A masterful performance that meets at the crossroads of comic books, science-fiction movies, and the rich universe of graffiti, Cirque Éloize’s latest spectacular, iD, is a dazzling spectacle set within a fantastic urban landscape where artists perform breathtaking feats of athleticism and beauty. With 14 artists performing in 10 circus disciplines, Cirque Éloize discovers a new world based in the heart of a futuristic city that revolves around breakdance and hip-hop, directed by Jeannot Painchaud and choreographed by Mourad Merzouki of Compagnie Käfig. Backed by a soaring musical soundtrack and coupled with video projections, iD explores self-expression in a decidedly visual culture that is playful, energized, youthful, and transcendent.
Preview & discussion of the Documentary "Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story."
Cyntoia Brown was an average teenager in an American town. But a series of bad decisions led the 16-year-old into a situation that ended with her killing a man who had picked her up for sex. She was sentenced to Life in a Tennessee Prison meaning, in her case, she will serve a minimum of 51 years. This film challenges our assumptions about violence and explores how factors such as biology and family history can doom some young people from the start.
Followed by a discussion with:
Ray Beaver, Case Worker at Spectrum Youth and Family Services
Dave Jacques, Youth Probation officer based in Burlington
Justin Verette, Outreach Clinician for the Howard Center & the Burlington Police Department.
Community Cinema is a presented locally as a partnership between VPT, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro Community TV, Catamount Arts, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UVM.
“All of my operas have dealt on deep psychological levels with our American mythology,” says composer John Adams, who conducts the Met premiere of his most famous opera. “The meeting of Nixon and Mao is a mythological moment in world history, particularly American history.” Acclaimed director and longtime Adams collaborator Peter Sellars makes his Met debut with this groundbreaking 1987 work, an exploration of the human truths beyond the headlines surrounding President Nixon’s 1972 encounter with Communist China. Baritone James Maddalena stars in the title role.
John Adams; Kathleen Kim, Janis Kelly, Robert Brubaker, Russell Braun, James Maddalena, Richard Paul Fink
The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD is presented locally as a partnership between VPT and the Town Hall Theater.
The production of Nixon in China contains some adult content that may not be appropriate for young children.