Awakening Rhythms

Awakening Rhythms

The Arte Institute supports the dance show “Awakening Rhythms” by Francesca Todesco, a program of dances by Isadora Duncan, Anna Sokolow, Catherine Gallant, Jim May, Rae Ballard.

Awakening Rhythms
November 3 & 4  (Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM)
University Settlement, Speyer Hall
184 Eldridge Street (corner of Rivington)

 About the show

Francesca Todesco, a longtime member of the Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble and Dances by Isadora, celebrates her 20 year journey in the American Modern Dance Scene. 
Todesco has assembled a stellar cast of artists and colleagues, including members of the Sokolow Ensemble, Dances by Isadora, and Thoughts in Motion Dance Company to perform dances by Isadora Duncan, Anna Sokolow, Catherine Gallant, Jim May and a premiere by Rae Ballard.   

All music on the program will be played live by outstanding pianists Nathaniel laNasa and Isidora Vladic, who will perform Brahms, Chopin, Masiello, Schmitt, Scriabin, Portuguese composers Burnay, Colaco and Costa, and a new score by Bruno Belthoise.  

An exciting premiere of new works by Rae Ballard is set to the music of three Portuguese composers, Luiz Costa, Eduardo Burnay and Alexandre Rey ColaçoEcos de Vales by Costa, with its serene lyricism, evokes his native Minho area resplendent with natural beauty, and inspired a trio for three women. In contrast to Costa’s music, the popular themes and rhythms of Lisbon influenced Burnay and Colaço’s Fados. The three Fados chosen, also choreographed by Ms. Ballard, portray the strivings of a man and a woman, alone and together.

Dancers:  Rae Ballard, Eleanor Bunker, Ilana Cohen, Daniel Fetecua, Catherine Gallant, Samantha Geracht, Erika Langmeyer, Lauren Naslund, Loretta Thomas, Margherita Tisato, Francesca Todesco

Narrator:  Jim May

Pianists:  Nathaniel laNasa and Isidora Vladic

More information here!

Tickets: $25; $18 for students/seniors

Reservations: 1.800.838.3006  or

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