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Kaatsbaan Cultural Park Announces
Spring Festival Programming
May 20-23, May 27-30, 2021 (Thursday-Sunday)

Highlights include two world premieres from American Ballet Theatre, an interdisciplinary site-specific commission, music and poetry performances by Patti Smith, and panel discussions moderated by Jeff Gordinier with internationally acclaimed culinary artists Dale Talde, Gabe McMackin, and more

Kaatsbaan Cultural Park has curated a dynamic program of leading artists from the worlds of dance, music, poetry, sculpture, and the culinary arts for its inaugural Spring Festival. Taking place during the last two weekends in May throughout Kaatsbaan's lush 153-acre campus in the Hudson Valley, the festival will feature 16 presentations on two outdoor stages.



Performances from America's foremost companies and dancers
• American Ballet Theatre: new works by Helen Pickett and James Whiteside as well as pas de deux from the company's repertoire
• Dorrance Dance: Programming to be announced
• Mark Morris Dance Group: Three Preludes and a selection from Words, both signature Morris works
• Martha Graham Dance Company: classic Graham pieces, Conversation of Lovers and Immediate Tragedy
• Yannick Lebrun: a member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater since 2008, Lebrun will premiere a self-choreographed duet
• Maria Kowroski, Ask la Cour, and Gonzalo Garcia: principal dancers all celebrating their final season with New York City Ballet, present After the Rain by Christopher Wheeldon, Pavane by George Balanchine, and A Suite of Dances by Jerome Robbins.


A Kaatsbaan site-specific commission
• American Lyric is a collaboration between Hunter Noack's IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild™ and GarenMedia, a dance-based production company founded by Garen Scribner. The work will be created during a Kaatsbaan residency made possible in part by the Howard Gilman Foundation and have its world premiere at the Spring Festival. As part of the IN A LANDSCAPE experience, audience members will each receive a set of wireless headphones allowing them to experience both music and dance while wandering - safely distanced - through meadows that surround Kaatsbaan's old-growth forests.
• Hunter Noack, acclaimed concert pianist, (Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, Oregon Ballet Theatre, the coLABorate Award, London) will perform both classical repertoire and new music, composed for the project, with Native American flutist, James Edmund Greeley (Native American Music Award winner 2017).
• Garen Scribner (Nederlands Dans Theater 1, San Francisco Ballet, An American in Paris on Broadway) has brought together a diverse group of dancers who, with himself, will each create solo performances in response to Noack's music. Scribner will be joined by Coral Dolphin (Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Ballet Hispanico, Madonna world tour, Oklahoma on Broadway), Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber (Batsheva Dance Company, subjects of the Netflix documentary Bobbi Jene), ShanDien "Sonwai" LaRance (Native American Hoop Dancer, Cirque de Soleil's Totem)and Taylor Stanley (Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet). The residency will include production of a film centered on American Lyric, directed by Jeremy Jacob.


Kaatsbaan's inaugural program, curated by Oliver Ray
• Patti Smith and Tony Shanahan (longtime Patti Smith band member) will pay tribute to Bob Dylan's upcoming 80th birthday through original songs and poetry as well as works by Dylan.


Supporting local artists
• Hilary Greene and Jen Dragon of Cross Contemporary Partners will curate works by Hudson Valley artists placed throughout the Kaatsbaan campus. Artists will includes Emil Alzamora, Stuart Farmery, Tristan Fitch, Jared Handelsman, Kenichi Hiratsuka, Portia Munson, E.M. Power, Gregory Steel, Kurt Steger, Christina Tenaglia,and Millicent Young. All pieces will be on view for the duration of the festival and available for purchase.


Roundtable discussions with culinary artists
• Jeff Gordinier, author of Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World, and frequent contributor to numerous publications including The New York Times and Esquire, has curated two roundtables that he will moderate on how our growing obsession with what we eat is changing the culture.
• A River Runs Through It: A Conversation about the Booming Hudson Valley Food Scene features two Hudson Valley chefs whose acclaimed restaurants recently appeared in Esquire's "Best New Restaurants 2020" list: Dale Talde of Goosefeather in Tarrytown (from Bravo's Emmy Award-winning culinary show, Top Chef) and Gabe McMackin, Michelin star chefof Troutbeck in Amenia (formerly the chef and owner of the Finch in Brooklyn as well as chef at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Gramercy Tavern, and Roberta's.) Joining them is Hudson Valley farmer and good-meat advocate Celine Kagan, whose organization builds pathways to responsible meat production and consumption, and Naima Penniman of Soul Fire Farm, an Afro-Indigenous centered community farm committed to uprooting racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system.
• Into the Wild: How Foraging Can Change Your Life - And Your Diet features Maria Pinto an award-winning Black writer and poet with a passion for mushrooms and foraging, J. Mae Barizo Filipinoprize-winning poet, critic and performer, and New York-based chef Will Horowitz, co-author of Salt Smoke Time: Homesteading and Heritage Techniques for the Modern Kitchen and the Executive Chef and Owner of New York City's highly acclaimed Ducks Eatery and Harry & Ida's.
• Featured authors' books will be made available for on-site book signing at the Festival. Purchases can be made in advance at, in partnership with Oblong Books & Music.


