dance returns to SPAC: Limon Dance Company.
DANCE In the maelstrom of events planned for the Saratoga
Performing Arts Center (Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga
Springs) this summer, it’s easy to overlook a show or two.
Pay attention, or you’ll miss something worthwhile—like the
modern dance bookings at the SPAC amphitheater. Tonight (Thursday,
June 10) at 8 PM, the Limon Dance Company will be performing
three essential works by their late founder, Jose Limon: Into
My Heart’s House, The Moor’s Pavane and There
Is a Time. Current artistic director Carla Maxwell will
be presenting a pre-curtain talk at 7:30 PM.
The other modern dance presentation will showcase the Bill
T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company on July 28. They will
be performing their newest work, Fondly Do We Hope . .
. Fervently Do We Pray; Bill T. Jones will be giving a
pre-performance talk at the National Museum of Dance. Tickets
for that show are $40.
DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Saratoga Film Forum is screening
Fritz Lang’s 1926 Sci-Fi classic Metropolis this
weekend (Thursday-Friday, Sunday evenings to be precise).
Big deal? Yes. This is the complete restored version, with
the last missing scenes restored this year from a 16MM discovered
in Argentina last year. Seems that an Argentinean film distributor
was in Berlin and saw the film at the time of the premiere,
loved it, secured the South American rights and departed for
Buenos Aires with a print. Meanwhile, back in Germany, the
producers started recutting the film and tossing the cut footage.
So this, finally, is an authoritative version of Lang’s—and
author Thea von Harbou’s—crazy vision of the future. For more
info on the screenings, check our movie pages or visit saratoga
SUMMER READERS The schedule for the New York State Writers
Institute summer season at Skidmore College (North
Broadway, Saratoga Springs) just flew in over the electronic
transom, so we present it here for you. Robert Pinsky (June
28), Jim Shepard (June 29), Joseph O’Neill (June 30), Charles
Simic and Lydia Davis (July 1), Carolyn Forché and Elizabeth
Benedict (July 2), Francine Prose and Victoria Redel (July
5), Franz Wright (July 6), William Kennedy (July 7), Caryl
Phillips and Campbell McGrath (July 8), Phillip Lopate and
Claire Messud (July 9), Richard Howard and Danzy Senna (July
12), Ann Beattie and Honor Moore (July 13), Russell Banks
and Chase Twichell (July 14), Joyce Carol Oates (July 15),
Mary Gaitskill and Tom Healy (July 16), Amy Hempel and Henri
Cole (July 19), Rick Moody and Peg Boyers (July 20), Geoffrey
O’Brien and James Miller (July 21), Jayne Anne Phillips and
Mary Kinzie (July 22), and Howard Norman and Lloyd Schwartz
(July 23). For exact locations and times, visit the Writers
Institute Web site (Google it yourself, I’m lazy) or call
WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEAR’S EVE? No, seriously. This all-Saratoga
edition of Art Beat concludes with an item about New Year’s
Eve. Saratoga Arts is the “presenting organization”
for Saratoga First Night this year, and they’re looking
for artists and dancers and musicians and the like to perform
this Dec. 31 as part of the 15th edition. Applications are
available now and must be returned by July 16. You can download
an application at saratoga arts.org.