Contemporary Dance Comes to the Weis Center

Contemporary Dance Comes to the Weis Center

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE Dance Company will perform on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

There will be a free community movement class with the artists on Thursday, April 7 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium.

This engagement of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, N.Y., EVIDENCE focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word.

Through its work, EVIDENCE provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies and triumphs. Brown uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms.

He is an advocate for the growth of the African American dance community and has been instrumental in encouraging young dancers to choreograph and to develop careers in dance.

While at the Weis Center, the ensemble will perform the works “Grace” and “Mercy.”

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Tickets

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62+, $15 for youth 18 and under, $15 for Bucknell employees, $10 for Bucknell students and $15 for non-Bucknell students.

Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice.

Seating for the spring 2022 season is socially distanced and general admission; specific seats cannot be reserved.

Following CDC and state guideline changes for indoor gatherings, Bucknell University lifted its masking mandate on Saturday, March 26. Masks are no longer required in the Weis Center, but are always welcome.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected]

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

Weis Center receives APAP ArtsForward Grant to Support Micaela Taylor Contemporary Dance Engagement in Fall 2022

Weis Center receives APAP ArtsForward Grant to Support Micaela Taylor Contemporary Dance Engagement in Fall 2022

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts has received a $50,000 grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals as part of its new program, APAP ArtsForward, which supports the performing arts field’s safe, vibrant, and equitable reopening and recovery. Through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, APAP ArtsForward awarded $2.065 million to 47 partnerships between presenting organizations and artists.

The $50,000 grant will be split 50/50 between Micaela Taylor and the Weis Center. Taylor will present her hip-hop and ballet infused contemporary dance works at the Weis Center in October 2022 and will also lead residency activities in the community as part of the engagement.

Micaela will use her background in hip-hop dance as the point of entry to connect with local youth to introduce them to dance fundamentals and technique within the performing arts, such as how to be in community through attending a performance; how to use movement as a means of self-expression, and as a therapeutic outlet; and how to connect with others through the arts.

Micaela Taylor’s LA-based dance company The TL Collective is known for its fusion of contemporary dance and theatrical hip-hop, including elements of groove accompanied by high-level athleticism that has received rave reviews.

Named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” Taylor has received choreographic commissions from Rambert2, BODYTRAFFIC, and Carlos Acosta’s Acosta Danza, among others. This season, The TL Collective is slated to perform twice in New York City, the International Festival of Performing Arts in Panama, and a national tour. The company has received recent commissions from The Vilar Performing Arts Center, The Getty Museum, and a co-commission from American Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow. The TL Collective is now on the rise as one of L.A.’s emerging dance companies.

About the Grant Initiative

The APAP ArtsForward program awarded 47 grants to APAP presenting organizations working in partnership with an artist or ensemble. The program placed priority on funding small and mid-sized presenting organizations with operating budgets of less than $5M, and, as part of a growing movement to promote greater equity between presenter and artists, at least half of the grant funds will be distributed to artists over the course of their engagements. As the performing arts collectively recovers, grantees will also participate in peer gatherings. Selected by a panel of experts in the performing arts field, the 47 grantee collaborations support a variety of presenting organizations, a diverse array of artists, and a broad range of approaches to reopening.

About APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals

The Association of Performing Arts Professionals is the national service, advocacy and membership organization for the live performing arts field. APAP is dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts presenting, booking and touring industry and the professionals who work within it.

About the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and we believe that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom to be found there. Through our grants, we seek to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive.

Grammy-winning Chamber Choir to Perform at the Weis Center

Grammy-winning Chamber Choir to Perform at the Weis Center

Renowned chamber choir The Crossing will perform on Friday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. Seating for the spring 2022 season is socially distanced and general admission; specific seats cannot be reserved. Masks are required.

The 65-minute performance, which includes one 15-minute intermission, is sponsored, in part, by Viamedia.

