Appalachian Spring

In 1944 Aaron Copland, the quintessential American composer, and Martha Graham, one of the most famous American dancers and choreographers of all time, came together to create Appalachian Spring, a joyous ballet about Shaker pioneers in the Pennsylvania hills. The choreography is entertaining and innovative, and Martha Graham plays the role of a young bride so gracefully. The music is classic Copland, and quotes the Shaker hymn “Tis the Gift to be Simple.”

 

 

Watch some of the choreography here:

 

Misty Copeland’s Story

Misty Copeland has made history through her career in ballet. This past summer Copeland was named a principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre, becoming the first African-American to be promoted to this position in the company’s 75 years of existence.

Watch Copeland perform with Yo-Yo Ma:

 

The ballerina is developing a TV show about the world of ballet….and the world can’t wait!

The Ballets Russes Reinvented!

On October 23-25, 2015, The Vets is bringing three ballet masterpieces of the Ballets Russes to Providence! Debussy’s Afternoon of a Faun, Weber’s Le Spectre de la Rose, and Stravinsky’s The Firebird. With the contemporary choreography of Dominic Walsh and under the direction of Mihailo Djuric, these shows are a must see! Read more here.

Stromae the Belgian rapper, singer-songwriter

Stromae’s second album Racine Carrée has catapulted him to international success. The album, released in 2013 in Europe and 2014 in the US, is full of socially critical yet catchy songs that are a mixture of R&B, dance, Afrobeat, and electronic music. He has a lot to say about his music and where it comes from.