PS21 in Chatham, NY plans season with variety of theatre, music and dance programs


PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century has announced a spirited and diverse 2016 lineup of live comedy, music, dance and film. The season kicks off June 25 with “YOL!,” a unique circus company and continues with several unusual music groups performing classical, folk, and Dixieland music; film programming including CONSTRUCT IT! a festival about buildings and those who design them; and an expanded slate of workshops for kids and adults. The highlight of the season, the Chatham Dance Festival, showcases some of today’s most entertaining and imaginative dance companies.

“The pinnacle of our season for many years has been the Chatham Dance Festival, and this year is no exception,” said PS21 President Judy Grunberg. “As the premier dance promoter and presenter in our county, we continue to increase our dance offerings each season. This year the Chatham Dance Festival includes eight evening performances, free daytime performances for kids, dance workshops for kids and adults, and residencies for several professional dance companies.”

PS21 is located at 2980 Route 66, one mile north of the village of Chatham. Visit or call 518.392.6121 for more information. To order tickets, please visit our website or call 1-800-838-3006.

Details of the 2016 Season:


Marquise Productions Presents “YOL, A New Kind of Circus!”
Saturday, June 257:30-9:00 pm

An exciting new circus/theater production company founded by a graduate of Ecole Nationale de Cirque, Montréal. YOL is told through a wonderful mix of circus and theater.
Tickets: $20/$15 PS21 members/$5 students

“Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-ass Wit of Molly Ivins”

Friday, July 88:00-9:30 pm
Based on the witticisms of political columnist and humorist Molly Ivins, this staged reading with Nancy Rothman was written by sisters/journalists Margaret and Allison Engel.

Tickets: $15/$12 PS21 members/$8 students

“Summer Shtick: An Evening of Comic Mayhem!”
Friday, July 158:00-10:00 pm

Saturday, July 168:00-10:00 pm
Comedy and music galore! Nancy Rothman, Robert Zukerman and friends present two nights only of Summer Shtick, Volume 2.
Tickets: $20/$15 PS21 members/$10 students


 PS21’s Eleventh Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert: featuring the Jeremy Kittel Band

Saturday, July 27:30-9:30 pm
The spirit of JS Bach is woven throughout these wide-ranging works performed by fiddler and violinist Jeremy Kittel and his exceptional band.
Tickets: $35/ $30 PS21 members/$18 students

Sō Percussion
Saturday, July 98:00-10:00 pm

This group is redefining the scope of the modern percussion ensemble by performing 20th century classics, contemporary pieces, and modern collaborations.
Tickets: $28/ $23 PS21 members/$14 studentsVanaver Caravan’s “Turn, Turn, Turn! Celebrating Pete Seeger in Dance and Music”
Friday, July 228:00-10:00 pm
Saturday, July 238:00-10:00 pm
Inspired by Livia and Bill Vanaver’s 40-year relationship with the legendary musician and activist. A full-length, multimedia production with original choreography and musical arrangements.
Tickets: $30/ $25 PS21 members/ $15 students

Howard Fishman Band
Saturday, July 308:00-10:00 pm

A foot-tapping mix of Dixieland, Bluegrass and Gypsy swing, combining the exuberance and spontaneity of jazz with a storyteller’s sense of drama.
Tickets: $25/ $20 PS21 members/$14 students


Miracle and Monstah: Dance Omi Alumni Concert at PS21
Friday, July 29, 8:00-10:00 pm

This dance celebrates 25 years of Art Omi. Alumni Stephanie Miracle and Monstah Black present multi-disciplinary solo performances. Co-presented by PS21 and Art Omi.
Tickets: $30/ $25 PS21 and Omi members/ $15 students

Friday, August 128:00-10:00 pm
Saturday, August 138:00-10:00 pm
Choreographer Pascal Rioult is celebrated for his bold and unexpected interpretations of great musical scores. Sensual and articulate.
Tickets: $35/$30 PS21 members/$18 students

