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KWANZAA: A REGENERATION CELEBRATION VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

KWANZAA: A REGENERATION CELEBRATION VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

Performing Arts

Published 12/2/21

For more than 15 years, the Apollo has presented an annual Kwanzaa festival performance during the seven-day celebration of African American culture. This year, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre will produce a unique digital event of dance and music honoring the seven principles of Kwanzaa, the Nguzo Saba. The event, hosted by award-winning radio host and annual Apollo Kwanzaa emcee Imhotep Gary Byrd, will be streamed on the Apollo Digital Stage. The program is pay what you wish and will be on demand through January 3.“We’re thrilled to celebrate Kwanzaa virtually and provide a space to unite our Apollo community for a time of celebration and reflection,” said Apollo Theater Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes. “We look forward to premiering new work by the internationally acclaimed and award-winning Forces of Nature, bringing an invigorating and multi-generational experience of contemporary dance to our audiences.”Bringing together dance, music, and poetry to honor the seven core …

JUST DANCE! THE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF DANCING ON THE BRAIN

JUST DANCE! THE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF DANCING ON THE BRAIN

Performing Arts

Published 11/15/21

Improved brain function is a significant advantage of dancing regularly. Recent studies on the neurological effects of dance have found evidence of links between the brain’s reward centers and its sensory and motor circuits, both of which are activated when attempting to coordinate movements with the beat of a particular song. Strengthening these neural connections results in improved memory, and can also help treat people with progressive neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and dementia.Ever wonder why professional dancers don’t get dizzy, even when rapidly spinning and twirling across the stage? It’s because years of practice have blended their cerebral and cognitive thought processes, leading to increased fluidity through improved muscle memory. Dancing regularly enables the body to suppress signals in the inner ear that gauge balance and are linked to the cerebellum. So the more one dances, the less dizzy they become as the body gets conditioned.Other …

Dogfight on Stage at Woodstock Arts

Dogfight on Stage at Woodstock Arts

Performing Arts

Published 11/5/21

On November 21, 1963, three young Marines set out for a final night of debauchery, partying and even a little trouble on the eve of their deployment to Southeast Asia. When Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion. Dogfight was originally produced Off-Broadway in 2012 and features music/lyrics by the Oscar, Grammy and Tony-winning duo known as Pasek & Paul, who would later be known for Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest Showman, and La La Land.“Set against the backdrop of a changing, tumultuous time in America, Dogfight is a complex and hauntingly beautiful story about the power and importance of loving empathy in a world built to stifle it,” Director Kyle Brumley explains. “It is an especially important story to tell now, with striking social parallels between today and our not-so-distant past of 1963. Dogfight also …

10 REASONS TO DANCE

10 REASONS TO DANCE

Performing Arts

Published 11/1/21

But despite the visual “wow” factor, we asked ourselves why should dance be limited to a spectator sport for non-professionals who enjoy the art form? Surely there are many benefits to individual’s participating in dance, as opposed to just sitting back and watching. To this end, we’ve dusted off our pointe shoes in order to point our readers in the right direction on what experiencing dance first hand can offer.1. HEALTH & FITNESSSomething you will never experience by merely watching a dance performance, as opposed to taking a dance class or just dancing for fun, is a good old-fashioned cardiovascular workout to get the blood flowing and the calories burning. Not only will dancing help to reduce your blood pressure, lower harmful cholesterol, and increase your flexibility and muscle tone, it will also help you lose weight, making that tutu fit too, too well! Just to give you a few examples and an approximate idea of how many calories you can expect to shed in an hour, per …

Legally Blonde Viral Video

Legally Blonde Viral Video

Performing Arts

Published 8/26/21

What started as a way for the cast and team of Legally Blonde to spread the word locally about their production at Woodstock Arts (formerly Elm Street Cultural Arts Village) soon turned into a series of viral videos overnight, thanks to TikTok, Instagram, and a very supportive theatre community. After a fellow castmate had shared a video spotlighting the musical’s cast on TikTok, comments soon came in asking to know more about the production’s Elle Woods, played by Ebony Strong.“I then posted a different video on my account to share a little more about me playing Elle and people were begging me to post something from the show itself,” Strong explains. With timing that could only be explained as theatrical in nature, Music Director Gamble uploaded a clip of the show’s opening number “Omigod You Guys” that was then put on the lead’s TikTok. Transitioning from TikTok to Instagram, the clip revealing Strong as Elle was re-shared on various accounts, including original …

