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Redfern announces upcoming season

  • Castle of Our Skins is one of the headliners of the upcoming season at Keene’s Redfern Arts Center. COURTESY IMAGE

  • Vicki Kristina Barcelona reimagines the music of Tom Waits. COURTESY IMAGE


Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College announces its complete 2018-19 performance season, encompassing nine performances and packed with free and ticketed events, artist residencies, lobby exhibits, workshops, class visits, receptions and post-show discussions. The Redfern’s 37th season features: world-class ballet, comedy, extraordinary family circus, intimate storytelling highlighting veterans’ experiences, the return of Keene State dance alumnus Alexander Davis ‘14, and the acclaimed U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus. Continuing its mission to present and foster dynamic and multifaceted arts experiences, the Redfern has programmed a range of exciting opportunities to appeal to and engage varied audiences across campus and the greater Monadnock region.

Redfern’s 2018-19 Season, which runs from September 2018 to April 2019 opens with the annual celebration Redfern Season Kickoff Party on Thursday, September 13 from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. This year’s party moves onstage to the Main Theatre, inviting guests to eat, drink and connect behind-the-scenes, hear about the performing arts programs at Keene State, and get highlights of the upcoming performance season. The Season Kick Off party is free and open to the campus and community, no reservations are required.

Throughout the season, the Redfern invites the KSC campus, local community members, and partners to participate and collaborate in a range of creative exchanges and interactive experiences with artists, such as workshops, class visits, artist residencies and post-performance talks. The Creative Connections program provides free engagement activities and points of entry into the performance season and generates opportunities for audiences to dig deeper into art, artists, and the creative process. Creative Connections highlights for the 2018-19 Season include: Improv, circus, and dance workshops, a fiber art installation, a music residency with Boston ensemble Castle of Our Skins, a listening party with Vicki Kristina Barcelona, and post-performance Q & A’s and receptions throughout the season. For more information about Creative Connections activities, contact Redfern’s Assistant Director Sharon Fantl, 603-358-2167, sfantl@keene.edu.

Tickets for the new season go on sale Monday, August 6 to members only, and to the general public a week later on Monday, August 13. Memberships can be purchased by phone 603-358-2168 and in person when the Redfern Box Office is open, Monday to Friday, from 12 to 5 p.m. After August 13, tickets can also be purchased online at keene.edu/arts/redfern/.

The full line up for the Redfern’s 2018-19 season, comprising nine performances and artist residencies includes: Redfern Season Kickoff Party (Thursday, September 13, 4:30- 6:30 p.m., Main Theatre). DANCE YaNOWsky (Saturday, September 22, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre). The Redfern invites award-winning Boston Ballet choreographer Yury Yanowsky and internationally acclaimed Boston Ballet stars to perform an evening-length program of mixed dance works, including their spectacular and richly-textured Smoke and Mirrors, named “Best in Dance 2016” by Arts Fuse and called “raw and stunningly beautiful” by Entertainment Monthly. DANCE YaNOWsky’s work spans a spectrum of ballet, from neoclassical to contemporary. Their dance piece Origins will feature MoCo Arts dance students, whose participation onstage builds off an ongoing relationship shared between MoCo Arts and Yanowsky. The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company (Friday, September 28, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre). UCB Touring Company rounds out September with a hilarious evening of unscripted, improvised comedy. The UCB Touring Company brings the best Improv comedians from the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres to new audiences all around the country. Considered the “unofficial farm team for Saturday Night Live and every sitcom on TV” by New York Magazine. Roger Guenveur Smith (October 1-2). Award-winning stage and screen actor Roger Guenveur Smith returns to the Redfern in October for public engagement, class visits and a roundtable discussion with campus and community members to explore content around his theatrical performance in development exploring the story and legacy of Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father. In 2016 Smith performed the riveting Rodney King at the Redfern to a packed house, a piece which reverberated well after it was over. Smith’s October visit is threaded into the 36th Anniversary celebration of Keene State's Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies program, which features 18 months of programming and will culminate in Fall 2019, to include the performance of Otto Frank by Smith. Vicki Kristina Barcelona (Friday, October 5, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall). VCB is Rachelle Garniez, Amanda Homi and Terry Radigan, a power trio dedicated to re-imagining the songs of Tom Waits via gorgeous three part harmonies and a treasure trove of instruments including bottles, banjos and bells. Seasoned singers and songwriters, each a hybrid storyteller and multi-instrumentalist in her own right, join forces to evoke the lyrical and eccentric genius of Tom Waits. Their repertoire tributes the full range of Waits’ distinctive songbook and style that blends blues, jazz and vaudeville. Castle of Our Skins (Friday, February 8, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall). The Redfern opens its Spring 2019 programming with a Keene debut by the excellent, Boston-Based ensemble Castle of Our Skins, a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. The group was born out of the desire to foster cultural curiosity, which they invite through their inventive range of programming and exploration into Black heritage. Over a three-day residency from February 6-8 the artists will engage with the Keene State Music department and general public and will offer an evening concert Hot, Cool, and the Boogie Woogie, featuring works by Florence Prince, David Baker, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and KSC faculty pianist Christina Wright-Ivanova. Bindlestiff Family Cirkus: A Cardboard and Duct Tape Spectacular (Saturday, March 23, 2:00 p.m., Main Theatre). For over two decades, the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has reimagined classic American circus traditions with a unique contemporary twist to create a vibrant culture for American variety arts. Clowns, jugglers, aerialists and acrobatics will thrill audiences of all ages. Follow the Bindlestiffs as they turn the ordinary into the extraordinary and discover that some cardboard, duct tape, and creativity is all that is needed to find delight! Alexander Davis Dance (Thursday, March 28, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre). Keene State College alumnus and award-winning Boston dance and fiber artist Alex Davis ‘14 explores the intersections between dance, comedy and fiber arts in his work. Drawing from pop culture and the everyday, his performances display the innate theatricality of everyday life and universality of the human experience. Davis will be in residency in the Fall 2018 for campus engagement and to develop a fiber art installation with local fiber artists. Alexander Davis Dance will perform three works in the spring, including a new duet featuring acclaimed dance artist Peter DiMuro and a world premiere featuring Keene State College students. The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus (Saturday, March 30, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre). The internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus returns to the Redfern after a standing-room-only- performance in 2014. The band and chorus have recently shared the stage with such ensembles as the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops and the National Symphony Orchestra. Special guests include students from the KSC Department of Music. Event is free! The Telling Project (Thursday, April 4, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre). Follow local military veterans and family members on a journey as they shape their experiences into a powerful stage performance with the help of The Telling Project, a national performing arts non-profit that uses theater and storytelling as a tool to deepen civilian understanding of the military experience.