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Hamptons Dance Project IV

Jose Sebastian and Hamptons Dance Project (HDP) return to Guild Hall for their fourth summer season. Set on a stunning 20-acre farm overlooking Gardiner’s Bay, this annual event honors the East End’s legacy as a creative hotbed and artistic haven to promote dance as a pillar of the area’s rich cultural landscape. The Hamptons Dance Project pairs dancers from American Ballet Theatre and beyond with master choreographers in fresh, dynamic works—including world premieres—that explore a wide spectrum of dance from contemporary to classical.

The Hamptons Dance Project IV program and cast will be announced later in the Season.

Jose Sebastian & Hamptons Dance Project are the Inaugural Guild Hall William P. Rayner Artists-in-Residence.

Guild Hall asks audience members to bring their own seating (blanket, beach chair, etc.), and it is strongly recommended to wear comfortable shoes, as audiences will walk through the natural landscapes from the parking area to the stage. Transport will be available from the parking area to the stage for those who need assistance. Restrooms will be available.

The private address for the performance will be provided to ticket buyers prior to the performance date.

KidFEST @CMEE: MUSIC FROM THE SOLE: Afro-Brazilian Funk & Dance

Recommended for ages 4+

4:30PM Pre-show workshop
5-6PM Performance

RAIN DATE: Thursday, August 4

Music From The Sole is a tap dance and live music company that celebrates tap’s Afro-diasporic roots, particularly its connections to Afro-Brazilian dance and music, and its lineage to forms like house dance and passinho (Brazilian funk). Led by Brazilian choreographer Leonardo Sandoval and by composer Gregory Richardson, their work embraces tap’s unique nature as a blend of sound and movement, incorporating wide-ranging influences like samba, passinho, Afro-Cuban, jazz, and house.

Specially curated for Guild Hall’s KidFEST@CMEE series, Music from the Sole artist directors, Leonardo Sandoval and Gregory Richardson have created a show that introduces our youngest listeners to the rhythms of Brazilian music. Throughout the performance, Music from the Sole will have audience members dancing and responding to rhythmic prompts, embracing the fact that in the realm of percussive dance, like tap, flamenco, body percussion, and more, the dancer is not just a mover, but a musician. Come ready to clap, shout, and move your body!

A ticket to Guild Hall’s KidFEST @CMEE provides entry into a free pre-show workshop beginning a half-hour before curtain. Designed and led by educators at both Guild Hall & CMEE, this workshop will have audience members create their own shakers and rhythm sticks to be used during the performance. Audience members will also receive a take-home kit with activities, listening recommendations, and more to bring the dancing home with them.

Click HERE for CMEE COVID-19 protocol.


ABOUT KidFEST

Guild Hall’s KidFEST returns for the 2022 Summer Season. Designed specifically for our youngest audiences and their families, KidFEST connects our Hamptons communities to new cultures, new artists, and new stories through playful, participatory, and tailor-made performances.

The Summer 2022 KidFEST series is in collaboration with our sister organization, the Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE). All performances will be held outdoors in the CMEE Amphitheater, 376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton.

KidFEST @CMEE: MUSIC FROM THE SOLE: Afro-Brazilian Funk & Dance

Recommended for ages 4+

12:30PM Pre-show workshop
1-2PM Performance

RAIN DATE: Thursday, August 4

Music From The Sole is a tap dance and live music company that celebrates tap’s Afro-diasporic roots, particularly its connections to Afro-Brazilian dance and music, and its lineage to forms like house dance and passinho (Brazilian funk). Led by Brazilian choreographer Leonardo Sandoval and by composer Gregory Richardson, their work embraces tap’s unique nature as a blend of sound and movement, incorporating wide-ranging influences like samba, passinho, Afro-Cuban, jazz, and house.

Specially curated for Guild Hall’s KidFEST@CMEE series, Music from the Sole artist directors, Leonardo Sandoval and Gregory Richardson have created a show that introduces our youngest listeners to the rhythms of Brazilian music. Throughout the performance, Music from the Sole will have audience members dancing and responding to rhythmic prompts, embracing the fact that in the realm of percussive dance, like tap, flamenco, body percussion, and more, the dancer is not just a mover, but a musician. Come ready to clap, shout, and move your body!

A ticket to Guild Hall’s KidFEST @CMEE provides entry into a free pre-show workshop beginning a half-hour before curtain. Designed and led by educators at both Guild Hall & CMEE, this workshop will have audience members create their own shakers and rhythm sticks to be used during the performance. Audience members will also receive a take-home kit with activities, listening recommendations, and more to bring the dancing home with them.

