Mark Dendy Projects presents "Labyrinth"
Mark Dendy Projects
Labyrinth, a new dance-play by Obie and Bessie Award-winning choreographer Mark Dendy, is a tragicomic, autobiographically inspired retelling of the Theseus myth, set in present-day and performed by a cast of four in multiple roles.
In Labyrinth, Dendy interweaves character portraiture, myth, autobiography, and fantasy. Set in New York City, with Theseus hailing from Athens, Georgia, and aided by a transgender Ariadne, the hero quest is given a picaresque spin. En route to choreograph a Rockettes number, an artistically conflicted Theseus washes down anti-anxiety pills with absinthe just as Superstorm Sandy is approaching the city. His journey through the mythic labyrinth is peopled with a Jungian underworld of colorful, disenfranchised characters, and pits him against multiple forces including a mechanical bull at the Bellevue Psych Ward. With Dendy’s signature wit, intense physicality, and searing social commentary, Labyrinth explores a world of inner demons and, ultimately, redemption by way of midlife crisis. The play is performed by Mark Dendy, Heather Christian, Stephen Donovan, and Matthew Hardy, with sound, music, and video created live on stage by the performers amid an ever-changing set of found objects.
Tickets are $25 and are available through Abrons Arts Center’s box office at (212) 352-3101, or online at www.abronsartscenter.org. Tickets will go on sale in early August. Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street), New York, NY 10002.