Plans for Balanchine's Serenade; Chekhov's Three Sisters; and other works are underway as students study Russian art and history in both academics and arts classes over the course of the year. The school-wide project will culminate in the beginning of April with performances by musicians, dancers, and actors, as well as academic and visual arts exhibitions.
Chekhov's Three Sisters, directed by Donald Hicken and presented by BSA's senior acting ensemble, will run April 2-11.
Serenade featuring BSA's dancers and musicians will be presented April 9 at 5pm and April 10 at 7pm.
Serenade has been choreographed by Deborah Wingert of the Balanchine Trust. BSA alum Andrew Grams conducts the musicians.
The opening of student academic works will be held April 9 at 4pm. Free -- Join us!
For tickets, visit our Calendar & Events page. They're also on sale at the Expressions box office.
Students got right in the spirit with a visit the first week of school to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC to see Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music. They've since visited the Bakst Theater at the Evergreen Museum and, of course, presented Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.
Now they're working hard to prepare for Serenade (with a sneak preview in the works for Expressions).
We're grateful to our sponsors BGE, Greenberg Traurig LLP, the Ro and Marius P. Johnson Charitable Legacy, Carol Carter, and the Pierians, Baltimore Chapter for making this event possible!
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