Provincetown Dance Festival Kicks Off Truro Farm Outdoor Stage
The 15th Provincetown Dance Festival, held this year on an outdoor stage at Edgewood Farm, will feature performers from the Boston Ballet and the Paul Taylor Dance Company as well as live music.
The Truro Center for the Arts will christen the new âSam’s Stageâ with the festival as seven artists will present eight works, some of them world premieres.
âThe new stage is a dream come true,â said festival director Adam Miller, announcing the lineup. âWhen it was planned, we didn’t even know how important this space would be in this new world of performance challenges. He was inspired, he said, to “go all out and bring in some truly stellar artists to celebrate this new space.”
The program will include Sokeo Ros, offering an infusion of hip-hop and Cambodian dance; tap artist Orlando Hernandez, presenting a world premiere with live music by saxophonist Leland Baker; Eran Bugge of the Paul Taylor Dance Company in a premiere of a solo piece choreographed especially for the festival; and Chyrstyn Fentroy and Paulo Arrais of the Boston Ballet.
Hartford’s Scapegoat Garden will also appear with a new work designed by dance innovator Deborah Goffe; Jade Solomon Curtis of Solo Magic in Seattle; and the Portland Ballet.
The centre’s outdoor stage has been planned for over two years and creates an amphitheater on the edge of a meadow on the farm. It is named after Adam Miller’s brother Sam, who was among those who saw Edgewood Farm’s potential as an arts center on the Outer Cape.
Samuel A. Miller, who died in 2018 at the age of 65, spent part of most years at Wellfleet with his family and had a long career in the performing arts, according to the centre’s information on the stage exterior. He was the first Tiny Tim for the annual âA Christmas Carolâ at Trinity Rep in Providence, where his mother, Dian Reynolds, was a founding member. Miller then worked for the Pennsylvania Ballet; be general manager of the Pilobolus dance company; and Managing Director and Executive Director of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (including the start of a collaboration with Mass MOCA).
Among other works with the arts, Sam Miller was also executive director of the New England Foundation for the Arts, where he founded the National Dance Project; chairman of Levering Investments in Creativity, a 10-year initiative to improve conditions for individual artists; and director of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
If you are going to
What: Provincetown Dance Festival
When: 6 p.m. August 20-21
Or: Sam’s stage at the Truro Center for the Arts at Edgewood Farm, 3 Edgewood Way, Truro
Tickets: $ 35, $ ââ20 for students; https://www.castlehill.org/