Some people might think putting an Indian Classical dancer and a New York-born tap star together would never work. On this week's Notes from New Orleans, we'll hear from Chitresh Das, a master of the ancient Kat-tuck dance style, and tap star Jason Samuels Smith. They'll burn up the stage in an East-meets-West dance event brought to the city by the New Orleans Ballet Association and the NOCCA Institute.
This week on Inside the Arts, it's one of the hottest events of the year for art lovers, as the Contemporary Arts Center kicks off Art for Arts' Sake this weekend. There will be citywide gallery openings, including Water, a body of work by internationally renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, on view at the CAC.
This week on Inside the Arts, we'll explore a bejeweled exhibit of modern art in NOMA's Great Hall, and a public-private partnership raises the barre with new opportunities for dance in the Crescent City.
Plus, a new fishing hole opens downtown (here's a hint: It's air conditioned!) and a local arts leader speaks at ESSENCE Festival. And, a cultural arts center pays homage to those lost during the Middle Passage.
This week we go Inside the Arts for a look at theater offerings as the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival kicks off celebrations beginning Wednesday.
Then we visit with the New Orleans Ballet Association as they present the legendary Martha Graham Dance Company, which returns to the city for the first time in decades. And Musaica, a local chamber ensemble, gears up for a series of concerts.
Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director of the sensational Ballet Hispanico, was in the eighth grade in St. Margaret Mary's School in New York when he first heard the word "choreographer." Since those humble beginnings, it's been a long and productive journey for Eduardo and New Orleanians will have an opportunity to see the fruits of his labor this coming weekend. It's time to put on your dancing shoes for this week's Notes from New Orleans.
Today on Inside the Arts you'll hear about an energizing ballet as Pilobolus returns to the Crescent City. The New Orleans Friends of Music kicks off its 58th season. You'll hear about a documentary film that may switch your thoughts about using energy wisely, and we'll celebrate the music of Louis Prima.
The New Orleans Ballet Association closes its 2011-12 season with one of the world's leading ballet companies. We go Inside the Arts as the Joffrey Ballet returns to the city with a grand program of masterworks.
The New Orleans Ballet Association, in collaboration with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, gears up for a huge evening of music and dance Saturday, celebrating their return home to a sold-out crowd at the newly refurbished Mahalia Jackson Theatre of the Performing Arts.