The Crossing is a Grammy-winning professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music. It is committed to working with creative teams to make and record new, substantial works for a choir that explore and expand ways of writing for choir, singing in choir and listening to music for choir. Many of its nearly 110 commissioned premieres address social, environmental and political issues.

While at the Weis Center, they will perform:

Nico Muhly, Gentle Sleep
Nicholas Cline, she took his hands
Caroline Shaw, Her Beacon-hand Beckons
Nico Muhly, I cannot attain unto it
Shara Nova, Resolve
Ayanna Woods, Shift
Nico Muhly, Rough Notes
David Lang, the sense of senses
Please note that the Dublin Guitar Quartet will not join The Crossing for this tour, due to concerns related to COVID-19 and international travel.

With a commitment to recording its commissions, The Crossing has released 25 albums, receiving two Grammy Awards for Best Choral Performance (2018, 2019), and seven Grammy nominations. The Crossing, with Donald Nally, was the American Composers Forum’s 2017 Champion of New Music. They were the recipients of the 2015 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, three ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, and the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award from Chorus America.

Tickets

Tickets are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors 62+, $20 for youth 18 and under, $20 for Bucknell employees, $10 for Bucknell students and $20 for Non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice.

Seating for the spring 2022 season is socially distanced and general admission; specific seats cannot be reserved.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. All visitors are required to wear a face covering when indoors. We reserve the right to request that any visitors who do not follow University protocols leave the premises.

These protocols may be subject to change at any time. Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected]

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

Weis Center Kicks Off Spring Season with Performance by American Roots Ensemble

Weis Center Kicks Off Spring Season with Performance by American Roots Ensemble

American roots ensemble American Patchwork Quartet (APQ) will perform on Sunday, January 23 at 4 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. Seating for the spring 2022 season is socially distanced and general admission; specific seats cannot be reserved. Masks are required.

As part of APQ’s residency, the Weis Center has produced a 30-minute video montage that showcases our community as a “melting pot” of America. Members of the campus community share brief commentary about their diverse backgrounds and family heritage. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to view the video from 3:20-3:50 p.m. in the Weis Center Auditorium. Doors to the venue open at 3 p.m.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by John and Julianna Cooper and family.

This engagement of American Patchwork Quartet is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

American Patchwork Quartet draws on a repertoire of centuries-old American folk songs that highlight the country’s immigrant roots.

Grammy-nominated vocalist Falu Shah, Grammy-winning guitarist/vocalist Clay Ross, three-time Grammy-winning drummer Clarence Penn and highly acclaimed bassist Yasushi Nakamura showcase the dynamic diversity of contemporary culture by reimagining timeless songs from America’s past.

The group showcases America’s dynamic presence by combining the diverse talents of four U.S. citizens, each with a unique cultural background. With this quartet, old songs are made new through creative arrangements that highlight the exceptional and well-honed skills of each member.

APQ performances strive to counter pervasive prejudices around the issues of race and immigration. In order to help strengthen the country’s social fabric, APQ wants its audiences to reflect on the notion that Americans must acknowledge the differences to discover the commonalities. The realities of racism and prejudice must be recognized in order to build authentic and lasting bonds across cultures and color lines. While individuals may not be responsible for the country’s past, they are accountable for its future.

Tickets

Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, FREE for Bucknell employees and retirees, FREE for Bucknell students and $10 for Non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice.

Seating for the spring 2022 season is socially distanced and general admission; specific seats cannot be reserved.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. All visitors are required to wear a face covering when indoors. We reserve the right to request that any visitors who do not follow University protocols leave the premises.

These protocols may be subject to change at any time. Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected]

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

Season Brochure

The season brochure is available as an eco-friendly, downloadable and printable PDF and online flipbook at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

A limited number of hardcopies are available upon request. To request a hardcopy brochure, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or e-mail [email protected] and one will be mailed at no cost.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble to present TreeFest A long-standing holiday tradition since 1989.