The Chase Brock Experience
Friday, August 198:00-10:00 pm
Saturday, August 208:00-10:00 pm

The high-energy, witty and upbeat Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company led by choreographer Chase Brock.
Tickets: $35/$30 PS21 members/$18 students

Dance Heginbotham
Friday, August 268:00-9:30 pm
Saturday, August 278:00-9:30 pm

Well-known as a dancer with Mark Morris Dance Group, Artistic Director John Heginbotham creates work expressing vibrant athleticism, humor, and theatricality.
Tickets: $35/$30 PS21 members/$18 students

Parsons Dance
Friday, September 28:00-10:00 pm
Saturday, September 38:00-10:00 pm

Last summer, during the Parsons Dance residency, PS21’s audiences were the first to see a new work in development. This piece, “Almah,” by Kate Skarpetowska, had its premiere to rave reviews at the Joyce in January. This summer, Parsons Dance will brings “Almah” back to us in its finished state!
Students: $40/$35 PS21 members/$20 students

JUST FOR FUN: Free Performances for Kids
Free Friday afternoon performances especially for kids and their families.

Mime Eddie Allen
Friday, July 81:00-1:45 pm
Invisible walls, ropes, ladders and more created right in front of your imagination.

Friday, July 151:00-1:45 pm
Zukerman, Rothman, and friends bring wacky skits and shticks just for laughs.

Vanaver Caravan – A Celebration of American Dance Styles
Friday, July 221:00-1:45 pm
Dancers and musicians perform lively American styles. The audience participates!

West African Dance and Drum Workshop Performance
Friday, July 291:00-1:45 pm

An annual favorite with choreographer and dancer Jamal Jackson and drummer Frank Malloy IV. Kids from the dance and drum workshop sweep us up in a high energy West African dance.

RIOULT Dance NY Workshop Performance
Friday, August 51:00-1:45 pm
RIOULT dancers and workshop participants perform a program of modern dance pieces inspired by the work of choreographer Pascal Rioult.

Film Festival:  CONSTRUCT IT!
About buildings and those who design them

Unfinished Spaces” Monday, August 18:30-10:00 pm
2011. Cuba’s ambitious National Art Schools project is neglected, nearly forgotten, then ultimately rediscovered as a visionary architectural masterpiece. Free

“Bauhaus in America” Tuesday, August 28:30-10:00 pm
1995. A visually stunning documentary that explores the impact of the Bauhaus on American architecture and design. Introduced by filmmaker Judith Pearlman. Free

“Metropolis” Wednesday, August 38:30-11:00 pm
1927. In a futuristic city sharply divided, the city’s mastermind’s son falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior. Director Fritz Lang. Free

“Eames: The Architect and the Painter” Thursday, August 48:30-10:00 pm

2011. The husband and wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America’s most influential and important industrial designers. Free

“My Architect” Friday, August 58:30-10:30 pm
2003. Director Nathaniel Kahn searches to understand his father, renowned architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and alone in 1974. Free

“Concert of Wills: Making the Getty Center” Saturday, August 68:30-10:15 pm
1997. Writer and director, Bob Eisenhardt, intoduces the film that takes us through the fourteen year life cycle of the design and construction of the Getty Center. Free

“Playtime” Sunday August 78:30-10:30 pm
1967. Jacques Tati’s attempt to answer the question: in the midst of an increasingly impersonal world, how do we keep our humanity? Free

Movie Tuesdays: Music & Dance Film Series

“The Barkleys of Broadway” Tuesday, July 58:30-10:15 pm
1949. The last film to co-star Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and their only film together in color. Free

“Almost Famous” Tuesday, July 128:30-10:30 pm
2000. Cameron Crowe’s poignant, semi-autobiographical film about going on tour with rock stars in the 1970s. An all-star cast. Free

