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Impulses Dance Theatre Arts


May 20-22, all peformances at 7 PM
The Cloud House Studio, 104 West 17th Street, 2nd floor
Tickets: $20
Reservations: 917.710.0050

“What is she? Dancer or actress or both? Poetess and diseuse? A mime who speaks? Painter of portraits in movement? Margaret Beals cannot be classified, catalogued or cubby holed….She does honor to the multiple meanings of a magical word, THEATRE.” Walter Terry

Beals is brilliant at the technique of improvisation. She builds themes, varies them, slides in new motifs, repeats material, almost the way some people choreograph.”
Deborah Jowitt

Margaret Beals, dancer, choreographer, pioneer in the art of dance improvisation, and unique theatrical performer, announces three encore performances of her recent sold-out series MARGARET BEALS: FILMS and STORIES, May 20-22, 7 PM, at The Cloud House Studio, 104 West 17th Street. In her characteristically charming and spontaneous style, Beals will introduce and comment on all films, which include performances in studios, theaters and the famous Village nightclub The Bottom Line.

Friday May 20
“STINGS”, a first screening
This is a public screening of the original production of “Stings”, the first dramatization of the Ariel Poems of Sylvia Plath. “Stings” was co-created and co-directed by Margaret Beals and Obie-award winner Lee Nagrin, with acclaimed choreography by Ms. Beals. The videography is by renowned director and choreographer Ping Chong. Rights to the Ariel Poems were given personally to Ms. Beals by Olwyn and Ted Hughes.

Saturday May 21
“An Evening with Edna St. Vincent Millay, Frederic Chopin, and Virginia Woolf”

* “Wild Swans in Epitaph” (1974), choreographed, spoken and performed by Margaret Beals. Poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Film by Peter Powell.

* Dance Improvisations to Chopin (1985) with pianist Thomas Hrynkiv.

* “Seascapes” (1989), choreographed and performed by Margaret Beals. Music composed and played by internationally renowned flutist Judith Pearce. Text excerpted from Virginia Woolf’s The Waves. Direction by Tony-award winning director Tony Tanner.

Sunday May 22

“Margaret Beals Live at the Bottom Line” (1979) – Margaret Beals with jazz pianist Liz Story at the iconic New York downtown nightclub The Bottom Line. Includes Beals’ ingenious “Words!” improvisations.

“PillowTalk series: The Art of Improvisation as Performance”, with dance innovator Beals at Jacob’s Pillow Summer Festival, Becket, Ma.

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