Show Me Real
Clare Cook Dance Theater
Conceived and Choreographed by Clare Cook
Original Music and Lyrics by Amy Burgess
Dramatic Text and Lyrics by Gena Oppenheim
Lighting Design by Mike Inwood
Costume Design by Liam O'Brien
Performers: Lori Byargeon, Halley Cianfarini, Clare Cook, Merrill Grant, Julia Kelly, Courtney Pruden
Clare Cook Dance Theater presents SHOW ME REAL, an evening-length dance theater piece that traces the experience of aspiring artists from the glamour and grace of the 1920s' Ziegfeld Follies culture to the concert dance stage of 2012.
Whether it's 1921 or 2012, the age-old story of the girl with big dreams trying to "make it" rings true. Whether it's leaving her small town to move to the Big Apple or learning those tricky tap steps as a child while twirling a baton in a sequined tutu, some things have not changed much. SHOW ME REAL views the lives of three real female modern dancers through the lens of a past era combining contemporary dance, original song, narrative, and video projection, revealing how much past is in our present.
SHOW ME REAL is the premiere production of Clare Cook Dance Theater. The choreography of Artistic Director Clare Cook has been seen in productions at the New York Musical Theater Festival, Ars Nova's ANT Fest, HERE Arts Center, Fringe NYC, Berkshire Fringe Festival, Planet Connections Festival (Best Choreography Award), NYU Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, Columbia University, The New School for Drama, as well as Opera Slavica's productions of DvoAk's Rusalka and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin in NYC.
Photography by Beowulf Sheehan