Cast of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess to Celebrate Black History Month at The Apollo Theater with FREE performances!
Ballet Hispanico, Carnegie Hall, Dance Theatre of Harlem also to collaborate with The Apollo!
Harlem, NY – January 21, 2011
Januray 04, 2012
Saturday, February 4th & Sunday, February 5th, Noon -5pm
–George Gershwin’s “American folk opera,” Porgy and Bess
, premiered in New York City in the fall of 1935, one year after the opening of The Apollo Theater. Both the play, and the theater, became icons within African-American culture. So it’s only fitting, and perhaps overdue, that they would eventually join forces.
That moment comes this weekend. In celebration of African-American History Month, the world famous Apollo Theater will open its doors for one weekend– Friday, February 3rd through Sunday, February 5th– to give members of the Harlem community, New York City residents and tourists alike, a glimpse into the Apollo’s rich history as well as the non-profit Theater’s current activities. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the Theater where many of the biggest icons in entertainment have launched their careers. Open House Weekend will feature displays of Apollo memorabilia, live performances from past winners of the Apollo’s signature program, Amateur Night, artists from the Apollo’s newest series Apollo Music Café, and multi-media presentations on Apollo Theater history, among a host of other activities.
On Saturday, the focus will be on dance, saluting to the dance genres and greats that have graced the Apollo’s stage. Audience members will watch inspiring performances and get to come on stage to learn various moves. Some of Saturday’s performances include pieces from: Ballet Hispanico, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, Millennium Dance Company, and Amateur Night winners Devastation Dance Crew. Music will be provided by WHCR-FM’s Stormin’ Norman. Also on Saturday, dancer and choreographer Lisa Nicole Wilkerson returns to the Apollo Theater for the FREE Community Jam on Feb. 4, 2012. Lisa is serving as the Dance Captain of The Gershwins’ PORGY AND BESS the Broadway Musical, and will demonstrate –and teach-- some dance moves to the legendary Apollo Theater audience. It will be a homecoming of a sort for the actress because she was recently at the Apollo, doing a masterful job as the storyteller for the Opportunity Nation Launch, in November, 2011.