Chen Dance Center, A Tribute to Remy Charlip
As the culminating event of the Lunar New Year, H.T. Chen's Lantern Festival Performances will present A Tribute to Remy Charlip (1929-2012), one of the dance world's best-loved artists, in the intimate teahouse setting of the Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street, February 28, March 1 & 2 at 7:30 PM. A pre-show reception, with refreshments, will take place at 7 PM, and the one-hour performance will begin at 7:30 PM.
The evening will feature two witty Charlip works:
** his humorous 39 Chinese Attitudes, based on a word and picture score, and set to music by Louis Armstrong and Irving Berlin, and
** the charming Twelve Contra Dances, a cheerful suite of dances to Beethoven music, staged by Lance Westergard.
** Ending the festivities will be an excerpt from H.T. Chen's Between Heaven and Earth.
The shows will run Thursday/Friday/Saturday, February 28, March 1 & 2 at 7:30 PM at the Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street, 2nd floor (corner Mulberry & Bayard, one block south of Canal). Admission: $15; $10 for students & seniors; $25 for VIP Seating. Reservations: 212.349.0438.
By Subway: take the 6, N, R, Z, Q, or J to Canal Street; walk East along Canal towards Chinatown. Turn right on Mulberry and walk one block south to Bayard. The theater is located on the 2nd floor of the building on the northeast corner of Mulberry and Bayard.
Remy Charlip grew up in Brooklyn and showed a talent for art from an early age. He was a founding member of the Merce Cunningham company and danced with the group for 11 years as a principal dancer and costume designer. In 1958 he co-founded the Paper Bag Players in NY, the longest-running children's theater in the country. Charlip flourished in many art forms, including the writing and illustrating of childrens' books, publishing more than 38 books. He relocated to San Francisco, where he remained one of the most important and well-loved artists until his passing at age 83. In an interview, Charlip remarked: "I really don't know where it all comes from. I'm in another world - and I'm very lucky."