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Located in Tivoli, New York, Kaatsbaan is the Hudson Valley’s cultural park for dance. It provides an environment for residency and retreat for professional dancers, choreographers, and the dance community.

Kaatsbann will host a two-day Voguing Extravaganza this Valentine’s Day weekend.

On Thursday, Dr. Richard Move and Jason Rodriguez aka Slim Xtravaganza aka Lemar Wintour from the hit FX TV show “Pose” will present a voguing lecture and workshop; and on Friday, at the Love is Love Ball, Jason Rodriguez and House of Eon will lead a dance party for all with a DJ and commentator.

Richard Move is a choreographer and filmmaker, TED Global Oxford Fellow, Artistic Director of MoveOpolis! and Assistant Arts Professor of Dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Move's choreographic commissions include productions for Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project; two works for the Martha Graham Dance Company, and many many others. Move’s critically acclaimed performances of 20th Century icon, Martha Graham, received two New York Dance and Performance Awards and tours globally. MoveOpolis! has been presented by New York Live Arts, MASS MoCA, Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, Sitelines/River to River Festival, Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival and on tour internationally.

On Feb 29, Musicians of Ma'alwyck are holding a Viennese Ball at 90 State Street in downtown Albany, New York. Titled Schaltjahr Ball (Leap Year in German), it is modeled after the real thing in Vienna.

The Ball will included dancing to a 12 piece Strauss orchestra with conductor; a dinner show with Metropolitan Opera soprano Emalie Savoy, a Czardas played by violinist Teddy Arm, a professional dance by world-ranked ballroom dancers Florin and Natalia Vlad, a galop lesson and much more - including a multi-course dinner.

All of this is part of Musicians of Ma'alwyck 20th anniversary season.

Our guests are Musicians of Ma'alwyck Director Ann-Marie Schwartz and world ranked ballroom dancer and owner of Dance Fire Studio in Niskayuna, New York, Florin Vlad. 

  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Knives Out," "The Irishman"

Upcoming:

  • Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker - Palace Theatre, Albany, Thursday 12/5, 7 PM
  • Anne Heaton & Natalia Zukerman - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Thursday 12/5, 8 PM
  • Lunasa Christmas from Ireland - The Eighth Step at Proctors, GE Theatre, Schenectady, Friday 12/6, 7:30 PM
  • Delsonido - MASS MoCA, Club B10, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 12/7, 8 PM
  • Bill Kirchen’s Honky Tonk Holiday - Hangar On the Hudson, Troy, Saturday 12/7, 8 PM
  • The Joy Formidable - The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany, Saturday 12/7, 8:30 PM
  • John Pizzarelli Big Band - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Saturday 12/7, 8 PM
  • Roman Rabinovich, pianist; music of Stravinsky, Gershwin, Debussy, Satie, more - Union College Concert Series, Memorial Chapel, Sunday 12/8, 3 PM
  • "March of the Wooden Soldiers" - Palace Theatre, Albany, Monday 12/9
  • Bleecker Consort: Medieval & Renaissance Music - Music at Noon Concerts, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Tuesday 12/10, noon

New movies: "Dark Waters," "Waves," "Playmobil: The Movie"

Big Gay Hudson Valley presents “Hung With Care: A Queer Holiday Burlesque Spectacular” on Friday, November 29th at The Linda in Albany, New York and on Saturday, November 30th at The Rosendale Theatre in Rosendale, New York. The show will also be performed twice in early December at 3 Dollar Bill in Brooklyn.

The 7th annual shows feature performances from New York City’s premier cabaret artists with specialties ranging from burlesque to dance to circus acts and more.

We are joined by New York city nightlife legend and singer Shelly Watson and Big Gay Hudson Valley Co-Founder Stephan Hengst.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Where's My Roy Cohn?"

Upcoming:

  • "Jezebel" - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Thursday 11/7, 7 PM
  • Parsons Dance - (6 works: Round My World, Hand Dance, Microburst, Nascimento, Caught, Eight Women) - The Egg, Albany, Friday 11/8, 8 PM
  • Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys - Helsinki Hudson, Friday 11/8, 9 PM
  • "A Night at the Opera," plus Laurel & Hardy, The Three Stooges shorts - Capitol Theatre, Rome, Saturday 11/9, 2:30 & 7 PM
  • On a Winter’s Night with Christine Lavin, John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler, Patty Larkin, Cliff Eberhardt - The Eighth Step at Proctors, GE Theatre, Schenectady, Saturday 11/9, 7:30 PM
  • Dallas Brass - Massry Center for the Arts, College of Saint Rose, Albany, Saturday 11/9, 8 PM
  • Marcelle Davies-Lashley: Liberian Girl in Brooklyn - MASS MoCA, Club B10, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 11/9, 8 PM
  • Russian Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake - Palace Theatre, Albany, Tuesday 11/12, 7 PM
  • Patty Griffin w/s/g Rose Cousins - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Tuesday 11/12, 7:30 PM
  • Art & Politics Film Series: "The Gleaners and I" - Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass., Wednesday 11/13, 6 PM

