Imagined Worlds will be centered on an original mixed media, inter-disciplinary work inspired by the Italian architect and artist Luigi Serafini. Featuring original dance, music, costumes, and state-of-the-art video-mapping, the piece is a world premiere created over the course of this year in conjunction with BSA's students. Two BSA alumnae lead the group of young innovative artists behind the project. Imagined Worlds will also include pieces designed and developed my multi-discplinary teams of BSA student artists. It will be a one-of-a-kind show, not to be missed, premiering Friday, April 17 at 7 pm, with shows at 2 pm and 7 pm on Saturday, April 18. Tickets are $10 for students/seniors and $15 for adults.
In Spring 2014, BSA's students presented Balanchine's Serenade, Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, and other works in A Russian Serenade. The 2nd festival culminated a year-long look at Russian art and history in both academics and arts classes.
Chekhov's Three Sisters, was directed by Donald Hicken and presented by BSA's senior acting ensemble.
Serenade was choreographed by Deborah Wingert of the Balanchine Trust. BSA alum Andrew Grams conducted the musicians performing with the dancers. The program also featured orchestral and choral works by Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, and Tavener. Student academic and visual arts projects were featured in the Sylvan Gallery and Nehra Theatre Wing. For a video recap, click here.
Baltimore Magazine selected our first multi-disciplinary project, Appalachian Spring, as one of the best events of 2013! B-mag writer John Lewis reviewed the festival in April and summed it up for the "best of" issue. http://www.baltimoremagazine.net/arts/2013/08/best-of-baltimore-arts
The iconic ballet Appalachian Spring by Martha Graham, Aaron Copland & Isamu Noguchi was brought to life by BSA musicians, dancers and actors in performances in April. Students shone in the first ever high school production of the classic. They trained and prepared with Miki Orihara, Regisseur with the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance, and Aaron Sherber, Music Director of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Brian Floca, illustrator of the children's book, Ballet for Martha, also joined the festivities. An exhibit featuring student work based on the ballet and the 1940's rounded out the event.
City Schools did a wonderful summation of the event:
See John's original blog here:
The groundbreaking performance of Appalachian Spring was also featured in print and online in both the arts sections of The Baltimore Sun: http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/arts/artsmash/bs-ae-appalachian-spring-20130406,0,1092269.story?page=1
and The Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/young-baltimore-dancers-are-pioneers-inappalachian-spring/2013/04/04/f69942a8-9bc8-11e2-a941-a19bce7af755_story_1.html.
BSA students created a video recapping their journey learning about and preparing for the festival and performance of Appalachian Spring. To share their journey, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRrITmm08hE&feature=youtu.be