PS21 has two unique venues in one stunning building on a bucolic setting just one mile outside the Village of Chatham: a traditional stage with open air seating protected by a sweeping pavilion roof as well as an enclosed black box theater. Equipped with state-of-the-art theatrical equipment, PS21 is able to accommodate a wide range of works from some of today's most brilliant artists in dance, theater and music.
The centerpiece of this lovely summer evening will be the Paul Taylor Dance Company. The Company will be in residence at PS21 for three weeks (June 21 – July 4 and August 1 – 8), rehearsing and performing some of Paul Taylor‘s most beloved masterworks including Aureole, Company B and Esplanade. During the residency, the Company will be reconstructing The Green Table and at the Gala will hold a performance of the work following its adaptation. You will be part of a conversation about the role of dance in society then and now and enjoy a delicious supper in our fields.
Friday August 6, 2021
6 – 10 pm
All proceeds support our 2021 Season and local education initiatives as well as the maintenance of our 100 acres of open lands.
At PS21, we are constantly monitoring the progress of New York’s phased reopening of businesses, schools, recreation areas, and nonprofits and will update you on any changes to our Gala plans.
Aureole, created in 1962, was Taylor’s first major success. Set to baroque music by George Frideric Handel, the work marks Taylor’s departure from contemporary composers. Aureole showcases Taylor’s trademark style of athletic, often idiosyncratic movement steeped in both ballet and modern techniques.
The Green Table
Eighty-nine years after Kurt Jooss’s groundbreaking debut of The Green Table, the narrative is just as relevant, and the drama just a searing as the day it was produced.
Witnessing his country being torn apart by nationalism, populism, and anti-Semitism, Kurt Jooss choreographed a 37-minute ballet in 1932, The Green Table, subtitled “A dance of death in eight scenes.” Jooss and his collaborator, Jewish composer Fritz Cohen, had an affinity for art that addressed moral issues, and they abhorred plotless dances. With fascism on the rise in Germany, they worked together to create a ballet with a strong anti-war statement, which to this day is one of the most powerful dances made in the 20th century.
HONORARY GALA CHAIRPERSONS
Judith R. & Alan H. Fishman
Wendy Whelan & David Michalek
GALA HOST COMMITTEE
Terry & David Ackerman
Deborah & Charles Adelman
Gerry & Hank Alpert
Pooky Amsterdam & Tony Jones
Isabelle Autones & Francis Greenburger
Jeff Bailey & John Lillis
Jo-Anne & Richard Bilotti
Judy & Tim Boomer
Sara Cashen & Tony Muoser
Bette Cerf Hill & Bruce Sagan
Carrie Chen & Stanley Cohen
Deborah & Robert Conrad
Joan K. Davidson
Dr. Susana Duncan & Grant Winthrop
Marcia & Jess Fardella
Anita & John Fiorillo
Jonny Frank and Terry Haas
Kathy Gallo & David M. Sturm
Hank Goldstein,The Oram Group
Ila & John Gross
Louis R. Hedgecock
Timothy Husband & Nicholas Haylett
Renee Iacone & Stephen Clearman
Maureen Killackey, MD & Bruce Pinkernell, MD
Susan & Kenneth Kramer
Marian & Jack Krauskopf
Deborah E. Lans & Sharon E. Grubin
Martha McMaster & Sheldon Evans
Janet Romano & Ted Jadick Jr.
Carol & Richard Seltzer
Nick Van Alstine
Illiana van Meeteren & Terence Boylan
ARTISTS HOST COMMITTEE
Nicole Ansari & Brian Cox
Joan Juliet Buck
Laura Paris & Sam Hilmer
Sean Kelly Gallery
Ariana Smart Truman
Jamal Jackson, Artistic Director,
Jamal Jackson Dance Company
Michael Novak, Artistic Director,
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Chatham Flowers & Gifts
Columbia Land Conservancy
Every summer the PS21 Gala celebrates the performing arts with a joyous evening, which includes a live performance presented in an elegant, intimate setting.
PS21 has two unique venues in one stunning building in a bucolic setting just one mile outside the village of Chatham: a traditional stage with open air seating protected by a sweeping pavilion roof, as well as an enclosed black box theater. Equipped with state-of-the-art theatrical equipment, PS21 is able to accommodate a wide range of works from some of today’s most brilliant artists in dance, theater, and music.
Date & Time
Fri, Aug 6, 2021 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
PS21 Open-Air Pavillion Theater
2980 New York 66, Chatham, New York, 12037, United States