New movies: "Midway," "Last Christmas," "Doctor Sleep," "Playing With Fire," "Pain & Glory"

Chita Rivera
Laura Marie Duncan

On November 16, Helsinki on Broadway in association with Gary DiMauro presents “Chita: A Legendary Celebration” at Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, New York. The one-and-only Chita Rivera will perform songs from her Tony Award winning Broadway career with her longtime trio at 7 and 9:30 p.m. At Helsinki Hudson she’ll perform songs from “West Side Story,” “Sweet Charity,” “Chicago,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” ”Bye, Bye, Birdie,” “The Rink,” “The Visit,” and more.

Theatrical icon and living legend of the stage, Rivera is among the most nominated performers in Tony Award history and received the 2018 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. Among her many honors through a lifetime of performance and activism, Rivera was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009 and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2002.

Lauren Hauser dancing Serenade, 1977
Steven Caras

The photographic work of acclaimed dancer and photographer Steven Caras will be on display at Vassar in Poughkeepsie, New York as the college hosts an exhibition of his work and an artist reception and lecture. All three events are open to the public.

Steven Caras was raised in New Jersey where he began studying ballet at the age of fifteen. Three years later, he was invited to join the New York City Ballet where an enthusiasm for photography joined his passion for dance.

As part of his lecture, “Survival Instinct: A Dancer’s Story of Self-Reinvention,” Caras will show PowerPoint slides and talk about his personal and professional milestones and setbacks.

  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "The Farewell"

Upcoming:

  • The Philadelphia Orchestra/Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch. with Wynton Marsalis - SPAC Amphitheater, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 8/15, 8 PM
  • Bridgman Packer Dance - (featuring “Table Bed Mirror,” “Voyeur”) - PS21, Chatham, Friday & Saturday 8/16-17, 8 PM
  • Jupiter & Okwess - MASS MoCA, Dre Pavilion or Club B10, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 8/17, 8 PM
  • Whiskey Myers, The Vagabonds - Pearl Street Night Club, Northampton, Mass., Saturday 8/17, 8 PM
  • Martha Graham Dance Company - The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass., Sunday 8/18, 1 PM
  • Amernet String Quartet - (music of Beethoven, Shostakovich, Dvorak) - Maverick Concerts, Maverick Concert Hall, Sunday 8/18, 4 PM
  • Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company - Freedom Park Concert Series, Freedom Park, Scotia, Sunday 8/18, 7 PM
  • Jonas Brothers: Happiness Begins Tour - Times Union Center, Albany, Monday 8/19, 7:30 PM

New movies: "The Nightingale," "Mike Wallace Is Here," "Blinded By the Light," "Where’d You Go Bernadette," "Good Boys"

Sarah LaDuke

  Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center is the House, Studio and Woodland garden of mid-century designer Russel Wright. It is a National Historic Landmark, an Affiliate Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a World Monuments Watch Site.

Executive Director Allison Cross joined us now to discuss Manitoga’s on-going preservation efforts, this year’s artist residency artists choreographer Ivy Baldwin and sculptor Michele Oka Doner, and more.

  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: Sword of Trust

Upcoming:

  • Tom Segura - Palace Theatre, Albany, Thursday 8/8, 7 PM
  • Tracy Bonham - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 8/9, 8 PM
  • Harry Connick Jr. - The Egg, Albany, Thursday 8/8 & Friday 8/9, 8 PM
  • Capitolfest - featured: films starring Frances Dee & Joel McCrea; silent film accompaniment by Ben Model - Capitol Theatre, Rome, Friday 8/9 through Sunday 8/11
  • "A More Perfect Union: New Works by Scout" - Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, opening reception Saturday 8/10, 4-6 PM, exhibit through 9/22
  • Laurie Anderson Presents: Lou Reed Drones with Stewart Hurwood - MASS MoCA, Hunter Center, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 8/10, 8 PM
  • Steve Gorn & Friends: Indian Ragas/Tribute to Ravi Shankar - Maverick Concerts, Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock, Saturday 8/10, 8 PM
  • Hudson Jazz Works Concert with Armen Donelian, Marc Mommaas, Billy Drewes - Hudson Hall, Hudson, Sunday 8/11, 4 PM
  • Savion Glover with OUT’KNiGHTz - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Sunday 8/11, 7 PM
  • Beck, Cage the Elephant - SPAC Amphitheater, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, Monday 8/12, 6 PM

