Culture Vulture | Kingston Grand Theatre

Culture Vulture

Jun 23rd, 2014 - 5:01PM /
Kat Evans
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Sometimes when we engage with the arts that moment happens, that moment Emily Dickenson described as feeling “physically as if the top of my head were taken off.” We all know it. Some of us chase after it – always on the hunt for our next fix. From the audience, you can feel yourself leaving the rest of your life behind and embracing the best of humanity, the moments in our existence where the extraordinary is revealed. Whether it’s dance, theatre, or music, the Grand is here for you with programming full of moments that reveal, as Martha Graham calls it, “the miracle that is a human being” on the stage.

Some of our recommendations for your next fix are listed below, but our number one recommendation to get your eyes and heart open wide in the direction of the stage is to try something new, pick a show out of your ordinary habits and you just might find something extraordinary.

Ailey II (Oct 23) merges the spirit and energy of America’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers.

Art of Time Ensemble (Dec 11) Madeleine Peyroux, “the 21st-century Billie Holiday,” and Art of Time Ensemble, one of Canada’s most innovative and artistically accomplished musical ensembles, join forces to give classical music contemporary relevance and context.

The Double (Jan 20-25) is an outlandish riff on the eternal search for personal identity and social status. Based on Dostoyëvsky’s novella, The Double is the story of an anxious government clerk who meets a strange lookalike who is daring, romantic, and brash – a success at everything the clerk fumbles.

Amiga (Feb 17) Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba Presents Amiga, Cuba’s most popular dance company, fuses the rapidly clicking heels of the flamenco, with the flowing grace of classical ballet, added to the hot passion of Afro-Cuban dance with a touch of jazz.

Jake Shimabukuro (Mar 7)  is a ukulele virtuoso known for his fast and complex finger work and lauded as a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone.

The Klezmatics (Apr 16) are without a doubt the most successful proponents of klezmer music in the world, continuing to make music that is wild, mystical, provocative, reflective, and ecstatically danceable.