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Theatre: HERE’s Dream Music Puppertry Program presents ‘American Weather’

  A steel hula hoop spins.  When if falls it becomes a container.  Then the container's soft outer lining forms, depending on one's point of view, a bed, boat or coffin.  Deliberate randomness forms the strong visual story told by Chris Green's American Weather at HERE's Dorothy B.Williams Theatre. Thanks to Green and his collaborator's masterful multidisciplinary combination of puppetry, video, song, verse and live action, American Weather's barometer reads division.  This self-contained stage storm is played out across a picket fence with sharp edges.  Katie Melby is the slow-moving soul in front of the fence/screen and a puppet costumed as a fencer in back of it. The

Music: Exploring the Sights and Sounds of ‘Symphonie Fantastique’

Recently, two opportunities arose to hear Hector Berlioz's "Symphonie Fanstatique" within days of each other.  This isn't surprising - it's been a crowd pleaser since its 1830 premiere .  With that also comes with a lot of  "over"s" as in over-programmed and overwrought.  Happily, both Bard College's Orchestra Now (TŌN ) conducted by Music Director/College President Leon Botstein at Lincoln Center's Frederick P Rose Hall and Basil Twist's landmark abstract puppet ballet at HERE encouraged audiences to forget everything they thought they knew about this music to discover it for themselves.  Their thoughtful invitations to do so succeeded. Limited program notes made

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