“Pete Seeger: The Power of Song” Tuesday, July 198:30-10:00 pm
2007. In addition to telling Seeger’s story, this film is an excellent testament to the mind-changing ability of music, particularly folk music. Free

“Enter the Faun” Tuesday, July 268:30-9:40 pm
2015. A veteran choreographer/dancer trains a young man with cerebral palsy to become a dancer. Free

“Bauhaus in America” Tuesday, August 28:30-10:00 pm
1995. A visually stunning documentary that explores the impact of the Bauhaus on American architecture and design. Introduced by filmmaker Judith Pearlman. Free

“Paul Taylor Creative Domain” Tuesday, August 98:30-10:00 pm
2014. Through the lens of cinematographer Tom Hurwitz, we see Paul Taylor with his dancers. Executive Producer Robert Aberlin will introduce the film. Free

“Labyrinth” Tuesday, August 168:30-10:15 pm
1986. A 1986 British/American fantasy film starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, directed by Jim Henson, and produced by George Lucas. Free

“Our Last Tango” Tuesday, August 238:30-10:00 pm
2015. A story of love between the two most famous dancers in tango’s history, María Nieves Rego and Jan Carlos, and their tremendous love of tango. Free

“Paris is Burning” Tuesday, August 308:30-10:15 pm
1990. A chronicle of New York’s drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality. Free


Theater Arts Workshop with actors Nancy Rothman and Eddie Allen
Monday-Thursday, July 18-218:30 am-1:00 pm
Improv, mime and more. For kids age 8-14, encourages laughter and team building.
Fee: $180/$150 PS21 member

West African Dance & Drum Workshop with Jamal Jackson Dance Company
Monday-Friday, July 25-298:30 am-1:00 pm
For kids age 9-18. Participants learn a traditional dance from Mali, explore new ways to create movement within this dance, and present a public performance.
Fee: $200/PS21 member $180

RIOULT Dance NY Workshop
Monday-Friday, August 1-58:30am-1:00 pm
For ages 8-14. Participants learn modern dance technique and choreography.
Fee: $200/PS21 member $180

Parsons Dance Classes with the Company
Tuesday, August 30, 1:00 pm-2:30pm
Wednesday, August 31, 10am-11:30am
Thursday, September 1, 10am-11:30am
An opportunity to take a series of classes with members of the acclaimed Parsons Dance Company. For students of all levels, ages 13 to 18.
Fee: 3 class package $30/1class $15


Summer Sings with David Smith, Director of Concerts in the Village
Monday, July 11, 18, and 25, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Each summer sing this season will focus on different choral works.
Series of three: $25/$20 PS21 members Single session: $10/$8 PS21 members

Dances for a Variable Population Classes with Naomi Goldberg-Haas
Monday, July 11 – Fri. July 158:30am-10:00am
Experience moving in strong creative ways. For all ages and abilities.
Fee: 5 sessions $55/$50 PS21 members / single session $12 each


Everybody Dance! with Dance Heginbotham!
Saturday, August 27, 10:00 am-11:30 am
An inter-generational dance class for all ages and abilities.
Suggested donation: $10

Choreographer Chase Brock Talks About Making Dance
Saturday, August 20, 3:30 pm
Chase Brock works in every genre from Broadway to ballet to video games to modern dance. Program co-sponsored by Chatham Public Library
At Chatham Public Library, 11 Woodbridge Ave, Chatham, NY
Admission: Free


PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century is a not-for-profit organization in Chatham, NY, dedicated to the performing arts and to serving a diverse community with concerts, programs and residencies by professional artists and ensembles, youth and children’s programming and cultural education opportunities for all ages. PS21 performances are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Stewart’s Holiday Match Fund, Hudson Valley Foundation for Youth Health. and PS21 members. Business sponsors include Metz Wood Insurance, Ed Herrington, Inc., Mario’s Home Center, Main-Care Energy, and the Lofgren Agency

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