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May
6
Sat
Galumpha at the McKenna Theater, SUNY New Paltz
May 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Tickets:

Ticket Price Options

$25 General Admission

$20 Unison Members, Seniors, New Paltz Faculty and Staff

$10 Students and any child taking up a seat.

Open Seating

Co-sponsored by Unison Arts Center and the Fine and Performing Arts Program of the State University of New York at New Paltz

Galumpha has won the Moers International Comedy Arts Prize.  That says a lot.  Irreverent and quirky, Galumpha guarantees to entertain with pattern-breaking choreography, gravity-defying lifts and balances, and a refreshingly self-effacing approach to Modern Dance.  Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy, and inventive choreography, Galumpha brings to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle and merriment. The three performers create a sensory feast of images, drawn together into a seamless whole, consistently bringing audiences to their feet. Galumpha is a triumphant mix of art and entertainment, offering world-class, award-winning choreography that is equally at home on the concert stage, at a comedy club or at an outdoor festival.

Galumpha has performed at more than 2000 venues in 30 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, at venues such as The Kennedy Center, The Kravis Center, the Singapore Arts Festival, the Shanghai International Arts Festival, on Broadway at the New Victory Theater, London’s Southbank Center, the Spoleto USA Festival, the First World Dance Festival in Caracas, Venezuela, and the Tollwood Festival in Munich, Germany to name a few.

“Their strength, agility and underlying grace is unflagging and amazing”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Extraordinary feats of athleticism and lyrical beauty”

San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Endearingly oddball brand of movement magic”

Los Angeles Times

Jun
4
Sun
Gallery Opening: For The Love Of Jazz by Nancy Ostrovsky, Retrospective of Music Paintings
Jun 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Gallery Opening: For The Love Of Jazz by Nancy Ostrovsky, Retrospective of Music Paintings @ UNISON Arts Center | New Paltz | New York | United States

For more than 36 years Ostrovsky’s “Painting To Music” on stage with musicians as they play, uses the immediacy of the music and environment to record the performance in a highly original and innovative context.
Born in North Africa and raised throughout Asia, Ostrovsky’s paintings reflect growing up in Taiwan, the Philippines and Bangladesh. This left her with images about universal themes of human aloneness and interactions that occur in all cultures.
She has worked with musicians of the highest caliber – to include David Murray, Fred Hopkins, Erica Lindsay, Roswell Rudd, Glynis Loman, Leonard Brown, Lisa Thorson’s JazzArtSigns, Syd Smart, Thurman Barker, Elizabeth Panzer, Ferdinand Forsch, Hugh Brodie, Chris Sullivan, Joe Morris, Dandelion Dance Theatre and Tony Perez, among others.
Live paintings have been created in venues ranging from jazz clubs to outdoor festivals, such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Knitting Factory, The Fabrik- Germany, The John Coltrane Memorial Concert, Rochester School of Music, USIA, Massachusetts College of Art, The International Festival of Media Art Media Future, Germany, ODC San Francisco , Electric Lodge, LA, Very Special Arts/ JazzArtSigns and the Festival of Women Improvisers.
Ostrovsky has exhibited worldwide, and her work is included in many private and public collections.

Jun
5
Mon
Exhibition: For The Love Of Jazz by Nancy Ostrovsky, Retrospective of Music Paintings
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – Jul 8 @ 5:00 pm
Exhibition: For The Love Of Jazz by Nancy Ostrovsky, Retrospective of Music Paintings @ UNISON Arts Center | New Paltz | New York | United States

For more than 36 years Ostrovsky’s “Painting To Music” on stage with musicians as they play, uses the immediacy of the music and environment to record the performance in a highly original and innovative context.
Born in North Africa and raised throughout Asia, Ostrovsky’s paintings reflect growing up in Taiwan, the Philippines and Bangladesh. This left her with images about universal themes of human aloneness and interactions that occur in all cultures.
She has worked with musicians of the highest caliber – to include David Murray, Fred Hopkins, Erica Lindsay, Roswell Rudd, Glynis Loman, Leonard Brown, Lisa Thorson’s JazzArtSigns, Syd Smart, Thurman Barker, Elizabeth Panzer, Ferdinand Forsch, Hugh Brodie, Chris Sullivan, Joe Morris, Dandelion Dance Theatre and Tony Perez, among others.
Live paintings have been created in venues ranging from jazz clubs to outdoor festivals, such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Knitting Factory, The Fabrik- Germany, The John Coltrane Memorial Concert, Rochester School of Music, USIA, Massachusetts College of Art, The International Festival of Media Art Media Future, Germany, ODC San Francisco , Electric Lodge, LA, Very Special Arts/ JazzArtSigns and the Festival of Women Improvisers.
Ostrovsky has exhibited worldwide, and her work is included in many private and public collections.

Jun
17
Sat
Live Performance: For The Love Of Jazz by Nancy Ostrovsky, with Boston Master Musician Syd Smart
Jun 17 @ 8:00 pm

Join us for a Live Performance with Boston Master Musician Syd Smart.

