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March 2018

Tri-Valley Star Watch!

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East Bay Times profiled two of our Tri-Valley Stars as they get ready for the event.  Read about what Dave Lewis and Juliette Goodrich are (and are not) doing in the six weeks leading up ot the show on May 12th HERE.

Paired with a professional dancer from the Utah Ballroom Dance Company, each of the six local luminaries will practice for a week with their partners then take the stage to show off their talent and showmanship.

Who will win?  A city council member? A radio personality? A real estate agent? A former police office? An actor or actress? A star reporter? The author of a children’s book?  YOU DECIDE … The audience will join the panel of judges to choose the winner, so don’t miss this opportunity to be in on the voting and award the glittering prize.

Want to find out who will be on stage?  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CAST and then BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW.  You won’t want to miss out on all the fun!

Catapult’s Magic Shadows

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As Seen on “America’s Got Talent”!

Catapult is all about the human body and its ability to transform

Founded in 2009 by Adam Battelstein, Catapult soared to national recognition as a finalist on season eight of “America’s Got Talent” (watch it here) with their fascinating combination of shadow dance, storytelling and living sculpture.  Described by Northwest Indiana Times as “a contemporary twist to the ancient Chinese art of shadow theaters,” Catapult is all about the human body and its ability to transform. 

While their faces are rarely seen or recognized, the eight superb dancers of Catapult, five women and three men, are at the heart of the company’s imaginative and theatrical artistry. Many of them have worked together for years, bringing skills from their work in prestigious companies, Broadway performances, and on stages and festivals around the world. With carefully choreographed movements, they create shapes that shift and move seamlessly forming new images so quickly and smoothly, it is impossible to imagine how it was done or what will emerge next. Click here and watch Catapult in action.

Adam Battelstein sheds a little light on what actually happens behind the curtain at Catapult.

How did you start creating shadow dances?

I danced with Pilobolus for 19 years, as well as other companies such as MOMIX. I studied ballet and modern dance, but my true skill lay in my athleticism and a knack for slapstick which came from my acting training. I began choreographing this shadow technique with a team from Pilobolus. It brings together my dance, theater and English literature training, as well as a sense of shape and proportion I inherited from my mother who was a sculptor.

When you decide to create a new shadow, can you tell in advance how to do it?

I try to imagine how the bodies will fit together and draw some possibilities. It’s like mental Tetris, only with bodies! But much of the time I’m wrong or only half right, so we always have to experiment in the studio too.

What else do you use beside the dancers’ bodies?

We use a variety of costumes and props cut from cardboard or foam core. The backstage area literally looks like the wreckage after a tornado, but the dancers know where each bit is supposed to be and somehow they find their stuff even in the dark.

How do you prepare for the shows?

Shadow making is difficult and we go over trouble spots every day to fix any traffic problems or new issues. The dancers eat, relax and warm up before the show and there are rituals that have evolved too, such as coming together in a circle with hands in the middle. I don’t pretend to understand their magic but we all do them and don’t dare change them for fear of a jinx!

What will Livermore audiences see?

Every performance has a number of stories and each one has its own personality and style. For example, The Four Seasons, which is set to music from Vivaldi’s Concertos, is a series of magical transformations around images of each season.

Catapult captivates audiences with hundreds of shape transformations that convey a story through images, movement and music. Full of humor and emotion, their stories come together in a mesmerizing afternoon of entertainment that guarantees that those watching will never look at their own shadow in quite the same way again.

Catapult “Magic Shadows” Matinee — Perfect for Families
Sunday, March 25 at 3:00 pm

DON’T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE SHOW LIVE!

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Event Preview: Sense and Sensibility

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Jane Austen remains one of the most popular and beloved authors of all time. She wrote with insight and wit about her own 18th century English upper middle class. In “Sense and Sensibility,” Austen describes the economic uncertainty created by the rules of male inheritance and the limited choices for women of the time. Based on one of her best novels, Aquila Theatre brings to life the story of the sisters’ complex circumstances and their pursuit of eventual happiness. This one-of-a-kind production takes place March 22nd at the Bankhead Theater. Keep reading to learn more about the event and the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center as a whole.

Let’s take a closer look at the plot of “Sense and Sensibility.” Basically, it revolves around the uncertainty brought about by the traditional practice of the first-born male inheriting the entire family fortune. As you might have guessed, this often left the rest of the family to fend for themselves. Women of the era didn’t have much say about their future. Their choices were limited and dictated by circumstances beyond their control. Frankly, the best hope for a secure future was a profitable marriage. Austen’s classic romantic comedy takes an inside look at the levelheaded, sensible Elinor and the hopelessly romantic Marianne. Along with their mother, the sisters are forced to leave their home and comfortable way of life soon after their father unexpectedly dies. The story is filled with hope, heartbreak, and unexpected twists as the characters struggle to find a new, successful future for themselves.

