Friday, November 26, 2010

Weekend arts picks: Nov. 26-30

A scene from a past Florida Classical Ballet Theatre
production of The Nutcracker.

Dance:‭ ‬Let the‭ ‬Nutcrackers begin:‭ ‬Today marks‭ ‬the‭ ‬beginning of the annual productions of‭ ‬the‭ ‬ballet Peter Tchaikovsky scored in‭ ‬1892,‭ ‬a year‭ ‬before his death,‭ ‬and while the composer thought his work was inferior to his other ballets,‭ ‬generations of dancers,‭ ‬choreographers and audiences beg to differ.‭ ‬Florida Classical Ballet Theatre‭ ‬gets its four performances under way this afternoon and evening at the Eissey Campus Theatre on the Palm Beach State College campus in Palm Beach Gardens‭; ‬shows today and Saturday are at‭ ‬2‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬and‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tickets range from‭ ‬$22-$32‭; ‬call‭ ‬207-5900.‭ ‬

Meanwhile,‭ ‬the Boca Ballet Theatre mounts Dan Guin‭’‬s interpretation of The Nutcracker in three performances‭ ‬Saturday and Sunday at the Olympic Heights High School Performing Arts Theater in Boca Raton.‭ ‬The production stars Irina Dvorovenko‭ ‬of American Ballet Theatre and Alexei Tyukov of the Colorado Ballet.‭ ‬Shows are at‭ ‬2‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬and‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday‭ ‬and‭ ‬2‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday.‭ ‬Tickets range from‭ ‬$25-$35.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬995-0709‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.bocaballet.org.

Next week,‭ ‬the Miami City Ballet offers the George Balanchine choreography of the ballet in seven performances‭ (‬Dec.‭ ‬4-5,‭ ‬10-12‭) ‬at the Kravis Center,‭ ‬and Boca Raton‭’‬s Harid Conservatory plans two performances of the ballet‭’‬s Act II at Spanish River High School Dec.‭ ‬11‭ ‬and‭ ‬12.‭ (‬Did we mention‭ ‬the‭ ‬Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida version‭? ‬That‭’‬s set for Dec.‭ ‬10-12,‭ ‬18-19‭ ‬at three different venues in Miami,‭ ‬Aventura and Fort Lauderdale.‭)‬

In other words,‭ ‬there‭’‬s no shortage of performances of this classic work of dance,‭ ‬and the same will probably be true for‭ ‬many‭ ‬seasons to come.‭

James Franco in 127 Hours.

Film:‭ ‬One of the year’s best movies and likely to be one of the hardest to sell is Danny Boyle’s‭ (‬Slumdog Millionaire‭) ‬suspenseful,‭ ‬true tale of Aron Ralston’s trek into the caverns of Utah and his ordeal of being pinned by a rock in a crevice for‭ ‬127‭ ‬Hours.‭ ‬Yes,‭ ‬as you probably already know,‭ ‬he extricates himself by cutting off his arm with a dull pocket knife,‭ ‬yet the film is a celebration of life and Ralston’s survival instincts.‭ ‬By the nature of the story,‭ ‬you would think the movie would be hopelessly static,‭ ‬but Boyle is too wily and resourceful a director for that.‭ ‬And even if you are more couch potato than outdoorsman,‭ ‬James Franco will have you identifying with Ralston’s plight each desperate moment of those hours.‭ ‬Opening today at area theaters.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein

The cast of Dreamgirls.


Theater:‭ ‬In‭ ‬1981,‭ ‬director-choreographer Michael Bennett conceived a musical called‭ ‬Dreamgirls,‭ ‬a look at the seamy underside of the music industry as seen through the rise,‭ ‬squabbles and ultimate dissolution of a girl group that will bring The Supremes to mind.‭ ‬Every major revival of the show since then has stuck closely to Bennett’s staging,‭ ‬until now.‭ ‬A new touring edition at the Kravis Center this week gives Dream girls a new spin,‭ ‬thanks to Robert Longbottom‭ (‬Side Show‭) ‬at the helm and a new scenic design by Robin Wagner dominated by five mobile,‭ ‬floor-to-ceiling LED lighting panels.‭ ‬Henry Krieger has done some tinkering with his score,‭ ‬including a new context for the song‭ ‬Listen from the‭ ‬2006‭ ‬film,‭ ‬and a hefty dynamo named Moya Angela will win your heart with her primal scream on‭ ‬And I Am Telling You‭ ‬I Am Not Going.‭ ‬Go,‭ ‬but hurry:‭ ‬It is only here through Sunday.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein

Stefan Hempel,‭ ‬Catherine‭ ‬Klipfel and Emanuel Wehse
of‭ ‬the‭ ‬Morgenstern Trio.‭

Music:‭ ‬On Tuesday,‭ ‬the Kravis Center‭’‬s Young Artists series gets going with the first of its four programs,‭ ‬this one featuring the Morgenstern Trio of Germany.‭ ‬Violinist Stefan Hempel,‭ ‬cellist Emanuel Wehse and pianist Catherine Klipfel are‭ ‬making‭ ‬ a good name for themselves in chamber music circles,‭ ‬and a look at a YouTube promotional video shows a group that can tackle the rigors of the Beethoven Archduke Trio,‭ ‬among other pieces,‭ ‬compellingly.‭

The‭ ‬Morgensterns‭ (‬who named‭ ‬themselves‭ ‬after German poet Christian Morgenstern‭) ‬will perform youthful works by Shostakovich‭ (‬Piano Trio No.‭ ‬1‭ ‬in C minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬8‭) ‬and Bernstein‭ (‬his lone Piano Trio‭)‬,‭ ‬and the beautiful G minor trio‭ (‬Op.‭ ‬15‭) ‬of Czech composer Bedrich Smetana,‭ ‬who wrote the piece in‭ ‬1855‭ ‬after the death of his daughter Bedriska,‭ ‬who was only‭ ‬4.

The‭ ‬trio makes its Florida debut with this appearance at the Rinker Playhouse at‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tuesday.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$30‭; ‬call‭ ‬832-7469‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.kravis.org.

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