New movies: "Maiden," "Them That Follow," "The Art of Racing in the Rain," "Dora and the Lost City of Gold," "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," "Brian Banks"

Philadanco
Lois Greenfield

This month, PS21 in Chatham, New York brings the world of dance to its state-of-the-art theater. Ranging from performances rooted in street and social dance to those incorporating cutting-edge technology, the PS 21 Dance Festival runs August 2-24.

This year PS21 expands the festival with a new series of classes called “Movement Without Borders” taught by leading choreographers, dancers, and artists. These classes will be taught twice weekly all summer on the PS21 stage.

Choreographer Richard Colton joins us to tell us more. Colton performed with Twyla Tharp Dance from 1977 to 1988 and was a member of the Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. He appeared in the films “Hair” and “Amadeus,” directed by Milos Foreman, the PBS Great Performances presentation of "The Catherine Wheel," and on Broadway in “Singing in the Rain.” That’s just a smidge of performance bio.

He’s co-created the "Movement Without Borders" initiative with PS 21 Executive Director, Elena Siyanko.

Gallim in "Pupil" - black and white photo of dancers doing modern/contemporary dance
Franziska Strauss

Jacob’s Pillow’s Dance Festival 2019 continues with world premieres, new commissions, international artists, anniversary celebrations, Pillow-exclusive engagements, and work developed at the Pillow Lab.

Celebrating its 87th consecutive summer, Jacob’s Pillow is home to the longest-running dance festival in the United States, a National Historic Landmark, a National Medal of Arts recipient, and has steadily expanded its reach in the field and its local community as a year-round center for dance research and development.

Festival 2019 continues for another month, attracting audiences both on and off its site in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, through August 25th. To tell us more, we welcome Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge.

The New York City Ballet will return to its summer home, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, for four distinct programs over seven performances July 16 -20. The run will be highlighted by the story-ballet "Coppélia." Considered one of the greatest comedic ballets of the 19th Century, "Coppélia" premiered in Saratoga in 1974 and was co-commissioned by SPAC.

Sterling Hyltin is a dancer with the New York City Ballet. She will be performing in two dances during the season at SPAC: Varied Trio (in four) (Harrison/Frohlich) and Apollo (Stravinsky/Balanchine).

Jacob's Pillow - All Styles Dance Battle 2018
Christopher Duggan

Jacob’s Pillow’s Dance Festival 2019 is now underway which includes world premieres, new commissions, international artists, anniversary celebrations, Pillow-exclusive engagements, and work developed at the Pillow Lab.

Entering its 87th consecutive summer, Jacob’s Pillow is home to the longest-running dance festival in the United States, a National Historic Landmark, a National Medal of Arts recipient, and has steadily expanded its reach in the field and its local community as a year-round center for dance research and development.

Festival 2019 opens tomorrow, attracting audiences both on and off its site in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, through August 25th. To tell us more, we welcome Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge.

Hudson Hall celebrates iconic dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham and the Merce Cunningham Centennial with a 6-week program of dance, music, film, and photography to showcase the work of the iconic artist and the enduring power of his living legacy.

Titled “Cunningham at 100,” the program opens at 5pm on June 22nd with an exhibition of photographs by James Klosty and Stephanie Berger.

Stephanie Berger and Executive Director of Hudson Hall Tambra Dillon join us.

Mahaiwe marquee
mahaiwe.org

This summer, The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA will present world class music, dance, theatre, film screenings, and comedy with performances from Momix, Buddy Guy, Patti LuPone, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, David Sedaris, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Natalie Merchant, Savion Glover, John Mulaney, and more!

Beryl Jolly is the Executive Director of The Mahaiwe and she joins us.

This summer, The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) will present perennial favorites such as Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, the New York City Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Opera Saratoga, plus exciting new programming.

SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol joins us with a preview of the season.

The Newburgh Illuminated Festival is an event designed to celebrate the diversity and dynamism of the city with a day of music, art, dance, poetry, food, and more. It brings people and families together to shine a light on the City of Newburgh to bring new people to the area, increased tourism, attract new businesses and have a positive effect on our regional perception.

