From May 20-22, internationally acclaimed Syrian clarinetist/composer Kinan Azmeh and Sri Lankan-born pianist/composer Dinuk Wijeratne share their stirring "Art of the Duo" programs across northern New Hampshire. These world-class artists fuse elements of Arabic and south-east Asian vocabulary with classical and jazz music idioms to create a new sonic world that the legendary Marcel Khalife called "wings of breath." In addition to school programs they will be offering four performance/discussions that will include original work and talk about issues from collaboration and creativity to cultural awareness and the role of art in times of crisis. Join us in Littleton (3 pm, Sunday, May 20), Plymouth (7 pm, Sunday, May 20), Gorham (6:30 pm Monday, May 21) or Lancaster (6:30 pm Tuesday, May 22). Read more and order advance tickets here.
Here’s one more chance to catch Troy Wunderle’s one-man circus! Troy, the artistic director of Circus Smirkus, will be performing solo Tuesday, May 29, at 6:30 pm at Moultonborough Central School, 916 Whittier Hwy., Moultonborough. The interactive family program, for ages 3 to 103, offers expert juggling, wacky globe walking, astounding balancing, sensational plate spinning, teetering rola bolas, daring unicycle antics, mischievous magic, beautiful bubbles and comic buffoonery! The show, postponed in April due to a storm, is the final event in our 10-day residency with Troy, and is sponsored by the Moultonborough PTA.
Los Angeles-based artist Lorri Deyer and Berlin, NH-raised sculptor Quinn Morrissette have been selected as the 2018 White Mountain National Forest Artists in Residence. Lorri will be creating a Field Guide to the Unnoticed: Walks through the WMNF, using illustrations, anecdotes, sound, and pictures and inviting the public to contribute their own observational art. Community members and Forest visitors will also be invited to join Quinn in using rocks, wood, and other natural materials to construct a sculptural bench on the Forest. Learn more about Lorri and her residency here, and about Quinn and his work here. And be sure to visit “The People’s Forest: A Centennial Celebration of the White Mountain National Forest,” on view at the Museum of the White Mountains, 34 Highland St., Plymouth from May 16 through September 12, 2018. The exhibit explores the rich history of the WMNF, and includes work by previous WMNF Artists in Residence.
The second year of our Experience/Arts partnership with Grafton County Senior Citizens, funded by Aroha Philanthropies and the Couch Family Foundation, is now under way. We’ll be offering another series of eight free arts classes for adults ages 55 and older – in Plymouth, Haverhill, Lebanon and Littleton – from May through December. We’re starting off with “Working with Clay” at the Littleton Studio School and “Photographing Nature” at the Horse Meadow Senior Center; the photography class will also be offered in Lebanon this summer and Plymouth will host a summer eco-art class. This fall, ukulele classes will be taught in Haverhill and Lebanon, story telling in Plymouth and creative movement in Littleton. Read more here – and let us know if you’d like to be put on the Experience/Arts email list.
Culture never stops! If you're interested in cultural programs, partnerships or outreach opportunities, we encourage you to email or call us to let us know, and we'll be glad to talk or meet with you. We have a fantastic list of artists and programs we can offer, any time of day, any time of year, for any age and any size group! If you’re interested in workshops, concerts, partnerships or outreach opportunities, we encourage you to email or call us to let us know, and we’ll be glad to meet or talk with you.
Lorraine Chapman, one of New England’s most respected choreographers, will be working with dancers – and non-dancers – on contemporary dance and interdisciplinary movement in a multi-part residency that continues throughout the spring. Lorraine will work solo several days and will also be joined by her company for a series of community residency days, offering classes for dancers, theater artists and community members around the region, including ballet, modern and Grotowski-based movement awareness and improv sessions. Learn more about offerings here.