December 14-15, 2017 8:00 p.m. County Prep High School (525 Montgomery St., Jersey City, NJ; enter on Bright St.) Beaten through with arrhythmia and percussive gesture, Loose Heart traces an inner landscape of longing. By turns solitary and unified, the trio of dancers delve into physical meditations and small, rough acts of violence before ultimately arriving at a more balanced peace. Characteristically, Halpern enriches the world with a variety of materials. Lines of speech and dialogue weave through the dance, matching the movement in weight and abstraction. In a predominantly dark world, dancers urge an unknown listener to cross into the light, and repeatedly offer the reassurance that the heart in question isn't broken, its just loose. The work is further defined by an overgrown green blanket, crocheted by Halpern, an evocative symbol of comfort that shape-shifts from ground to nest to tent to net, softening a fall or binding a body. Loose Heart features sound design by composer Elliot Cole, and is performed by Brooklyn-based artists Arianna Dunmire and Julia Galanski (Then She Fell), and Jersey City's Myssi Robinson (Kyle Marshall Choreography, Meagan Woods & Company). Loose Heart is t'he company's second major work, and it is supported by the 2017 Choreographers In Residence Program (CHIRP) at County Prep High School. Katelyn Halpern & Dancers is a modern dance company formed in 2016 under the artistic direction of Katelyn Halpern. The company's first major work, JUICE, premiered June 2017 in a sold out run at the Alchemical Theater Laboratory in New York. Recent presenters include Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, and Art House Productions Your Move Dance Festival; their work is supported by DANCENOW Silo, chashama, and 2017 CHIRP. The company is Myssi Robinson, Arianna Dunmire, and Julia Galanski.
TV’s hottest show is going back on tour across America this winter in Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up the Night. Fans of the show have the opportunity to see the best ballroom dancers in the business perform live in their hometowns. This all-new production showcases ballroom and contemporary dances seen on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, including sizzling group numbers, steamy duets, and over the top original pieces. Dancers will include Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe,Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, as well as two celebrity finalists: champion Jordan Fisher and Frankie Muniz.
On Wednesdays at 2 p.m., Montclair Public Library hosts The Every Wednesday Matinee, a film series presented in its auditorium. In January, Bette Davis movies will be shown. Marked Woman (January 3) – Starring Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane. A crusading DA persuades a clip joint “party girl” to testify against her mobster boss after her innocent sister is accidentally murdered during one of his unsavory “parties.” (1937, 96 minutes, black & white) In This Our Life (January 10) – Starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, George Brent. The day before her wedding, a pampered young woman absconds with her sister’s husband; in retaliation, her sister begins seeing the woman’s former fiancé. (1942, 97 minutes, black & white) All This, and Heaven Too (January 17) – Starring Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn. A duchess’ irrational behavior toward the governess of her children triggers tragic events that will change her family’s lives forever. (1940, 143 minutes, black & white) Dark Victory (January 24) – Starring Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart. A young socialite is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and must decide whether or not she’ll meet her final days with dignity. (1939, 104 minutes, black & white) Jezebel (January 31) – Starring Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent. In 1850s Louisiana, a free-spirited Southern belle loses her fiancé due to her stubborn vanity and pride, and vows to win him back. (1938, 103 minutes, black & white) All films are free and open to the public, and the library is handicapped accessible. For more information, please call 973-744-0500 ext. 2235.
From gruesome sci-fi monsters to huge explosions, get closer to the action than ever before in this interactive and action-packed family show in which special effects experts take you behind the scenes of your favorite action films to reveal the science and secrets of creating movie magic.