The brainchild of Newburgh mayor Judy Kennedy, the event will be held this year on June 1 on Broadway near Liberty and Grand Streets from noon until 10pm. Four outdoor performance stages will be featured throughout the day along with the annual Colorfest, activities especially for children on the lawn of Washington Headquarters, musical guests at the Wherehouse, a dance and performing arts stage, a fashion show and much more.

To tell us more, we welcome Festival Board Chairman, Paul Ernenwein.

photo of Nora Burns performing "David's Friend"
Eric McNatt (the projected image is by Patrick McMullan)

On Saturday, April 27 Hudson Hall in Hudson, New York will present Nora Burns in a performance of her one-woman show "David's Friend," written and performed by Nora Burns with direction by Adrienne Truscott, dramaturgy by Lucy Sexton, and visual collaboration by Len Whitney, and featuring Billy Hough.

The show is about a crazy friendship in 1980s New York City. The one-woman show is a comic odyssey about cruising, disco, drag queens, strippers, sex, love, loss, and AIDS, told with music, videos, costumes, characters, tall tales and torrid truths.

Bridgman|Packer Dance will be at PS21 in Chatham, New York tomorrow at 3 p.m. presenting “Video Playground: An Interactive Video Installation” and a screening of the film “Look Out.”

“Video Playground” is an engaging interactive installation that invites participants of all ages to experience the magic of Bridgman|Packer Dance. While live video cameras capture the movements of the participants, their images are transformed into designs that are projected onto the walls of the PS21 black box theater.

“Look Out” is a film by Bridgman|Packer Dance in collaboration with cinematographer Gavin Preuss, filmed entirely with a drone camera. The screening will be followed by a talk and Q & A with Bridgman, Packer, and Preuss.

The Capital Region is filled with opportunities for people to attend community dances. Community dancing generally has a variety of dances and formations during an evening: Circles, squares, longways (the roots of contras), snaky lines, scattered formations, couples dances (waltzes and occasional others), and international folk dances.

The typical community dance emphasizes dancing in which people enjoy moving to great live music as a community. Everyone is welcome, no matter how fast or slow moving they might be, and no matter what their age.

Monthly dances include Albany Shindig at First Congregational Church on Quail Street in Albany, New York and Old Songs Community Barn Dance in the Old Songs Community Arts Building on South Main Street in Voorheesville, New York.

DanceFlurry founder and dance caller Paul Rosenberg and folk musician Sue Mead join us to tell us more about community dancing in our region.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Greta"

Upcoming:

  • "306 Hollywood" (part of the Documentary Film Series) - MASS MoCA, Club B-10, Thursday 3/7, 7 PM
  • Storm Large & Le Bonheur - GE Theatre at Proctors, Schenectady, Thursday 3/7, 7:30 PM
  • Malpaso Dance Company - The Egg, Albany, Friday 3/8, 8 PM
  • Maria Schneider Orchestra - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Friday 3/8, 8 PM
  • Albany Symphony Orchestra: Bolero, with Colin Currie (percussion) - music of Hindemith, Gould, Ravel, Robert Honstein - Palace Theatre, Albany, Saturday 3/9, 7:30 PM
  • Arkropolis Reed Quintet - music of Deemer, Mellits, Piazzolla, Muhly and Gershwin (clarinet, bassoon, oboe, bass clarinet, sax) - Friends of Chamber Music, Emma Willard School, Troy, Sunday 3/10, 3 PM
  • The Monkees: Mike Nesmith & Mickey Dolenz - Palace Theatre, Albany, Sunday 3/10, 8 PM
  • Porcupine - The Low Beat, Albany, Wednesday 3/13, 6 PM
  • Gabriel Kahane - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Wednesday 3/13, 7 PM

New movies: "Captain Marvel," "Apollo 11"

Celebrating its 17th season, Modfest 2019 is Vassar College’s annual exploration of the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries. This year’s theme “in motion” seeks to explore movement in its many forms. Events will take place January 31 to February 10.

This year’s festival marks the first time Modfest is moving off the Vassar campus – there will be an event in the newly-renovated Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn. Modfest 2019 features award-winning guest artists, faculty members, and students presenting music, visual art, dance, film, workshops, and lectures.

Modfest co-directors Christine Howlett and Tom Pacio join us. Christine is an Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities, and Chair of the Music Department at Vassar College and Tom is the Interdisciplinary Arts Coordinator at Vassar College.

Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson perform Kinetic Light's DESCENT
Photography courtesy of MANCC and Robbie Sweeney

This Thursday and Friday night Kinetic Light, a collective made up of professional disabled artists Alice Sheppard, Laurel Lawson, and Michael Maag, will perform their dance piece “DESCENT” at EMPAC in Troy, New York.

Performing in wheelchairs, dancers Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson traverse a stage built with hills and curves in a telling of the story of Venus and Andromeda through dance, sound, lights, and projection.

Friday's evening's performance will stream live.

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York is where the arts, sciences, and technology meet under one roof.

Over the course of three days, and across EMPAC’s four main venues and public spaces, the 10YEARS celebration will mark a decade since the building's opening in 2008 by presenting a diverse offering of cross-disciplinary performances spanning music, dance, theater, film, and many experiential spaces in between.

EMPAC Director Johannes Goebel joins us to tell us more, along with EMPAC's Associate Curator of Theater and Dance Ashley Ferro-Murray and Curator of Time-Based Visual Art Vic Brooks.

In her documentary film “Hot to Trot,” Hudson Valley based filmmaker, Gail Freedman, brings her audience into the world of same-sex ballroom dancing -- and into the lives of several dancers.

“Hot to Trot” will screen at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, New York on October 6 and at the Rosendale Theatre in Rosendale, New York on October 21. Gail Freedman will be in attendance for both screenings.

In more than 20 years as an award-winning filmmaker, Freedman has produced, directed and written dozens of documentaries on a wide range of subjects, through her company, Parrot Productions. She has also taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Among her films is Making the 9/11 Memorial, a primetime special for The History Channel, which aired on the 10th anniversary of September 11th, when the Memorial opened. Her creative output encompasses independent projects, as well as extensive work for PBS, network television, cable, syndication and the Internet, along with educational and non-profit films.

Jacqueline Schwab
www.jacquelineschwab.com

On Thursday, September 20 the Guilderland Public Library in Guilderland, New York will present the concert “I Lift My Lamp: Vintage Songs and Dances of Immigrant America” performed by Ken Burns’ pianist Jacqueline Schwab. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Calling ahead for reservations is advised - (518) 456-2400.

Jacqueline Schwab is noted for her evocative playing on the soundtracks of documentary filmmaker Ken Burns’ “Civil War,” “Baseball,” “Mark Twain,” “Frank Lloyd Wright,” “The War” and others. She has long played for English country dancing with the Bare Necessities quartet; has released four solo recordings; and has performed concerts of vintage American music in almost every state of the Union.

Gene Schiavone / Boston Ballet

Andris Nelsons and The Boston Symphony Orchestra will present an all-Bernstein program tomorrow night at Tanglewood which begins with a fully-staged performance of the composer's ballet “Fancy Free” in the first-ever BSO collaboration with the Boston Ballet.

Bernstein's first ballet score and Robbins' first full-scale choreographic effort, “Fancy Free” catapulted both artists -- who were both just 25 -- to stardom. In what would become his signature style, Robbins combined classical choreography with jazz and popular dance moves.

“Fancy Free” is being presented here at Tanglewood using Robbins' original choreography. Joining us this morning to tell us more about the Boston Ballet, we welcome Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen; Principal Dancer Kathleen Breen Combes; and Principal Dancer Paul Craig.

Pamela Tatge, Jacob’s Pillow artistic director
Hayim Heron/Jacob’s Pillow Dance

Each year thousands of dance enthusiasts visit the Berkshires to experience the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival with more than 50 dance companies and 200 free performances, talks, and events; to train at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, to explore the Pillow’s rare and extensive dance archives; and to take part in numerous community programs designed to educate and engage dance audiences of all ages.

This weekend alone, Jacob’s Pillow will present Houston Ballet; a work by Obie and Lucille Lortel Award-winning choreographer Sonya Tayeh; and, on Sunday, a program entitled “Gotta Dance: New Faces for Broadway.”

Pamela Tatge is the Director of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and she joins us.

Jacomo Bairos
https://www.nu-deco.org/

Based in Miami, Florida, Nu Deco Ensemble is an eclectic chamber orchestra group that through adventurous classical music performances presents various styles of music, art, and media collaborations in both traditional and alternative venues. Working in conjunction with local Miami musicians, composers, DJs, dancers, visual and media artists, Nu Deco Ensemble creates a new hybrid of musical and multi-media experiences.

The Nu Deco Ensemble will perform as part of the SPAC on Stage series in Saratoga Springs on Monday, August 13. Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director Jacomo Bairos joins us.

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