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Wednesday
Jul222015

Create Your Own Subscriptions Available Now!

Now that the 2015-16 season has been announced, the next step is to curate a season ticket package that fits your own taste, schedule and budget. The best way to do so is with a Create Your Own Subscription!

 

When you Create Your Ownyou get: 

  • 1. early access to season before single tickets go on sale
  • 2. early access to new shows added throughout the year
  • 3. one free ticket exchange, if your plans change (regularly $5)
  • 4. discounts on many shows, including broadway!

 

The more you buy, the more you save!

  • 3 show package 
  • ($2 off each ticket)

  • 5 show package 
  • ($3 off each ticket)

  • 7 show package 
  • ($5 off each ticket)

 

 

 

With this year's season being filled with a wide variety of shows, such as Pippin and Mamma Mia! in the Broadway series, as well as family-fun shows like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in the Holiday series , there are plenty of options when creating a season package!

Click here for a full list of the 2015-16 season shows.

 To purchase your own CYO Subscription now,

order online or call 479.443.5600!

Friday
Jun262015

Wrapping up Artosphere with a GRAND performance

 

 Special thanks to the generosity of Sara Sharp and the NWA Community Concerts Association, we now own a brand NEW Steinway Grand Piano. 

The gestation period for a Steinway Grand Piano is nearly a year. Nothing is hurried. Even the carefully selected woods that make up the rims, top, soundboards and actions cure for months in Steinway's manufactoring yard, kilns and conditioning rooms before they stabilize at a rigidly specified moisture content. The rim of the instruments consists of layers of hard rock maple and with a bell-quality, full cast-iron plate, withstands the enormous amount of tension exerted by the strings. The finest acoustic-quality spruce is fashioned into the delicate curve of the Diaphragmatic® soundboard, which tapers gently from the center to the edge, assuring the full, rich Steinway sound.  

Ultimately, the pieces — massive and delicate — come together through the interweaving of the craft and technology until the instrument is complete. However, it is not a Steinway until voicing gives it the special quality that makes it unique. Here, every subtle nuance is drawn out by balancing and adjusting the keys and shaping, hardening or softening each hammer. In the end, the new piano is transformed from more than 12,000 individual parts into an instrument… and from an instrument into a Steinway. 

  

 

This year, the Artosphere Festival Orchestra will close out our annual arts + nature festival with their third performance, Bold Spirit: The Best of Beethoven, which will consists of two works by Ludwig van Beethoven and feature Pietro de Maria on our brand new Steinway!


The orchestra's performance of Bold Spirit could never have been so GRAND, if it weren't for the generosity of Sara Sharpe and the Community Concerts Association, who helped plant the seed for our brand new Steinway Grand Piano! And, we are honored to have our brand new Steinway piano christened by world-renowned pianist, Peitro De Maria.

An active concert pianist, De Maria has played as soloist with the best known orchestras, with conductors of the stature of Roberto Abbado, Gary Bertini, Myung-Whun Chung,  Corrado Rovaris, Kwamé Ryan and plenty more. He teaches at the School of Music in Fiesole, at the Academy of Music in Pinerolo and at the Musikdorf Ernen in Switzerland. 

Don't miss the GRAND finale featuring the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in Bold Spirit: The Best of Beethoven is Saturday, June 27 at 8pm at Walton Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.


Monday
Jun152015

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Kicking off the 2015 Artosphere arts + nature Festival is

*Alonzo King LINES Ballet*


This contemporary ballet company will introduce audiences to its bold new dance Biophony, which is Alonzo King's newest work in collaboration with natural soundscape artist Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford.

Krause has spent more than 40 years traveling the globe with microphones tuned to the earth and its creatures to record a catalog of over 15,000 sounds of species and ecosystems. From waterholes in Kenya to meadows in the Sierra Nevada mountains, the combination of these soundscapes with the extraordinary talent of the dancers will be sure to dazzle and inspire audiences of all ages.


 

This performance is meant to create awareness of these parallels that exist between human life and the natural aspects around us. This ballet incorporates classical technique with dynamic and improvisational elements to create a unique mixture of dance never seen before.  

Biophony is a term coined by Krause to describe the imprint of a habitat's living creatures. 

