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August 25, 2017
What To Watch On Cennarium This September

Every month we highlight the best programming on Cennarium, a streaming service for the performing arts. StageBuddy readers receive a 15% discount on Cennarium. Use the code: st@gebuddy

DRAMA:


The Maids: Ukrainian Theater legend Roman Viktyuk, whose chic and explosive style is now ubiquitous, burst onto the international stage with a remounting of Jean Genet’s most accessible, yet still deliciously mysterious play, The Maids, Genet’s story of two sisters that lose themselves in their matured identity. Vityuk explores the work again in a 2015 production that features two men performing as the eponymous ladies, Claire and Solange. The scale, style, and distinctive energy of the production make this work a must-see both for those that have never seen The Maids performed and for those that know the play well.

DANCE:


Jiří Kylián's Black and White - Six Dances: The Dutch contemporary dance company the Nederlands Dans Theater has a sterling and shuddering reputation. When they came to New York City last year, the opportunity to see them even from a distance -- to get a sense of their floor patterns and shapes -- was worth whatever it cost. And to see them with the intimacy this recording provides is an absolute joy. Don’t be satisfied with what YouTube has to offer, enjoy this elegant, surprisingly balletic yet customarily bold work.

COMEDY:


Cyrano de Bergerac: Just the idea of Cyrano de Bergerac, one the classiest of the classic plays, done as a clown show with dada elements is pretty funny. And the execution by Compagnie Parpadou is full of all the drama and enjoyment that the text provides, but with a whole BOATload of slapstick. If you know Cyrano, it’ll be a hoot, if you don’t, you won’t ever be able to take the original seriously again -- which is probably a great thing!

MUSICAL:

Debussy Alone on Stage: The music of Debussy is so remarkably beautiful that any time alone with the work is a gift. In Debussy Alone on Stage, a fascinating story about the genius’s life is told and performed with great thought by Damien Luce, who also is a terribly skilled pianist. Compiled from source material from the composer’s life, the work is an excellent insight into the life of a genius artist and an excellent piece of art itself.

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Don’t Miss These Shows at Cennarium’s Promenade, The First-Ever Virtual Performing Arts Festival

By Aron Canter

Our favorite place to catch live performance from your own laptop is having a festival of their own. Cennarium’s Promenade is a 10-day digital global performing arts festival, running September 15-24. Here are some highlights. Groupo Galpão’s Romeo and Juliet One of the most respected Brazilian theater groups takes on Romeo and Juliet, with a production that toured 10 different countries including London’s Globe Theatre. In a production equally appropriate for the streets as for a stage, with elements of contemporary Brazilian culture oozing everywhere, this take on Romeo and Juliet has a liveliness combined with a cultural thoughtfulness that makes it stand out. Dangerous Liaisons This delicious French story, adored by countless blooming American teenagers, here is a German musical! And the impetuous romances and steamy encounters has all the dynamics and inventive stagings that you would expect from a contemporary German production. The rococo setting is magnificent and playful and totally appropriate for all the lecherous fun. Fuerza Bruta Fuerza Bruta is a live experience unlike any other; so this is the perfect piece for Cennarium. The work is all about the corporeal body: how …Read more

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