July 19, 2009
The Talent Machine Company's July show, The Wiz, a retelling of L. Frank Baum's classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is an excellent vehicle for the skills of the energetic young performers who make up the musical's cast. TMC is a family phenomenon rooted in the traditions of founder Bobbi Smith, who formed the company in 1987 to create a supportive environment for children as young as 5 to participate in polished musical theater performances. After Smith's death in January 2001, her sister, Vicki Smith, and her daughter, Lea Capps, continued the tradition.
June 24, 2007
Common Ground on the Hill will present its 10th annual Roots Music & Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 7 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 8 at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster. Headline acts include guitar legend Doc Watson at 7 p.m. July 7, Appalachian balladeer Jean Ritchie at 6 p.m. July 7 and 3 p.m. July 8, and Grammy Award winner Tom Chapin at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. July 8. The festival features blues, folk, bluegrass, Native American, Celtic, Appalachian music and dance, gospel, African drumming and dance, world percussion, storytelling, poetry, performance art, juried arts & crafts, ethnic foods and a Family World Village.
February 15, 2007
Masculinity of dance The lowdown -- It's a man's world at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County this week. The Edgeworks Dance Theater all-male ensemble will present "Project: Cold Case," an installment in the company's Negro Dance Theater Project. The predominantly African-American ensemble hopes to draw its audience out of prejudice and fear by exploring black masculinity and identity on stage. If you go -- The performance starts at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Theatre, 1000 Hilltop Circle.
May 1, 2006
Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck, 98, a performer and transcriber of dances by Isadora Duncan and an influential teacher, died April 23 in Blue Bell, Pa. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Ms. Nahumck came to the United States as a child and grew up in Philadelphia, where she established the Children's Dance Theater in 1944. Later known as the Philadelphia Dance Academy, it became part of the University of the Arts. Her students included Judith Jamison, now the artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
November 20, 2005
Eva Anderson watches her own image appear on the television monitor in the kitchen of her Columbia home - the powerful energy of the dance caught in her figure straining under a taut cloth, like a swan snared in a net. "I like cloth," she says. "I like Spandex especially because it can do things. It can dance almost by itself, if you manipulate it right." Anderson is previewing the documentary Chronicles of a Dancer: How We Became Artists, a video retrospective of the 32 seasons of the Eva Anderson Dancers, which will premiere today at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Anderson, who has always been a creative, inventive choreographer, has been a wizard at keeping a professional dance company afloat for three decades in Maryland.
August 25, 2005
NOW OR NEVER Explore the culture of Taiwan at the program "Lion Dance and Drums," presented by the Hung-Sheng Lion Dance Theater of Taiwan, Saturday at Towson University's Stephens Hall Theatre. Costumed members of the troupe will present acrobatics, dancing, rhythmic drumming and more. Acts will include "Glowing Night Dragon," "Walking Lion Gong and Drum Dance" and "Grab the Green," lion dances, dragon dances, temple rituals and more. "Lion Dance and Drums" takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Towson University, Stephens Hall Theatre, 8000 York Road, Towson.