Bill McKibben Chairs Rebecca Kelly Ballet Spring Gala
Let the Earth day week month festivities begin! Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben will serve as Honorary Chair of Rebecca Kelly Ballet company’s spring gala on April 24, at the Gerald Lynch Theater, followed by a reception at the Hudson Hotel (woo woo). Her first environmental ballet was Tear of the Clouds, about the effect of acid rain on the forests of the Adirondacks. That same year, Random House published McKibben’s first book, The End of Nature, regarded as the first book about climate change for a general audience. The evening features two ballets with themes that examine the natural world, Adirondack Elemental (NY premier), and Tear of the Clouds (1989). For more info, performance dates and times read on.Bill McKibben is at the forefront in bringing environmental issues into the mainstream and allowing people across the country to show their support for actions and policies that address climate change. His books, and most recently Deep Economy, provoke thought about the ways we live and envision alternative possibilities.
Both McKibben and Rebecca Kelly Ballet have a long association with the Adirondack Region, and a commitment to community building. For 20 years RKB has pioneered touring and moveable outreach programs in the many hamlets of this rural north part of the state, bringing communities together through fostering interest in the arts. In 2008 RKB begins the formation of a new community and cultural center, through the restoration and reuse of a historical building in the town of AuSable Forks, NY.
Also on the program are two new works, Long Time Passing reflecting on love and loss in war, and Writing in Waters to Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue.
Three performances during Earth Week, featuring three premieres Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 24, (7:30pm) 25, & 26, (8pm) at Gerald Lynch Theater, John Jay College, 899 10th Avenue at 59th, New York City.