New inspiration begins a busy summer

Lauren Muraski
Lauren Muraski (front) dances in "Out of the Silent Planet" at last weekend's Yard production. Photo by Ralph Stewart

Posted July 5, 2007

Yard founder Patricia N. Nanon presented her 35th choreographic premier last weekend at the Chilmark dance colony. The performances began on June 28 with a gala opening night party, which included receptions before and after the show.

The program included new work by guest choreographer Jonathan Riedel and also Ms. Nanon's new work, "Water Sketches."

The Yard has a full summer of events planned. A special event, "Spalding Gray's Stories Left to Tell," will feature a star-studded cast reading the late Mr. Gray's work. Because the July 13 show sold out so quickly, an additional show on Saturday, July 14, has been added. Performers on Saturday night include Amy Brenneman, Bob Brustein, Reno and Donovan Deiz. Later in July the company residency dance performances will be held featuring the work of Johannes Wieland Dance and Chris Elam/Misnomer Dance Theater.

Ed Sussman, Bridget and David Allen
A pre-show champagne reception was enjoyed by Yard guests (from left) Ed Sussman, Bridget and David Allen last Thursday.

In August don't miss the Yard Arts Festival, two weeks of dance, theatre, and much more. The Urban Bush Women will be featured on the Yard stage as well as at Lola's for a special dance party. "Whale Nation" with Donovan Deiz returns with a family piece about whaling, the epic told from the whale's perspective.

The Yard has special pricing for adults 30 years and under, making their performances available to younger audiences at a reasonable price.

Add the Yard to your summer schedule.

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