June's Performing Arts

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Between pool parties and summer shindigs, there is still a ton of awesome performing arts to take advantage of. My June recommendations feature a range of options from many of my go-to performance companies.

Two Indianapolis Summer Traditions Kick Off

Two of Indianapolis' greatest summer traditions return in June. The Summer Nights Film Series at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Symphony on the Prairie both give the perfect excuse to enjoy a picnic and a night under the stars. 

The IMA's Summer Nights series combines great films and one of the most beautiful spaces in the city.  - COURTESY IMA
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  • The IMA's Summer Nights series combines great films and one of the most beautiful spaces in the city.

Discover classic films or revisit your favorites at the Summer Nights Film Series. The IMA's lineup kicks off with Breakfast at Tiffany's on June 6 and includes Hook, Clue and The Godfather. Later in the summer I will be gathering a gaggle of friends to reminisce over the 10th anniversary of Mean Girls.

Symphony on the Prairie's season starts with Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue on June 20. If you prefer rock to classical music, the ISO will take on classic rock favorites The Music of the Eagles, The Music of Led Zeppelin and Radio Hits of the Decades. Symphony traditionalists will want to head to Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and the patriotic Star Spangled Symphony. The second half of the summer concerts don't feature the ISO but will include the Glen Miller Orchestra, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Beach Boys. The Classical Mystery Tour is an annual audience favorite at Symphony on the Prairie that I have yet to check out. This year seems like the perfect time to do it, as it pays tribute to the Beatle's arrival in America 50 years ago, which includes a repeat performance of the group's Indianapolis concert on Sept. 4, 1964.

Indy's One Big Dance Party

This June, ditch the reality TV summer staple So You Think You Can Dance, because Indy's best dance companies will show you up close the real athleticism and skills required of the art form.

Expect nothing short of epic when Dance Kaleidoscope, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir collaborate to perform Daphnis et Chloé June 13-14 at Clowes Memorial Hall. Renowned composer Maurice Ravel described his score as "a choreographic symphony." WFYI will be documenting the creative process of the making of this performance and will share it here on Sky Blue Window.

Wine and dance make an enticing combination at Motus' Pairings. - BRYAN MOORE
  • Bryan Moore
  • Wine and dance make an enticing combination at Motus' Pairings.

If you are interested in something a bit funkier, Motus Dance Theatre and NoExit both have shows on tap in Fountain Square to spark your summer nights. One of my favorite summer events is Motus' annual Pairings on June 14 at White Rabbit Cabaret. Each eclectic dance piece is paired with wine and creative hors d'oeurvres. The quick vignettes and flowing wine make for a great introduction to modern dance for newbies. If you are really feeling inspired, you can hit the dance floor after when Real Talk monthly dance party starts after at 10:30 p.m. Earlier in their season, NoExit Performance hauntingly reimagined the Nutcracker, now the dance company takes on Swan Lake for an adaptation that will be far from your traditional ballet, and it will run June 13-21 at the Wheeler Arts Center. Few details are available yet, but expect a mash-up of dance and performance art under the direction of Tommy Lewey. 

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