Alverno Presents Season 54 gathers 12 powerful performances you won’t see anywhere else. We’re all over the city – from a bucolic garden to a downtown movie palace to our own newly renovated Pitman Theatre.
Nora Chipaumire: Miriam, Saturday, July 13, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Lynden Sculpture Garden (2145 West Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217) Co-presented with Lynden Sculpture Garden. Limited tickets available.
Choreographer/dancer Nora Chipaumire is a force of nature, a towering presence, larger than life. The epic simplicity of the outdoor Lynden collection will inspire the epic power and imagination of this major international artist.
Global Union, Saturday, September 21, 2013, noon to 6 p.m., Humboldt Park (3000 South Howell Avenue, Bay View)
In only eight short years, Global Union has become Milwaukee’s go-to big-beautiful-dance-party-slash-farewell-to-summer. It’s in one of the city’s best parks, it’s free and it’s one day only. Global Union 2013 features bands from Pakistan, Argentina, Haiti, Quebec and Algeria, with some surprise guests from our own hometown.
Altos: Earth, Friday, October 4, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Oriental Theatre (2230 North Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202) A co-commission by Alverno Presents and the Milwaukee Film Festival.
Altos bill themselves as a “surly high school orchestra.” For this one-time-only performance, the start of Alverno Presents’ indoor season and the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival’s Centerpiece Film, the Altos perform their original score to Aleksandr Dovzhenko’s silent Russian cinema classic, Earth (Zemlya).
The Hinterlands: The Circuit, Friday & Saturday, October 18 & 19, 2013, 8:00 p.m., Pitman Theatre (3431 S. 39th Street, Milwaukee WI 53215) A co-commission by Alverno Presents, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, and the National Performance Network Creation Fund.
The Hinterlands make a daringly physical and shockingly funny original work that brings Vaudeville into the post-industrial age.
Nick Sanborn: Lend Me Your Voice, Friday & Saturday, November 8 & 9, 2013, 8:00 p.m., Pitman Theatre (3431 S. 39th Street, Milwaukee WI 53215). A co-commission by Alverno Presents and Duke Performances. Limited tickets available.
To say Nick Sanborn is a professional, performing musician is an understatement. The clear-eyed yet wry Sanborn will narrate his own story, talking between performances with some of his most esteemed collaborators. Each will perform a solo with Sanborn and then join the collected ensemble that accumulates as the night progresses.
Lionel Popkin: Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Saturday, November 16, 2013, 8:00 p.m., Pitman Theatre (3431 S. 39th Street, Milwaukee WI 53215) A co-commission by REDCAT, Alverno Presents, Dance Place and the National Performance Network Creation Fund.
Lionel Popkin’s dances are simultaneously low-tech and lush. The half-Jewish/half-Indian Popkin begins from this perspective to ask how our origins inform who we are, what belongs to us, and what falls outside of our claims to personal identity.
Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, Thursday, February 6, 2014, 8:00 p.m., Wehr Hall (4100 West Morgan Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53215
Dr. Lonnie Smith is the Cheshire Cat of jazz. The first thing you see is his beguiling smile. An authentic master of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, Dr. Smith has been hailed as a legend, a living musical icon.
Unlooped vs. Marvin Gaye, Saturday, March 1, 2014, 8:00 p.m., Pitman Theatre (3431 S. 39th Street, Milwaukee WI 53215). A commission by Alverno Presents.
“Unlooped vs. Marvin Gaye” assembles a generationally and racially diverse company of artists for a one-of-a-kind, one night only performance reimagining a little-known yet seminal work of Marvin Gaye, his 1978 double album, “Here, My Dear.”
LeeSaar The Company: grass and jackals, Saturday, March 15, 2014, 8:00 p.m., Pitman Theatre (3431 S. 39th Street, Milwaukee WI 53215)
Led by director/writer Lee Sher and dancer/choreographer Saar Harari, this diverse company of dancers are perfect guides for a tour of global hyperconnectivity. Described by The New York Times as never less than remarkable to watch, LeeSaar’s latest, grass and jackals, luxuriates in extremes powerful and delicate, grotesque and gorgeous, all the while ricocheting from climax to climax.
Solo Flight: Colin Stetson, Jeanine Durning, and Morgan Thorson, Monday – Sunday, April 14-20, 2014, Varying times and venues
Solo Flight is a week-long festival taking place at venues all over Milwaukee. The juxtaposition of bass saxophonist Colin Stetson, spoken-word artist Jeanine, and dancer/choreographer Morgan Thorson within one week at four different venues is a singular pass into the euphoric reaches of inner space.
Monday, 4/14/2014, 7:00 PM – Solo Fest Opening Party at Institute of Visual Arts (Inova)
Wednesday, 4/16/2014, 7:30 PM – Jeanine Durning, inging, at Lynden Sculpture Garden
Thursday, 4/17/2014, 4:00 PM – Morgan Thorson Public Solo Performance at Inova
Thursday, 4/17/2014, 7:30 PM – Morgan Thorson Public Solo Performance at Inova
Friday, 4/18/2014, 7:30 PM – Jeanine Durning, inging, at Lynden Sculpture Garden
Saturday, 4/19/2014, 2:00 PM – Panel discussion with Morgan Thorson, Jeanine Durning, and Colin Stetson, moderated by Sara Krajewski, place tbd.
Saturday, 4/19/2014, 8:00 PM – Colin Stetson at Wehr Hall, Alverno College
Single and subscription tickets are available now. Season subscriptions are on sale now for a discounted rate when purchasing tickets to three or more events. Season subscribers receive priority seating. Tickets are available through the Alverno Presents Box Office at 414.382.6044. Nora Chipaumire tickets can be purchased online at http://alvernopresents.alverno.edu; all other artist tickets may be purchased online after July 15th, 2013. For more information, contact Alverno Presents Director David Ravel at 414-382-6150 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alverno Presents, the performing arts series of Alverno College, is celebrating its 54th year. The series has innovated beyond our history as the longest running, continuous arts presenter in the city, to our niche of presenting contemporary dance, world music and jazz and an array of performance events. Alverno Presents shares the school’s mission by ensuring broad access to and participation in learning, experiencing and developing the arts for the learning community of Alverno, and our community as a whole. For more information on Alverno Presents, special projects, media reviews and more, visit alvernopresents.alverno.edu, contact Alverno Presents Assistant Director at 414-382-6151, or e-mail email@example.com.
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