Newsweek's Laura Shapiro once offered a succinct history of American modern dance: "In the beginning there was Martha Graham, who changed the face of an art form and discovered a new world. Then there was Merce Cunningham, who stripped away the externals and showed us the heart of movement. And then there was Paul Taylor, who let the sun shine in." The last living member of this homegrown pantheon, Taylor has not finished innovating yet, adding new pieces each year to a prolific catalog of 140 dances. Romantic, iconoclastic, dauntingly athletic, and sometimes hilarious, his works heft weighty topics such as war, spirituality, sexuality, and mortality onto their shoulders, then alchemize them into weighty dances that seem to exist for the sheer pleasure of their beauty.
Among his countless accolades, the champion choreographer has received a Kennedy Center Honor, the National Medal of Arts, and the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “genius award.” Such a rich and prolific body of work makes it easy for the Paul Taylor Dance Company to harvest a unique program for each performance, which they have done in 520 cities throughout 62 countries.
Choreographer and performing artist Anthony Wills Jr. coalesces his boundless interests into Artistic Pride Productions. As artistic director, he nurtures and guides the "collective of thought provoking and passionate artists dedicated to promoting and cultivating their work as an extension of the work of their peers. APP creates opportunities for artists of all genres to create work that is uniquely theirs and voice their opinions on important issues." To this end, Artistic Pride Productions splits profits 50/50 with artists. They're also constantly looking for new performers and have worked with over a hundred artists in the four years they've been producing. Artist Pride Productions’ regular Cabaret Series showcases its in-house talent in freewheeling shows that funnel a majority of the proceeds back to the performers, helping them support themselves or purchase clones to serve as their stunt doubles.
To make classical music engaging and build future audiences: that's the mission of the Little Orchestra Society. And it's one the company has ably carried out for nearly 70 years by producing family- and kid-friendly works that pair live orchestration with puppetry, dance, and other arts. The multidisciplinary performances range from Lolli-Pops concerts for aspiring conductors ages 3–5, to the Peabody Award-winning Happy Concerts for Young People series, recommended for those ages 6–12. It's a unique approach that has won them some notable fans—the society's artistic advisors include Patti Smith, Kevin Kline, Rita Moreno, and Joel Grey.
True to its name, Ensemble Du Monde celebrates the talents of musicians hailing from all over the world. And the chamber orchestra's repertoire is just as all-encompassing—concerts include pieces ranging from Baroque-era favorites to contemporary gems, with lesser-known and premiere works constantly feeding ears with delicious new sounds. That expansive selection has earned the ensemble performances at a wide variety of venues, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and at a live taping of Nickelodeon's Wonder Pets. Ensemble Du Monde also sponsors a Young Artists Concerto Competition to encourage the next generation of musical masters.
As a dancer, Gelsey Kirkland was legendary. Not only did she jeté her way into the roles of principal dancer for the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, she inspired major choreographers such as George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins to create new works especially for her. As a teacher, Gelsey Kirkland is equally great. From coaching at the American Ballet Theatre, Royal Ballet School, and English National Ballet, she opened her own academy, where she works with a dedicated staff to revive the art of dramatic storytelling in ballet.
The production calendar for New York's "Potted Potter" offers an outrageous mix of comedy and drama for the theatrically inclined.
Don't worry about packing a snack. This theater has a great restaurant so you can keep the fun going.
At this theater, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
So look at the world through a different light when you visit "Potted Potter" and discover some culture.