Stage & Screen

Choreography on the Edge returns to Byrdcliffe

Choreography on the Edge returns to Byrdcliffe

Choreography on the Edge is a consistently innovative program aimed at giving professional choreographers and dancers a chance to experiment and push their boundaries. Performances started last weekend with some chestnuts from past works and continue Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 18 with an array of new works by local choreographers Andrea Pastorella, Laura Ward, Julie Manna, Rebecca Frank, Jai Mason, Jess Lewis and Jocelyne Danchick.

Saugerties lighthouse is the focus of Arm-of-the-Sea’s Esopus Creek Puppet Suite

Saugerties lighthouse is the focus of Arm-of-the-Sea’s Esopus Creek Puppet Suite

Friday-Sunday, Aug. 16-18: The Tina Chorvas Park performance is adjacent to the site of what will be Arm-of-the-Sea’s permanent home. When completed, the Tidewater Center for Hudson River Arts and Science will be include a 100-seat outdoor amphitheatre and facilities for river-related programs. Built on a neglected, much-graffitied industrial site on the Esopus Creek, once home to the circa-1880 Sheffield Paper Company, the Tidewater Center will also feature a waterworks playground.

Denizen pushes the theatrical envelope with White Rabbit Red Rabbit

Denizen pushes the theatrical envelope with White Rabbit Red Rabbit

There isn’t much more detail in which a reviewer of White Rabbit Red Rabbit can indulge without spoiling its content. It is structured to be performed as a “cold reading” by a different actor every night – an actor who has neither read the script nor ever seen a performance of the play. Thousands of actors have risen to the challenge over the past decade, some of them quite famous, and not every one has relished such a raw experience of “winging it.” There’s some room for improv built into the script, but mostly it requires a close and exact reading. Following the author’s instructions to the letter is essential to the message he’s trying to convey.