BSA's 3rd annual all-arts festival will be centered this year on original mixed media and inter-disciplinary work. The festival, called Imagined Worlds, will feature Codex, a cutting-edge performance piece inspired by the Italian architect and artist Luigi Serafini. Codex is a world premiere with original dance, music, costumes, and state-of-the-art video projection created over the course of this year by BSA graduates, Katherine Helen Fisher and Nadia Sirota, and a group of other young nationally recognized artists as well as BSA students. Imagined Worlds will also include pieces designed and developed my multi-disciplinary teams of BSA student artists working together in the school's Center for Collaborative Arts & Technology. The opportunity for our students, faculty and alumni to develop Imagined Worlds has been truly exciting and we are eager to share this cutting-edge work with the Baltimore Community -- Join us!
Imagined Worlds premieres 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. Click here to purchase tickets.
Codex tells the story of a set of twins combined by a conjurer, later released by a beautiful and mysterious priestess. 3-D video projection will transform BSA’s Schaefer Ballroom into a spectacular sight. BSA students are the dancers and musicians and have assisted with the video mapping. They are also designing and putting together the fantastic sets. The image shown here, The Scribe's Desk, is a sketch for a piece to be featured in the production developed by BSA students Adam Santos-Powell and Neysa Johnson with the assistance of BSA's Arts Technologist, Pat Galluzzo. Codex will also feature a "Shadow Dance" directed and choreographed by Katherine Helen Fisher with Catapult Entertainment's Adam Battelstein. Katherine Helen Fisher (BSA '97), Director & Choreographer; Nadia Sirota (BSA '00), Producer; David Title of Bravo Media, Art Direction & Video; Marcos Balter, Composer.
For a press release with more details, click here.
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