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Su 5/16- MERCE CUNNINGHAM DANCE COMPANY performs at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, Beacon—Much like the redoubtable Pete Seeger has for folk music, Merce Cunningham has—through an extensive and exhaustive 60-year career—provided a living, breathing soul and mentorship to American modern dance…and shows no signs of retirement. His world-renowned MCDC brings the seventh and final performance of their series entitled Beacon Events, which are site specific performances in tandem with art installations, this time with Imi Knoebel’s 24 Colors—for Blinky 1977; a large-scale contemporary work recently restored and on view for the first time in the US. The spaciousness of Dia:Beacon makes it possible for attendees to view the performance/installation from multiple vantage points, and they are encouraged to do so. A live score has been developed for the event, but the dancers won’t hear the music until the actual performance. Also, from 5/14 through 5/25, a presentation of archival photographs of Cunningham’s creative and life partner John Cage will be on view at the gallery.
2 and 4:30 PM
Dia:Beacon | Riggio Galleries | 3 Beekman St. Beacon
845.440.0100 |


Sa/Su 5/30 & 31- New York Conservatory for the Arts presents THE ADVENTURES OF ALADDIN, at Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston—THE ADVENTURES OF ALADDIN, with book & lyrics by Randy Conti and Douglas Farrell, music by Jeffrey Stein, comes from the legendary Arabian Nights, based on a collection of ancient and medieval Persian, Indian, Arabic, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature. This adapted performance by the creative staff of the New York Conservatory for the Arts will be performed by their intensive music theatre arts student body, complete with ”Flying by Foy,“ genies, mermaids, heroes & villains and ”adventure for the whole family.“
Sa 5/30- 7:30 PM; Su 5/31- 2 PM
Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston
800.745.3000 (Ticketmaster) | |


5/29 through 6/14- THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON MARIGOLDS, by Paul Zindel, at the Cocoon Theatre, Rhinebeck—Playwright, author, and science teacher Paul Zindel hit the jackpot with THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON MARIGOLDS, his first play in production, winning a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1971. With a style reminiscent of Tennessee Williams, Zindel drew on personal experience in writing this story about a dysfunctional family dominated by a single mother, seemingly intent on keeping her daughters from breaking away and finding success and happiness. Paul Newman directed a movie version in 1972, starring his wife Joanne Woodward and daughter Elinor (stage name Nell Potts).
Fr/Sa 8 PM, Su 3 PM
Cocoon Theatre | 6384 Mill St. (Rte. 9) | Rhinebeck
845.876.6470 |


Fr/Sa 6/5&6- DZUL DANCE performs ”The Symbol Bearer“ at Chelsea Morrison Theater, Millbrook—Javier Dzul grew up in the Yucatan region of Mexico, where he began his dance career performing Mayan ritual dances, and went on to dance with numerous companies including the Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, and Battery Dance Companies, as well as the Pearl Lang and American Indian Dance Theaters. Now he heads an internationally recognized dance, contortion and aerial circus arts company utilizing talent from Cirque du Soleil, Eliot Feld and Buglisi Dance Theater, and they’ve currently been in residency teaching at the Millbrook School. Fusing modern choreography with the ancient, and utilizing both the stage and the space above it, Dzul Dance has electrified audiences world-wide with their unique and often quite physically demanding presentations.
8 PM | Chelsea Morrison Theater (Millbrook School) | 131 School Rd. | Millbrook
212.352.3101 | (

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