5 Things to Do This Weekend
Ancient Forms in a Modern Forum
The classical Indian dance form Odissi is a ravishment of curves. It can seem to take the sinuous sculptures of Indian temples and animate them, deepening the bends in motion, pressing more beauty from the poses.
In recent decades, much of the best Odissi has come from Nrityagram, a company with its own dance village in southern India near Bangalore. A few years ago, the company’s star dancer, Bijayini Satpathy, broke off on her own to try her hand at solo work and choreography. Now, “Vibhanga,” a new solo she created and performed for the Baryshnikov Arts Center’s series of digital commissions, is viewable free at the center’s website until Monday at 5 p.m. Eastern time.
In the 20-minute film, shot on a stage in Bangalore, Satpathy helpfully recounts a little Odissi history. Then she demonstrates how the dance thrives in the present — slow, quick, breathtakingly alive even in stillness.
Love, Pandemic Style
Looking for a safe, enjoyable way to celebrate Valentine’s Day during the pandemic? Here are four options:
On Saturday at 8 p.m. Eastern time, Rebecca Vigil and Evan Kaufman bring their show “Your Love, Our Musical” to YouTube. Submit your relationship story online to become the lucky couple around which Vigil and Kaufman improvise a musical. Tickets to the link are $15 and available on Eventbrite.
On Sunday at 7:30 p.m., “The Really Wed Game” pits married stand-up couples against one another on Zoom. Jason Salmon and Felicia Madison host; Tom Cotter and Kerri Louise, Rich Vos and Bonnie McFarlane, and Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini compete. Tickets are $20 and available on F Comedy Club’s website.
On Sunday at 8:30 p.m., “One Night Stand: A Virtual Valentine’s Day Comedy Show” features stand-up from Ian Fidance, Liz Miele, Eagle Witt, Jordan Jensen and Brendan Sagalow on the platform On Location Live. Tickets are $10.
On Sunday at 9 p.m., Lane Moore presents a special edition of her popular show “Tinder Live” on Zoom, with the audience still deciding on whom she swipes right. Tickets to the livestream start at $20 and are available at jemi.app/lanemoore.
SEAN L. McCARTHY
Minimalism With Surprising Jolts
When listening to Zibuokle Martinaityte, you might be tempted to assign her to a school. The composer clearly likes extended time scales and slowly mutating materials, so does that make her a Minimalist? Further evidence for such a label includes praise she has received from the composer Ingram Marshall.
The Ondine imprint’s new album-length survey of her orchestral music, “Saudade,” doesn’t radically upend such a classification — though it does complicate the story. While the title track invites comparison to works like John Luther Adams’s calmly roiling “Become Ocean,” other pieces on the album show off Martinaityte’s distinctiveness.
She can create hovering nimbus clouds of harmony with the best of them. Yet she’s not afraid to throw a thunderbolt through her subtle, scenic designs. Midway through the otherwise beatific “Millefleur,” a percussive edge emerges, offering an unexpected martial cast to the work. And on “Horizons,” as played by the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the handoffs between strutting flutes and stark strings also serve notice regarding this composer’s winning unpredictability.
SETH COLTER WALLS
Happy Year of the Ox
If your family has been slow to celebrate the debut of 2021, now may be the time to take the bull by the horns. Lunar New Year arrives on Friday — the Asian zodiac animal is the ox — and many organizations are honoring the occasion.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art will stream its free Virtual Lunar New Year Festival on social media on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern time. (Details are on the Met’s website; prerecorded portions will remain online indefinitely.) The child-friendly options include music and dance from the New York Korean Performing Arts Center and craft workshops involving household materials. Young people can make confetti poppers, wearable zodiac charms and dragon puppets. The Met Teens Instagram account will also offer live sketching at 1 p.m.
Other virtual events include China Institute’s workshop-filled Chinese New Year Family Festival on Saturday, and Flushing Town Hall’s Chinese Temple Bazaar, with free performances and demonstrations, on Sunday. (Information is on the presenters’ websites.)
The V&A’s Trove of Ephemera
It will be months before almost anyone walks onstage or backstage or settles into a squeaky, plush chair. In the meantime, you can visit the website for London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and check out its theater and performance collections to view a dizzying mix of artifacts drawn from theater, circus, puppetry, popular music and dance.
The V&A has always been ahead of the curatorial curve in considering theater ephemera — costumes, set pieces, memorabilia — as worthy of preservation and study. The extensive collection traces performing arts from the medieval period to the 21st century, with stops along the way for Restoration drama, Victorian drama and interwar drama. You can search tens of thousands of objects (shoes worn by Prince!) and images. Or scroll through features like “An A-Z of Musical Theater” (A is for Andrew Lloyd Webber, U is for underwear) or “That’s the Way to Do It!,” a history of the troubling Punch and Judy puppets.
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