Comedy in Dance Festival 2013
The 4th Annual Comedy in Dance Festival
Triskelion Arts’ Aldous Theater
April 19-21 and 25-27, 2013 at 8pm
Brooklyn, NY: Triskelion Arts is psyched silly to be presenting its 4th Annual Comedy in Dance Festival. This six-night festival will showcase 29 works by an arsenal of some of the funniest emerging and mid-career choreographers, dancers, physical improvisers, and clowns from New York City and beyond, bringing on an assault of the goofy, daring, and not-so-serious sensibilities we often secretly crave.
Participating artists include: Company SoGoNo, Leanne Schmidt & Company, Agnes Olmstead, Fenn & Company, Jeff and Buttons, Reject Dance Theatre, white road Dance Media, Cocoon Central Dance Team, Second Nature, Indah M. Walsh, Kfeds & Abs, rdhm, Jacobs Campbell Dance, ChristinaNoel & The Creature, Tanya Soloman, Glitter Kitty Productions, Opposite Attraction, Ground Grippers Dance Company, Katie Rose McLaughlin, RedWall Dance Theatre, Artichoke Dance Company, Emily Craver and Dancers, The Raving Jaynes, Carol Mendes & Artists, Clare Byrne, Tough Cookie Dance, Marcos Duran and Company, Ann Burnidge Dance, and NY Physical Comedy Lab.
SECOND NATURE (Cassie Tunick, Heather Harpham, Danny Tunick) performs How to Construct a Perfect Sentence Using Only Nouns. Dance, speech, and live music collide inside an endlessly kaleidoscopic landscape, making much of micro-moments. The dance of the imperfect. The waltz of pathos. The grammatical gone awry. The company exposes the travails of the tiny human - swerving from Chaplinesque to blithely macabre to real-as-your-hometown in the space of a breath.
Named one of Dance Magazine’s “Best of 2012,” Robert Maynard’s (RDHM) Fase, Six Movements to the Music of Nicki Minaj is like lip-syncing in the mirror to your favorite song. It is glitter and spectacle and persona… a drag queen in a postmodern world and it is utterly fabulous if not utterly flawed.
COCOON CENTRAL DANCE TEAM performs two wonders from their dance-comedy repertoire. Tallie Medel, Eleanore Pienta, and Sunita Mani rally the crowd as drum majors with their marching band half-time spectacular. Imagine the rest of the band as they do with simultaneous video projection. Following baton tricks and a video interlude, the team transforms into ancient old men from the enchanted wood to deliver a message of love.
NY PHYSICAL COMEDY LAB’s Audrey Crabtree and Billy Schultz perform Tengo Que Tango a dance sequence from their upcoming full-length show, No Reservations (a very physical romantic comedy), a saga of misplaced fears and false confidence, directed by John Towsen.
Ground Grippers Dance Company’s After You’ve Gone is a comedic, fast tempo, high-energy, traditional Lindy Hop dance piece parading six retired clowns reminiscing and rejoicing about the life they once had and lamenting, perhaps a little, over the loss of their identity…. now that it’s gone.
The awkward colliding of two diametrically opposed bodies, those of ARTICHOKE DANCE’S Lynn Neuman and Aidan Feldman, is juxtaposed with tight unison filled with quirky movement and gesture in House of Cards. The duet is accompanied by a deconstructed score of Family Guy’s funniest moments.
JACOBS CAMPBELL DANCE performs The Fartlek, a ballet satire exploring track and field training drills as the source for inspiration and movement vocabulary. This work questions the meaning of repetitive training and the seeking of unattainable perfection so often associated with dance and athletics.
Soap Box Opera from Anne Burnidge Dance is a modern dance mash-up of circus and politics. Filibustering, Grandstanding, Debating, Pontificating...Faltering, Falling, Digressing, Repressing...Dancers illuminate and exaggerate similarities between politics and big-top spectacle, probing eccentricities both public and personal.
For more information and the full festival schedule, visit www.triskelionarts.org.
All shows @ 8pm in the Aldous Theater
Triskelion Arts, 118 North 11th Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11249
TICKETS: 5 general admission – 2 student/senior – 3 show package for 0