PS21 in Chatham Announces 2017 Schedule of Events

Highlights: Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express, The Rory Block Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend, Classical Piano Concerts, Play Readings and Films About the American Immigrant Experience, and The Chatham Dance Festival


[CHATHAM, NY] – PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century is happy to announce its 2017 program of music, dance, and live theater under the beautiful saddlespan tent. Marking the inauguration of PS21’s 12th Season Opening Night will be a performance by Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express. Other season highlights include The Rory Block Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend, classical piano concerts featuring Bach’s Goldberg Variations performed by Simone Dinnerstein and Chopin’s Preludes performed by Lincoln Mayorga. In addition, there will be play readings and films about the American immigrant experience. Rounding out the season is the month-long Chatham Dance Festival, which features some of today’s most influential dance companies and a month-long Parson Dance residency.

“PS21 continues its longstanding dedication to the art of dance. In addition to our Annual August Chatham Dance Fest, where we maintain our tradition of presenting dance in its many forms and styles, from well-known, leading, modern dance companies, to younger, edgy groups that are rising stars in the field, we continue to offer our audiences an unusual range of music and theater experiences during the earlier part of our season,” said PS21 founder and President, Judy Grunberg. “In order to reach as many young people as possible and expose them to the joy and freedom that comes from sharing experiences in the performing arts, we’re offering a variety of workshops to children and teens led by professional performers who love working with young people.”

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 2017 Season:


PS21 Opening Night Celebration: Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express
Saturday, July 15, 8:00 p.m.
An evening of joyful Klezmer music with violinist Alicia Svigals, accordionist Lauren Brody, and double bassist Brian Glassman to celebrate the opening of PS21’s 12th Season! Svigals is the world’s leading Klezmer fiddler and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics. She has written for violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, playwright Tony Kushner, and documentary filmmaker Judith Helfand.

Lincoln Mayorga: Chopin & Candlelight 
Sunday, July 16, 2:00 p.m.
A musical and dramatic presentation. Pianist Lincoln Mayorga performs Chopin’s Twenty-six Preludes. Actors Nancy Rothman andNancy Rothman read selected Chopin diary entries and letters between Chopin and his lover, George Sand.

The Twelfth Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert: Simone Dinnerstein performs the Goldberg Variations
Saturday, July 22, 8:00 p.m. 
Pianist Dinnerstein gained an international following with the remarkable success of her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in 2007. “An utterly distinctive voice in the forest of Bach interpretation…”  – New York Times

The Rory Block Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend
The Rory Block : The Campbell Brothers
Friday, July 28, 8:00 p.m.
Compelling, rich material from the African-American Holiness-Pentecostal repertoire with a new twist: the steel guitar.

The Rory Block: Sisters of Slide
Saturday, July 29, 8:00 p.m.
An evening of the blues with five-time blues music award winner Rory Block and Texas Music Hall of Famer Cindy Cashdollar.

The Rory Block: A Gospel Choir Fest
Sunday, July 30, 2:00 p.m.
A gathering of local gospel choirs at The Old Methodist Church, 8 Church Lane, Chatham Center, NY. Co-presented by PS21 Chatham and ChurchLIVE.


Staged Reading: Dishwasher Dreams
Friday, July 21, 8:00 p.m. 
Aladdin Ullah’s one man show draws from his father’s immigrant experience and his own childhood. Accompanied by a tabla player.

Staged Reading: Jim Farrell’s The Velocity of Geography
Sunday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m.
This new play explores the complexities of a father/daughter immigrant experience from Romania to NY. Directed by Robert Zukerman.

Mettawee River Theatre: Before the Sun and Moon
Wednesday, July 26 at 8:00 p.m.
Drawn from an ancient Korean folktale, this magical story incorporates masks, puppets and other visual elements created by master puppeteer Ralph Lee.


Parsons Dance Open Rehearsal
Thursday, July 20, 6:30 p.m.
The renowned Parsons Dance Company is in residence at PS21 for four weeks. Audiences get an inside look at the creative process.

Parsons Dance Open Rehearsal & Work-in-Progress
Thursday, July 27, 6:30 p.m.


