional notions of free speech, media and the power of pop culture.

White Noise features a book by Matte O’Brien and music and lyrics by Robert Morris, Steven Morris and Joe Shane. White Noise,was originally conceived by Ryan J. Davis, has a story and characters by Joe Drymala.  The production features musical direction by Jesse Vargas, set design by Robert Brill, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lights by Jason Lyons, sound by Garth Helm,and multi-media design by Raj Kapoor.

The Final performance schedule is** Live Stream Concert, www.whitenoisemusical.com/live ** Wednesday 5/11 at 3:00pm • Wednesday 5/11 at 7:30pm, Thursday 5/12 at 7:30pm, Friday 5/13 at 8:00pm • Saturday 5/14, at 5:00pm and 8:00pm • Sunday 5/15 at 2:00pm and 5:00pm

Tickets available at the Royal George,  1641 N. Halsted Street, or by phone (312) 988-9000, or online at www.whitenoisemusical.com.   Student Rush tickets are available at the Royal George box office for $20. Must be purchased in-person with a student I.D.