Eryc Taylor Dance Inc. presents "Factory|Refractory"
Eryc Taylor Dance Inc.
Eryc Taylor Dance (ETD) presents a new world premiere immersive dance theatre performance entitled Factory|Refractory on November 20, 2022 (Doors: 5 PM/Show: 6 PM, After-party with a cash bar and DJ: 7 PM) at SLATE (54 W. 21st Street).
A limited supply of FREE standing-room tickets is available. Reserved Seating varies from $35 to $250. The piece is a multi-media, multi-sensory dance tribute to NYC and the artists who defined its nightlife in the mid-1990s. Experience an odyssey of art, addiction, recovery, and destiny. Attendees follow the story of a young, impressionable artist in a new city full of exhilarating passions and deadly vices, with live-feed projections enhancing the journey.
Factory|Refractory was conceived by Artistic Director Eryc Taylor, inspired by his observations and experiences in 1990s nightlife, and created in collaboration with the dancers. The immersive performance features Sashalie Rios, co-starring Alex Tenreiro Theis, with Principal dancers Cameron Arnold, Israel Harris, Miranda Stuck, and Taylor Ennen; Corps dancers Imani Arnett, Isoke Wright, and Julia Foti; and Understudy/Swing as Divieta Sahajwala. Music includes hits from the era and original compositions by Daniel Tobias. Costumes designed by Scooter LaForge with styling by Costume Closet's Felecia Mariah and Vogue choreography by William Ervin.
Factory/Refractory is a tribute to NYC’s club kid scene and a nod to Andy Warhol's Factory events. The mid-1990s was an era popularized by dance club personalities, including Amanda LePore, Richie Rich, and others still working in today's entertainment and fashion scene. These artistic and fashion-conscious creatives were most notable for their flamboyant and eccentric costumes. As a cabaret-style, multi-sensory experience in four parts, Factory/Refractory addresses addiction, mental health, struggle, recovery, and destiny. These themes are inspiring forces that shaped Taylor's choreography and vision, with original scores by Daniel Tobias reflecting the time and mood of the work as a whole. This project is made possible partly by The New York State Council on the Arts, The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, and the generous support of the Marta Heflin Foundation.
WARNING: Laser and/or strobe lights are used during this performance. Trigger Warning: This performance contains themes of drug abuse, addiction, and mental health struggles. If you or someone you know is struggling, please contact SAMHSA at 1-800-622-4357 or call 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline; they provide 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress.
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