Bloomsburg – Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble cordially invites you to the 33rd annual TreeFest celebration to be held at The Caldwell Consistory. Since the inaugural event in 1989, TreeFest has become a popular part of the region’s Christmas celebrations. In fact, over 3,000 people visit TreeFest every year!

The public is invited to view dozens of Christmas trees decorated by local organizations and sponsored by local businesses and individuals. The trees, donated and sourced from local growers, are decked out in accord with unique themes that reflect inspiring, and sometimes amusing, takes on Christmas and winter-holiday traditions. At the end of the festival, all trees are donated to local families in need.
TreeFest runs from November 29th through December 5th and is made possible with the support of All Occasion Rentals. In the spirit of the giving season, we will be collecting items of non-perishable food which will be donated to Bloomsburg’s Food Cupboard. Admission to TreeFest is $5 per visitor. Present a TreeFest postcard, found at local businesses and agencies, for $1 off the cost of admission. Admission is free for children 12 years of age and younger.

For more information, to purchase a ticket, or to sponsor a tree visit treefest.org
Exact dates & times of TreeFest:
Monday, November 29th, 2 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday, November 30th, 4 pm – 8 pm
Wednesday, December 1st, 4 pm – 8 pm
Thursday, December 2nd, 2 pm – 5 pm
Friday, December 3rd, 3 pm – 8 pm
Saturday, December 4th, 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, December 5th, 11 am – 3 pm

Air Play Returns to Weis Center with Contemporary Cirque Performance Ideal for Ages 4-104

Circus and science collide in a gorgeous homage to the power of air. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience and a huge snow globe will make audience members gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts. Acrobuffos’ Air Play returns to the Weis Center on Friday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Auditorium. Masks are required.

The performance is 55 minutes in length with no intermission and is ideal for ages 4-104.

The performance was conceived and created by Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone with air sculptures in collaboration with Daniel Wurtzel. Directed by West Hyler.

Please note that fog and strobe lighting are used during the show. Latex balloons are used onstage and in the audience. Performers enter the audience several times during the show and performers bring audience members on stage.

Air Play is a visual poem using no words. It lives on the edge of definition: part comedy, part sculpture, part circus, part theater.

The New York Times says that Seth and Christina are, “Making magic out of thin air.”

To audiences around the world the wonder and discovery of Air Play are bold reminders of childhood and growing up. With visual images seemingly sewn from the sky, Air Play\’s poetic ode to friendship brings to life the very air we breathe.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Gary and Sandy Sojka and the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Acrobuffos is made up of Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, who are the creators, writers, and performers of Air Play. Seth and Christina met at a circus in Afghanistan, became engaged while street performing in Scotland, married in China, and occasionally go home to New York City. Specializing in non-verbal physical theater and comedy, Seth and Christina have created seven shows together, competed in international circus festivals, performed in over 28 countries, headlined at the Big Apple Circus, and were even featured on a postage stamp. More info about their work can be found at acrobuffos.com.

Sydney Morning Herald says, “Fun for all ages is a common puff in the arts, but with Air Play it’s strictly true. From the minute the curtain goes up on this buoyant fusion of wordless clowning and aerial spectacle, you feel as if you’ve stepped into an enchanted world somewhere between childhood and what comes afterwards, where normal rules (gravity included) have been temporarily held at bay… A joy from start to finish, Air Play will entrance children, and will act as a great reset button for stressed adults.”

Hartford Courant says, “You feel you’re witnessing divine natural occurrences rather than carefully devised circus stunts.”

TICKETS

Tickets are $20 for adults: $20, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2) and $10 for Non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice. Seating for the fall 2021 season is socially distanced and general admission; specific seats cannot be reserved in advance.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. All visitors are required to wear a face covering when indoors. We reserve the right to request that any visitors who do not follow University protocols leave the premises.

These protocols may be subject to change at any time. Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected]

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.