Pandemics and the worst that humanity can muster have never had the power to quash the artistic drive to create. From ashes, from war, destruction and loss, artists have stepped forth as vehicles of reflection and inspiration.
The ability to convey emotion with seamless navigation of the body. Fluid artistry by way of sinewy forms. Performers with the James Sewell Ballet have spent their lifetimes seeking perfection in movement. Dancers – and audiences – are transformed.
Like the rest of the world, Big Sky’s Warren Miller Performing Arts Center has had to adapt to an entirely different world during the pandemic. For an arts venue predicated on being a community gathering place, that’s looked like inventing new ways for people to come together safely (and often virtually) for arts experiences.
The cast and crew of Behind the Curtain: Jeannette a New Musical, offered in-person and virtually at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center (WMPAC) last weekend, worked in six different time zones, including Hawaii.
Even though much of the arts and entertainment world has gone dark during the pandemic, the team at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center has been determined to present a full winter season as usual.
What a great way to start the Winter season at WMPAC. We had a Broadway musical star Bobby Conte Thornton perform. He is from New York and has been coming out to Big Sky to ski since he was two years old. The songs he performed were from his new debut album "Along the Way." His songs were very fun, uplifting and heartfelt.
Yes, the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center is still having their annual winter season. In fact, there are even more events planned for this season than usual. “The caliber of performances is as high as ever, but the way we’ll experience them looks different,” said John Zirkle, executive director of WMPAC.
Soul-shaking crescendos, awe-inspiring solos, voices in perfect harmony, or thought-provoking theater all evoking laughter, tears or reflection. The full scope of the beauty of humanity is experienced every season at Warren Miller Performing Arts Center (WMPAC).
Deep sigh, I don't even know where to start. This was such an amazing performance-- as the James Sewell Ballet Company always is.
So a follow up from the amazing show on the WMPAC stage last week and how this all came to be. I had a chance to chat with John Zirkle.