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Porgy and Bess

City Pages: Beauty and heartbreak live side by side in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

March 26, 2014 12:59 pm | Leave your thoughts

Written by Ed Huyck Put aside the complex history, the questions of racial stereotypes, and the altered nature of the piece for a moment, and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess is a gorgeous night of music. Audiences familiar with the repeated pop earworms of modern musicals get an immersive auditory experience composed by a 20th-century American master. The jazz-influenced score offers tremendous rewards that constantly work in concert with the tough story presented on stage. ... more


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Star Tribune: ‘Porgy and Bess’ at Ordway soars on powerful voices

March 26, 2014 11:13 am | Leave your thoughts

Written by ROHAN PRESTON We are in the midst of a season of winning shows in the Twin Cities, from “Peter and The Starcatcher” at the Orpheum and “The Scarecrow and His Servant” at Children’s Theatre to “Lonely Soldiers” at History Theatre and “Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in The White House” at the Guthrie. Now comes “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” to take the cake. With its glorious voices, its evocative design and choreography, ... more


Kevin Dix

Meet Kevin Dix, Carpenter

March 24, 2014 11:54 am | Comments Off

Building a project like the Ordway’s new concert hall takes hundreds of people working together, each contributing their own skills to the cause. This is our opportunity to say “thank you” to just a few of the many hand-working women and men who are turning this exciting vision into reality. Kevin Dix has been with McGough Construction for 11 years, working on a variety of projects including hospitals, churches and college facilities. He also worked ... more


Porgy & Bess

Star Tribune: ‘Porgy and Bess’ tour stops at Ordway Center in St. Paul

March 24, 2014 11:48 am | Comments Off

Consistently controversial, a revival of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” takes center stage at Ordway Center. Article by: ROHAN PRESTON Since its premiere in 1935, “Porgy and Bess” has become America’s most famous opera, even as it attracted criticism often polarized along racial lines. Its songs, such as “Summertime” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing,” have become part of the soul of American culture, while its simple, uneducated black characters have given some prominent African-American ... more


A Christmas Story

Pioneer Press: Ordway’s 2014-15 season has favorites flavored with nostgia

March 11, 2014 2:14 pm | Comments Off

By Chris Hewitt Nostalgia is the theme of the just-announced season at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The Ordway will bring in several classic musicals, including “Camelot,” “Damn Yankees” (a locally created production), “Evita,” the operetta “The Pirates of Penzance” and “Sing-a-Long-a Grease,” which kicks off the season in July. Even the new shows have a hint of the past: the Ordway’s production of “A Christmas Story: The Musical” is based on the ... more


Insight News: Diversity by design at Ordway

February 19, 2014 4:46 pm | Comments Off

By Harry Colbert, Jr. If it seems as though the audience at the Ordway is becoming more diverse, that’s because it is – and that’s by design. Though the initiative Taking Our Place Centerstage: The African Diaspora in Harmony (TOPC), the St. Paul theater and playhouse is broadening its shows in efforts to attract patrons of African heritage and also to expose its current audience to varied works of the African Diaspora. Like most major ... more


Ronald K. Brown

Insight News: ‘Porgy and Bess’ choreographer to conduct workshops in the Twin Cities

February 19, 2014 2:12 pm | Comments Off

In advance of the revival of the classic musical, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, the show’s award-winning choreographer is coming to the Twin Cities. As part of the Ordway’s Taking Our Place Centerstage: The African Diaspora in Harmony, dancer and choreographer Ronald K. Brown, will visit the area on Feb. 25 for a community reception at the Ordway, 345 Washington St., St. Paul. Prior to the reception, which is open to the public, Brown will ... more


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Insight News: Ordway highlights African culture through “Taking Our Place Centerstage: The African Diaspora in Harmony”

February 7, 2014 11:43 am | Comments Off

Insight News | January 29, 2014 The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, together with members of the African and African-American communities, is presenting a set of distinctive performances in February to celebrate the arts of the African Diaspora. Taking of Our Place Center Stage: The African Diaspora in Harmony is a series of performances highlighting the varied arts from across the African cultural existence. This month the Ordway, 345 Washington St., St. Paul, as ... more


Rennie Harris Puremovement

Minnesota Daily: Breaking out of the box

February 6, 2014 11:04 am | Comments Off

By Callie Sacarelos | February 6, 2014 Rennie Harris Puremovement infuses street hip-hop with soul and substance for the stage. Hip-hop is a freeform artistic expression — the dance element grew from kids in the South Bronx socializing over a boom box and a scrap of cardboard in New York City. When this free, typically un-choreographed movement is put inside the boxy confines of a stage, the challenge is to keep the spirit of hip-hop ... more


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Star Tribune: Rennie Harris brings hip-hop dance to Ordway Center

February 5, 2014 9:44 am | Comments Off

By Rohan PrestonStar Tribune | February 4, 2014 Choreographer Rennie Harris says the explosive movements of his dancers have spiritual and philosophical meaning. For more than 20 years, Rennie Harris has toured the world with Puremovement, his ensemble of fluid, lyrical movers. On big stages in Europe, the United States and the Middle East, the choreographer and company founder has presented movement forged in urban crucibles. The dynamic pieces that he has made, some of ... more