For more than 36 years Ostrovsky’s “Painting To Music” on stage with musicians as they play, uses the immediacy of the music and environment to record the performance in a highly original and innovative context.

Live paintings have been created in venues ranging from jazz clubs to outdoor festivals, such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Knitting Factory, The Fabrik- Germany, The John Coltrane Memorial Concert, Rochester School of Music, USIA, Massachusetts College of Art, The International Festival of Media Art Media Future, Germany, ODC San Francisco , Electric Lodge, LA, Very Special Arts/ JazzArtSigns and the Festival of Women Improvisers.
Ostrovsky has exhibited worldwide, and her work is included in many private and public collections.

Syd Smart’s life has been a path of using music to create community. He began studies in music appreciation as a child in Cleveland from his mother’s vast record collection. Percussion training came from his father and older brother. Other major teachers include: Chief Bey, Milford Graves, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, Babatunde Olatunji, Steve Barrios, Ibrahima Camara, Jose Luis Quintana/”Changuito”, Angel Sanchez/”Cepillo” and Deraldo Ferreira.
Syd majored in Music Education at Central State University and in 1973, received a Black Music Fellowship to teach and study at Bennington College in Vermont, where he completed his B. A. Degree. He was the founder of “Friends of Great Black Music”, a Boston based organization established in the early 1970’s to support local artists involved in the music in the African and African-American Diasporas. Syd is co-founder of Boston’s annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, now in its fortieth year and the world’s oldest living tribute to this master.
Syd has extensive experience composing for dance and with Joan Green, he co-founded the “Children’s Dance Project” which eventually expanded to become the “Cambridge Performance Project”. a city wide performing arts program. Syd was awarded a “Dance Belt Award” by the Mayor of the City of Cambridge for constant and long standing support of the movement arts community. With Stan Strickland, Syd annually co-conducted “Sound and Movement in Nature”, a workshop offered by the Expressive Therapies Division of Lesley University.
In 1992, Syd was a resident performing Artist at the World Exposition, “Expo 92”, in Seville, Spain. While there, he also began curriculum development of an Integrated Thematic Unit on Andalusian culture for third and fourth graders in the Cambridge Public Schools. He was part of a team of curriculum developers for a soon to be published curriculum that integrates African Drumming with mathematic concepts.
Syd holds a Masters Degree in Education from Lesley University and has taught instrumental music in the Cambridge Public Schools. He was the Education Manager and Learning Center Director for Mars Music, a a national retail chain and largest provider of private music instruction in America.
Syd’s performance experience includes: Karamu House, Art of Black Dance and Music, Rod Rodgers Dance Co., Boston Art Ensemble, Sam Rivers, Bill Dixon, Jimmy Lyons, in Spain With Juan Oliva, Angel de Jesus, and in Africa with the “Kampala Jazz Allstars. Syd is most recently known for his work with Stan Strickland and “Express Yourself”, New Language Collaborative, Samba Viva, Ann Silverman Band, The Tefilah Band of Beth El Temple Center, and action painter, Nancy Ostrovsky.

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.

Jul
2
Sun
Unison’s 19th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
Jul 2 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Unison's 19th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition @ UNISON Arts Center | New Paltz | New York | United States

Once again the Unison Sculpture Garden will host an invitational show featuring the work of a group of extraordinary established and emerging artists. Come and wander through our woodland garden and experience these magnificent sculptures in this beautiful and peaceful setting including a tranquil pond with sculptural installation. Over 37 artists are exhibiting over 60 pieces of artwork.

Participating artist are Michael Asbill, Zack Baker, Beth Bailis, Kila Bates, Joan Barker, Stuart Bigley, Joy Brown, Alfredo Cardenas, Dennis Connors, Hanna Eshel, Deborah Goldman, Nicolae Golici, Masao Gozu, Amanda Heidel, Rhonda Hennrich, Kazuo Kawasumi, Grace Knowlton, David Kucera, James Murray, Christina Nalty, Annie O’Neill, Katalin Pazmandi, Michael Poast, Johnny Poux, Steve Porter, Matt Pozorski, Michiko Rupnow, Bob Schuler, Kaete Brittin Shaw, Bill Shillalies, David Skora, Steve Spencer, John Talutto, Norman Tinker, Susan Togut, Alex Uribe, Hans Van de Bovenkamp, Kevin Vanhentenryck, Suiyoung.

Choreographer and dancer, Maxine Steinman will perform a site-specific dance piece inspired by “Pick-usp Sticks of the Mind,” a new sculpture by Alfredo Cardenas. The performance will take place during the opening reception around 4:30pm and be a spontaneous conversation between the lines/pathways of the sculpture and the body,

An Artist Walk with participating sculptors describing their process will take place at 4:30pm.
Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz.
Call 845-255-1559 or Suart Bigley at 845-594-5337 for more information.
The Sculpture Garden is open dawn until dusk through October 31.