Parsons Dance 
Friday, August 4, 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 5, 8:00 p.m.
Parsons Dance, a perennial favorite at PS21, returns to present a breathtaking program of energized, athletic ensemble work.

Caleb Teicher and Company
Friday, August 11, 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 12, 8:00 p.m.
A radiant performance of tap, jazz, and modern dance by one of the rising stars of the contemporary tap and jazz dance scene. “Mixing super-charged energy with tossed-off charm, Teicher is among the more promising figures in tap dance.” – The New Yorker

Monica Bill Barnes & Company
Friday, August 18, 8:00 p.m.and Saturday, August 19, 8:00 p.m.
Monica Bill Barnes & Company creates and produces each work entirely from its own rulebook with wit and heart. “Think of Buster Keaton in Vegas – unapologetically human and refreshingly relatable.” – The New York Times.

Ephrat Asherie Dance
Friday, August 25, 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 26, 8:00 p.m.
An urban dance theater company that combines the rawness of underground styles with a contemporary dance aesthetic.

Christopher K. Morgan’s Pōhaku
Saturday, September 2, 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 3, 8:00 p.m.
An evening-length solo dance performance incorporates choreographer Christopher Morgan’s personal story into the larger story of Hawaii’s native people.

Just For Fun is PS21’s free, weekly, Friday afternoon programming presented especially for kids and their families.

Stories from the Longhouse told by Stephanie Marie Fox
Friday, July 21, 1:00 p.m.
Stories shared from the rich oral tradition of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy).

Songs and Sounds of Freedom 
Friday, July 28, 1:00 p.m.
Sheri Bauer Mayorga leads kids in song accompanied by pianist Lincoln Mayorga.

Parsons Dance
Friday, August 4, 1:00 p.m.
This internationally renowned dance company performs a special, fun program just for kids


Caleb Teicher, of Caleb Teicher and Company, considered one of the rising stars of contemporary tap and jazz dance scene.

Caleb Teicher, of Caleb Teicher and Company, considered one of the rising stars of the contemporary tap and jazz dance scene.

Caleb Teicher and Company
Friday, August 11, 1:00 p.m.
Caleb Teicher and his dancers will show off and share their awesome tap skills.

Just for Fun: West African Dance & Drum Workshop Performance
Friday, August 18, 1:00 p.m.
A high energy display of West African dance with choreographer/dancer Jamal Jackson, drummer Frank Malloy IV, and kids from the dance and drum workshop.




Theater Arts Workshops

Theater Arts and Playwriting Workshop with NYS Certified Theater Arts Teacher Emilia Teasdale
July 10-August 11, Mondays and Wednesdays. Ages 5-12. 
Theater and playwriting skills at Chatham Kids Club, culminating with a public performance.

Theater Arts Intensive Workshop  with Actors Eddie Allen and Nancy Rothman
August 7-10, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Ages 8-13. 
Four-day intensive in theater improvisation, mime, recitation, and other performance skills.

Dance Workshops 

Parsons Dance Dance Classes
Parsons Dance classes July 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28. 10:00-11:30 a.m. Ages 12-18. Modern Dance classes with the acclaimed Parsons Dance company are designed for students of all levels.

Contemporary Tap Dance Workshops
August 10, 11, 12. 10:00-11:30 a.m. Ages 12-18. 
Taught by the Caleb Teicher and Company dancers.

West African Dance and Drum Workshop 
August 14-18, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Ages 9-18. 
Dance and drumming workshop with Jamal Jackson and Frank Malloy, culminating in  a public performance.

Adult Workshops

Stones and Stories Workshop Sun, July 16, 11 am – 1 pm
Native Hawaiian choreographer Christopher K. Morgan shares stories about the role of stones in traditional Hawaiian culture and incorporates storytelling, movement, and chanting in the workshop. Open to all ages. This event was made possible in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Slide Guitar Workshop with Rory Block Sat, July 29. 10 am – 11:30 am
Rory Block, a master of the blues slide technique, is offering an inspiring workshop on the use of the bottleneck to create the soulful slide guitar sound.
“Rory Block is one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists…”– Blues Revue

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