The York College Performing Arts Center opened its Fall 2011 season this past Saturday with a presentation of “The Horde” featuring The Vissi Dance Theater (fresh off its performance at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center’s dance festival). This expansive theatrical event from Vissi initiated the York Performance season with a clear message that there is going to be some first-rate presentations happening on its stage.
“The Horde” tells the story of lovers Isis and Min fresh from celebrating their marriage with their beloved tribe only to be overcome and enslaved by the evil tribe led by Osiris. Osiris forces them all into a tragic existence and the newly married princess Isis from her beloved into pregnancy and despair.
Telling such a story involved a full range of motion from the dance troupe including fertility dancing, romantic ballet, foot stomping, hip swinging and hip-hop moves. The depiction of tragedy and heartfelt loss were performed with movements that seemed to catapult Isis, danced eloquently by Holly Hendrick, into the arms of the audience. The acrobatic slinking and creeping movements of Osiris, played by Lou Polumbo, were so spot on that many are sure to have nightmares for days to come. Thank goodness for Min, played by Ariel Polanco, whose movements of love and determination were danced with such a keen level athleticism as to counteract and overcome the evil Osiris.
The cast were a superb collaborator showcasing lines and timing that were sharp, precise and dramatic. And York’s Performing Arts Center was the perfect compliment to it all. The theater is wide and expansive, suitable for performances both large and small. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. With open seating couples can fight over their location with both coming out winners and sitting in different sections.
This season York’s Performing Arts Center is putting out a diverse calendar of music, dramatic performances and specials including must see “The Lynching of Emmett Till” and the one woman show “Zora Returns to Harlem”. With music performances in its jazz series by Grammy winning artists and top collaborators, a chamber music series that is nothing to snooze about, plays that run the gamut from “The Red Shoes” to “Macbeth” a season pass is looking quite necessary. Ticket prices best the latest 3-D movie theater offering for most performances. You won’t go broke treating yourself to a night away from the tube to enjoy the best reality out there.
And remember, evening performances mean free parking in their adjacent lot. Or use your unlimited MetroCard and get there at no additional cost as the center is steps away from the Archer Avenue Transit Hub and right along the Q111 bus line on Brewer Boulevard. However way you get there, you will definitely enjoy.