Jul
10
Mon
Wayfinder 2017 Summer Day Camps in the Hudson Valley : UNISON Day Camp Week 1
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – Jul 14 @ 1:00 pm

Imagine a world where heroes and villains engage in a never-ending battle between good and evil, where the laughter of faeries is echoed by the roar of dragons, where powers exist that can raise the dead, heal the wounded, and harm the living, where oracles prophesize and rogues slip quietly into the night…

At Wayfinder summer camps, we teach a decades-tested core curriculum of theatrical skills, athletic play, and community awareness which is interwoven into a culminating Adventure Game– a chance for participants to explore imaginary worlds with new perspectives and new identities.  Over the years, our brand of fantasy roleplaying has proven itself to be a powerful tool for self-exploration, as well as for building confidence, empathy, communication and leadership skills.

Our unique programming demonstrates the power of respect and positive relationships, that there is cooperation even in competition, and that everyone is more capable than they think they are.

Pick up/ Drop off schedule is as follows:

Mon 9am-4pm

Tues 9am-4pm

Wed 9am-4pm

Thurs 9am-4pm, Adventure Game 6pm-9pm

Fri 9am-1pm

 

Click here to Register at the Wayfinder Experience Website.

Jul
17
Mon
Wayfinder 2017 Summer Day Camps in the Hudson Valley : UNISON Day Camp Week 2
Jul 17 @ 9:00 am – Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm

Imagine a world where heroes and villains engage in a never-ending battle between good and evil, where the laughter of faeries is echoed by the roar of dragons, where powers exist that can raise the dead, heal the wounded, and harm the living, where oracles prophesize and rogues slip quietly into the night…

At Wayfinder summer camps, we teach a decades-tested core curriculum of theatrical skills, athletic play, and community awareness which is interwoven into a culminating Adventure Game– a chance for participants to explore imaginary worlds with new perspectives and new identities.  Over the years, our brand of fantasy roleplaying has proven itself to be a powerful tool for self-exploration, as well as for building confidence, empathy, communication and leadership skills.

Our unique programming demonstrates the power of respect and positive relationships, that there is cooperation even in competition, and that everyone is more capable than they think they are.

Pick up/ Drop off schedule is as follows:

Mon 9am-4pm

Tues 9am-4pm

Wed 9am-4pm

Thurs 9am-4pm, Adventure Game 6pm-9pm

Fri 9am-1pm

 

Click here to Register at the Wayfinder Experience Website.

Sep
3
Sun
Chet Augustine: Opening Reception
Sep 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

We are very excited to announce the upcoming gallery show at Unison Arts Center: Chet Augustine.

Some of the themes that have made their way into his pieces are the geometrical and emotional persistence of memory, the reconciliation of traditional religious motifs with modern formal styles, and, especially in collages, the chaos and refraction of both sexual and spiritual longing.
Please join us this Sunday, September 3rd from 4-6 for a wine and cheese reception at the Unison Gallery!

Sep
22
Fri
Dancing on the Edge by Adam Kraar
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm
Dancing on the Edge by Adam Kraar @ McKenna Theater | SUNY New Paltz | New Paltz | New York | United States

Theatre Novi Most is proud to announce the upcoming first tour of a new play, Dancing on the Edge, about American modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan and her lover, the Russian poet Sergei Esenin, following its world premiere in Minneapolis in early September. Both a poetic examination of Russian/American relations and a look at two remarkable historical figures, Dancing on the Edge begins with Duncan and Esenin’s first meeting in 1921 in Russia and through a mix of realism and fantasy, explores their stormy relationship, marriage, and disastrous tour of the US and Europe. The play is an unflinching look at a cross-cultural and complex couple who rode through the tumultuous birth of the USSR together with shared passion but no common spoken language. The play includes text in both Russian and English and has embedded within it several of Duncan’s dances and Esenin’s poems. Dancing on the Edge is written by Adam Kraar and was commissioned by Theatre Novi Most. It has been in development since 2011.

 

A bilingual play about the life and work of revolutionary artists, the American modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan and Russian poet Sergei Esenin by Adam Kraar.

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.

Sep
23
Sat
Dancing on the Edge by Adam Kraar
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm
Dancing on the Edge by Adam Kraar @ McKenna Theater | SUNY New Paltz | New Paltz | New York | United States

Theatre Novi Most is proud to announce the upcoming first tour of a new play, Dancing on the Edge, about American modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan and her lover, the Russian poet Sergei Esenin, following its world premiere in Minneapolis in early September. Both a poetic examination of Russian/American relations and a look at two remarkable historical figures, Dancing on the Edge begins with Duncan and Esenin’s first meeting in 1921 in Russia and through a mix of realism and fantasy, explores their stormy relationship, marriage, and disastrous tour of the US and Europe. The play is an unflinching look at a cross-cultural and complex couple who rode through the tumultuous birth of the USSR together with shared passion but no common spoken language. The play includes text in both Russian and English and has embedded within it several of Duncan’s dances and Esenin’s poems. Dancing on the Edge is written by Adam Kraar and was commissioned by Theatre Novi Most. It has been in development since 2011.

 

A bilingual play about the life and work of revolutionary artists, the American modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan and Russian poet Sergei Esenin by Adam Kraar.

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.