Click HERE for CMEE COVID-19 protocol.


ABOUT KidFEST

Guild Hall’s KidFEST returns for the 2022 Summer Season. Designed specifically for our youngest audiences and their families, KidFEST connects our Hamptons communities to new cultures, new artists, and new stories through playful, participatory, and tailor-made performances.

The Summer 2022 KidFEST series is in collaboration with our sister organization, the Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE). All performances will be held outdoors in the CMEE Amphitheater, 376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton.

Guild Hall & LTV Present Works & Process OUT EAST: The Missing Element

Direct from the project’s premiere at Works & Process at the Guggenheim, The Missing Element, an immersive experience exploring the universal elements of earth, wind, fire, water, and space, arrives in the Hamptons fusing the virtuosic music-making of beatbox with awe-inspiring street dance. For a week this summer, in surprise pop-up performances throughout the East End and a special one night only performance at LTV, the world champion beatboxers of The Beatbox House and leading street dancers representing Krump, Flex, and Break dancing will embark on an adventure of sound and movement. All music and sound featured is 100% human generated.

Creative directors Chris Celiz, a world champion beatboxer, and b-boy Anthony Vito Rodriguez “Invertebrate” assemble a formidable cast that comprises Krumper Brian “Hallow Dreamz” Henry, flexers Joseph Carella “Klassic” and King Havoc, breakers Graham Reese “B-boy Kilo” and Rodriguez, and members of the Beatbox House, including Amit Bhowmick, Celiz, Neil Meadows “NaPoM,” Gene Shinozaki, and Kenny Urban. Dancer, host, filmmaker and co-founder of YAK Films, Kash Gaines, will join The Missing Element during their week in-residence.

The Beatbox House is a collective of world champion beatboxers. Beatboxing is growing into a global phenomenon branching out from its hip-hop roots. Through education, performance, and collaboration, the collective is rebranding the art as a new form of music, pushing the boundaries of the possibilities of the human voice.

The Missing Element was commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim and created at the peak of the pandemic in two Works & Process bubble residencies. Highlights from The Missing Element were performed throughout the pandemic at Little Island, the Guggenheim Museum rotunda, Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and NY PopsUp performances opened by Amy Schumer.

KidFEST @CMEE: Charlotte Blake Alston – Stories & Songs in the Oral Tradition

Recommended for ages 4+

4:30PM: Pre-show workshop
5-6:15PM: Performance

RAIN DATE: Thursday, July 7

Whether or not she accompanies a story with a thumb piano, djembe, or 21-string kora, Charlotte Blake Alston’s most powerful instrument is her melodic and mesmerizing voice. It is with that primary instrument that she breathes life into ancient and contemporary tales. In this electronic age, Charlotte does what stories have achieved for thousands of years and engage the imagination, underscore human commonalities, and reiterate life lessons gained from centuries of human experience.

In her one-women production, Stories & Songs in the Oral Tradition, Charlotte weaves together stories from the West African countries of Senegal, Gambia, Guinea and Mali for our youngest audiences. Exploring the lessons learned from and relationships between humans, animals, and our natural environments, Stories & Songs in the Oral Tradition is filled with moments of audience participation. Come ready to clap, sing, and help tell the stories! 

A ticket to Guild Hall’s KidFEST @CMEE provides entry into a free pre-show workshop beginning at 4:30pm. Designed and led by educators at both Guild Hall & CMEE, this workshop will have audience members create hand puppets of the characters and symbols explored in Charlotte Blake Alston’s, Stories & Songs in the Oral Tradition. Audience members will also receive a take-home kit with activities, reading recommendations, and more to continue and strengthen the lessons shared in Charlotte’s stories.

Click HERE for CMEE COVID-19 protocol.


ABOUT KidFEST

Guild Hall’s KidFEST returns for the 2022 Summer Season. Designed specifically for our youngest audiences and their families, KidFEST connects our Hamptons communities to new cultures, new artists, and new stories through playful, participatory, and tailor-made performances.

The Summer 2022 KidFEST series is in collaboration with our sister organization, the Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE). All performances will be held outdoors in the CMEE Amphitheater, 376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton.

Guild Hall & The Clubhouse Present Choir! Choir! Choir!

COVID-19 Protocol: For indoor programs, all guests over the age of 12 must provide proof of full vaccination.

Choir! Choir! Choir! returns to the Hamptons! They couldn’t be more excited to be back, this time in an off-site collaboration between Guild Hall and The Clubhouse. Get ready to fill the house with over 300 voices singing along with Canada’s famed music group.

