Galumpha dance residency planned at Roxbury Center
Roxbury — Do your galumpha?
The Roxbury Arts Group presents the galumpha dance residency week, August 26 through 30 from 2-6 p.m. daily at Roxbury Arts Center, 5025 Vega Mountain Road, Roxbury
Have you ever wanted to learn to galumph? What pray tell, is galumphing? First coined by Lewis Carrol in “Jabberwocky,” to galumph is “to prance about in a self-satisfied manner.” Nowadays, to galumph is to embrace and let go in an inexhaustible play-energy, much like the energy attributed to young animals like puppies, kittens and even humans. We all are capable of galumphing and here is your chance to learn from the masters.
Getting ready for Labor Day
In anticipation of their performance at the Busk & Bard Festival, Galumpha – the highly celebrated dance and acrobatic troupe – will conduct an extended workshop for adults and children at The Roxbury Arts Group from August 26 through August 30. The Galumpha Camp is purposefully scheduled between 2 to 6 p.m. to accommodate work and family schedules.
Absolutely no experience, either in dance or acrobatics, is necessary or required. Participants of all ages will learn the fundamental movement techniques that Galumpha dancers utilize in their internationally acclaimed performances. Participants will also be encouraged to perform at the Busk & Bard festival in Roxbury on Saturday, Aug. 31, both as “buskers” in the streets and as opening acts for Galumpha in the Roxbury Arts Center.
Combining acrobatics, visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography, Galumpha brings to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle and merriment. The three performers create a sensory feast of images ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, drawn together into a seamless whole, consistently bringing audiences to their feet. Galumpha is a triumphant mix of art and entertainment, offering world-class, award winning choreography (Edinburgh Festival Critics Choice Award, Moers International Comedy Arts Prize) that is equally at home on the concert stage, at a comedy club or at an outdoor festival. In fact, following this Residency Program and their appearance at Busk & Bard: Roxbury’s Street Performer Festival, Galumpha will head off to China to begin their latest international tour.
Formed in 2002 by Andy Horowitz and Greg O’Brien, Galumpha delivers a fast-paced, athletic brand of movement, distinctive for its ingenuity. Highlights include “Velcro” as seen on The Late Show with David Letterman, Crook and Chase, and “Clackers,” seen by over one billion television viewers around the globe. Other pieces feature experiments in human architecture set to music by Rachmaninov, Mahler and the virtuoso Czech band Jablkon, making for an exceptionally entertaining program.
Tickets for Galumpha Dance Residency are $200, with youth scholarships available. For registration and more information please call the Roxbury Arts Group at 607 326-7908 or visit their website at www.roxburyartsgroup.org.