The movements create an environment that helps to rejoin two worlds that were never meant to be apart: civilized and primal.


Click the image above to watch the video "Tracing Lines with Alonzo KING" for a preview of what's in store! 

A soundscape consists of three parts: Geophony - nonbiological, natural sounds like wind and water, Biophony and Anthropophony - sounds made by humans.

It's been stated that a number of soundscapes recorded by Bernie Krause can no longer be heard in their original form, having gone extinct or silent due to human destruction and expansion into the natural habitats of certain species. 

 Thus, Krause hopes his work will provoke conversations surrounding innovation and contemporary dance, as well as sustainability and raising awareness to Mother Earth's fragile ecosystem. 

 


For a sample of music from LINES Ballet's Biophony, check out Krause's wild soundscapes from "The Great Animal Orchestra Symphony!"


Alonzo King LINES Ballet will perform on Tuesday, June 16 in Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at waltonartscenter.org and by calling 479.443.5600!

 
This presentation of Alonzo King LINES Ballet was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 


Monday
Apr272015

S.E.E.K. Fayetteville

 

 

Once on The Hill

The event all of your friends will be talking about...

It’s almost time for finals and we know you're stressed, so we’ve put together a little end-of-the year event to help you relax before you take on the homestretch! With the help of Puritan Brew Co. and Fayettechill, we are co-hosting an event for students and young professionals that's sure to be the party of the season!

Do you like free beer? Giveaways? Cheap tickets? Then you aren’t going to want to miss out on the first-ever S.E.E.K. Fayetteville event. This Wednesday starting at 5:30, join us for a ONCE pre-show party, complete with FREE Fayettechill Ale, a photo booth (with plenty of props) and food from Nomads Natural Plate. Then head to the theater with us to see Walton Arts Center’s newest Broadway show ONCE (see more about this unique Broadway experience below). After the show, be sure to bring your ticket back to Puritan Brewing Company to indulge in some delicious craft beer on us! That’s right, WAC will have an OPEN TAB ready and waiting for everyone who attended the show. The photo booth will be back open for all to enjoy and we've even invited the cast of ONCE to come chill with us after the show!

For more information about the pre-and-post show parties, check out our Facebook event page SEEK Fayetteville and see what all of the other locals are saying about the event!

On top of all of the free-bees and good times being had at the pre-and-post show parties, you’ll get the chance to see an eight-time Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical called ONCE right here in Fayetteville! This film-turned-Broadway musical has an ensemble cast of actors/musicians who play their own instruments on-stage, and tells a story about the power of music to connect us all. The cast is known for their folk-rock jam sessions and it’s rumored that there’s even an Irish pub on-stage where you can go get drinks before the show!

Be sure to get your $25 tickets with promo code SEEK before it’s too late! Buy tickets to the show here. We can't wait to see you there!

Get ready for the SEEK event by listening to some Once inspired tunes:

 

 

Friday
Apr172015

Wendy Whelan: Restless Creature


   

 

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Classical ballet is defined as being characterized by light, graceful, fluid movements and the use of pointe shoes. These aspects of this artistic dance alone paint a picture of the most beautiful performance, but Wendy Whalen’s captivating dancing is beyond anything we could have ever imagined.

When she retired from the New York City Ballet in 2014, Whelan said,

“I still have so much dancing in me, so much to say. It’s not an end.”

 With so much left to say, Wendy is back on tour. You won’t want to miss her stop in Northwest Arkansas, she is sure to put on one of her most captivating performances to date!

The New York Times calls her America’s greatest contemporary ballerina. Her entrancing dancing with the New York City Ballet has thrilled audiences for 29 years. Wendy Whelan’s elegant movement and intelligent approach to performing is legendary, and this has never been more vivid than in her new project, Restless Creature. Whelan collaborates with four young and prodigious choreographers in a suite of new duets performed by Whelan and each choreographer in turn. The choreographers’ unique styles stretch Whelan’s artistry in unexpected ways as she adapts to each distinct vision while maintaining her own glowing individuality.

Because our 10x10 Arts Series focuses on creating a space for audience/artist interaction, we sat down with Wendy to really get to the root of where her inspiration comes from and find out what it is that makes her artistry so unique. 

