Audiences might remember a few young dancers from the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet who made a special appearance during this season’s opera performances of Macbeth and Eugene Onegin. Those dancers — and several more from CRYB — are returning to the Institution, this time performing their own repertoire.
Polaris, Sirius, marimba, beat boxing and juggling. It might be difficult to make a concrete connection among these terms, but Aaron Williams and Bronkar Lee have based their life goals upon them.
The Golden Dragon Acrobats returned to Chautauqua Institution Tuesday as part of the Family Entertainment Series. Taking the Amphitheater stage, they dazzled the audience, children and adults alike, with their feats of flexibility and strength.
Ukrainian clown trio Aga-Boom — Dimitri Bogatirev, Iryna Ivanytska and Jesse Highley — entertained children and adults alike with their antics from the Amphitheater stage on July 15. The group performed as part of the Family Entertainment Series.
Tradition never goes out of fashion, and the Golden Dragon Acrobats would agree.
Aga-Boom has performed all over the world, but its director believes an American audience could be a little harder to please. Often, Dimitri Bogatirev said, Americans suffer from “coulrophobia,” or a fear of clowns — just think of the creepy clown in the “Poltergeist” movies.
Kathy and Jim Pender and the Michael Pender Fund of the Cleveland Foundation are sponsoring tonight’s Family Entertainment Series, Aga-Boom, at 7:30 p.m. in the Amphitheater
DFT Communications, Partners in Technology, will underwrite Bravo! Bravo!: A Family Friendly Opera Revue and special Q-and-A at 6 p.m. today in Smith Wilkes Hall, as well as several Community Appreciation Nights offered on select evenings as part of the free Family Entertainment Series.
The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet has performed at the Institution for the past 14 years, according to Artistic Director Monika Alch. While its ballerinas may have come and gone during that time, the company’s performances at Chautauqua have remained a constant.
According to Nels Ross, even bumbling fools can be incredible successes.