Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Nederlands Dans Theater "An Evening with León and Lightfoot" Feb. 3 and 5th

Digiplex Theaters
February 3 and 5th

One of the most prominent and groundbreaking contemporary dance companies in the world, Nederlands Dans Theater’s “An Evening with León and Lightfoot” is powerful and transformative. This  innovative performance is playing exclusively at Digiplex Theaters on February 3 and 5th.

Considered “the most balletic modern dancers,” the dance company showcases the characteristic style of Spanish-British choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot and takes audiences on a journey to their artistic universe through the performance.

Continuously challenging the boundaries of dance, the Nederlands Dans Theater breaks new ground with León and Lightfoot’s choreography in the humorous SH-Boom, a version never before performed in the Netherlands which plays out the battle between the sexes.

Nederlands Dans Theater 
A glimpse into the love lives of several characters, Shoot the Moon provides a rare narrative creating character roles with the dancers.  Accompanied by Glass’s beautiful music, the melodies embrace the dancers and captures their sharp, electric sequences.

Shoot the Moon’s intense variety of emotions and dance steps are beautifully represented as the dancers’ muted facial expressions cry out to express their crisis. León and Lightfoot achieve their goal to make the audience feel compassion for the dancers' agony.

The innovative and groundbreaking performances are Sol León and Paul Lightfoot’s signature and the reason why the Nederlands Dans Theater is one of the most prominent contemporary dance companies in the world. 

Experience the transformative performance in León and Lightfoot’s artistic universe with “An Evening with León and Lightfoot” on February 3 and 5th exclusively at Digiplex Theaters.

Nederlands Dan Theater "An Evening with Leon and Lightfoot"    February 3 and 5th 
 at Digiplex Theaters

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

"Standing Silent" January 25 - 31

January 25 - 31

“Do not stand idly by while your brother’s blood is being spilled,” is Standing Silent’s message.  Gripping and unsettling, the film sheds light on the victims of sexual abuse in Baltimore’s Orthodox Jewish community and helps break the cycle of silence.

Washington Jewish Post editor Phil Jacobs recounts the harrowing experiences of survivors of sexual abuse and fights the establishment to give their stories a voice.  

Strengthened by the author’s personal story of abuse after 25 years of silence, the film began as a series of articles on sexual abuse in the Baltimore Jewish Times. Uncovering a web of sexual abuse against a rabbi and his son in the Baltimore Orthodox Jewish community, Standing Silent, reveals the hidden truth as it documents the pain and suffering of the survivors. 

Standing Silent director and Home Alone producer, Scott Rosenfelt stated, “I saw a narrative character that was in great conflict between protecting his faith and his community and protecting children and humanity.”  A controversial topic in the Jewish community, as in other tight-knit communities, the film seeks to uncover abuse and make it an obligation to protect abuse victims.

Vilified for reporting allegations of sexual abuse in Baltimore’s Orthodox community, Jacobs fights on to bring these cases to life despite the charged emotions surrounding the issue and the backlash from the community.  One victim in the film says, “Everyone was telling me it didn’t happen…no one wants to talk about this stuff.” 
January 25 – 31!

Exclusive Q&A with Standing Silent’s Phil Jacobs

Q:How did Standing Silent come about?
A: One of my dearest friends is a man named Bob Rosenfelt. We share a love of baseball. Every March we try to take three days, go to South Florida and see as many spring training major league baseball games that we can. We've been doing this for years. And from the beginning, Bob's brother Scott has joined us. While I was writing the series of stories on molestation, I had an interview set up with a molestation survivor in Vero Beach, Fla. At the time, the Dodgers trained there. So, on the way to the ball park, Scott and Bob dropped me off at a coffee house to interview a survivor. I introduced the gentleman to my two friends. Scott saw immediately that this was a person whose face generated sadness. Even his handshake was tentative. When I was finished with the interview, the man took me back to the baseball stadium. I took my seat in between Bob and Scott. During the game, Scott kept asking me questions about what I was writing. By the 9th inning, he said to me, "I've never made a documentary before. But if I could raise the funds, would you let a crew follow you?" I replied that I'd have to check it out with my wife. And that's how it got started. The crew came to Baltimore many times and even traveled to Israel when I was there visiting my oldest daughter.

