As a venue, Opus 40 is the Red Rocks of Ulster County. The environment dignifies the music, whatever music it might be (even mine). Good thing that, under the stewardship of the writer, artist and self-taught musicologist Tad Richards, music at Opus 40 has been brilliantly curated for decades. No surprise here: This ridiculously otherworldly sculpture park is one of the few local venues that has always been able to leverage the region’s rich national talent pool, even back when no others could.
And it is more than music out on the rocks. On the weekend of June 22 and 23, Opus 40 hosts Cirkus Luna and Makbet with the Dzieci Theatre. On Saturday, the Cirkus Luna Performance and Workshop is an Absurdist romp from the greatest (and only) East Molvanian circus in the world, featuring acrobats, jugglers, clown (there’s only one) and more. On Sunday, Makbet is the internationally renowned Dzieci Theatre’s visceral take on Shakespeare’s Scottish Play, in which actors spontaneously trade off parts from scene to scene, exploding the art of storytelling and creating a one-of-a-kind experience.
Cirkus Luna at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 22; Makbet on Sunday, June 23, at 6 p.m., Opus 40, 50 Fite Rd., Saugerties, https://www.opus40.org