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Each year, the staff of the UAlbany Performing Arts Center selects performances to augment and complement the offerings of the Departments of Music and Theatre. Often, these professional companies are on campus for several days sharing their artistic work and vision. We are proud of the multi-disciplinary artists who will be with us this season and graciously thank our partners who have enabled us to make their presence here a possibility.

Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar

Tuesday, October 20 at 7:30pm
with live pre-show music beginning at 7pm

"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings."

In this profoundly moving, breathtaking and deeply human play, Shakespeare shows us a world on fire; a world turned upside down; a world where some of history’s most famous men commit horrific crimes in the name of patriotism and honor. American Shakespeare Center’s production is a dazzling thrill ride of betrayal, violence and, perhaps most surprisingly, love.

Artist website

Presented by the Performing Arts Center in conjunction with the NYS Writers Institute. Support provided by University Auxiliary Services and Holiday Inn Express.


Spellbound Contemporary BalletSpellbound Contemporary Ballet
Friday, October 23 at 8pm (at The Egg)

This show is part of the Dance in Albany series
with performances at The Egg and UAlbany

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Sybarite5
Friday, October 30 at 7:30pm
Sybarite5

From Mozart to Radiohead, Piazzola to Led Zepplin, the eclectic repertoire of this string quintet coupled with their dynamic performance style is taking audiences by storm.  Unsatisfied with the confines of the stereotypical classical music canon, the group is forever changing the perception of chamber music performance. “Expect an experience that will satisfy your inner rock star and your secret Mozart.” ~ Arizona Daily Star

Artist website

Presented by the Performing Arts Center with support provided by University Auxiliary Services and Holiday Inn Express. This engagement of SYBARITE5 is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Admission for Julius Caesar and Sybarite5
Advance tickets: $15 general public / $10 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $20 general public / $15 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff


Photos this page:
American Shakespeare Center by Pat Jarrett
Sybarite5 by Bob Hunter

Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company
Paco
Peña Flamenco
Dance Company

Saturday, November 14 at 8pm (at The Egg)


Kate Weare Company
Kate Weare CompanyThursday, November 19 at 7:30pm

Both shows are part of the Dance in Albany series
with performances at The Egg and UAlbany

see details


Photos top to bottom:
Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company by Ilgin Erarslan Yanmaz
Kate Weare Company by Keira Heu-Jwyn

Zora Neale HurstonEyes on Zora:
The Life & Legacy of Zora Neale Hurston
January 29 through 31
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The Performing Arts Center and the New York State Writers Institute collaborated to offer a series of events celebrating the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston, one of the most important and celebrated figures to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance. Outspoken, spirited and gifted, Hurston (1891-1960) was an anthropologist but is more identified and well-known as a prolific writer, her books defining the black American experience.  Famous for her vivacious and unapologetic personality, Hurston wrote works of fiction and folklore which drove forward both the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights movement.


Gerard & Kelly
February 2 through April 2
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Brennan Gerard & Ryan Kelly The Performing Arts Center and University Art Museum collaborated on a series of events focusing on Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly. The duo works within an interdisciplinary framework to create project-based installations and performances. Collaborating since 2003, the artists use choreography, writing and a range of other media to address questions of sexuality, memory and the formation of a queer consciousness.  Their work is represented in the collections of the the Guggenheim Museum and the Hammer Museum, and their performances have been shown at the Whitney, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, Park Avenue Armory and The Kitchen. 


Potsdam Brass Quintet
Potsdam Brass QuintetThursday, February 25 at 7:30pm

Advance tickets: $15 general public
$10 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $20 general public
$15 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff 

With a combination of virtuosic playing and insightful, entertaining dialogue, this quintet-in-residence at The Crane School of Music is equally at home performing the music of J.S. Bach and Monteverdi as they are playing the works of Leonard Bernstein and Fats Waller.  Established in 1968, the ensemble has performed through much of the United States and Canada including performances at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center.

Presented by the Performing Arts Center through an artist-in-residence exchange program with SUNY Potsdam.  Support provided by the Holiday Inn Express.

Photos this page:
Gerard & Kelly by Alexander Kargaltsev
Potsdam Brass Quintet by Couvrette/Ottawa

24 Hour Theatre Project
24 Hour Theatre Project

Saturday, April 2 at 7:30pm

Advance tickets: $15 general public
$10 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $20 general public
$15 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff


One night to write…one day to play.  The clock starts ticking when the playwrights' fingers hit their keyboards and ends with a final bow from 50+ theatre artists who have convened for just 24 hours to create and present five new works.  Combining the spontaneous creativity of improvisational theatre with the rigorous professionalism and production value of scripted theatre, this fast-paced, adrenaline-packed event boasts the best in theatre talent from across the Capital Region and the Berkshires.

Presented by the Performing Arts Center in collaboration with WAM Theatre and in conjunction with the NYS Writers Institute. Support provided by the University at Albany Foundation and Holiday Inn Express.


ZviDance
ZviDance

Sunday, April 10 at 7:30pm


Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company
Ellen Sinopoli Dance CompanyFriday, April 29 at 8pm (at The Egg)

Both shows are part of the Dance in Albany series
with performances at The Egg and UAlbany

see details


Photos this page:
24 Hour Theatre Project by Enrico Spada
ZviDance by Dariel Sneed
Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company by Gary Gold