Members of the Ellen Sonopoli Dance Company perform during Made in the Shade at The Egg on Aug. 10. Michael Hallisey/SpotlightNews
TROY — The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company will present “SleepWalks: The Body of Dreams” a collaborative multimedia dance performance on Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. Both performances will take place at the Chapel and Cultural Center, located at 2125 Burdett Ave., in Troy.
Recalled collective dreams and strong dreamworld themes shared by overnight SleepWalks participants are the source material for these performances with music by composers Lee Pembleton and Andrea Williams. Company dancers transform themselves into the dreamer bodies as they are immersed in Williams’ video projection environments. Reality blurs with the dreamworld as the dancers move back and forth between the reality of sleep and the revelation of our dreams.
A water-themed soundscape encouraged water-themed dreams as well as collective dreams. Utilizing the timestamps of the EEG headband readers worn by participants provided by scientist Todd Anderson and the sound sample timestamps by Pembleton and Williams, there is evidence that sounds can, and indeed do, shape the dreamworld of participating dreamers.
General admission tickets, which cost $10 each (plus a $1.34 service fee), are available for purchase online at sleepwalksbodyofdreams.brownpapertickets.com.
For more information about the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, visit www.sinopolidances.org.
ALBANY — The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will bring a trio of treasured children’s stories to life during “Brown Bear, Brown Bear and other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle” at 3 p.m. in the Hart Theatre at The Egg on Sunday, Oct. 23.
The show, which initially premiered in 2011, brings old favorites and new friends from three of Carle’s classics together. Since it was first published in 1967, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?,” written and illustrated by Carle and Bill Martin, Jr., has been a valuable tool in helping hundreds of thousands of toddlers associate colors and meanings with objects. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” first published in 1969, joins the whimsical menagerie drawn from the pages of “Brown Bear.”
Finally, “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me,” published in 1986, is considered one of Carle’s most imaginatively-designed works. A heartwarming exploration of a father’s love for his daughter, it’s the tale of an unusual quest for a unique plaything – the moon – and offers a splendid introduction to the wonderment of the lunar cycle.
Children’s tickets for the show cost $18 each; one adult will be admitted for free when accompanied by a child with a ticket.
Founded in 1972, the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is best known for its unique stage adaptations of children’s beloved literary classics. Its innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, evocative original music and gentle storytelling have been applauded by five million spectators in 15 countries.
The performance is part of The Egg’s Family Wonders series.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.theegg.org.