Tag: dance

Weekend in the Catskills – 3/18/2016

This weekend:

  • The Ulster Ballet Company presents its annual Festival of Dance at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston;
  • Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor presents Saturday Sampler, a series of five art workshops led by Helena Clare Pittman, Saturdays from 2 to 5 pm, March 19 to April 16;
  • And, The Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery in Hunter is hosting Older than the Mountain, a solo exhibition featuring the works of Laura Leigh.

Learn more at Upstater.com.

Weekend in the Catskills – 7/10/2015

This weekend in the Catskills:

  • The Magic Flute at Glimmerglass Opera Festival;
  • A quilt show at the Erpf Center;
  • Experimental dance at Mount Tremper Arts;
  • And a Plein Air Painting Festival at Olana.

Read more at Upstater.com.

Quilt Show at Erpf Center. © artinthecatskills.com

Weekend in the Catskills – 7/25/14


Yet another grand weekend for the arts in the Catskills! My recommendations this weekend include: an open studio tour in Roxbury, Margaretville and Andes, opera at Belleayre Mountain, theater in Woodstock and Franklin, and dance in Tannersville.

AMR (Andes, Margaretville, Roxbury) Open Studios Tour

This weekend twenty artists in Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury open their studios to the public, and show their working spaces. During the tour, artists in all media will be talking about their styles and techniques, and the process of making art. This year, which marks the tour’s third anniversary, the studios are open Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 from 11 am to 5 pm. For maps and more information, visit http://www.amropenstudios.org.

Belleayre Music Festival

The Belleayre Conservatory, founded in 1992, presents Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount, Ulster County, every year in July and August. This Saturday, July 26 it presents opera Lucia di Lammermoor written in 1835 by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti; the story is loosely based on a novel by Scottish writer Walter Scott. For tickets and more information visit http://www.belleayremusic.org.

The Woodstock Playhouse

In existence since 1938, the Woodstock Playhouse is a rural extension of the Broadway theatrical and musical performances. This weekend the playhouse presents The Three Musketeers based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas written in 1844, and adapted by Peter Raby. The Three Musketeers opened last night July 24,  an event that coincided with Alexandre Dumas’ birthday – Dumas was born on July 24, 1802. The play can be seen again tonight, July 25 and tomorrow, July 26. For tickets and more information visit http://woodstockplayhouse.org.

Franklin Stage Company

Founded in 1996, Franklin Stage Company produces both classical and contemporary plays, and prides itself in having a free admission policy. Over the years, the theater has presented plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ionesco, and others. This summer it will present Tartuffe by Molière, in a translation by Richard Wilbur, from July 25 through August 10. Tartuffe is a comedy in five acts about Parisian foibles in the 17th century. For tickets and more information visit http://www.franklinstagecompany.org.  

National Dance Day

July 26 is National Dance Day. Catskill Mountain Foundation presents a dance program tomorrow at the Orpheum Theater in Tannersville: as part of the Mountain Top Summer Residency Performance program this year, the National Dance Institute will perform its grand finale tomorrow evening. For tickets and more information visit http://www.catskillmtn.org/events/performances/2014-07-26-national-dance-institute-762.html.

Have an artsy Catskills weekend!


Yung Yung Tsuai: The Difference in Butterflies

Re-posted from Short Compositions on Life, Art, PR and More (originally posted on 8.14.2011)

“I would love to be as soft and free as silk,” Yung Yung Tsuai

Monday, August 15 from 1 to 2 pm I will have another special guest on WIOXYung Yung Tsuai – Chinese dancer and martial arts expert. Born in China in 1948, Yung Yung was raised in Taipei, Taiwan. She started to take dance lessons at the age of five. She excelled both in Chinese traditional folk dance, as well as European ballet. Yung Yung distinguished herself from her peers, and won many dance competitions at an early age. The stage became her “power spot,” as she remembers today.

Soon, Yung Yung was to become a child star in Taiwan, and had her own weekly television show, for which she also did the choreography. In her youth, Yung Yung also worked as a stuntwoman for kung fu movies in Taiwan.

Growing up on the beautiful island of Taiwan, Yung Yung had a fascination for Hollywood, starting at an early age; she grew up with “The Wizard of Oz” and Dorothy, and she admired Judy Garland.

In 1969 Yung Yung was taking tap dance classes at the American Center in Taipei, when she met Martha Graham. The following year, she embarked on a plane to come to New York on a Martha Graham scholarship. At the Martha Graham School in New York City Yung Yung remembers: “Dancers learn to use their bodies as instruments. We push to the limit of our physical capacity. If we break through the barrier of physical limitation, there is a chance to glimpse the enormous unknown energy locked within our bodies. Martha Graham created a technique which I believe is more difficult than any other dance form.”

Although she came to master Martha Graham technique, and has taught for many years at the Martha Graham School, and many other schools in the United States, Yung Yung developed her own choreography and founded her own dance company, managed by her husband Martin Lerner.

Yung Yung met Martin shortly after she moved to New York – she was the first Chinese Martin ever met. In the early 1970s, Yung Yung remembers, there weren’t many Chinese in the City. Yung Yung married Martin shortly after; they’re still together today, after 40 years.

In the United States, Yung Yung has known success as a dancer and teacher, and has met many famous people. Her daughter Tysan is also a dancer.

In 2007, Yung Yung wrote her memoir The Difference In Butterflies with co-author Marilyn Meeske Sorel. This is what the publisher IUniverse says: “In this memoir we experience the fall and resurrection of a professional dancer / choreographer who, with the help of Martha Graham and an unconventional psychotherapist, Shepherd Hoodwin, escapes outer and inner tyranny, to find passionate love and the ultimate – identity as her own woman: free to be.”

Tune in this Monday for a lovely conversation!