Tuesday, May 24, 2011

ARTwalk Recpetion a Success

Moahmad A.
On May 7th over 350 students, family's and educators attending a hosted reception to celebrate the 2011 ARTwalk Opening all who participated.  The reception highlighted all the ARTwalk participants and featured performances from the Saint Peter Claver drumming group and a hip-hop group from the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists.

The ART walk is an integral part of the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, a public exhibition of young artists’ work collected from schools and community organizations across region. This year, the Festival received more than 600 collaborative and individual submissions from more than 900 young artists. All of these submissions are displayed in storefront windows throughout downtown Saint Paul from May 7 through June 5.  
Lia P.

Kaleigh S.
In addition, 14 pieces of student art were selected by a jury to be featured on a new large scale building art banner displayed on the Travelers building in Saint Paul.  One student was selected for the banner from each grade PreK- 12th. The ARTwalk is an annual event open to all young artists.

Visit  http://www.ordway.org/festival/artwalk/ to:
  -download a PDF of the ARTwalk map 
  -take the virtual tour of the ARTwalk
  -to sign up your classroom for an ARTwalk tour while you are at the Festival May 31-June 3!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pre-Sale for 2011-2012 Performing Arts Classroom Season is Tomorrow!

Get a jump start on planning for next year’s Ordway School Performances!

The Spring Pre-Sale happening tomorrow will be your first chance to reserve tickets to the 2011-2012 Performing Arts Classroom Season.
Payment is not due upon ordering, but all Pre-Sale orders must be paid in full by August 19, 2011 or ticket orders will be canceled and released. Pre-Sale orders may be placed by phone, mail or fax. Orders will be taken by phone starting May 20, 2011 at 8:00a.m.; all mailed and faxed orders arriving on or before May 20 will be processed at the end of the day in the order they are received.

The 2012 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival will be announced in August 2011. Festival tickets will go on sale September 2, 2011.

Luna Negra Dance Theater
October 24, 25 & 26, 2011 Grades 2-8 Dance
Luna Negra Dance Theater fills the stage with energy, power and passion, while creating opportunities for Latino choreographers to be a cultural voice for their communities. As they celebrate and explore Latino tradition and identity, the company and choreographers utilize contemporary dance to move beyond cultural expectations of Latino movement and dance forms. Flabbergast, choreographed by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, uses humor to explore our stereotypes and preconceived ideas about new and foreign places.

Ely Guerra
October 27, 2011 Grades 4-12 Music
Experience contemporary Mexican music with recent Latin Grammy Award-winner and Mexican music icon, Ely Guerra. Ely Guerra is one of the most intriguing songwriters in Mexican rock. Singing in primarily Spanish with some English, her songs incorporate elements of rock, electronica, jazz and pop with her unique vocals.

Vox Lumiere
The Phantom of the Opera
October 31 & November 1, 2011 Grades 6-12 Music
Return to the world’s most famous opera house, as Vox Lumiere dares to unmask the secrets of the phantom. Ambition, murder and the allure of a dangerous secret come to life in this stirring new production. Vox Lumiere- The Phantom of the Opera is a unique blend of live performance, original rock music and the original silent film that comes together to create a spellbinding performance of modern theatrical magic!

Still Black, Still Proud
An African Tribute to James Brown
November 23, 2011 Grades K-8 Music
Celebrating James Brown’s lasting legacy, Still Black Still Proud explores the deep relationship between soul, funk and modern African music. As much as the music of Africa influenced Brown’s style, he likewise inspired an entire generation of African artists. Join Pee Wee Ellis and a host of musicians including Vusi Mahlasela and Maceo Parker as they uncover the points at which African and American music influence and inspire one another through an unforgettable concert!

Ronald K. Brown Evidence
A Dance Company
January 12, 2012 Grades 4-12 Dance
Inspired by the music of Stevie Wonder, Evidence, A Dance Company will present On Earth Together. Through the fusion of modern dance, traditional African dance and spoken word, Evidence strives to promote understanding of the human experience in the African Diaspora. In On Earth Together Evidence will also project images that highlight both historic and imagined connections that set the stage for an expanded sense of community.

Playing for Change
February 13, 2012 Grades 4-12 Music
What began as a PBS documentary about musicians from different cultures uniting together for the common purpose of peace through music comes to us now as the Playing for Change Band. Playing for Change traveled around the world recording and filming musicians of different faiths, backgrounds and ethnicities, and then blended their contributions into one unified and moving performance. A collection of the musicians from the documentary have now come together to form the Playing for Change Band. Their delivery of blues, gospel, reggae and Afro-pop continues to further their mission to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music.

VocalEssence WITNESS
February 21 & 22, 2012 Grades 4-12 Music
Join VocalEssence in celebrating the return of Hannibal Lokumbe (Dear Mrs. Parks) with the premiere of his piece, In the Spirit of Being. Performed by VocalEssence, children’s choir, Jazz Quintet and Hannibal Lokumbe on trumpet, this work shows how we are interconnected through our past, present and future regardless of cultural background. Through this journey, students will be challenged to embrace a greater appreciation for the gift of life, gain confidence to overcome whatever struggles they may face, and be inspired in the peace attained through forgiveness.

Ballet of the Dolls
May  3, 2012 Grades 6-12 Dance
Live music, singers and dancers will join together as Ballet of the Dolls continues to push boundaries by creating challenging original works. Ballet of the Dolls was created in 1986 by esteemed choreographer Myron Johnson, providing the Twin Cities with its first year-round dance-theater program. Creating original works by combining dance and theatrical staging elements, the company’s mission is “to fearlessly create challenging and surprising dance work that brings a sense of discovery to audiences and artists alike.”

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Ordway invites you to an Afro-Brazilian Dance Class with TU Dance!

TU Dance company members, Marciano Silva dos Santos and Debra McGee, will teach an Afro-Brazilian dance class that explores the movements of orixás (Orishas) introduced outside of the sacred space of Candomblé . Elements such as jumps, turns, floor work, and rhythmic sections will be used to work on flexibility and strength. A harmonious relationship between body and sound will allow participants to note the constantly evolving dynamics in relationship to principles such as coordination, relaxation, breathing, and undulation. Afro-Brazilian dance is polycentric movement that builds concentration and has a spiritual focus.

Previous dance experience recommended

Tuesday, May 3, 6:30-8pm
Ordway, Drake Room
345 Washington Street, downtown Saint Paul
Please Enter through the Stage Door on 5th Street
$10 or FREE for ticketholders
RSVP to Amy Miller: 651.282.3017 or amiller@ordway.org