ASYLUM by New Dance Theatre
New Dance Theatre in a co-production with Access Theater
July 13 - 30, Thursday - Sat. at 8pm, Sundays at 7
Tickets: $18 pre-sale/$20 door. Tickets go on sale June 5, 2017
New Dance Theatre, in a co-production with Access Theater, makes its New York debut with ASYLUM, July 13 – 30, 2017 at Access Theatre. ASYLUM, a dance-theatre take on the breaking through the barriers of isolation caused by the stigma of mental illness and the power of compassion, is an original work devised by New Dance Theatre company members and directed by Ilan Ben-Yehuda and Shannon Stowe.
Asylum: noun: haven, shelter. Those diagnosed with mental illness are often without a safe place, a haven, a shelter. The prevalent attitudes towards and stigma of mental illness can make those who need help less likely to seek it, feeling more and more isolated and alone. With ASYLUM, we seek to shift the perception and bear witness the power of compassion.
ASYLUM marks the culmination of NDT's 2016-17 participation in the Access Residency Program. After presenting part of ASYLUM in New Light Theater Project's Darkroom Series, NDT was accepted into the residency program to continue development of the piece. Devised by the company members of New Dance Theatre, ASYLUM features original choreography created by members of the company based their individual stories and impulses. New Dance Theatre explores where the pedestrian and the profound meet, where what is unspoken is revealed through gesture and dance. As our doctor (Jim Anderson) reveals, “the first thing to depart in mental illness is the familiar. And what takes its place is bad news, because not only can you not understand it, you also cannot communicate it to other people.” (Phillip K. Dick). This is our profound world that lives parallel to the pedestrian world of case-studies, clinical examination and therapy, expressed in a unique blend of dance, gesture, poetry.
New Dance Theatre company: Jim Anderson, Jes Bedwinek, Amy Fulgham, Alexandra Gellner, Bethany Geraghty, Patrick T. Horn, Shannon Stowe, Angie Tennant.
About Access Theater
Since 1992, ACCESS THEATER has served as a cost-effective rental alternative to New York's Off-Off and Independent Theater scene. Access seeks innovative, not-for-profit producing organizations devoted to the production of new works. Jacqueline Christy, Executive Director; Sarah Norris, Artistic Director; Michael Aguirre, Producing Director.
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