IF BOOKS COULD DANCE!
Recommended for grades K - 6
Study guide available
Available throughout the school year
Commissioned by Olana and premiered in the fall of 2012, If Books Could Dance! incorporates history, science, poetry, visual art and literature with movement and is inspired by the works of Maurice Sendak, Thomas Locker and Hudson Talbott.
THE LIFE OF THE HUDSON
Inspired by Hudson Talbott's RIVER OF DREAMS: THE STORY OF THE HUDSON RIVER
Exploring the river's past through movement, this dance takes the facts and timelines packed in Talbott's chronicle of the great river introducing a wide range of historical topics including
the Age of Exploration, the Erie Canal, the Industrial Age and American arts and literature.
THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF MAX
Inspired by Maurice Sendak's WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
This dance dives deeper into that rascally character created by the great children's author/illustrator taking the audience along for the ride sailing on the high seas, scampering through forests of
tall trees and romping escapades with, of course, the Wild Things who make him their king.
Inspired by Thomas Locker's WATER DANCE
Moved by the poetic text and dramatic paintings of Locker's breathtaking work, this dance follows the cycle of one of nature's most basic and powerful elements, depicting such images as a
gentle mountain pond, a raging waterfall, a silent ocean mist and a sparkling rainbow.
Preparation for the show and follow-up activities can be done
in the classroom by using the study guide provided. To enhance the performance
experience, this program can be combined with pre- and/or post-performance
workshops with our dancers at your location.
For more information contact:
Maggie Ciambrone and Sara Senecal