Three New Shows Added to 2012-13 Line Up At The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center
2012-05-16 · By Editor
The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the campus of Cal State Long Beach is announcing the addition of country music legend Clint Black, a collaboration with renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones and the CSULB Department of Dance, and Companhia Urbana de Dança from Brazil to the theatre’s 2012-13 season.
Singer-songwriter Clint Black will perform on Jan. 24, 2013 as part of the Music & Stage events, dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones will collaborate with the CSULB Department of Dance as CSULB students perform an evening of dance that includes a So Cal premiere of his work on Nov. 16-17, 2012, and the contemporary Brazilian company Companhia Urbana de Dança—in its West Coast debut—will perform on Mar. 30, 2013 as the last offering in the Dance Series.
Originally born in Long Branch, New Jersey, Clint Black was raised in Houston, Texas where his love for country music began. He broke into the country music scene in the late 1980s, and released his debut album Killin’ Time in 1989—which went on triple platinum. Black won Favorite Country New Artist at the American Music Awards the following year, and has gone on to sell more than 20 million albums worldwide in his career with 13 number ones on the Billboard country charts.
Internationally renowned dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones will collaborate with the CSULB Department of Dance for the Southern California premiere of his landmark piece, Reading Mercy and the Artificial Nigger—a work inspired by a Flannery O’Connor short story—that transcends boundaries as it mixes dance, literature and racial stereotypes. The finest dancers from the CSULB Department of Dance will be handpicked to perform the work, in an evening that will include three premiere works by noted CSULB faculty choreographers—Gerald Casel, Sophie Monat, and Andrew Vaca. The performances are the centerpiece of The B-Word Project—Banned, Blacklisted and Boycotted: Censorship and the Response to It—an 18-month campus-wide initiative coordinated by the Carpenter Center which runs through December 2012.
Companhia Urbana de Dança is a contemporary dance company composed of male dancers from Rio De Janiero, Brazil. In their West Coast debut, director and choreographer Sonia Destri combines modern dance and hip-hop with Brazilian passion and athletic skills in an energetic performance. “I have admired choreographer Sonia Destri’s work for a long while and am thrilled to bring her remarkable company to Long Beach,” explains Michele Roberge, executive director for Carpenter Center, adding “Right after our performance, they will go to Jacob’s Pillow, the foremost contemporary dance festival in the nation, where all the top companies perform. But they’ll be at the Carpenter Center first!” Companhia Urbana de Dança replaces the previously announced Ballet Revolución as part of the Dance Series, which also includes Backhausdance and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.
In addition, Dinosaur Petting Zoo has been changed to Saturday, Feb. 10, 2013 from its original announced date of Jan. 27. The season officially begins with performance artists Holly Hughes, Tim Miller, John Fleck, and Karen Finley—infamously known as the “NEA 4”—on Sept. 27 and 28, 2012 as they come together for two evenings of spirited humor and insight into the human condition. Highlights from the season also include the Judy Collins Holiday Concert on Dec. 22, 2012, Aspen Sante Fe Ballet on Oct. 13, 2012, Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass on Feb. 9, 2012, and Kronos Quartet in their 10th year anniversary of Sun Rings on Mar. 23, 2013.
Patrons who subscribe to one of the four subscription series get the best seats in the house, as well as numerous benefits—from significant discounts on single tickets to free parking for all subscribed events. A 2012-13 advance priority subscription order form is available online at www.CarpenterArts.org. The Wit and Wisdom Series three-event subscription is $109, the Dance Series three-event subscription is $99, the Sunday Afternoon Concert Series four-event subscription is $99, and the Cabaret Series four-event subscription ranges from $156-$282. Advance single tickets will be available online starting June 1 at a discount of $5 off each ticket through August 6. All programs, performers, prices, dates, and times are subject to change.