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Connecticut April Arts Preview

March 26, 2012 5:00 AM

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Jan Tichy. Installation No 4 (Towers), 2008 Digital video projection, two 250g paper objects. Running time: 9 minutes

Jan Tichy. Installation No 4 (Towers), 2008 Digital video projection, two 250g paper objects. Running time: 9 minutes

By Dani Frank

After a long winter indoors with nothing more to do than watch re-runs on television and play board games, end your cultural hibernation and reemerge to a spring awakening.  Stimulate the senses, with a taste of visual and auditory entertainment, courtesy of local institutions like the Bushnell, Ridgefield Playhouse and more. Indulge in an array of genres and styles, with classic productions like the Fiddler on the Roof and masterful new artistry, as seen in the Wadsworth’s Matrix series. Spring has sprung, so venture out and enjoy this crop of must-see art events in Connecticut.
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Jan Tichy. Installation No 4 (Towers), 2008 Digital video projection, two 250g paper objects. Running time: 9 minutes

Jan Tichy- Matrix 164
April 5 – August 5, 2012
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 278-2670
Hours: Wed – Fri 11 a.m.– 5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
www.thewadsworth.org

Czech artist Jan Tichy creates a narrative of artistic expression, spanning multiple forms of media, in his latest exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum: MATRIX 164. A springboard for radical expressions and opinions, the MATRIX series propels inventive artists into a highly visible surface area within the museum. In an architectural, video and visual exhibition, Tichy uses light and dark to portray notions of the seen and unseen.

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(credit: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Fiddler on the Roof
April 10-15, 2012
The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
166 Capitol Avenue,
Hartford, CT 06106
860-987-6000
$17-$72
www.bushnell.org/

Tony-award winning theatre takes center stage in the William H. Mortensen Hall, with the classic story of Tevye the humble milkman and his five headstrong, lovestruck daughters. Fiddler on the Roof arrives in Hartford for a six-night run, beginning on April 10. Revisit this timeless tale of love, tradition and the family or introduce the kids to the heartwarming musical, with classic numbers like “If I Were a Rich Man.” Theatre vet John Preece reprises the title role, and is supported by a cast of seasoned actors.

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(credit: Ridgefield Playhouse)

Verdi’s  La Traviata
April 14, 2012; 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge, 06877
Ridgefield, CT
203-438-5795
Box Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat 12 p.m.- 4 p.m
http://www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org/

The Metropolitan Opera has left its post in Lincoln Center and taken up residency at the Ridgefield Playhouse, presenting vocal masterpiece classics from Wagner’s Gotterdammerung to Verdi’s Ernani. Catch the Opera’s final performance in their stay at the Playhouse, with Verdi’s La Traviata, literally translated as “The Fallen Woman.” Take a trip to 19th century Italy in this three-act story detailing the trials and tribulations of the noble courtesan Violetta. Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the April 14 presentation.

aprilarts ctballet Connecticut April Arts Preview

(credit: Connecticut Ballet)

Connecticut Ballet’s 30th Anniversary Razzle Dazzle Gala
April 21, 2012
Maxwell and Ruth Belding Theater
The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
166 Capitol Avenue,
Hartford, CT 06106
860-987-6000
$35-$60
http://www.bushnell.org

For three decades the Connecticut Ballet has spun pirouettes and dipped into plies in productions of our favorite works, from the Nutcracker to Swan Lake. Honor the dedicated troupe on April 21, as they culminate 30 years of performances with Razzle Dazzle Gala. The gala will showcase highlights of the ballet’s past performances, and feature special appearances by guest dancers. Capture the grace and elegance of the art of ballet, with the enthusiasm of emcee and broadcaster Diane Smith, inside the

Dani Frank is a fashion, travel and culture enthusiast and writer living in Easton. A recent graduate of Hofstra University, she is most happy when traversing the East Coast and beyond and documenting it all for curious readers. Read her further work here.
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