NYU Skirball Center’s New Season Aims for Younger Audiences


NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is putting on a season that is intended to draw in younger audiences. They’re doing some interesting stuff. From their press release:

Over the course of its first decade, NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts has made substantial contributions not only to its University community, but also to the broader New York cultural landscape. Unique among venues in lower Manhattan, NYU Skirball Center’s 860-seat, state-of-the-art theater provides a stage for music, dance, and theater from around the world, with a focus on developing younger audiences for live performance. Its programming also reflects NYU’s stature as an international center of scholarship, and as an intellectually rich and diverse environment.

NYU Skirball Center begins its 2012-2013 season by continuing its role as a host for the National Theatre Live series, which is broadcast via satellite from London to audiences worldwide. On September 10, the series will present The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time, adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon‘s celebrated novel. Marianne Elliot, co-director of the National Theatre’s acclaimed War Horse, directs this production. Other highlights of this season’s series include The Last of the Haussmans (October 11) and Timon of Athens (November 12).

September 13-15, NYU Skirball Center will bring back to Greenwich Village The Joshua Light Show, the legendary group of live music visualists founded by multimedia artist Joshua White. These three special evenings of explosive art will feature music by Grammy-winning percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and avant-garde harpist Zeena Parkins; pioneering minimalist composer Terry Riley and his son, Gyan Riley; John Zorn, Lou Reed, Bill Laswell and Milford Graves; and Ben Goldwasser & Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT.

October 30-November 3, NYU Skirball Center will present the U.S. premiere of Audience, one of the most inventive productions to date from the daring Belgian company Ontroerend Goed. Audience, which sparked furious debate during its run in London, is a marathon of theatrical surprises, wherein four actors turn a camera onto the audience and examine what it means to be a viewer.

Importing another immensely acclaimed theater production, NYU Skirball will present the U.S. premiere of Not by Bread Alone (January 16-February 3, 2013), in which the members of the Nalaga’at Theater (Artistic Director, Adina Tal), the world’s only professional deaf-blind acting company, take the audience on a captivating and magical tour of their inner world.

As always, NYU Skirball Center presents a number of compelling dance offerings this season, including Monica Bill Barnes & Company (October 20), who return to the venue after their performance in This American Life Live! in May. Ira Glass will introduce the evening and join the company onstage for a post-performance discussion.

February 7-9, 2013, NYU Skirball Center will present The Oracle, one of Australian choreographer Meryl Tankard‘s most gripping works to date. The Oracle is driven by Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, which caused riots at its 1913 Paris premiere. Tankard’s piece is an intense solo for virtuosic performer Paul White. Having stunned audiences with a self-titled show in 2011, the Australian 21st century circus company Circa returns with Wunderkammer (March 20-24, 2013), a sexy, funny and breathtaking spectacle full of sheer physical poetry.

In addition to The Joshua Light Show, this season will feature other remarkable music events. On November 30, NYU Skirball Center will present an evening with the renowned ukelele wizard Jake Shimabukuru. On February 22, 2013, The Black Arm Band, which brings together many of Australia’s premiere Aboriginal musicians, will perform the U.S. premiere of dirtsong, a series of musical “conversations” in which the artists reflect on their country.

The 2012-13 season exemplifies NYU Skirball Center’s unique place at the intersection of the arts and discourse. NY Tech Meetup returns to the NYU Skirball Center with it’s monthly series where members gather to watch emerging companies demo new ideas, hear leading-edge thinking on technology topics, and build their networks to develop their businesses.

Longtime presenting partner World Music Institute returns with two ¬°Festival Flamenco Gitano! shows: Fiesta Jerez, on October 6, and Farruco Family: El Carpeta y La Farruca, on October 7.

Michael Harrington, NYU Skirball Center’s Senior Director, shared his enthusiasm about the season: “We’re so excited to share with New York this season’s diverse programming, which include numerous works never before seen in America. They span not only genres (theater, music, dance), but also generations. And they come from all over the world: the UK, Australia, Israel, and across the U.S. This range, combined with our singular venue and rich academic environment, is what makes NYU Skirball Center a unique part of the NYC cultural landscape.”

Tickets may be purchased online at www.nyuskirball.org, by phone at 212.352.3101 or 866.811.4111, or in person at the NYU Skirball Center Box Office: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00-6:00 P.M.

The NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, New York 10012. For more information, and for a full listing of the 2012-2013 season, please visit www.nyuskirball.org.