As summer returns, most of the Valley performance venues have gone dark. Given that residents may be in need of a cool getaway, why not try a new destination this year that will also appeal to your love of the arts. You’ll find suggestions in this article that cover seven select festivals running now through August. Please consult the websites for scheduled performers, dates, times and pricing.
In 1979, Ib Andersen left his native Denmark and the status he held as Royal Danish Ballet’s youngest-ever principal male dancer to join New York City Ballet, then led by its artistic director and founder, the legendary George Balanchine.
Center Dance Ensemble will deliver a powerful experience as performers find the connection between movement and words. Held in celebration of National Poetry Month, American Voices features works inspired by American poets and choreographed by the company’s dancers.
Arizona Theatre Company ( ATC) will present Low Down Dirty Blues, a sizzling musical review of passion, soul and love that celebrates the bawdier side of the blues. Described by Chicago Theater Beat as “an evening of sultry, sexy fun that makes you ‘Shake Your Money Maker,’” the show will open on April 5 at the Herberger Theater Center and run through April 22.
When The Barber of Seville was first performed in 1816, it seemed highly unlikely that Rossini’s comedy would become one of the most beloved operas of all time.
Before we turn our attention to the upcoming performing arts season, we’d like to take one last look at the 2016/ 2017 lineup that officially ended last month. Some of our staff writers decided to put their heads together to share their favorite productions. In retrospect, we all agreed that it was a very good season to be entertained. Here, in no particular order, are three of our selected “standouts.”
The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (SCPA) has made the Valley a prime location for seeing great modern and contemporary. Going back to the organization’s very first seasons, it has presented the best of both established and emerging dance companies from around the globe.
After years of development, the world premiere of Riders of the Purple Sage, a new opera based on Zane Grey’s Western novel of the same name, will be unveiled by Arizona Opera.
Phoenix Theatre will rock the house with Beehive: The 60’s Musical! Kicking off their summer season with this high-power, all-female, all-fabulous musical is guaranteed to have your toes-tapping, singing along and, even possibly, dancing in the aisles.
In 1979, a famous ballet dancer made the leap from Europe to America that would change the future of ballet in two cities: New York and Phoenix. That was the year Ib Andersen, then age 25, said goodbye to his native Denmark and to the status he held as Royal Danish Ballet’s youngest-ever principal male and said hello to New York City Ballet and its artistic director and founder, George Balanchine.