Now that you know a bit more about “Sense and Sensibility,” it’s important to understand Aquila Theatre. Based in New York, Aquila Theatre is critically acclaimed worldwide for skillful reinterpretations of classic plays in productions designed to captivate audiences. This particular version of “Sense and Sensibility” is directed by Desiree Sanchez and incorporates her unique use of space, movement, design, and sound. Take it from New York Theater Review, who describes the work of Sanchez as “polished and laser sharp. She gets the maximum amount of potential out of every stage moment and has exceptional attention to detail.”

For nearly three decades, Aquila has made the live theater experience more accessible for all audiences. When artistic director Peter Meineck founded Aquila, he wanted to share a deeper understanding of the plays we all know and love. It was Meineck’s hope that everyone could enjoy the ancient Greek dramas, the works of Shakespeare, and of course, new American classics. Members of Aquila Theatre tour on a regular basis and have been awarded for their creative, multidisciplinary, educational programs, and their outreach to underserved audiences in all sorts of communities. LVPAC is excited to partner with Aquila Theatre for what is expected to be an incredible performance.

The Performance

“Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility” takes place Thursday, March 22nd at the Bankhead Theater. Ticket prices range from $40 to $80. Please note that the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center offers discounted tickets for both students and active military personnel. We ask that you call or visit the box office to book these tickets.

The Bankhead Theater

The Bankhead Theater isn’t your average performing arts center. Since 2007, the Bankhead has welcomed countless artists and audiences, bringing them together to share the rich experience of a live performance. Our center for performing arts is proud to put on more than 40 events throughout the year. We present just about every genre you can think of, from authentic western swing and the Great American Songbook to smooth jazz and classic rock. That said, the Bankhead is more than just a concert venue. We encourage you to bring the entire family for dance, acrobatics, theater, opera shows, and comedy performances.

We continuously strive to make the arts accessible and affordable for everyone. When you bring a group of 10 or more people, you can save 10 percent on select LVPAC shows. So the next time you think about going to the arts, be sure to invite your family, friends, business associates, or club members to a performance.

If you’ve never been to the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, now is the time. The venue provides a truly intimate experience for artists and audiences alike.

See our events calendar for upcoming performances.

Event Preview: Danú

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St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Do you have plans yet? If not, the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center invites you to our St. Patrick’s Eve Celebration at the Bankhead Theater. We are proud to welcome Danú, one of the most popular traditional Irish ensembles in 2018. Those in attendance will be treated to an enthralling mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire on the night before the most Irish of holidays. If you’re familiar with Danú, you might know that the band members hail from Waterford, Cork, Dublin, and Donegal. As a group, Danú offers the music of their heritage in a performance that’s been called “impressive, immersive, and uniquely and unmistakably Irish.” Keep reading as we take a closer look at the group.

About Danú

Danú was formed in 1995 as part of Ireland’s delegation to the annual Lorient Interceltic Festival in France, the largest gathering of Celtic nations in the world. Just two years later, the group’s self-titled debut album was released to critical acclaim. Frankly, it didn’t take long for others to see how special Danú could be. In 1999, the group signed a multi-album record deal with the Record Label Shanachie Entertainment with whom they would release five albums and a DVD internationally between 2000 and 2006.

Let’s get to the sound of Danú now. For more than two decades, the group has been known for virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button, accordion, bouzouki, and vocals (Irish and English). The group is no stranger to awards either. Danú has won numerous awards from the BBC and Irish Music magazine and toured Europe, the Middle East, and North America, performing at prestigious venues such as the Hollywood Bowl and Symphony Space in New York City. Thousands of listeners also tune in to hear Danú’s music in live broadcasts on National Public Radio, the CBC, and the BBC. Part of what makes the group’s sound so powerful is that they take audiences on a musical journey to their native Ireland, offering a moving and memorable concert experience.

Danú’s star vocalist, Nell Ní Chróinín, brought her own history of awards to the group when she joined in 2016. Her multiple awards include TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year 2012 and the recipient of the prestigious Oireactas ‘Corn Uí Riada award in 2014.

The Irish Times describes Danú as “a spirit-raising concoction.” Danú regularly sweeps audiences away on a musical journey to their native country in an experience that’s truly moving, authentic, and unforgettable. It’s safe to say there’s no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Livermore.

The Performance

Danú is set to appear at the Bankhead Theater Thursday, March 16th at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $40 to $80 and are going quickly. The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center also has discounted tickets available for students and active military personnel.

The Bankhead Theater

For years, our performing arts center has been the heart of a vibrant cultural arts community. The Bankhead is at the forefront of our efforts. This 507-seat venue regularly welcomes artists and audiences, bringing them together to share the rich experience of live performances. We are fortunate to put on more than 40 exceptional performances throughout the year. They aren’t limited to live music, either. Audience members also come to the Bankhead for dance, acrobatics, theater, opera shows, comedy, and much more.

There’s no question that exposure to the arts has the potential to transform lives. It’s why we’re dedicated to making performances affordable and accessible to everyone. Nothing quite compares to the intimate environment of the Bankhead. What exactly do we mean by this? Well, the Grammy Award-winning vocal group Chanticleer praised the venue for its perfect acoustics. For artists looking to make a transformation, a stop at the Bankhead is an absolute must.