Q: What was something good that came from all of this?

A: The articles created a conversation within the Baltimore Jewish community and helped validate the work of a Jewish Baltimore organization, the Shofar Coalition that works with survivors. The articles brought the issue out into the open and helped victims come forward and begin a process of healing.

Q: What brought about the investigation you did?

A: There was little or no news about molestation in the Jewish community. In May of 2006, a friend invited me to a meeting he was putting together. It was for survivors of sexual molestation….I wrote the article, "Steve is 25." And it was the first story in a series of many articles. It was Steve's encouragement that made the article possible.

Q: What was the impact on your personal life in Baltimore?

A: It wasn't very pretty. Some people I considered friends wouldn't even look me in the eye. They'd stare down at the sidewalk instead of looking at me. I was shouted at while standing in line at a kosher grocery store. However, I also learned who my real friends were within the Jewish community. That is something I will always cherish. My real friends circled my family with love and encouragement.

Q: What has happened in Baltimore since the articles were published and Standing Silent was screened?

A: I wouldn't take credit for any of this. However, the Shofar Coalition now has a speaker's bureau where survivors meet with adults and youth and share their stories.  It's quite a change in reaction.

Q: Was there a particular difficult moment during or following the screening of the film?

A: Almost every screening I've attended, someone will approach me and tell me their most difficult stories. I've learned that there are so many people who are in deep, deep pain.

Q: Do you feel that this is an issue only connected to the Orthodox community?

A: Not at all. I have met many, many survivors from all denominations and also many not affiliated at all with any branch of Judaism.

Q: What would you do differently if the filming were to start over?

A: I think I would have offered websites of agencies people could call for help.

Q: Are you still writing about this subject?

A: Off and on, yes I am. It hasn't stopped. I receive phone calls and emails regularly as a result of Standing Silent. The film changed the lives of many for the good.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Sleeping Beauty January 13 & 15

The Sleeping Beauty
Royal Ballet
January 13 & 15

If you love classical ballet complete with fairy tale themes, lavish decors, and stunning choreography, The Sleeping Beauty will captivate you.  A Fairytale ballet with a Tchaikovsky score that has delighted audiences for over a hundred years, The Sleeping Beauty is the pinnacle of classical ballet with Petipa's choreography. 

Based on the original fairy tale by Charles Perrault, The Sleeping Beauty first premiered at the Imperial Mariinsky Theater in St Petersburg in 1890 and is Tchaikovsky's longest ballet.     Starring Lauren Cuthbertson & Sergei Polunin, today’s Sleeping Beauty not only captures the essence of the original but is also the cornerstone of The Royal Ballet's repertoire.

Featuring every step in the ballet syllabus and probably the greatest ballerina role in Aurora, The Sleeping Beauty is rich in many different ballet styles choreographically.  Its authentic court dances, classical ballet technique, mimed scenes and grand processions represent the best of classical ballet.
The Sleeping Beauty
Complete with a handsome prince, a beautiful princess and a magical kiss, The Sleeping Beauty tells the story of Princess Aurora whom the evil fairy Carabosse curses.
Angry at not being invited to baby Aurora’s christening, Carabosse curses the princess to die when she pricks her finger. Luckily a  good fairy intervenes, leaving Aurora to sleep for 100 years only to be awoken by the kiss of a handsome, brave prince. 
Though mainly thought of as a love story, The Sleeping Beauty is also a struggle between the two conflicting forces of good and evil, represented by the good Lilac Fairy and the evil fairy Carabosse.
From Petipa's 1890 original to De Valois' 1946 production, The Sleeping Beauty is viewed as a definitive statement and inspiration for the next generation of choreographers.  

Ideal for classical music fans that want to experience Tchaikovsky’s vision of the story, young budding ballerinas looking for inspiration, and even first timers, The Sleeping Beauty is a classic for all ages.

Don't miss The Sleeping Beauty at Digiplex Theaters on January 13 & 15th.