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2018-2019 Meany Center for the Performing Arts Student Matinee Series

Meany Center offers free student matinees for thousands of 3rd-12th grade students, showcasing an exciting array of modern dance and world music at Meany Hall. With 50% of seats reserved for students from low-income or underserved schools, our matinees open Meany Hall to students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a traditional performance. Registration is required.



Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
11:30 a.m. | Friday, October 5, 2018

In this one-of-a-kind cultural exchange, The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble transports students on a magical journey through time and space to Eastern India, the birthplace of Odissi (one of the world’s oldest classical dance forms) and to the island of Sri Lanka, home to Kandyan dance (an ancient folk dance ritual). Geared for young audiences, company members illustrate the breathtaking beauty of both dance forms, demonstrating how each reflects the culture of their homeland and thus the differences that set each apart.

11:30 a.m. | Friday, November 16, 2018

From the Carpathian mountains, Kurbasy traces contemporary connections to an archaic past. Making their first ever U.S. tour, the actress-singers are a beautifully blended vocal trio intermixing multi-faceted music, folk-influenced costumes and phantasmagoric images to explore Ukraine’s rich trove of calendar song cycles, lullabies and legends. A lovely way to introduce your students to the beauty of Ukrainian culture.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet
11:30 a.m. | Friday, January 11, 2019

Choreographer Alonzo King is renowned for creating work that infuses classical ballet with new expression and expansive histories. With his latest work, Figures of Speech, he explores the power of lost languages, collaborating with slam poet Bob Holman, a leading advocate of linguistic preservation.

Time for Three
11:30 a.m. | Friday, April 19, 2019

Groundbreaking and category-shattering, this string trio transcends traditional classification, mixing elements of pop, rock and classical forms. Along the way the group will share their personal journeys as students and artists, highlight practice techniques that are helpful for academic study, and illustrate how music is a language and an outlet for self-expression.

11:30 a.m. | Friday, April 26, 2019

Celebrated around the world for performances of astounding inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX takes audiences into surreal and whimsical worlds. A fantastic introduction to the magic of performing arts for young audiences.

All matinees begin at 11:30 a.m. and last approximately 55 minutes.

Seating is first-come first-served and begins 40 minutes prior to show start time

Our matinees are recommended for grades 3 and above, contact us for any exceptions

All student matinees take place at Meany Hall. Seating begins 40 minutes prior at 10:50am.

What information do I need to prepare for registration?

• School or group name, address and contact information
• Group leader’s name and contact information
• Your group’s top three performance choices
• The number of seats you desire (including teachers and chaperones as well as students)
• Transportation method
• Special audience member needs (wheelchair, service dog, etc.)


Performances are open to grades 3-12. However, special considerations may sometimes be made for younger students, grades K-2, upon request. Such requests will be subject to availability of space, as well as the nature and content of the performance. Due to high demand, each group may reserve only one performance initially—if you would like to add an additional performance, please contact us with this request and we will do our best to accommodate on a space available basis. Teachers are responsible for bringing an appropriate number of chaperones to actively monitor your group.

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