Montalvo Arts Center
Montalvo Arts Center’s mission is to engage the public in the creative process, acting as a catalyst for exploring the arts, unleashing creativity, and advancing different cultural and cross-cultural perspectives. We achieve our mission by creating and presenting arts of all types, nurturing
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Performing Art Series for Students (PASS) Overview 2019-2020
Students and educators are invited to experience the inspiring energy of live dance, drama, and more in our intimate 300-seat Carriage House Theatre. Featuring performances by world class artists, these shows are a perfect launching point for either your classroom or home school curriculum. Our series has been curated by the Education Department to include performances that examine timely social... View more
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We have a variety of performances throughout the school year. Please visit our website for details http://montalvoarts.org/programs/pass/
This bilingual and participatory performance will explore the meaning of the Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos) with song, personal stories, a large variety of traditional musical instruments, and dance. Students will remember and discover Day of the Dead traditions of celebrating lost loved ones while learning more about each other. Use of curriculum guide focused on preparing an Ofrenda (offering on an altar) including poetry (“Calaveras”) for loved ones encouraged.
Serving 20 years as creative ambassadors of Mexican and Caribbean music and dance, Cascada de Flores uses traditional music, storytelling and dance to weave cultural lessons into bilingual and participatory programs which are highly praised for being heartwarming, humorous and engaging for all ages and backgrounds.
Content Connections: Geography, Latino Studies, Visual & Performing Arts, Music
Grades: K-2 in the 9:30am and 3-8 in the 11:30am
From The 1,001 Arabian Nights comes the popular tale of young Aladdin, an impoverished ne’er-do-well, who discovers a magical lamp, befriends the powerful genie within, and falls in love with a princess. But when an evil sorcerer threatens his newfound happiness, can our young hero conquer all? Dramatically staged and showcasing intricate costumes and traditional music, the Fratello Marionettes present the story of Aladdin and his magical lamp as never before!
Content Connections: History and Social Science, Geography, Arabic Studies, Visual & Performing Arts
For grades K-5
The Chhandam Youth Dance Company (CYDC) is an elite kathak troupe (North Indian classical dance), under the tutelage of renowned kathak artist Rachna Nivas. Dancers exemplify the technical, graceful, and dramatic aspects of the kathak tradition, performing in a style that evokes the richness of ancient India and engages contemporary audiences. CYDC takes great pride in its core values of excellence, leadership, and creative discovery, shepherding teens to not just excel in dance but to become advocates and rising young leaders in the arts.
Content Connections: History and Social Science, Geography, Native American Studies, Performing and Fine Art
For grades K-8
Edwardo Madril is a member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe of Southern Arizona and Northern Sonora Mexico. He ia an active member of the Native American Community and a representative of his culture through various aspects: as a dancer, singer, teacher, playwright and filmmaker.
For the past 20 years, his involvement and commitment to native heritage has provided him with the opportunity to share a wealth of information amongst diverse communities. His work has included the presentation of residencies in Bay Area schools, working with students and encouraging the development of appreciation and respect for American Indian dance, music, culture, history, art and sign language
Content Connections: History and Social Science, Geography, Native American Studies, Performing and Fine Arts
For grades K-8
Experience this fun, interactive Black History Month performance that acknowledges a history of oppression and celebrates the dreams and contributions of African Americans. Presented by professional a cappella group SoVoSó, students will learn about musicians and leaders in Black history, and discover how music is a way to communicate the challenges and hopes of all people—past, present, and future.
Content Connections: History & Social Science, Geography, African American Studies, Visual & Performing Arts, Music
Grades: K-2 in the 9:30am and 3-8 in the 11:30am
A slightly sideways tale about unexpected friendship, finding where you fit, and learning to mix it up a little. In Mort’s Village everything has its place, every day is the same and everyone likes it that way. Until one morning, crash, boom, bang… down comes Beep. What is this annoying interruption to Mort’s breakfast molly melon, who is this noisy robot girl, and how will she find her home?
With Windmill’s trademark design, gentle storytelling, music and puppetry,
Beep tells the story of what happens when someone new comes to town.
Content Connections: English Language Arts, Visual & Performing Arts, Social Emotional Development, Science
For grades K-3
Leap into the exquisite land of Narnia! In a mysterious old house, children find a musty, magical wardrobe containing a secret entrance that leads them into a fantastic world. More than just a delicious story of make-believe, C.S. Lewis’ Narnia is a land where a malicious Witch and a beautiful and dear Lion touch the hearts and influence the choices of all who enter.
