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Felice Lesser Dance Theater 2017 Season to Feature World Premiere of "Lightning"

Felice Lesser Dance Theater 2017 Season to Feature World Premiere of "Lightning"


Felice Lesser Dance Theater


The Duke on 42nd Street
New York, NY


Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 8:00pm daily through February 12, 2017



Felice Lesser Dance Theater

Felice  Lesser  Dance  Theater’s  2017  season will feature  the  world premiere of Lightning, a multi-media  dance set to a score by the contemporary  Slovenian composer Borut Krzisnik.  The season will run for six performances,  February 8 –  12, 2017 at The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 W. 42nd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues).

The Felice Lesser Dance Theater  (FLDT), founded  in 1975 by choreographer,  playwright,  filmmaker  and animator,  Felice  Lesser,  creates  and  performs  her  contemporary  dance  works,  which  are mixed  with theater and technology. Lesser's "moving  sets" of simultaneous  projected video and computer animation are featured as a visual background  to what is happening  onstage, where live dancers interact with filmed ones, or distorted images appear as counterpoint. Lightning will reflect on some of today's most importa nt issues: borders, global warming,  inclusion, terrorism,  technology,  and artificial intelligence.

In its 41-year history,  FLDT has produced  over sixty dance works, two full-length  plays about dance and dancers, video/dance  works, original television broadcasts, and many contempora ry music and art collaborations performed at the Edinburgh  Fringe Festival, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Baryshnikov  Arts Center,  Joyce SoHo, the Sarasota Ballet, and the 1991 Tokyo International  Choreography  Competition. FLDT  is  committed   to  education   as  well  as  performance   and  has  an  extensive   array  of  lecture- demonstrations,  classes, residencies  and workshops  to develop audiences  and bring  the general  public and students  into the creative process. The company  feels strongly  that dance  should be available  and accessible to all, and provides outreach and free ticket programs to special and underserved  populations , and will do so again during these performances.

Borut  Krzisnik  is  a Slovenian  composer  based  in Ljubljana.    He  has released  seven  albums,  including Lightning,  Valse Brutal, Sacre du Temps and A Life in Suitcases (film and soundtrack).   His music has bee n featured in many films, dance and theater productions,  including  Peter Greenaway’s  multi-media  trilogy Tulse Luper Suitcases  and A Life in Suitcases.

Built as part of the New 42nd Street Studios  to support  performing  artists in the creation of their work, The Duke on 42nd Street is a premier venue in the heart of the theater district. Along with the New 42nd Street Studios and The New Victory Theater, The Duke on 42nd Street is a project of The New 42nd Street, the  independent   nonprofit  organization  charged  with  the  continuous  cultural  revival  of 42nd  Stree t between 7th and 8th Avenues. Committed to the transformational power of the arts, the dedicated Board and Staff of The New 42nd Street build on the foundation of seven historic theaters to make extraordina ry performing  arts and cultural engagement  part of everyone’s  life.

Felice  Lesser Dance Theater will present  six performances,  February  8 – 12, 2017 at The Duke on 42nd Street,  a NEW 42ND STREET® project. Complete  details,  season schedule  and ticket information  will be announced  shortly. 


A photo of "Texting" from CONNECTIONS, danced by Friends University Ballet. (Photo: Joseph Myers)

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