 Atlanta Ballet Season Lineup

Atlanta Ballet Season Lineup

Performing Arts

Published 8/5/21

“We are so grateful for the community’s support throughout these challenging and unpredictable times,” said Nedvigin. “After having to cancel the second half of our 2019/2020 Season, and having to perform for cameras during our virtual programs and risk the unpredictable conditions of an outdoor stage in 2020/2021, we are so excited to reconnect with audiences in the theatre. It will be a homecoming like no other.” In addition to all-time favorites like Firebird and Giselle, the 2021/2022 season will highlight the creative talent and visionary excellence of the Company’s very own. Inspired by the success of Atlanta Ballet’s reimagined pandemic season of Silver Linings performances that featured a collection of brand new works created by Atlanta Ballet dancers on their Company counterparts, Nedvigin has commissioned three of Atlanta Ballet dancers-turned-choreographers to create new and expanded works for the 2021/2022 Season. Darian Kane will elaborate on her …

Picks of the Week: Fourth of July Weekend

Picks of the Week: Fourth of July Weekend

Performing Arts

Published 7/2/21

SANDRELL RIVERS THEATER: INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT- SONGS OF UNITY WITH LAUREN CARTERJuly 2nd @ 8 pmJoin SRT for an Independence Day Unity Concert with vocalist Lauren Carter featuring classic songs such as What the World Needs Now, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, With a Little Help from my Friends, This Land is Your Land, Ain’t That America and more- Lauren Carter's soulful and versatile voice lights up the Sandrell Rivers Theater in this In-Person Concert! More event details here.THE RED CURTAIN: THE ART OF FACING FEAR - THE WORLD UNITED - SHOW 2July 4th @ 10 am Live theatre performed by 25 actors from 5 continents written by Ivam Cabral and Rodolfo Garcia Valquez and Directed by Rodolfo Garcia Valquez. More event details here.DOWNTOWN HOLLYWOOD: DREAM CAR CLASSICJuly 4th @ 10 amThe Dream Car Classic presented by Cobra Joe Productions has made a great come-back to the Downtown Hollywood area. Held on the first Sunday of the month, the Dream Car Classic gives gearheads and …

Immersive Theatre Puts Everyone in the Front Row

Immersive Theatre Puts Everyone in the Front Row

Performing Arts

Published 2/6/20

Immersive productions leaves a much larger personal imprint because there are no stages and audiences can become totally immersed in the performance itself. Audience participants can choose to be masked or unmasked, and stand within a few feet of the actors. Oftentimes, in immersive shows, a single performer will pair off with a single theatregoer for an encounter. It can be a performance for an audience of one, or the theatregoer can volunteer as a character in a plot.Many times immersive theatre productions are held at site-specific locations to enable audiences to talk to the actors and interact with the surroundings. These types of productions are really far from new. In fact, in the Middle Ages most theatre presentations were site specific, immersive, and participatory.South Florida has seen the Juggerknot Theatre Company expand Miami Motel Stories into Wynwood, the multi-media Medea at MDCLiveArts and the unique and wildly popular Amparo Experience. The long popularity of …

Community vs Professional Theatre

Community vs Professional Theatre

Performing Arts

Published 2/6/20

By Larry SchwingelThe subject of community theatre versus professional theatre can stir a debate about understanding the differences, but the bottom line is that professionals get paid and amateurs do not. Earnings, skill levels and formal training are all factors in the success of professional theater. Community theatre is at a disadvantage in these areas, but it feeds into the community spirit and brings awareness to the artistic sensibilities of everyone that participates.Community TheatreCommunity theatre is comprised of a cast of volunteer actors, set designers, and crewmembers that “work” for their love of theater and stage. Collectively, they bring a unique, fresh approach. Often times, the productions are of high quality—a compliment to their passion and unbridled enthusiasm. This is the heart and foundation of community theatre. South Florida is unusual because of the intermingling in professional and granting organizations. Almost all theatres in the …

Art to Heart: Our top 10 Romantic Art Picks

Art to Heart: Our top 10 Romantic Art Picks

Performing Arts

Published 2/1/17

Most will agree that a kiss is one of the pinnacles of romance, bestowed upon that special someone and stirring a wide range of emotions. This work of art, painted by Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt between 1907 and 1908, depicts a pair of lovers entwined in a passionate embrace, draped in colorful robes, obviously influenced by contemporary Art Nouveau style. And the fact that it’s currently on display at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere museum in the Belvedere palace, Vienna, is the perfect excuse for a romantic getaway to go see it. …

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