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2023 PRESS RELEASE

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***


The 2022 Provincetown Dance Festival Expands to Two Weekends

at Edgewood Farm, August 19, 20 & 26 & 27 3 Edgewood Way, Truro


The Shows will present 11 artists and companies and live music: including an iconic solo from Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, and works by Merce Cunningham and Donald Byrd.


(Truro) Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill is excited to be co-producing, now in its 16th season, the Provincetown Dance Festival. We will expand its program to offer two weekends: August 19th and 20th and August 26th and 27th. The performances will take place on the beautiful outdoor Sam’s Stage, at The Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill’s Edgewood Farm campus. Artists will come from s ix cities and will include the first performance in the Provincetown area of the beloved Dying Swan, by the Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. In addition, audiences will see a duet from Seattle’s renown Spectrum Dance Theater, choreographed by its Artistic Director, Tony Award nominee, Donald Byrd, and a classic solo by the legendary contemporary dance maker, Merce Cunningham.


The Ballet Trockadero De Monte Carlo, affectionately known as The Trocks, are a part of dance history. They were born in the 1970s, and grew to become an institution as the most famous drag ballet troupe in the world. Castle Hill’s Director and festival co-producer, Cherie Mittenthal saw the PBS documentary about the Trocks and asked Adam Miller, “when are we going to get someone from there?” As it turned out Miller had worked with the company and quickly made a call, he recalled, “unfortunately, due to Omicron, the Trocks had to cancel their preparations for upcoming touring, but we were able to engage one of their leading artists to perform their signature (and hilarious) solo, The Dying Swan. I know everyone will love it.”


Other highlights will include a solo by Sara Haarmann of the Mark Morris Dance Company in a solo by the legendary Merce Cunningham. The second weekend’s shows will be anchored with a duet by the Tony Award nominee Donald Byrd: performed by two artists from his Seattle-based contemporary dance company, Spectrum Dance Theater. This season will feature the return of artists from the Portland Ballet with a work by the festival’s Director, Adam Miller. In addition, performers will include tap artist, Khalid Hill, who will perform with live music, the innovative Irish Step Dancing duo, Rebecca McGowan and Jackie O’Riley, who will also perform with live music. For the first time, audiences will get to see the rising New England tap and percussion ensemble Dramatix, and classical Indian dancer Priya Bangal, contemporary dance artists from New York Lilah ven Rens and Jade Manns, a contemporary duet by Fukudance. Both Mittenthal and Miller are confident this year’s festival will be a milestone for the performing arts on the Outer Cape.


Co-Producer, The Truro Center for the Artist at Castle Hill, will also offer a special workshop given by artists of Drumatix. This is a fun event suitable for all ages and all skill levels: it is a workshop made for everyone to enjoy the joys of rhythm and music.


Castle Hill is celebrating its 50 year anniversary this year, and is excited to for the first time to offer 4 nights, 2 weekends of amazing dance companies.


Due to parking issues at Edgewood Farm, we are busing people into Edgewood from Corn Hill Beach and from Castle Hill at 10 Meetinghouse Road. Buses will beginning transporting people from 6:00pm. There will be time to frolic around the beautiful property and looks at the sculpture garden. The performance will begin at 7:00pm.


Tickets are $40 each and must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be available at the door. Don’t WAIT as it will sell out at 200 tickets. Please bring blankets, beach chairs. Limited chairs will be available.


For more information you can go to either https://www.castlehill.org/special-events/2022/8/19/provincetown-dance-festival or https://www.provincetowndancefestival.com or call Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill at 508.359.7511.


PHOTO: OLIVIA MOON


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