Arts Reach

Established in 2003, the mission of Arts Reach is to offer school children experience and education through live performances of various arts genre.

Arts Reach is designed to provide entertaining performances with cultural and racial diversity. This project is unique because it is run in collaboration with the university's award winning academic course, Soundings, as well as collaborating with Castleton students in researching and writing some of the curriculum guides provided to teachers.

There is no admission charge, but reservations must be made in advance by calling Jess Cowden at (802) 468-1258.

Arts Reach performances are not open to the general public unless noted.

Gary Krinsky: Toying with Science

Gary KrinskyTuesday, October 20, 2015 • 10 am & 1 pm

It has been said that GARRY KRINSKY resembles a living cartoon with his animated movement and non-stop energy. Garry was an original member of the Boston Buffoons, co-founder of the Patchwork Players, and a member of The Wright Bros., a New England vaudeville troupe. Since 1978, Garry has brought his high energy and experience to thousands of schools, theaters and festivals. He has also performed on live television, including the NBC Today Show. In 1995, Garry created his Toying with Science program and has since been touring it across the U.S. and Canada to rave reviews. Garry is a very physical entertainer.

His performance of Toying with Science is a fast-paced, varied and dynamic program. Commissioned and developed with the Museum of Science in Boston, this performance explores among other things, the scientific principles of gravity, leverage, fulcrums and simple machines. Combining circus skills, mime, original music, and audience involvement, Garry and his audience investigate basic scientific information and delve into the imaginations of scientists who explore our world. During the program, Garry brings his science toys to life with motion, music, humor and insight. He turns audience members into stars as he playfully shares the stage, juggling, balancing and welcoming them into his colorful world. He performs original up-beat songs, that explore fulcrums, levers and basic mechanics. He balances multiple ladders on his chin, simultaneously, as he demonstrates how to find the center of gravity! It is incredible how much action, fun and learning takes place in so little time!!! As personable as he is professional, Garry consistently dissolves the boundary between the audience and himself, so that the performance sweeps through the entire theater. A performance by GARRY KRINSKY is truly a unique experience!

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Flamenco Vivo/Carlota Santana

Flamenco VivoTuesday, November 17, 2015 • 10 am        

Poema de Andalucía is a journey through the alluring cultures and traditions of the Andalusian provinces that form the cradle of flamenco. Despite their proximity, many stylistic differences exist between the regions, cities and neighborhoods of southern Spain. The varied traditions, festivals, and rituals of daily life make the Andalusian region a wellspring of cultural heritage, supporting the development of this rich genre of music, song and dance. Through the language of Flamenco, this special ‘Poem’ pays tribute to the land and people of Andalusia.

Howard Fishman "The Basement Tapes"

Basement TapesWednesday, January 20, 2016 • 10 am      

Using Greil Marcus’ book “The Old, Weird America” as a touchstone, THE BASEMENT TAPES PROJECT explores the mysterious underground recordings made by Bob Dylan and The Band in 1967.  The project has been programmed to wide acclaim at a major national venues, including Lincoln Center’s “American Songbook” series, the Steppenwolf Theatre’s “Traffic Jam”; and at The Flynn Center in Burlington.

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VOICETuesday, February 9, 2016 • 10 am

VOICE, the acclaimed British vocal ensemble from Oxford, England, formed in 2006. The trio explores repertoire that is diverse while being complementary: performing works by Hildegard of Bingen and other early masters; traditional songs and arrangements from around the world; and contemporary compositions. For VOICE’s February 2016 US tour, If Music Be the Food of Love will include songs both new and old to explore the beauty, heartache, and humor of love. The trio focuses the program on the extraordinary role of women in music - as composers, performers and muses.

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Michael Cooper

Michael CooperMonday, May 9, 2016 • 10 am & 1 pm

Michael Cooper is a Poet of the Stage - an eye-popping visual artist and a virtuoso mime whose exquisite performances of humor and poignancy, nimble speech and eloquent gesture have dazzled audiences of all ages for almost thirty years. 

Combining the mythical and the autobiographical, Michael's one-man extravaganza features his breathtaking handcrafted masks, original stories of courage and wonder, outlandish stilt-dancing, and a physical repertoire that ranges from the madcap to the sublime. The result is "moving sculpture".

Michael has the amazing ability to inspire his audience, to convince all those who witness his work, that creativity is not the domain of a lucky few but instead is a birthright, one of the great joys encoded into the human package.

How? By showing everyday occurrences like a baby crawling or a horse breaking into a gallop for what they really are, miraculous. By a display of timeless archetypes, like wandering giants and rising suns, that would exist in our minds even if we had never heard of them. By joyfully parading everything from exploding noses to slick fish and snorting bulls in front of his audience. And by getting people up on stage, not to be parrots or fools, but to discover the joy of living in the moment.

In an age of specialization, Michael Cooper is a true Renaissance Man, a jack-of-all-trades whose credits include over eight thousand shows in theaters, schools and festivals around the world. Don't miss him!