Pre-sale tickets are now available to Kaatsbaan members and will be open to the general public on March 8 at With proper I.D., essential workers, veterans, seniors, and students will receive a 10% discount at ticket checkout. Limited tickets are being sold as Kaatsbaan will operate at less than 3% capacity to promote safety. All events will follow CDC and NYS guidelines regarding COVID-19, including mandatory masks, socially distanced seating, and timed arrivals. Full protocols and procedures will be available on our website and communicated to ticket purchasers.

Digital streaming tickets will also be made available on May 1 for those who would like to enjoy the performances virtually.


New York Butoh Institute
Women Defining Butoh
A FREE Butoh Festival Virtual Series
Oct 1-30, 2021

This October, New York Butoh Institute will present a free virtual series highlighting women’s important contributions to butoh. In October 2021, Women Defining Butoh will showcase recent works by two generations of women butoh pioneers.

Virtual performances will live stream on and be available on-demand for a limited time. The calendar of festivities will be available at

The series will showcase butoh dancers Natsu Nakajima and Saga Kobayashi, active since 1966; Yumiko Yoshioka and Minako Seki, the first female pioneers to reach Europe in the 70s, and third-generation dancer Yuko Kaseki. Following butoh’s migration East to West, our series follows the spread of butoh in the US via Hiroko Tamano, who settled in San Francisco in 1980, and Joan Laage, who first introduced butoh to Seattle in the 90s. Our series celebrates the legacy of these butoh legends with performances by the all-female troupe Daipan Butoh (Seattle), Mexican dancer Eugenia Vargas, Chicago-based dancer Cristal Sabbagh, and New York-based company Vangeline Theater.

To kick off this series, New York Butoh Institute is pleased to administer, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lifetime Achievement Awards to Natsu Nakajima, Saga Kobayashi and Hiroko Tamano.

New York Theatre Ballet
LIFT Lab Live
Wednesdays & Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 7pm.
Extended through May 22, 2021
St. Marks’s Church-in-the-Bowery

New York Theatre Ballet presents the second installment of LIFT Lab Live, an in-house live performance series created in the fall, that provides emerging and established choreographers with a safe space to create and offers audiences a safe space to experience live music and live performances of new choreography. LIFT Lab Live will take place from April 7-May 1, 2021 at St. Marks’s Church-in-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th Street (entrance on 11th Street), 2nd floor, with performances on Wednesdays & Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 7pm.

Tickets are $20 general admission, available at Tickets must be purchased in advance online and will not be sold at the door.

Choreographers and Composers (3-4 per program date)
Richard Alston / J. S. Bach
Claire Davison / Erik Satie
Sonia Dawkins / tbd
Julian Donahue / Zenobia Powell Perry
Nicolo Fonte / tbd
Clove Galilee / tbd
Jennifer Goggans / Kelly Moran
José Limón / Frédéric Chopin
Marco Pelle / Felix Mendelssohn
Amanda Treiber / Ryan Anthony Francis
Jean Volpe / Pyotr Tchaikovsky
William Whitener / Enrique Granados
James Whiteside / tbd


Audience will be limited to 10 guests per performance to allow for proper social distancing. NYTB utilizes hospital grade IQAir filters, seats will be separated by clear partitions, and doors and windows will remain open for added ventilation. Masks are required to be worn at all times by everyone, including dancers. Each performance will run approximately 45 minutes with no intermission. Please make sure to arrive on time. Guests will not be admitted once the performance begins.

St. Marks’s Church-in-the-Bowery | 131 East 10th Street
Entrance on 11th Street, 2nd floor

New York Theatre Ballet School
Summer Intensive
June 28 - July 10, 2021
Registration Now Open

New York Theatre Ballet School announces its Summer Intensive from June 28 - July 10, 2021. Providing world class Cecchetti training, the two-week program will be led by Artistic Director Diana Byer, NYTB Principal Dancer Amanda Treiber, plus guest faculty. All classes will follow a hybrid schedule of virtual and in-person options. For more information or to register, email To audition, students new to New York Theatre Ballet School may send photo and video submissions. Audition requirements can be found at

The summer intensive will observe the following three-day week schedule:

Ages 9-11 - Must have at least one full year of training
June 28 - July 10
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Ages 12-16 - Must be at an intermediate level with at least four years of training
June 28 - July 10
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

A sample schedule for a day at the intensive includes:

10am-12pm: Ballet Technique/Pointe
12pm-1pm: Lunch Break
1:00-4:00pm: Alternating days of Modern and Theater Dance, plus an enrichment class of Choreography, Conditioning, or lectures with discussions.

Tuition for the Summer Intensive is $600 for two weeks. A $100 deposit is due at registration, with full payment due to June 25.

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