1)One might say that you’ve been a choreographer’s muse throughout your ballet career. Yet, the roles are reversed in Restless Creature. Was this intentional?

I never thought the roles were ever clearly or evenly reversed in Restless Creature, just that they were different. The creative impetus to explore these dynamic exchanges were ignited by me for this project, which is absolutely different than any other previous choreographer/muse relationship I have been a part of. I asked each choreographer not to cater to me or to my understood strengths as a ballet dancer but to challenge me into their own true non balletic style and vocabulary. I wanted to learn from them and be challenged by them and explore their artistry. I didn't play a big role in developing movement or the choreography or choosing music for any of these works. I just approved it all and then took what they gave me and tried to grow from the very challenge of the experience itself and tap into new parts of myself within the work of each choreographer. 

 

2)What moves you to create a new project (e.g.: a musical piece, life experience or choreographer)?

 I see work or hear about something or I get an itch to work with someone or that different style of something or someone that is new to me. 

It's usually something about the kind of work it is or the creator him or herself that I am drawn to or curious about. I am drawn to soulful, wise and deeply creative people. 

 

3)Choose 5 words to describe Restless Creature.

Empowering, liberating, challenging, honest and fun  

 

4)What does it feel like to go from dancing on pointe to dancing barefoot?

 I really Love it ... But It's still very new to me. I have recently had some skin issues that modern dancers get on their feet where the skin splits (on the sole of the foot) from dancing barefoot... A very different but equally painful dilemma similar to the blisters one gets from dancing on pointe. I like the connection to the floor and the naturalness of the bare feet, but there will never be anything quite like dancing on pointe... It's an other worldly feeling. 

 

5)What types of cultural spaces/places do you drawcreative inspiration from?

I love old buildings. especially buildings that are considered "ruins".  Buildings that have a ton of history and stories within their walls, sort of like the "ghosts" that come along with a place. Structures that are broken or falling apart... I am especially drawn to old movie houses and theaters. I love imagining what these places used to be like and all the life and emotion that once flowed through the space and the great times and memories that were born and lived fleetingly in them

I also love the outdoors and laying in the grass or autumn leaves.  I love the smell of fresh cut grass or a smoky fire pit. I love things and places that evoke birth and death. My favorite seasons have always been and will always be, Spring and Fall.

6)Whom do you define as visionary?

Artists or thinkers who break the mold, challenge ideas or redefine certain ideals within their field. In dance, I'd say people like Balanchine, Cunningham, Baryshnikov, Ailey, Graham, Forsythe, Piña Bausch, Arthur Mitchell, Jacques d'Amboise, Yvonne Rainer, Carmen de Lavallade.  

 

 

7)Did you notice any changes—mind or body—during your transition from the “strong and controlled” ballerina to the fierce and free dancer that you are today?

Yes, I noticed that I started to feel my own unique beauty coming to life and a certain amount of self love and self acceptance growing within me. I felt a softness and a truth begin to emerge and a different kind of confidence and a different kind of wit and humor generating within me. I always compare it to a crack in the sidewalk ...... The crack reveals the imperfection where grass and life can now grow, and water and oxygen can flow. 

 

8)Does your current work connect to the larger world?

Absolutely ! That's what I want most now from my life in dance.

 

9)What is the best advice you’ve been given?

" Don't look back..."  

Which is a really hard thing for someone like me to do .... as someone who "loves to daydream about the history and memories of old decrepit buildings"...  :) 


10)In another life, what profession would you have chosen—or would you still choose ballet?

 I very much enjoyed my time in the ballet world... if I knew I'd have the same ballet relationships in another lifetime I'd do it all again. The relationships I have cultivated within all my years of ballet have been EVERYTHING to me and have been the most meaningful aspect of my time spent within that world. But I am finding these relationships within the more general open world of dance too. I think just having the ability to simply live the life of a dancer will always and eternally be the life I would wish for. 

Come Experience Wendy Whelan’s captivating performance.* April 18 at Walton Arts CenterVisit http://www.waltonartscenter.org/tickets-events/10x10-arts-series/ to learn more.