Kaatsbaan Cultural Park Summer Festival 2021
Kaatsbaan Cultural Park will present its 2021 Summer Festival taking place both outdoors across its 153-acres in the Hudson Valley as well as in its indoor Theater. The multi-disciplinary festival will feature three new classical dance commissions from Gemma Bond, Claire Davison, and Lauren Lovette with live music; a premiere screening in partnership with the Woodstock Film Festival of In Balanchine's Classroom; a free weekend of western swing music, art, and picnicking; and the inaugural outdoor end-of-summer dinner celebration, "Playing Field Dinner" with a Peruvian pachamanca, curated by Jeff Gordinier.
Highlights of Summer Festival 2021 include: August 28 and 29, 2021 6-7:30pm The premiere of three Kaatsbaan commissioned classical dance works Choreographer Gemma Bond (former dancer from Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, current Artist-in-Residence at CoLab Dance), brings a new creation to Kaatsbaan's outdoor Mountain Stage, with dancers from American Ballet Theatre.
September 4 and 5, 2021 Music shows at 12pm and 2pm A celebration of music and art Free admission, park open from 11am-6:pm, donations welcome Kaatsbaan Cultural Park opens its 153-acre park to the community for Labor Day weekend Bring a picnic and enjoy western swing music with Tamar Korn & A Kornucopia and stroll through the Kaatsbaan sculpture garden featuring local Hudson Valley artists. First-look screening of a new unreleased film by Jeremy Jacob, based on American Lyric, the music and dance site-specific commission which premiered at Kaatsbaan's Spring Festival and featured pianist Hunter Noack from IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild and dancer/producer Garen Scribner. Curated craft cocktails and beverages available for purchase onsite from Milk and Honey Mobile Taps.
September 11, 2021 4:00pm: Matinee screening, 5:30pm: Panel Discussion, 6:15pm: Reception, 7:00pm: Evening screening A retrospective of the prolific New York City Ballet choreographer, George Balanchine In partnership with the Woodstock Film Festival Hudson Valley premiere of the film, In Balanchine's Classroom This screening is courtesy of Zeitgeist Films, in association with Kino Lorber Incorporated Invited guest speakers includes filmmaker, Connie Hochman, with former NYCB Prima Ballerina Merrill Ashley Special installation of select books from the library of Clive Barnes, the late dance and theater critic for the New York Times, whose family generously donated the Clive Barnes Dance Library to Kaatsbaan
September 12, 2021 Kaatsbaan's inaugural end of summer feast 1:00pm: Arrival, 1:00pm-4:00pm: Pachamanca festivities + cocktails, 4:00pm-5:00pm: Jeff Gordinier and Ruth Reichl in conversation, 5:00pm-6:00pm: Dinner The inaugural "Playing Field Dinner," curated by Jeff Gordinier, author of Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World. Kaatsbaan's first annual end of summer feast is in partnership with JuanMa Calder n and Maria Rondeau of Esmeralda and Celeste, who will prepare a pachamanca ? an ancient Peruvian technique of cooking in the ground for which they were recently featured in the New York Times. Special conversation with Jeff Gordinier, former food writer for the New York Times and Esquire, and Ruth Reichl, the former restaurant critic for both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, as well as the former editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine. Among her many books are the bestsellers Save Me the Plums, Comfort Me with Apples, and Tender at the Bone. **Availability limited to 150 dinner guests All programming is subject to change. Additional program and ticket information will be made available online.