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The minstrel boy to the war has gone. Twenty years ago, “Riverdance” took Irish music and dance and made it thunder with military precision. The drums, pipes, fiddles, rock star lighting, clouds of smoke and dry ice, and leather-clad dancers took the world by storm. They spawned a number of knock-off acts, all loud and successful. It also led to more high-wattage fiddling …

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The title of “The Yeats Project” implies something workmanlike and studious, while the reality of “The Yeats Project” on the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s stage is the exact opposite. The show literally has wings. Through an inspired collaboration with Lehrer Dance and Torn Space Theater, the spiritual voice of Yeats’ vision of Ireland comes vividly to life in two sho…

Proof of the adage “Good things come to those who wait,” Thursday night’s long-awaited performance by Richmond Ballet and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in “The Rite of Spring” at UB Center for the Arts’ Mainstage Theatre had everything: excitement, drama, pathos, thrilling music and exceptional dancing. The production, postponed due to 2014’s “snow-pocalypse,” was the…

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Postponed by Buffalo’s November storm of 2014, “The Rite of Spring” will finally take the stage at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts’ Mainstage Theatre on April 21. A collaboration between the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Richmond Ballet, the concert was initially organized as a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Center for the Arts. The perform…

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Postponed by Buffalo’s November storm of 2014, “The Rite of Spring” will finally take the stage at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts’ Mainstage Theatre on April 21. A collaboration between the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Richmond Ballet, the concert was initially organized as a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Center for the Arts. The perform…

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It will be a homecoming for Batavia natives Joseph Cotler and Robert Tyler when Koresh Dance Company makes its debut at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts’ Mainstage Theatre on April 15. Cotler and Tyler, both former students of Cotler’s mother Robin’s studio, Images in Dance, are now members of Philadelphia’s Koresh Dance Company. Also on hand will be company…

The story of Chinese immigrants who came to the American South in the 18th and early 19th centuries is one of hardship, discrimination and segregation. Their plight serves as the inspiration for New York City-based HT Chen and Dancers latest work, “South of Gold Mountain.” Excerpts of it, along with other repertory pieces, will be performed by the company Saturday at Nich…

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A celebration of Chinese New Year will be hosted by the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 7. The event is organized by the Chinese Club of Western New York, the largest nonprofit promoter of Chinese culture around, and UB’s Confucius Institute, which promotes artistic and language-based production in classrooms around Western New York. This wil…

You’ve been impressed by their dancing watching from the comfort of your couch - imagine how much more dazzling “Dancing with the Stars” is live.The new “Dancing with the Stars: Live! - Dance All Night Tour” visits the Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center in Niagara Falls for performances at 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday. The 90-minute show features dance numbers from the popular T…

You’ve been impressed by their dancing watching from the comfort of your couch - imagine how much more dazzling “Dancing with the Stars” is live.The new “Dancing with the Stars: Live! - Dance All Night Tour” visits the Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center in Niagara Falls for performances at 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday. The 90-minute show features dance numbers from the popular T…

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When the late-night host Conan O’Brien welcomed Dick Van Dyke to the couch of his TBS television show last week, they started talking dance. A flash-mob dance, in this case, one that happened a few days earlier in honor of Van Dyke’s 90th birthday.They shared a laugh as O’Brien called Van Dyke “the pope of chimney sweeps.” That was a reference to the actor’s position perch…

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When the late-night host Conan O’Brien welcomed Dick Van Dyke to the couch of his TBS television show last week, they started talking dance. A flash-mob dance, in this case, one that happened a few days earlier in honor of Van Dyke’s 90th birthday.They shared a laugh as O’Brien called Van Dyke “the pope of chimney sweeps.” That was a reference to the actor’s position perch…

There are few things better to supercharge your holiday spirit than watching dozens of children onstage performing a timeless Christmas classic. Such was the case on Saturday as the American Academy of Ballet took to the stage at the UB Center for the Arts to deliver the first of three shows celebrating its 20th anniversary performance of “The Nutcracker.”Where to begin wh…

There are few things better to supercharge your holiday spirit than watching dozens of children onstage performing a timeless Christmas classic. Such was the case on Saturday as the American Academy of Ballet took to the stage at the UB Center for the Arts to deliver the first of three shows celebrating its 20th anniversary performance of “The Nutcracker.”Where to begin wh…

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Give for Greatness, the local arts philanthropy founded by then-Artvoice publisher Jamie Moses in the wake of the 2011 cultural funding crisis, has named its latest round of grantees. The grants, administered by Arts Services Initiative, will be awarded in $1,000 allotments to these 30 organizations, chosen from 83 applicants: 1891 Fredonia Opera House Brazen-Faced Var…