The Marat Daukayev Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker features dancers whose artistry and poise belie their young ages. This full-length ballet complete with battling mice and soldiers, an enchanting snowy forest, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score is an audience favorite. With more than 150 dancers and 500 costumes, acclaimed former Kirov ballet star Marat Daukayev dances the role of Drosselmeyer alongside his amazingly accomplished students in this iconic and magically festive holiday classic. Marat Daukayev received his professional training at the Vaganova and Perm Ballet Schools.
Ravid Kahalani leads this roaring group of improvising brass, string, and percussion players. Yemen Blues’ intoxicating music merges West African rhythms and ancient Jewish Yemeni melodies with mambo and funk to help you feel a connection to places you may have never visited. The group paints a musical canvas printed with deep laments and jubilations. From rasping vocals that tear open the heavens to instrumentations that interweave in a harmonious dance that is complex and resolutely modern, their music is evocative and poignant.
Arts & Ideas is a cultural engagement program that promotes creativity through interactive application of artistic processes. We bring people together from surrounding communities to share different perspectives during these dynamic exchanges. Through film, dance and visual art workshops we offer participants the opportunity to engage with the arts on visual, auditory and kinesthetic levels. Imagination sparks creativity and creativity births art; one of the distinct endeavors unique to the human race.
A celebration of the best in recent cinematic triumphs that focus on the art of dance, including: Pina, Germany, 2011, 1 hour 43 minutes, Directed by Wim Wenders; First Position, USA, 2011, 1 hour 35 minutes, Directed by Bess Kargman; STEP, USA, 2011, 1 hour 23 minutes, Directed by Amanda Lipitz; Dancing Across Borders, USA, 2010, 1 hour 28 minutes, Directed by Anne Bass; and Dancing in Jaffa, Israel, 2013, 1 hour 30 minutes, Directed by Hilla Medalia.