It may still be winter, but George Mason University's Center for the Arts kicks off its stellar selection of spring events this weekend with sizzling performances by British-American touring troupe Aquila Theatre and legendary tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover.
On Friday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m., Aquila Theatre brings to life one of the most vibrant characters in all of literature with Edmond Rostand's classic tale of unrequited love, "Cyrano de Bergerac."
Cyrano is a masterful and courageous swordsman and a brilliant and witty wordsmith from the Gascony region of France - but he is best known for his notoriously large nose, which hinders him from pursuing the beautiful Roxane, who he believes could never have feelings for him. Suffering in silence, he instead expresses his love by helping a handsome but simple-minded suitor win her heart, thus beginning a decades-long love triangle.
Based on a historical figure, this famous French play has attracted some of the world's most renowned actors for the lead, including José Ferrer, Gerard Depardieu and even Steve Martin in the modern American retelling, “Roxanne.”
Aquila Theatre sets this hilarious and heartrending tale, which Rostand wrote in 1897 and set in 1640, nearly 300 years in the future with costumes and sets of Paris in the 1920s.
Best known for his Tony Award-winning choreography in "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk," renowned tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover brings the D.C. premiere of "SoLe Sanctuary" to the Center for the Arts on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. This profound new work pays homage to such tap dance legends as Sammy Davis Jr., Jimmy Slyde and Glover’s own teacher and mentor, Gregory Hines.
After its 2011 premiere at the Joyce Theatre in New York City, The New York Times described this reverent production as “barebones and pure, full of the kind of rhythmic innovation that trips down one path, splinters off in different directions and then sweeps back home … at its core, this show is a deeper exploration of the idea of a dancer as an instrument.”
Tickets to these performances can be purchased at the box office at George Mason University's Center for the Arts (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or by calling 888-945-2468 or visiting cfa.gmu.edu. George Mason University's Center for the Arts is located on Mason's Fairfax Campus, at the intersection of Braddock Rd. and Rt. 123. Free parking is available in Lot K and paid parking is available in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent to the Concert Hall.
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