Peek at Spoleto 10

Oyster and Giselle

Sunday, June 13, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
Oyster and Giselle

SPOLETO’S LAST ACT. The final two dance offerings for Spoleto Festival USA were about as different as they could be, showing the wonderful contrast that the festival organizers are so adept at presenting, as well as the range that dance covers, from a 200-year-old classic to something completely new. In Oyster, the talents of... Read »

Expression Sung and Danced

Saturday, June 12, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
Expression Sung and Danced

I HAVE ALWAYS meant to attend the Westminster Choir’s annual Spoleto performance, but have not gotten to it until this year. In the beautiful and acoustically brilliant setting of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke & St. Paul, this group of young singers from Rider University in Princeton New Jersey delivered beyond my expectations.... Read »

Collegiate Opera at Spoleto

Saturday, June 5, 2010
by Agricola
Collegiate Opera at Spoleto

UNDER THE SUPERVISION of faculty members David Templeton (director and producer), Deanna McBroom (musical director), and Irina Pevzner (pianist), Gianni Schicchi comes alive through an accomplished cast of College of Charleston students. Tenor Jonathan White, singing the role of Rinuccio, has a warm, full-bodied, and smooth voice that excels in a technically demanding role.... Read »

Actors and Marionettes

Monday, May 31, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
Actors and Marionettes

THE GATE THEATRE always offers something terrific and this year’s production of Present Laughter is no exception. Noel Coward’s play revolves around the character of Gary Essendine who is the star of his own life as well as the many stages he has dominated. Actor Stephen Brennan plays Essendine with aplomb, both in is... Read »

Spoleto Opera and Art

Sunday, May 30, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
Spoleto Opera and Art

THE FIRST DAYS of Spoleto have, for me, been preoccupied with my eldest daughter’s graduation from the school she has attended for the last eight years. This departure before a new beginning has overshadowed my usual feeling of the festival’s whirlwind kickoff. Nevertheless, I have gotten to a few events. As an opera amateur,... Read »

Gallim Dance: What’s Modern Today?

Sunday, May 30, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
Gallim Dance: What’s Modern Today?

TODAY’S MODERN DANCERS are not dealing with the emotional palate of yesterday. Their responses to the world deal with an ever-changing sense of psychology, technology, and culture. The form of modern dance is at its best when the perspective is fresh, the movement is original, and the performers are invested—which was true of the... Read »

On Stage with George Gershwin

Thursday, May 27, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
On Stage with George Gershwin

ROBERT IVEY first came to Charleston in 1976 when Gian Carlo Menotti asked him to choreograph an opera for the first Spoleto Festival in 1976. “I was in Italy performing with the Ballet of Sweden and was one of the only Americans at the Festival,” says Ivey, who today is the charismatic director of... Read »

The Inner Fabric of Beethoven

Saturday, May 22, 2010
by Peter Ingle
The Inner Fabric of Beethoven

IT IS ONE THING to hear his music. It is another to see Beethoven himself on stage with the musicians as he divulges his inner struggles—in particular, his plight with women. In a unique musical-theatre presentation, this is exactly what Clarence Felder does to perfection in the Piccolo Spoleto production of Beethoven, His Women,... Read »

A Painter’s Way Through Poetry

Thursday, May 20, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
A Painter’s Way Through Poetry

“YOU GO WHERE your life takes you,” mused artist Kat Hastie in a conversation we recently had about an upcoming show where visual art and poetry meet. “Contemporary Charleston 2010: Influence” runs at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park from May 20 through July 3 with an exhibit that matches 10 poets with 10... Read »

Notes from Spoleto 150, #3

Monday, May 17, 2010
by Agricola
Notes from Spoleto 150, #3

ONE OF THE ELEMENTS of acting is movement, and there is a universal map of stage locations which directors and actors use to position elements of the performance to maximum effect. When our class was asked which is the most important position, the unanimous answer was “center stage.” Wrong. The dominant position is “down... Read »

Notes from Spoleto 150, #2

Saturday, May 15, 2010
by Agricola
Notes from Spoleto 150, #2

THIS YEAR, history is doing more than repeating itself. It is casting light on its origins. Flora, an Opera, which will be performed at the Dock Street Theatre as part of Spoleto, was reportedly the first opera performed in the United States. It made its inaugural appearance in 1735 on the second floor of... Read »

Notes from Spoleto 150

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
by Agricola
Notes from Spoleto 150

MOST PEOPLE probably don’t realize that Spoleto is one of the few festivals in the world that produces its own opera and presents other forms of artistic expression. I didn’t either until my Spoleto 150 class at the College was so informed by Nunnally Kersh, Producer of Spoleto USA. Nor did I know that... Read »

ARTISTS will always be born, but whether there will also be art depends to no small extent on ourselves, their public. By our indifference or our interest, by our prejudice or our understanding, we may yet decide the issue.
~ E. H. Gombrich


Read the review at A Window Into Russia blog
“You have some of our money and we have some of your wine.” ~ Clos Saron