Choir! Choir! Choir! is a Toronto-based singing group led by creative directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman. The duo takes a non-traditional approach; there are no auditions, and the audience is the choir. Show up and they’ll teach you an original arrangement to a song you love. Founded in 2011, Choir! Choir! Choir! has amassed a dedicated and passionate community of singers and a thriving international fan base on YouTube amassing 10’s of millions of views on some of their videos.

The group has performed with renowned artists such as Patti Smith, David Byrne, Rick Astley, Tegan and Sara, and Rufus Wainwright, and onstage at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall with the likes of Debbie Harry and The Flaming Lips. They’ve created content for NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar with Hamilton’s Brandon Victor Dixon, and have performed at the MET in New York for New York Pride and hosted their own float in Toronto Pride. They remembered Canadian music hero Gord Downie by performing Grace Too with the surviving members of the Tragically Hip to 10,000 fans in Toronto.

Choir! Choir! Choir! exists to celebrate music and push the boundaries between practice and performance, artist and audience, offering therapeutic benefits with the ultimate side effect: a powerful community.

“Choir! Choir! Choir! has fashioned a profound way for people to connect and interact” – The New Yorker

Choir! Choir! Choir! has grown into a national phenomenon by tapping into a need that people share – and have few opportunities to actually do – joining together, opening their hearts and raising their voices in song.”  – CBC

Guild Hall & Calvary Baptist Church Present Resistance Revival Chorus

Guild Hall & Calvary Baptist Church Present Resistance Revival Chorus
Friday, June 3, 7-8:30PM
$55 ($49.50 for Members)
Calvary Baptist Church, 60 Spinner Lane, East Hampton

The Resistance Revival Chorus is a collective of more than 60 womxn who join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance, and to uplift and center women’s voices. The great artist and activist Harry Belafonte once said, “when the movement is strong, the music is strong” and the RRC attempts to live up to that call. Chorus members are touring musicians, film and television actors, Broadway performers, solo recording artists, gospel singers, political activists, educators, filmmakers, artists, and more, representing a multitude of identities, professions, creative backgrounds, and activist causes. The RRC centers women in music and addresses how historically marginalized women have been in the music industry.

As part of their 2022 Tour, the Resistance Revival Chorus will present a concert featuring original anthems from their 2020 album, This Joy. The album features original compositions along with protest classics and was recorded in New York City with GRAMMY-nominated producer Tiffany Gouché. The album is 100% created by women, non-binary artists and features special guests Rhiannon Giddens, Valerie June, and Deva Mahal. Righteous Babe’s Ani DiFranco says of the Chorus “The RRC is like an antidote to silence and submission. In this age of division and hopelessness, let us listen to their collective voice and get lifted. Let us remember who we really are.”

A unique feature to the Resistance Revival Chorus’ program in East Hampton is a week-long residency with East Hampton High School (EHHS). During the week leading up to the concert, singer, songwriter, activist, and Resistance Revival Chorus Member, Meah Pace, will work with students from the EHHS Choir. Pace will lead the choir in the composition of their own original anthem and teach them repertoire from the Resistance Revival Chorus to be performed as part of the June 3 concert.

Singing Beautifully: The Roots and Fruits of Bel Canto Style

Singing Beautifully: The Roots and Fruits of Bel Canto Style
with Jack Swanson and Katherine Henly
Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff, pianists

Guild Hall and Bel Canto Boot Camp’s new Resident Artist Series kicks off with tenor Jack Swanson and soprano Katherine Henly, and BCBC’s Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff at the piano in a program of opera, film, musical theater, and song.

The recital features a solid dose of bel canto classics, including excerpts from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Don Pasquale, as well as songs by Rossini and Bellini. Gilbert and Sullivan afford us a stroll through bel canto in English with excerpts from their much beloved Pirates of Penzance. We explore the use of the classically trained voice in music from the 40s and 50s – we visit American opera (Kurt Weill’s Street Scene), music theater (Kiss Me, Kate and My Fair Lady) and cinema (The Toast of New Orleans).

With a wide range of repertoire, this program is sure to please lovers of coloratura and crooning alike, while emphasizing the application of the bel canto style of singing in various genres – encouraging us all to tune our ears to the finesse and power of the unamplified voice which the Italians aptly call “beautiful singing.”

