Chamber music and classical dance get the elaborate marriage they deserve in an inaugural festival that kicks off this week at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW). The Ballet Pro Musica Festival's main performances will be held next week. This week, accomplished local dancers can take advantage of master dance classes beginning Tuesday, July 31, taught by Ballet Pro Musica's principal choreographer Peter Anastos and Colorado Ballet's artistic director Gil Boggs. For details, call 352-1281.
Lighted bows hum across handheld chimes. On raised platforms on both sides of the stage, illuminated bowls of water hover in the darkness. Figures dressed in black dip their hands into these bowls, lifting up cupped palms and letting the liquid dribble back into the containers. The effect is stunning, both visually and aurally. Lush melodies from the orchestra rise up from the pit while the sounds of the water, slapped and jostled, mix with traditional symphonic instruments.
Legend has it that Puddles began his journey into the land of kitsch with a chance encounter in an Atlanta bar in 1998. The bartender heard him sing after taking a show flyer and tracking him down at his gig at a flea market. The sad clown singing karaoke on a boombox blew him away and now that bartender and Puddles travel the world together. His career exploded in 2013 when he was featured on Postmodern Jukebox's cover of “Royals” by Lorde. The YouTube video instantly went viral and has over 22 million views to date. They call him the “sad clown with the golden voice.” But don't be frightened by the seven foot clown. He soulfully serenades you into the evening as Puddles Pity Party takes over the KiMo Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 18 with beautifully arranged covers of rock and pop classics. The show is from 8 to 10pm for an all-ages crowd. Puddles won't be so sad if you can cough up the asking price of $35 to $100 for a ticket. Don't let Puddles be sad.
Thrill the World is hitting Albuquerque! Come out to the learn the choreography and help break the world record for the world's largest simultaneous dance via the six-minute Michael Jackson smash hit at Tiguex Park on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 6:30 to 7:30pm. The free Thriller Class requires a waiver to be filled out prior to the session, which can be found at the link below. The big event is on Oct. 27, but registration closes at midnight on Oct. 24, so make sure you register. This event is for all-ages, so look for Lina and Karen by the stage at the park and get ready to get zombie-fied for the record shattering event. Find the waiver at: sites.google.com/site/thrilltheworldalbuquerque/learn-the-dance/forms