Our Livermore arts center is an independent non-profit organization that operates the Bankhead, as well as the Bothwell and Downtown Art Studios. We invite you and your loved ones to share in the power of live performances. Interested in donating? LVPAC is an independent 501(c)3 organization offering wide-ranging programs that provide access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond.

See our events calendar for upcoming performances.

At the Bankhead

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ON SALE NOW!

Tue Jun 5 at 7:30pm  Cirquantique “Bang!Bang!” 

Wed Jun 13 at 7:30pm  Better Than Ezra

Thu Jun 21 at 7:30pm  Shawn Colvin

Fri Jul 6 at 8:00pm Lee Greenwood

Sat Jul 7 at 8pm  Rita Coolidge

Fri Jul 13 at 8pm  Derik Nelson & Family

Fri Jul 27 at 8pm  New Christy Minstrels

Fri Aug 3 at 8pm “Psychedelic Summer” with LunaFish and Friends

Sun Aug 12 at 3pm  Rockapella & The Company Men 

Fri Aug 17 at 8pm  Indigenous with Chris Duarte

Sat Aug 18 at 8pm Keiko Matsui

Mon Aug 20 at 7:30pm  Asleep at the Wheel

Sat Sep 1 at 8pm Southern Fried Chicks: Cage-Free Comedy Tour

 

The 2018-2019 BANKHEAD PRESENTS SEASON
will be announced MAY 23

Member Only Presale until JUNE 13

Be the first to get your tickets … become a member now!

 

Summer at the Bankhead!

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Top: Rita Coolidge, Derik Nelson & Family, Shawn Colvin, Keiko Matsui, Mato Nanji of Indigenous
Bottom: Southern Fried Chicks, Rockapella
Not shown: The Company Men, Chris Duarte

ON SALE NOW!

The 2018 SUMMER SERIES at the Bankhead Theater is now on sale! Seven great shows are planned at the Bankhead, running from June through the beginning of September. See the LIST hereMEMBERS receive 10% off single tickets or 15% off five or more shows.* Members log in here to buy now.  Membership starts at just $125. Click HERE to become a member today!

This summer the Bankhead Theater will welcome the return of such favorites as legendary pop icon Rita Coolidge, a two-time Grammy Award-winner who filled the theater in 2012. Her timeless hits such as “Higher and Higher” and “We’re All Alone” topped the charts in the 1970s and she has explored other genres as well including classic jazz tunes and music that pays tribute to her Native American heritage. Keiko Matsui returns in August with her signature contemporary smooth jazz  and this summer marks the third visit to the Bankhead for the powerful full-band vocal sound of Rockapella. In an afternoon of pure vocal magic, Rockapella will share the stage with The Company Men, whose voices blend  in irresistible mash-ups of hit songs, both classic and modern.

 ROCKAPELLA & THE COMPANY MEN

Several other artists will make their first visit to Livermore including singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin and the American blues-rock band Indigenous, featuring Mato Nanji, with Chris Duarte. A night of laughter will bring the Series to a close on September 1st with the Southern Fried Chicks hilarious take on life and love in their “Cage Free Comedy Tour!”

And this summer don’t miss Derik Nelson & Family! The three talented siblings, Derik, Riana and Dalten Nelson, will return with their perfectly-blended folk and jazz harmonies only a family can deliver. As they did last year, the three will lead a week-long music workshop tailored to teens that focuses on musicianship, songwriting and performance techniques. The workshop builds skills and confidence through both one-on-one technique building and group interaction and ends with a student performance on the stage of the Bankhead. On Friday evening, July 13th, audiences can enjoy Derik Nelson & Family’s full multi-media concert experience.  The workshop will be open to middle school and high school students and run Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm. Registration

  DERIK NELSON AND FAMILY MUSIC WORKSHOP

in addition to the Summer Series at the Bankhead, resident company Tri-Valley Repertory Theater will present “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” for seven performances from July 21st through August 5th.  Other events are planned throughout the summer from community concerts to film screenings.  Visit the website frequently for updates and stay in touch by joining our email list on the bottom of our homepage.  View all the Bankhead Presents shows on sale HERE and order your tickets today. It’s summertime at the Bankhead … you won’t want to miss out!

DON’T MISS SUMMER AT THE BANKHEAD
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

 

* Members receive 10% off single tickets and a 15% discount on FIVE or more Bankhead Presents shows. If you’re a member login here. If you’re not a member, consider joining today! Memberships start at just $125. In addition to supporting the arts, you’ll be among the first to hear about any new shows and receive member discounts all year long. Additional benefits are available at higher levels.

 

Upcoming Events

Sat 17

Holiday Art Fair: Earlier Than The Bird

Sat, November 17 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Sat 17

6th Floor Project

Sat, November 17 @ 8:00 pm
Organizer: Del Valle Fine Arts
Sun 25

Handel: The Messiah

Sun, November 25 @ 3:00 pm
Wed 28
Dec 01

Annual Family Concert

Sat, December 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Organizers: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
925.373.6800
, Livermore-Amador Symphony
925.447.6454
, and Valley Dance Theatre
925.243.0925

Call 925.373.6800 or email websales@livermoreperformingarts.org for tickets and information