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The Hopkins Center 2013/2014 Program Preview On July 18, 2013. It Was Entertaining & Educational. Glad We Went.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

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Margaret Lawrence, director of programming at the Hopkins Center for the Arts,

Margaret Lawrence

This multimedia presentation preview really brought the Hopkins’ published program vividly to life – just like a movie trailer for the upcoming season.

It was very well done by Margaret Lawrence, the Director of Programming for The Hop. She was impressive. I couldn’t find too much about her on the Web but I suspect that she has some thespian in her. Her summaries of each act, done without continually looking at notes or using a teleprompter, were succinct, incisive, insightful and revealing. As some one who has done a ton of public speaking I appreciate those that can present information from memory. Well done.

I learned a lot about performers and acts that I had seen in the Program but was not familiar with.

The British “The Tiger Lillies” was one. They look like a load of (adult) fun.

Click to access YouTube video.

Click to access YouTube video.


The kids were suitably impressed with this DJ Trio: A Tribe Called RedSince I can pass as Navajo among Navajo (albeit when I am closer to 190 than 165) I am quite partial to this music too. It is a standing room only jam. We might go.

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Click for YouTube.


So this was just a start. I won’t go through all the acts in this post. I will hit them sequentially over the weeks.

But some shows are already selling out!

So, you better check the Program and do so quick.

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Click to access 2013/2014 Program Brochure
online.

E-mail or call for your own (collectible) brochure:
Hopkins.center.box.office@dartmouth.edu
or 603.646.2422

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Rejoice! Jump For Joy. The Hopkins Center Program For 2013/2014 Is Out & It Is Another Cornucopia Of Delight.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

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Hopkins.center.box.office@dartmouth.edu
or 603.646.2422

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Just when you start thinking that ‘The Hop‘ can’t possibly outdo what they have already achieved, e.g., ‘The Trocks‘ or ‘St. Matthew‘, they, effortlessly, transport you to another higher plateau.

This morning, by mail, I got the brochure for the 2013/2014 season. Now given that we are planning to go to this Thursday’s free Sneak Preview I was already somewhat familiar with what was on tap. Plus, I get regular e-mail updates.

Nonetheless I was blown away. Wow. Wow. Wow. So many great acts. So many famous performers.

I wish we had moved to the ‘Dartmouth’ area. I would live at ‘The Hop’.

But, I am so happy that we have this class of culture in New Hampshire.

Do yourself a huge favor. Call or e-mail ‘The Hop’ and ask for a brochure. It is a collectible. The kids love it. If you can get two, and the kids and use the other for images for their scrap books.

The Hopkins Center For The Arts (Dartmouth, NH): 2013/2014 Season Sneak Preview, July 18, 2013.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

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We plan to go.

The price is right and we have only heard great things about
the ‘Canoe Club’.

We have yet to ever be disappointed at The Hop.
It is always a delight to attend.

This should be fun and we can decide what we want to see in the coming season, in addition to the yearly Christmas Revels.

‘The Trocks’ Truly Rocks The Hopkins Center Audience Last Night. The Laughter & Applause Was Non-Stop. An Amazing Tour de Force.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

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All the pictures of the dancers from their Website at http://www.trockadero.org/. Click on any of the pictures to ENLARGE.




The spoofs on the fabricated, way-over-the-top, Russian names was a work of art in its own right. The ‘Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers’ of NPR “Car Talk” would be very jealous since these names made their efforts look insipid.


The Hop did it again. They set some very high expectations and then went onto exceed them with effortless elan. To say that they hit it way out of the ballpark with ‘The Trocks‘ wouldn’t even come close to capturing the unqualified success of last night’s performance.

I have not heard this much laughter from an audience since the last time I saw “Noises Off” – and that is considered one of the funniest comedies to hit the stage. We saw “The Producers” on Broadway a few years ago and this show sure had the audience in much more mirth than that clever comedy. There was this palpable, electric, kind of staticky, ‘rustle’ from the crowd right through the 2(+) hour performance – an energy you only feel at a show when the whole audience, as one, is totally captivated, sitting on the edge of their seats.

During the first intermission I heard a lady call it ‘hysterical’. At the end, an older gentleman sitting in front of us, stood up and shouted out ‘Thank You‘. During the ‘Swan Lake‘ act the lady behind us shouted out ‘Bravo‘, on average, every 90 seconds! And you can’t blame her for her unstinted joy and appreciation. This was a show that delighted one at multiple levels.

It was an astonishing creative synergistic mashup of above average classic ballet, farce, clever choreography, pantomime, pinpoint timing and incisive (insider) parody.

It was very clever and ever so entertaining. That they did, for their encore, a very convincing rendition of ‘Lord of the Dance‘ from Riverdance was just icing on the cake. The audience erupted in awe and appreciation. I have seen Riverdance (at least twice) and Michael Flatley in ‘Lord of the Dance‘ (in Vegas). This was up there. I know that Michael would have joined us in leaping to his feet to applaud.


