Lover. Muse. Mockingbird. Whore. -a dance/theatre meditation on Bukowski's women-
APRIL 15,16, 17, 22,23,24, 29,30 MAY 1, 6,7,8. 8PM. 303 Bond St. Theatre, Bklyn. $30 (general admission), $25( students/seniors) brownpapertickets.com CompanyXIV.com
Choreographed and Directed by Austin McCormick Lighting Gina Scherr Set and Costumes Zane Pihlstrom Text Charles Bukowski
"Laura Careless in Mesmerizing." Brooklyn Paper
"Careless is a deliciously frank and buoyant performer." The Village Voice ------------------------------------------------------------
Expanding on a piece created during his senior year at Juilliard Austin McCormick draws inspiration from the works of poet Charles Bukowski, specifically the female characters prevalent in his works. Utilizing film, movement, and text he seeks to both examine and humanize the women in Bukowski's work. Laura Careless inhabits these archetypes seamlessly showing that beauty and ugliness are two sides of the same coin. Playing with themes of voyeurism, sexuality, and objectification, Lover. Muse. Mockingbird. Whore. promises to be a thought provoking ,uniquely designed mediation on love and objectification -revealing what it means to be a woman in Buk's world. ----------------------------------------------------------
Laura Careless (Actress /Principal Dancer) Laura is a graduate of the Royal Ballet School, London; the Ecole-Atelier Rudra Bejart, Lausanne; and The Juilliard School, New York City. She is a founding member of Company XIV, appearing most recently as the Sugar Plum Fairy in their sold-out New York run of Austin McCormick's Nutcracker Rouge. She also teaches dance at Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech school for children and works as an assistant to Mr. McCormick, setting his choreography on dancers from other companies and colleges and assisting in the creation of new Company XIV productions and commissions. In April, she can be seen in Mr McCormick's latest creation, a one-woman show to premiere at the 303 Bond Street Theater, Company XIV's home venue in Brooklyn.
Austin McCormick (Director/Choreographer) Austin McCormick holds a BFA from the Juilliard School and is a graduate of The Conservatory of Baroque Dance. He is an alumnus of the Harid Conservatory and North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2006, he founded COMPANY XIV, a dance/theatre troupe based in Brooklyn. The company works in the mediums of live dance/theater and film. The work is contemporary, yet Baroque inspired. Taking his cue from theatre/dance/opera under the reign of Louis XIV, McCormick seeks to unite design, choreography, and music to create compelling 360-degree experiences for audiences in which they are fully immersed in a theatrical world. The work is a unique mash up of Classical Texts, Baroque Choreography, Eclectic Music, Pop Culture References, Opera, Burlesque, Ballet, Gender Bending, Fashion, and Theatrical Staging that has left audiences and critics breathless.
"Here is a company with something to say and the brains, eloquence, and goddamn balls with which to say it."- The British Theatre Guide
His work has been performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center's Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Alice Tully Hall, Clark Studio Theater, Symphony Space, The Flea, Alvin Ailey Theater, Walter Reade Theater, Mark Morris Dance Center, and internationally at the Biblioteca Palafoxiana in Puebla, Mexico, the Roxy Art House in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Usine C in Montreal. His work has been seen at the TED Conference, on Logo's New Now Next Awards, and TLC's The Cake Boss.
"his inventive works are a brainy, high-entertainment mix of music hall, cabaret, theater and dance."The New York Times
In 2009, McCormick won a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Best Choreography in an off-off Broadway production for The Judgment of Paris. Company XIV is nominated for 5 New York Innovative Theater Awards 2010 for their productions of Le Serpent Rouge and Snow White. In addition to his performing in his own choreography, McCormick has worked professionally with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet of New York, and has taught and lectured on Baroque dance as a guest of the Korean Government in Seoul. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in directing and dance history at NYU.
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