Learn more about the exceptional artists that will be part of our 2023 Dance Series, plus check out my suggestions for live stream and on-demand viewing this week.


Complexions Contemporary Ballet
On February 4, 2023, Complexions Contemporary Ballet will bring us a program that includes WOKE (2019), a bold and galvanizing ballet that examines our humanity in the context of current divisiveness, and Love Rocks (2020), set to the music of the iconic Lenny Kravitz.
Watch Contemporary Creatives: Dwight Rhoden “WOKE” excerpt on YouTube 
Watch Complexions Contemporary Ballet WOKE (rehearsal) on YouTube
Watch an excerpt of Complexions Contemporary Ballet LOVE ROCKS on YouTube 

Paul Taylor Dance Company
On Saturday, February 25, PAC audiences will experience an All-Taylor program that brings together three awe-inspiring works that showcase the athleticism, fearlessness, and unparalleled range of the Taylor Company.
Program: A Field of Grass / The Word / Brandenburgs
Get moving with this virtual #taylorstyle dance class – Class 1: Everybody dance now!
Watch an excerpt from the classic Taylor work “Esplanade” filmed during the “Modern is Now” Benefit
Dancemaker (1998): Just in case you’ve never seen this or want to watch it again!  Production Stage Manager Stacey-Jo Marine, featured in several scenes (check out starting at 57:40), was later Production Coordinator at the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. Watch the documentary “Dancemaker” on YouTube

Gibney Company
NYC-based Gibney Company will make its Purchase debut on March 11 with a program of contemporary choreography:
Sonya Tayeh’s Oh, Courage!, Yin Yue’s A Measurable Existence, and Johan Ingar’s Bliss.
Watch “Gibney Company: In Process with Sonya Tayeh” on YouTube
Listen in as PAC Interim General Manager Ian Driver sits down with Nigel Campbell and Any Miller, Company Directors; and Alexander Anderson and Jie-Hung Connie Shiau, Artistic Associates of Gibney Company, to talk about the Company’s recent expansion, commissioning, and their debut at The Joyce Theater in New York.
Watch “A Conversation with Gibney Company” on YouTube


Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents
Late Night Rose: CPE Bach, Debussy, Britten, Fauré
Streamed live on Oct 27, 2022, and featuring Purchase faculty members.
CPE Bach Trio Sonata in D minor for Flute, Oboe, and Continuo, Q. 145 (1731)
Debussy Syrinx for Flute (1913)
Britten Two Insect Pieces for Oboe and Piano (1935)
Fauré Trio in D minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 120 (1922-23)
James Austin Smith, Oboe & Host
Tara Helen O’Connor, Flute
Mihai Marica, Cello
Francisco Fullana, Violin
Shai Wosner, Piano/Harpsichord
Watch and listen to “Late Night Rose” on the CMS of Lincoln Center website

Great Performances presents:
NY Phil Reopening of David Geffen Hall
Premieres Friday, November 4, at 9pm on PBS (check local listings)
Celebrate the New York Philharmonic’s return to its revitalized home, two years earlier than originally projected.  Under the baton of Music Director Jaap Van Zweden the concert features performances from soloists Joélle Harvey, Kelley O’Connor, Issachah Savage and Davóne Tines, and The New York Philharmonic Chorus (Director: Malcolm J. Merriweather).  This concert special inaugurates the newly renovated David Geffen Hall.  Recorded October 28, the concert features a performance of “Ode to Joy” as the finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony along with a world premiere NY Phil commission by Puerto Rican composer Angélica Negrón celebrating the ritual of gathering around music and art.
Watch on PBS.org
Watch Great Performances on YouTube

The Metropolitan Opera in association with PBS and The WNET Group presents
Great Performances at the Met:  Hamlet
Premieres Sunday, November 6, on PBS (check local listings)
Great Performances at the Met is produced by the Metropolitan Opera in association with PBS and The WNET Group, bringing the best of the Metropolitan Opera into the homes of opera fans across the country. This contemporary opera directed by Neil Armfield and composed by Brett Dean first premiered at the Glyndebourne Festival to critical acclaim with many of the original cast members returning to reprise their roles, including tenor Allan Clayton in the title role, soprano Brenda Rae as Ophelia, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Gertrude, baritone Rod Gilfry as Claudius and bass John Tomlinson as the ghost of Hamlet’s father. Nicholas Carter makes his Met debut as conductor. Hosted by Christine Goerke.
Watch on PBS.org
Watch Great Performances on YouTube


Culture Picks is a bi-weekly feature celebrating the performing arts. The PAC’s 2022-2023 season kicked off on October 8 and cultural connoisseur and PAC staff member Coni Guhl is here to shine the spotlight on artists that will be a part of it. Each post will feature her curated selection of video, audio, and things to read about one of our artists, plus an occasional recommendation about other performing arts experiences that you just can’t miss. Enjoy!

All times are EDT unless otherwise noted.

Featured image: Gibney Company Photo © Joseph DiGiovanna