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General Mischief performs at City Center Studios

General Mischief performs at City Center Studios

Company:

General Mischief

Location:

City Center Studios

Dates:

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 8:00pm
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 8:00pm

Tickets:

General Admission $15, Seniors/Students/Children (10 & Under) $10.

Company:
General Mischief

Photo by Eileen O’Donnell

 

Dance Theatre Company, General Mischief, Presents Two Performance Series This Fall in New York City

 

“…the exuberant cast travels through stories both playful and profound with virtuosity and a light heart.” – Daily News 

“The incredible cast will have you in stitches, in love, and sometimes, watching in disbelief.” – This Week in Swing

 

FOUR ON THE FLOOR

When: Friday 10/18 + Saturday 10/19 at 8:00pm

Where: New York City Center Studios, 130 West 56th Street, Studio 5, NYC, Subway: N/Q/R/W/F to 57th Street, or A/B/C/D/1 to 59th Street

Tickets: General Admission $15, Seniors/Students/Children (10 & Under) $10. For tickets, visit BrownPaperTickets.com or call (212) 714-4694.

 

New York, NY --- Known for creating contagious joy through movement, General Mischief Dance Theatre continues to take audiences on high-flying adventures.  This Fall in New York City, General Mischief presents multiple premieres in a two-part performance series starting with “Three if by Air” at the Manhattan Movement Arts Center on September 21-22, followed by “Four on the Floor” at New York City Center Studios on October 18-19.  (See below for program details.)

By combining aerial and modern movement with high-flying bungees, wiffle balls, yoga, aerial silk and countless forms of dance, General Mischief has conjured up a family-friendly, entertaining, playful yet clever show for children and adults alike.  Utilizing an interactive format filled with games, mayhem and mischief, General Mischief showcases theatrical dance works which engage audiences emotionally, socially, and kinesthetically. 

 “Our company is dedicated to providing opportunities for the general public to celebrate, discover, or rediscover, their own expression through dance,” explains Emily Smyth Vartanian, Founder/Choreographer/Dancer of General Mischief. “We strive to remind audiences that dance is as much visceral as it is visual.”

About General Mischief

General Mischief Dance Theatre was founded informally in 2004 as an artistic collaboration between performer/choreographer Emily Smyth Vartanian, rigger/lighting designer Mark Baker and sound designer/choreographic advisor Adam Vartanian.  The company was formally incorporated in 2008 in the interest of actively producing theatrical dance pieces that reinforce the power that joy and laughter have in communicating ideas, as well as to encourage the natural human desire to express oneself through movement.  The company has produced combined performance and social dance events at The Connelly Theater, Theater for the New City, Zipper Theater, Medicine Show Theater, and Alvin Ailey, as well as appearing in festivals and dance productions throughout New York City and California. GeneralMischief.com    

 

PROGRAM DETAILS                                                                                                                                     

*World premiere

FOUR ON THE FLOOR

When: Friday 10/18 + Saturday 10/19 at 8:00pm

Where: New York City Center Studios, 130 West 56th Street, Studio 5, NYC, Subway: N/Q/R/W/F to 57th Street, or A/B/C/D/1 to 59th Street

Tickets: General Admission $15, Seniors/Students/Children (10 & Under) $10. For tickets, visit BrownPaperTickets.com or call (212) 714-4694.

“Four on the Floor”*

Choreography by:  Celine Rosenthal, Emily Smyth Vartanian and guest artists

Music by: Lizzie Hagstedt

Dancers: Jane Abbott, Troy Barnes, Dare Harlow, Alisa Fendley and Emily Smyth Vartanian                                                                       

Details: An extension of the original “Suite Shel” work, it’s a quartet of dances inspired by the poems of Shel Silverstein.  Featuring contemporary and modern movement derived from explorations of the text, each section has a different choreographer while maintaining a common thread throughout the piece.

 

The Shell Game

Choreography by: Emily Smyth Vartanian

Music by: Paul Tillotson and Love Trio’s “Pink Panther Theme”

Dancers:  Jane Abbott, Troy Barnes, Alisa Fendley, Andrea Steiner and Emily Smyth Vartanian

Details: - An audience favorite, this piece demands audience participation in a human game of Three Card Monty. Performing movements reminiscent of Bob Fosse, the fedora-toting dancers weave in and out and trade, stack and switch hats creating a memory game for the audience. 

 

Buzz 2.0*

Choreography by:  Emily Smyth Vartanian

Music by: Grammy award-winning group Ozomatli

Dancers: Jane Abbott, Troy Barnes, Alisa Fendley, Dare Harlow, Andrea Steiner and Emily Smyth Vartanian

Details: An extension of the original “Buzz” work, this piece explores the obliviousness that ensues when people are "connecting" electronically.  Dancers struggle with the usual suspects – coffee cups, books, phones, subway maps, etc. 

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