Old Westbury Gardens welcomes summer
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Then, on the following day, the main event, “Midsummer Night” will enchant the entire family. The gardens, illuminated with lanterns, take on a special splendor with their striking decorations, as the grounds fill with dancers from Lori Belilove’s acclaimed Isadora Duncan Dance Company.
Over 20 cast members dressed in Greek, Roman, and Renaissance-themed tunics and drapery will guide audience members from scene to scene throughout the grounds. Others will act as living statues in slow motion. Greek mythology will be used as thematic reference points for a variety of dance vignettes, including the Three Graces, Narcissus, Homage to Apollo and Dionysus, Tanagra Waltz, Dance of the Furies, and others. Musical selections will vary from modern composers Brian Eno and Enya to classical favorites such as Chopin, Schubert, and Gluck.
“Already long associated with music, with the enthusiastic response to our Midsummer Night programs, Old Westbury Gardens is also establishing a reputation as an ideal venue for dance,” Kish noted. “The Isadora Duncan-style lyrical dancing is extremly appealing and flows throughout the grounds. It’s a nice night for families to get in the spirit of a midsummer celebration.”
Dancers perform throughout the gardens, including the Boxwood Gardens near the Colonnade, the Rose Garden, along the Primrose Path, and at the Thatched Cottage
“It’s a relaxed evening,” Kish said. “Families can wander along with the dancers or simply stroll and enjoy the gardens, which have a much different look at this time of day.”
Families are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic meal, to add to the tranquil, summery experience.
Advance registration is required for Midsummer Jazz on Friday, which costs $16. Saturday admission is $15, free for children 17 and under when accompanied by an adult. Old Westbury Gardens is at 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. For tickets and information, call (516) 333-0048 or www.oldwestburygardens.org.
Those Gold Coast days