5 things to do this weekend
Alexander Zemlinsky’s music bridged the gap between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century: pushing harmony to new places, while remaining richly lyrical. And although its catalog fell into oblivion after World War II, it has seen a sustained relaunch campaign in recent decades, thanks to the efforts of conductors like James Conlon.
And recent years have drawn particular attention to his compact and satisfying opera “Der Zwerg” (“The Dwarf”), adapted from a short story by Oscar Wilde. Director Tobias Kratzer has achieved success with his staged at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2019. And now director Nanouk Leopold has covered the piece for the Dutch National Opera this season.
The film premiere of this new production is broadcast for free on the Operavision.eu Platform (and his YouTube page) until December. While this staging takes a while to open up, Leopold’s cinematic-inspired concept presents itself solidly over its 90-minute runtime. And the music is mastered with delight, thanks to conductor Lorenzo Viotti, tenentor Clay Hilley and soprano Lenneke Ruiten.
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Any young bibliophile will soon be able to take advantage of multiple opportunities – all outdoors and free – to dive deep into the world of books, and not just by investigating what’s in between their covers.
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Brooklyn museum will present its annual report Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair on the square of the building. Thirty local writers and illustrators, whose creations range from picture books to graphic novels, will sign their work and chat with fans. Participants can draw sidewalk chalk and view sketches from the experts: author-artists including Jon Burgerman (“Splat!”) And Hannah Salyer (“Packs: strength in numbers”) will give pop-up demonstrations.
More stories await New York Children’s Theater, who is celebrating his 25th birthday with “Cabaret from the land of tales.” On tour until October 3, this show features numbers from the company’s musicals, many of which have been adapted from books. Attend the hour-long performance on Saturday at 1 p.m. outside the Brooklyn Central Library and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. (Admission to the garden is compulsory.)
Crossing borders into the future
The Crossing Borders Festival at Two River Theater celebrates its 10th anniversary with an extraordinary lineup. The four new pieces by Latino and Latino artists will be presented in a fully digital edition until October 10.
Paz Pardo’s “Ciertas Astillas”, which is structured like a Russian doll, explores artistic identity and stars Irene Sofia Lucio from “Slave Play”. “Syzygy or, the cessation of the sun” by juliany f. taveras is a rumination about what the future might be. A delicate tale of young people bonding in a virtual world, “Optional Boss Battle” by Nick Malakhow features moving performances by Reynaldo Piniella and Jake Ryan Lozano.
Lozano also stars in Francisco Mendoza’s “Machine Learning,” which comments on inhumane immigration policies and challenges old-fashioned notions of masculinity. This powerful sci-fi drama is about a son who will go to unimaginable efforts to help his ailing father stay alive.
To get a link to the four works, RSVP to tworiverheater.org. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.
Take your blankets on the road
With a catalog of living songs about wrestling, sobriety, and the South, Jason Isbell cemented his status as one of Nashville’s most admired songwriters. But with a new project – “Georgia Blue,” a collection of covers he promised fans last year based on the outcome of the presidential election in that state – he’s focusing on the work of other greats. writers, including Cat Power, Indigo Girls and James Brown.
Touring ahead of the album’s October release, Isbell road tested his version of REM “Pilot 8”. Venture into one of his shows with the backing band 400 Unit at Pier 17 this weekend, and you’ll likely hear him live, along with songs from Isbell’s solo career and memorabilia from his days as a guitarist with the alternative rock band Drive. -By truckers. Folk-soul singer Joy Oladokun will open.
Performances begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; tickets are available on pier17ny.com.
A treasure trove of classical Indian works
For millennia, the sacred city of Varanasi in northern India has been the site of cremation ceremonies believed to free the deceased from the cycle of reincarnation. In “Fires of Varanasi: Dance of the Eternal Pilgrim”, the famous Ragamala dance company, led by mother-daughter artistic directors Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, evokes these rituals through the classical Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam. Although the work was designed before the pandemic to honor the passing of the father and grandfather of the Ramaswamys, its narrative portrayal of life, death and rebirth – at once solemn, festive and sublime – is a suitable choice for the Joyce Theater’s first in-person shows since March 2020. “Fires of Varanasi” will be played from 8:00 PM to Saturday and 2:00 PM on Sunday. Tickets start at $ 26 and are available at joyce.org.
Additionally, the 14th edition of the Indo-American Arts Council Erasing Borders Dance Festival continues through Sunday with online performances from other acclaimed practitioners of Bharatanatyam and other forms of Indian classical dance including Kathak. , Kathakali and Odissi. For more information on free live broadcasts, visit iaac.us.