Content Connections: History & Social Science, English Language Arts, Literature, Visual & Performing Arts
For grades 2-8
Justin Kauflin is a jazz musician, who, after losing his sight at the age of 11, gravitated towards playing jazz piano, despite having a background with classical violin. He received top honors at jazz festivals across the U.S. and began performing professionally by age 15, most notably with the Jae Sinnett Trio. He has since performed with many notable musicians, and most currently with his trio, traveling much of the world in doing so.
In this performance for students, Justin will be performing songs from previous releases, as well as from his new album Coming Home. This set will consist of intermittent dialogue woven between songs, where Justin will speak to the various musical components of Jazz, the history of Jazz, his experiences with mentors that relate to Jazz history, and the creative process for musicians. Justin will also speak about his personal journey with the art form as well as discuss aspects about learning and playing with physical challenges. Following the performance, students will be welcomed to a short question and answer session with the artists.
Curriculum Connections: History & Social Science, Geography, Visual & Performing Arts, Music
For grades 2-8
This show features a collection of multicultural folktales and myths which provide the listener with valuable messages and cultural wisdom they can use to live by. The stories include:
PHAETHON (Greek Mythology) – A boy name Phaethon goes to find out if his father is Helios, God of the Sun. Helios offers Phaethon anything he wants to prove it to him. Phaethon rashly chooses to ride the chariot that carries the sun through the sky. Helios tries to change Phaethon’s mind, but Phaethon is stubborn. When Phaethon tries to ride the chariot, the horses go where they want and almost burn up the Earth when the sun gets too close. Zeus saves the earth by striking him down with his thunderbolt and scaring the horses back to the sky. Being young like Phaeton, is a time to play, a time to be patient, a time to listen and a time to learn.
THE STONECUTTER (Chinese Folktale) – A stonecutter is envious of rich people. An angel turns him into a rich man. But he keeps finding things he’d rather be. He’d rather be king, a farmer, the sun, a cloud, the wind, a mountain. While he’s a mountain a stonecutter comes by and starts to chip away at him. The pain is too much for him to bear. He realizes that being a stonecutter was best after all. Be happy with who you are, you don’t need to look around and be envious of others.
THE BOY WHO FED EAGLES (Tlingit and Haida tribes of the Pacific North West) – A boy gains powers for showing respect to his clan crest, the eagle, in spite of the disapproval of some tribe members. The Eagle becomes a spirit helper who guides, inspires and helps him develop strength, skills and judgment. For the Tlingit and Haida, regard for clan values is usually rewarded while neglect of them results in punishment.
THE LIONS WHISKERS (Amhara Tribe of Ethiopia, Eastern Africa) – Finaye, a woman past childbearing age, longs for a family of her own. When she marries Tesfa and meets his motherless son Abebe, she is overjoyed. Fanaye tries hard to please the boy, but he wants no part of her. Desperate, Fanaye seeks the wisdom of a shaman—a tribal medicine man. He sends her on a mission to gather three whiskers from a fierce lion for a magic potion that will win her Abebe’s love. She collects the whiskers very carefully, by slowly gaining the lion’s trust. Once obtained, the whiskers are no longer needed, as Fanaye has also learned how she must likewise gain Abebe’s trust and love, with patience, respect and discretion.
Content Connections: Geography, European Studies, African Studies, Asian Studies, Literature, Visual & Performing Arts
For grades 1-8
The Red Altar Project is about six teenagers who crossed the ocean from China, crashed in the Carmel Bay of California, and began the fishing industry in the Monterey Bay area in 1850. In the face of anti-Chinese legislation, media propaganda with racist caricatures, and outright violence, they persevered with courage and ingenuity in an effort to lay down roots in their volatile new home. Seven generations later, their story is finally being told.
Content Connections: History and Social Science, Geography, Chinese American Studies, English Language Arts, Visual and Performing Arts, California History
Choose between 9:30am or 11:30am shows and book your class today.
The historic Carriage House Theater at Montalvo Arts Center 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga, CA 95071
Tickets are $7 per person. Bus subsidies are available for qualifying schools. Questions? contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 408-913-7455
Needless to say, our assembly “swept me off my feet.” It was highly entertaining, but more importantly it was educational and engaging. They did a deft job of seamlessly connecting the music, dance, poetry and historical context into an amazing artistic display that allowed students to be both moved and educated. The high quality and professionalism displayed by the Montalvo Arts Center makes them the perfect partners for our school and any other that has the privilege to work with them.
– Amika Maria Maran Guillaume, Vice Principal, Cesar Chavez Academy, East Palo Alto
All changes and or cancellations must be communicated in writing 30 days prior to the performance date. No refunds will be issued after this deadline. Tickets must be paid for 14 days prior to the performance date. Unpaid tickets will be released for puchase if left unpaid.