Spoleto 10 w/ Eliza

Turning Movement into Words

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
Turning Movement into Words

RECENTLY I have been writing about dance more than actively dancing, and since this blog is a platform on which to bounce my opinion to the small readership I have, I thought to take the first long day of summer to do so. This was the first Spoleto where my fellow dancers in Anonymity... Read »

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 »

Escape to Chamber Music

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
Escape to Chamber Music

DUCKING INTO the recently refreshed Dock Street Theatre on an especially sweltering afternoon, I realized that this is one of my favorite moments of the festival. It is one of those things that makes an ordinary day extraordinary, which is so good for one’s mental health. This particular day I sat in the balcony... Read »

Lone Star Shining

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
by Eliza Ingle

PICCOLO’S Stelle di Domani series is part of the College of Charleston Theater Department and produces several student acted plays during the theater-saturated Piccolo Spoleto. Set in Texas in the 1970s, James McLure’s Lone Star is a one-act tragicomic glimpse into a mucked up life that runs further amuck one Friday night behind Angel’s Bar... Read »

Dance: Noon and Night

Sunday, June 6, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
Dance: Noon and Night

ONE LAYER of Lucinda Childs’ DANCE is the eleven dancers who spill across the stage with movement that is like a live feed of entrances and exits in head-spinning sequences that are contained in constant parameters, and propelled by the pulsating flurry of the Philip Glass score which is experienced behind the final layer... Read »

A Marriage of Poetry and Song

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
A Marriage of Poetry and Song

IF YOU ATTEND a performance of the Westminster Choir (a Spoleto tradition), you will hear a song inspired by South Carolina poet laureate, Marjory Wentworth. Nathan Jones composed the piece based on Marjory’s “Newlyweds,” a poem written in an obscure Welsh form called the cynhunned which requires a seven syllable line. Marjory describes the... 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 »

A Moment with Joy

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
A Moment with Joy

FINDING OUR WAY through the storm of life is not always funny, but humor sure beats the alternative. When College of Charleston Theatre Professor, Joy Vandervort-Cobb, was urged to write and perform a one-woman show, she resisted. “I was terrified!” says the effervescent diva (she would agree with the title). “I knew that the... 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 »

A Trock of Our Own

Thursday, May 6, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
A Trock of Our Own

SOME OF YOU may remember watching a young African American dynamo dancing with the Robert Ivey Ballet 20 years ago. His technique was nearing perfection for a teenage boy, his stage presence was assured, and his energy was unstoppable. His name was Bobby Carter and he is returning home as one of the headliners... Read »

The Little Festival with a Big Punch

Monday, May 3, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
The Little Festival with a Big Punch

AS SPRING BLEEDS into summer, don’t forget the other frolic that kicks off in tandem with Spoleto USA. While the “big” one toots its horn about being an international festival, Piccolo Spoleto boasts the continuous discovery of homegrown talent—artists, writers, and performers from Charleston and around the southeast. Ellen Dresler Moryl launched Piccolo Spoleto... Read »

The Spoletians are Coming!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
by Eliza Ingle
The Spoletians are Coming!

SPRINGTIME in Charleston is as close to perfection as it gets, unless of course your allergies make you miserable, the tourist traffic throws you into a rage, or the Blue Angel’s air show leaves you with an earache. But for me it means that the Spoleto Arts Festival is right around the corner and,... Read »

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