'The Trocks' doing the Riverdance from over a year ago. They did not use a fogging machine last night (which was talked about in the post show discussion). They were much better last night than what you see here. Trust me, as Brit (and adopted Scot), I know my celtic dancing. Click to access YouTube video.

‘The Trocks’ doing the Riverdance from over a year ago. They did not use a fogging machine last night (which was talked about in the post show discussion). They were much better last night than what you see here. Trust me, as Brit (and adopted Scot), I know my celtic dancing. Click to access YouTube video.


The kids loved it. On the way home, my 12 year old instructed me that I had to give it a GOOD writeup. I hope I am meeting her request.

Deanna, who is a much harsher critic than I am, was beyond delighted. She loved it. Raved about it. I know she wants to see them again.

If you got to see them at The Hop this weekend you must know that you were privileged to be a part of something very special. If you didn’t get to see them try and catch another of their shows – but they are performing overseas for much of the rest of 2013. Lets hope that The Hop gets them back next year.

We stayed after the show for the post-performance discussion with the Artistic Director, Tory Dobrin. He was very personable and impressive. I asked the first question: ‘had they ever done Nutcracker and would they consider doing it in the future‘ (and I promise there was no double entendre in that question, though Deanna always assume that I am trying to be ‘cute’). The answers was that I wasn’t the first to have asked about the Nutcracker and no they have never done it and don’t plan to do it. He then went onto explain why. It has to do with his belief in ‘karma‘. The Nutcracker is a Christmas show and as such is only done during December. Since ‘every’ local community seems to have a production of the show, a ‘Trocks’ production would eat into these sales and they don’t want to do that. I can appreciate that.

Learned some interesting things from him. Only 40% of the 14 to 16 performers are from the U.S. They do not have any corporate sponsors or get any grants! So they survive entirely on monies made from performances (though I notice that they do seek donations on their Website). Since the non-U.S. dancers can’t collect U.S. unemployment they try to do as many performances a year as they can — and that means around 120 shows a year.


The post-performance discussion with Tory Dobrin who was an ex-dancer (and you could tell). Not sure who the young lady was. She was good. But, she never told us who she was. This is one of the rare shortcomings at The Hop. They can be remiss in introducing people. Click to ENLARGE.




Dartmouth Hopkins Center FREE Concert By Ethiopian-American ‘Debo Band’ On Thursday, June 27, 2013 At 5 pm (Indoor At 7 IF Rain)

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

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To access the Hop page for this free event replete with an embedded video on the right. Just click, sit back and enjoy.


A Debo Band video on YouTube from October 2012. It is very good. Have a listen. Click to access YouTube video.


This looks like a load of fun and the price cannot be beat! Reminds me of last year’s amazing ‘HopFest‘ free 2-day festival to celebrate the Hop’s 50 year anniversary. They even have a rain provision built-in. Wow.

Thank YOU The Hop. You folks are so great. What a joy. What a pleasure.

Not sure whether we can make it. Yes, we would love to go. But, it is a 90 minute hike each way and with the mandatory McDonald’s stop in Concord, typically both going and coming, it becomes a long trip. PLUS, we are going to the ‘Les Ballets Trockadero …‘ that Sunday. That is the real barrier. PLUS, it is Deanna’s birthday … that day. As I have mentioned here, one of my manifold foibles (that drives Deanna nuts)  is that I insist on celebrating birthdays on the birthday, since I know that (and I learned this from my doctor uncle who delivered me on my birthday) that your birthday is your birthday.  You only have ONE birthday a year. Inviolable and irrefutable. Deanna, the daughter of a Maine lobsterman, who grew up in a house right by the ocean, wants to go to the ocean, in Maine, for her birthday. So, June 27 probably will not work for us.

But, mark this on YOUR calendar. It should be a blast. Enjoy.

Thank you again, The Hop.


‘Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo’ High Stepping To The Dartmouth Hopkins Center June 29 – 30, 2013.

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Click to access the 'Hopkins Center' page with ticket purchase links.

Click to access the ‘Hopkins Center’ page with ticket purchase links. Also includes, at right, a representative video …


Another video clip of them, this one from YouTube. Click to access.

Another video clip of them, this one from YouTube. Click to access.


A YouTube video on the the troupe going through their motions. Pretty interesting. Click.

A YouTube video on the the troupe going through their motions. Pretty interesting. Click.


They ringing the NYSE stock market bell. Yes, a YouTube video. Click.

They ringing the NYSE stock market bell. Yes, a YouTube video. Click.


We happened to see a huge poster for this ballet when we attended the gala ‘St. Matthew Passion‘ concert at the Dartmouth Hopkins Center ‘last’ weekend.

I kind of knew, at once, when I saw the poster that this was no ordinary ballet troupe. Deanna read the whole blurb to make sure. We Brits are very partial to camp comedy — even ‘Are You Being Served‘ very camp in its own way. This looks like a lot of fun, plus they seem very talented. We are thinking of going.

I am sure the kids will be fine with it. The ballet, from what I can deduce from the videos, is impeccable — all that muscle probably helping too.

Tickets are on sale as of today. I hope it is not sold out. Enjoy.