If scars are sexy, Minsk is the sexiest city in the world. Strip clubs, underground raves and gay pride parades pulse beneath the surface of a city where sexuality is met by government oppression. Minsk 2011 celebrates and mourns a land that has lost its way. Performed in Russian with English subtitles.
Hamlet, Prince of Grief: From Iran comes a humorous and most unusual rendition of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Written by Mohammed Charmshir, the work is performed by Afshin Hashemi in Farsi with English subtitles and employs an imaginative menagerie of plastic toys to symbolize the inhabitants of Hamlet’s drama.
One of the most brilliant bailaoros of our time, Spain’s Rocío Molina performs at RIAF 2013. Her energized display for Flamenco, classical bolero, and traditional popular dance creates a “danceable universe” with its own unique language and meaning.
Viewing dance as an abstract documentary form, Tere O’Connor’s bold and individualistic approach to choreography explores the complex coexistence of time, metaphor, and memory.
The mystique of the silent-film era is captured – and updated – with a screening of Buster Keaton’s 1924 comedy Sherlock, Jr., accompanied by a live performance of the jazzy, eclectic, and inventive score for piano and string quartet composed by pianist Stephen Prutsman and performed with the Aeolus Quartet.
Artist of the Hermitage and winner of the Theatre World Award, a Drama-Logue Award, and United Solo Festival Best Actress Award, Sarasota’s own Annie Morrison will perform samples of her work as she weaves the story of her theatrical career and her present endeavors as a solo artist.
Artist Series Concert. “Akers Sings Porter: Anything Goes!” Karen Akers, is polished and sophisticated. With her long limbs, aristocratic posture and doughnut-hole waist, she’s the perfect singer to relay the hidden messages and double-entendres in Cole Porter’s elegant lyrics.
Artists of the Hermitage. A glorious cacophony of classical, rock and experimental music on violin, voice and percussion erupts when the archaic and the avant-garde collide in this amalgamation of punk/indie, classic, and rock-u-drama.
Artist Series Concert. The Swan, Andante cantabile from String Quartet No1 and more – artfully blended with popular music classics by Dave Brubeck, Hoagy Carmichael, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Astor Piazzolla, and Leroy Anderson.
Artist Series Concert. "Colored Lights'…Cabaret at its glorious best – Just listen to what she does to “Barbara Song” from The Threepenny Opera or “Who’s that Woman?” from Sondheim’s Follies.