ABOUT GUILD HALL & BEL CANTO BOOT CAMP RESIDENT ARTIST SERIES

The Guild Hall & Bel Canto Boot Camp Resident Artist Series is a collaboration between the Learning + Public Engagement department at Guild Hall of East Hampton and Bel Canto Boot Camp. With the shared values of creative authenticity, artistic development, and community engagement, the Series supports an emerging generation of opera singers. By providing individualized training from Bel Canto Boot Camp mentors and masterclasses with international artists, the series aims to support a new generation of emerging opera singers and to increase awareness and appreciation of the unamplified voice. 

The 2022 Season will include intimate recitals with tenor Jack Swanson, a program of scenes and arias in collaboration with Cape Town Opera South Africa, and baritenor Michael Spyres in concert, featuring his favorite bel canto arias and songs. He invites Resident Artists who will be in training at Guild Hall to join him in operatic ensembles giving our audiences the opportunity to see the stars of today and tomorrow in performance together.

COVID-19 Protocol: All guests over the age of 12 must provide proof of full vaccination.

Yemandja: Behind the Work

Join us for this in depth conversation with Angélique Kidjo, Naïma Hebrail Kidjo, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, and Mary Jane Marcasiano about the exciting world premiere production of Yemandja.

Yemandja premieres at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA on March 4 & 5. Learn more and buy tickets at
https://massmoca.org/event/yemandja-world-premiere/

“…there is Yemandja in every culture.” — Angélique Kidjo

Global superstar and four-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo stars in Yemandja, a new music theater work that is at once family drama and historical thriller, redolent of Greek tragedy and infused with themes of love, betrayal, honor, free will, and the horror and injustice of slavery. Named for a Yoruban deity, this MASS MoCA co-commission is a panoramic work of magical realism, a parable about gods and humans that illuminates through song what can happen when people are robbed of their culture.

Created in residency at MASS MoCA, Yemandja is written by Naïma Hebrail Kidjo, directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce, with visual design by artist Kerry James Marshall, and features a cast of 10 performers plus four musicians.

Last year, Kidjo was honored as one of the BBC’s 100 most inspiring and influential women from around the world and named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of 2021.” Read the Time tribute by Alicia Keys here.

Yemandja
Conceived by Angélique Kidjo, Jean Hebrail & Naïma Hebrail Kidjo
Book & Lyrics by Naïma Hebrail Kidjo
Music by Angélique Kidjo & Jean Hebrail
Developed with and Directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce
Production Designer Kerry James Marshall
Music Director Darryl Archibald
Lighting Designer Kathy A. Perkins
Projections Designer Rasean Davonte Johnson
Costume Designer Mary Jane Marcasiano
Choreographer Beatrice Capote
Sound Designer Kumi Ishizawa
Dramaturg Iyvon E.
Sensitivity Coach Ann James
Casting Andrea Zee

Yemandja is co-commissioned by MASS MoCA, ArtsEmerson, The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College, Brown University Arts Institute, Cal Performances, Ruth and Stephen Hendel, Holland Festival, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Yale Schwarzman Center. Produced by THE OFFICE performing arts + film.

*Yemandja program description by MASS MoCA*

Recorded and edited by Patrick Dawson for Guild Hall

New York is Burning by Les Ballet Afrik presented with The Church and Works & Process at the Guggenheim

New York is Burning
Les Ballet Afrik
with Omari Wiles

Show and Tell Presentation at The Church, Sag Harbor

Commissioned before the pandemic, New York Is Burning was to honor the 30th anniversary of the of the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning, which received critical acclaim for its depiction of New York’s LGBTQ Ballroom scene and of voguing as a powerful expression of personal pride in the face of racism, homophobia, and the stigma of the AIDS crisis. In uncanny resemblance and just as Paris Is Burning did for New York in the 1980s, New York Is Burning reflects the aspirations, desires, and yearnings of a diverse group of dancers in a city again beset by health, race, and financial crises. Led by choreographer and dancer Omari Wiles, the founding father of the House of Oricci and a legend within the Ballroom community, New York Is Burning centers on the artists for whom the dance company serves as a surrogate family including Kya Azeen, Eva Bust A’ Move, Algin Ford-Sterling, Alora Martinez, Shireen Rahimi, Milerka Rodriguez, Yuki Sukezane, and Yuhee Yang. 

New York Is Burning is commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim and at the peak of the pandemic received Works & Process bubble residencies at Catskill Mountain Foundation and Kaatsbaan Cultural Park. Works & Process bubble residencies were made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. New York Is Burning is also supported by at Works & Process LaunchPAD “Process and Destination” residency at The Church, Sag Harbor, in partnership with Guild Hall and Sag Harbor Cinema.


COVID-19 PROTOCOL: Attendees must be fully vaccinated and must show proof on arrival. Face masks are required.