DIRECT CURRENT, the Kennedy Center's two-week celebration of contemporary culture, returns for a third season. With special emphasis on female creators, works new to the District of Columbia, and interdisciplinary creations, the 2020 spring immersion showcases some of the most provocative, original, and pioneering voices in the arts today. DIRECT CURRENT takes place March 8–21 at the Kennedy Center—including the indoor and outdoor spaces of the REACH—and around the city.
A new ballet by Richard Wherlock
Ballet Theatre Basel
Music by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Antonio Vivaldi.
This ballet evening represents a veritable baroque highlight in which Richard Wherlock will collaborate again with Andrea Marcon’s La Cetra Baroque Orchestra and the La Cetra Vocal Ensemble.
World premiere at Theater Basel – main stage, May 8th, 2020.
Samsara, inspired by the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, traces the steps we take, both forward and backward, in search of our higher selves.
Drawing on thinking and imagery at the heart of Buddhist philosophy, it explores some of the 81 obstacles and 6 states of mind that can hold us back.
Epic mythological storytelling merges with personal experience and anecdote from two globally opposite perspectives, in a highly visual landscape.
On September 19th 2019, Shenzhen Opera & Dance Theatre Company held its first press conference at the Yun Song Concert Hall at the top of One Shenzhen Bay Tower, where the new company introduced its first production DREAM PURSUERS. The production will have its world premiere at the Grand Theatre Shenzhen on November 21st, followed by a national tour. The creative team, company leaders and government officers introduced different aspects related to the show.
Lighting design has come a long way in Singapore and Taiwan and the demand for excellence in lighting for performances has significantly grown in terms of originality. Robe Asia Pacific, with the support of School of the Arts (SOTA) Singapore and Taiwan National University of Arts, has initiated in each country one-week program of presentations by Dr. Yaron Abulafia and the Lighting Engineer Mr. Steve Eastham.
Shanghai Theatre Academy was the 2019 host of the Young Designers Training and Education Program – the most prestigious training program in the field of stage design in China.
This annual intensive course is offered for exceptional talents in the field of Performance and Theatre Design in China, and consists of a serie of masterclasses by world specialists.
Dr. Abulafia and the Chinese master of stage design, professor Xinglin Liu from The Central Academy of Drama in Beijing were the guest speakers on May 28th, 2019.
The National Academy of Chinese Theatre arts, Head of Stage Design Professor Ma Lu and Professor Cao Lin, Chairman of China Institute of Stage Design invited Dr. Abulafia to deliver 3 days seminar to the students of the Stage Design department.
The seminar took place in Beijing during May 21 – 23, 2019.
Beijing Dance Academy invited Dr. Abulafia for the second time, to lead a workshop for emerging students of lighting design and choreography. In a fully equipped studio, the lighting designers developed individual concepts for short scenes to be mutually directed with choreography students. The lighting designers were the initiators of the scenes and each group was mentored by Dr. Abulafia for several days, culminating with a presentation of 6 projects at the end of the workshop.Read More
IES Mexico Section organizes the most important conference about lighting technology and design in Mexico. Yaron Abulafia has been invited to present some of his lighting designs at the Annual Lighting Seminar. This year the XXI Lighting Seminar will take place in Mexico-City on April 3rd-4th, 2019. Click here for more info.
Dr. Yaron Abulafia has been appointed as PQ Jury member for the Prague Quadrennial 2019. He will join as one of 11 international jury members including: Kate Bailey, Jim Clayburgh, Tim Foster, Dorita Hannah, Robert Kaplowitz, Sodja Lotker, Sofia Pantouvaki, Omar Rajeh, Monica Raya and Liu Xinglin.
The new title of PQ Ambassador will be offered each edition of PQ to the members of the jury and to those whose work and contributions to the global performance design community embody the ideals of excellence, advocacy, and collaboration on the international level. PQ Ambassadors are people, who have been valuable assets in developing PQ into a vibrant network and their knowledge and expertise will continue to be a resource for PQ teams in the future.
Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy of Errors’ as a ballet?
At first sight this seems an unusual combination. In his new ballet Richard Wherlock will examine themes that are directly connected to the realities of our digital lives and can also be found in Shakespeare’s comedy: confusion and misunderstanding.
This March, Yaron will be working again with the duo-choreographers Uri Ivgi & Johan Greben, this time at BALLETTO TEATRO DI TORINO. He will be reworking the piece DOCUMENT which will get its premier on 3rd April 2019 in the Schrittmacher Festival 2019 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The piece was originally created during 2014 for Phoenix Dance Theatre, UK in 2014.