A New York City dance troupe canceled its final two performances at Musikfest and left Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, early after they were harassed by people attending the festival over the weekend, reported The Morning Call.
According to officials from the city and Musikfest, members of the Sidra Bell Dance New York troupe were harassed Friday and Saturday when the dancers—which included three men dressed in skirts—were walking through the festival, and did not happen while they were on stage. But it was enough for them to cancel their Sunday shows for their own safety.
Sidra Bell Dance New York is a six-member contemporary troupe that performs at music and dance festivals around the world. Though led and directed by Bell, a critically acclaimed dancer and choreographer, the other five members were scheduled to appear without Bell for six performances at the Community Stage at Air Products Town Square over the first three days of Musikfest, Bethlehem’s 10-day festival.
Dressed in short skirts and wearing long, false eyelashes, the troupe of three men and two women performed 30-minute dance shows designed to keep Musikfest fans entertained between music acts being performed at the nearby Levitt Pavilion. The dance troupe performed at 5:30 and 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, in each case preceding rock performances.
“Artistic expression and diversity have been a part of Bethlehem’s fabric since its founding,” said Joseph Kelly, Bethlehem’s city spokesman and director of community and economic development. “The actions of these few do not represent the views of the residents of the city.”
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Peridance Contemporary Dance Company will return to the New York stage in May with its first major season since 2006, presenting a diverse repertory that includes the debut of new works created especially for the season by company director Igal Perry and NYC-based guest choreographers Kristin Sudeikis and Sidra Bell.
The season will run May 5, 6, 12 and 13 at the Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance, 126 East 13th Street. Included will be Perry’s El Amor Brujo,recently premiered in Washington, D.C., in collaboration with the PostClassical Ensemble, which performed Manuel de Falla’s score live.
The May 6 matinee features a different program, “Afternoon in Spain,” and has the Peridance company joined by flamenco artists, produced in collaboration with the Spanish consulate. Jose Manuel Carreño, who retired last year as a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, will be featured guest artist during the first weekend of performances.
Tickets are $30 to $50 for evening performances and $15 to $25 for matinee seats. For reservations, contact 212.505.0886 or www.peridance.ticketleap.com.
Auditions for the Peridance Summer Intensive will be held March 20 and April 17 from 2:30 to 4pm at the Peridance Capezio Center, 126 East 13th Street, New York.
The intensive for dancers ages 14 to 18 will run July 5 to 30. Faculty already on board include: Igal Perry, Peridance artistic director; Jose Manuel Carreño, American Ballet Theatre principal; Susan Jaffe, former ABT principal; Luc de Lairesse, international master teacher; Andrea Miller, Gallim Dance artistic director; and Sidra Bell, Sidra Bell Dance New York artistic director.
Also, Jana Hicks, co-artistic director of The Next Stage Project; choreographer Korhan Basaran; Mary Ann Lamb and Mary Macleod of Chicago and Fosse; Bill Hastings, Broadway veteran of more than 50 musicals and plays; Nina Goldman of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures; and Marnie Thomas, a former Martha Graham Dance Company dancer.