Dixon Place Presents
277DanceProject's "This is Heaven to Me"
Dixon Place Presents
"This is Heaven to Me"
161A Chrystie Street New York, NY 10002
Tickets: 5 advance, 8 door, 2 student and seniors
This is Heaven to Me, merges theater with contemporary dance. 277DanceProject creates a stylized, witty, comic and at times poignant piece exploring relationship, intangible expectations, desire and personal myth. Our Absurdist landscape is filled with midnight love affairs, beauty pageants, a French cafe, a woman who gets everything she’s ever wanted, a couple who can’t say goodbye, and a man who worries about the end of the world. Stuck in a state of limbo, we are given the chance to play out our secret fantasies or to repeat moments from past relationships in the hopes that we will finally get exactly what we want.
277DanceProject is a contemporary dance company under the artistic direction of choreographer Nicole Philippidis, committed to creating emotionally driven work, exploring the balance between chaos and stillness, the intersection of lives, and the eternal struggle to connect and to survive. Collaboration plays an integral part in the creation of each piece.
Cast: Stacey Cervellino*, Kevin Chu*, Alissa Clarke, Hannah Emerson, Jordan Gehley, Saya Harada, Olgierd Minkiewicz, Nicole Philippidis, Benjamin Wolk, and Mika Yanagihara.
*Actors Appearing Courtesy of Actors Equity Association
Nicole Philippidis is the Artistic Director and Choreographer of 277DanceProject. Her work has been presented at Dixon Place Theater, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Triskelion Arts, the Cunningham Studio, City Center Studios, Westchester Arts Exchange, Purchase College, Green Space, as well as various festivals throughout NYC. Nicole is a native New Yorker who attended Marymount Manhattan College where she received her B.F.A. in Dance. She earned her M.S. in Education from City College in 2003. She has worked and studied with tremendous artists such as Geraldine Cardiel, Deborah Santos, Alan Danielson, and Sabatino Verlezza, who have influenced her movement style and inspired her to begin making dances. Nicole has taught modern dance technique, composition, and dance history classes for the NYC Department of Education, private schools, and studios. Nicole continues to teach throughout NYC and is the Education Director for RIOULT Dance Company.
Stacey Cervellino a recent International Acting Fellow at the Globe Theatre in London, been seen in plays and musicals in New York, Chicago, Toronto, Washington D.C., and Boston. Former Artistic Director of Isadora Productions, her work was featured in American Theater Magazine and New York Magazine. With Isadora Productions, and in collaboration with the UN, Amnesty, V Day, and Safe Horizons, Stacey created, performed and toured their original piece exploring Human Trafficking, called Becoming Natasha, (based on Victor Malarek’s book The Natashas) which made its New York debut at The Culture Project. She wrote the script, music, and lyrics for her social satire, DRESS, presented at HERE and The WestEnd Theatre. She has received work and study grants from the Fund for Teachers and the Fund for Contemporary Artists.. As a movement theater artist, Stacey has been studying Action Theater with Movement Theatre innovator Ruth Zaporah for over ten years and was also trained by Susan Dibble, of Shakespeare and Company and Dibble Dance. A member of Brave New World Rep, she is the Education Director for Brave New World Studio, and has taught in various Graduate and Undergraduate Programs in the U.S., in the New York City School system. She received her M.F.A. in Acting from Brandeis University, her B.A. from Union College, and studied Classical Acting at LAMDA in London.
PHOTO BY: Jaqlin Medlock