The Men Dancers: From the Horse's Mouth
Thu, Jan 10 - 8:00pm *Special Gala Performance & Reception*
Fri & Sat, Jan 11 & 12 - 8:00pm
Sun, Jan 13 - 3:00pm
A cast of 30 extraordinary male dancers of all ages and styles, including Charles Askegard, Jock Soto, Gus Solomons, Jr. and Jason Samuels Smith share personal stories with the audience and perform original choreography, sometimes dancing together.
Premiered last summer with all sold out performances at Jacob's Pillow's 80th anniversary season, this first New York production of "The Men Dancers: From the Horse's Mouth," will begin with a special Gala Celebration on Thursday, January 10 with a donation going to The Jacob's Pillow Scholarship Fund.
A remarkable group of young performers at the top of their game will dance alongside elder icons of the dance world who will be returning for this special occasion. Bessie and Tony Award winners, Ernie Award recipients and dance legends share the stage in this four day event.
Emanuel Abruzzo, Todd Allen, Miguel Anaya, Jack Anderson, Charles Askegard, Arthur Aviles, Josh Beamish, Tadej Brdnik, Christopher Caines, Jamie Cunningham, Alberto DelSaz, George Dorris, Chad Hall, John Heginbotham, Trent Kowalik, Steven Melendez, Norton Owen, Don Redlich, Pascal Rekoert, Francisco Pablo Ruvalcaba, Jason Samuels Smith, Gus Solomons jr, Jock Soto, Robert Valdez, David Vaughan, Chet Walker, Cartier Williams
* There will be a cast of 20 in each performance. Cast subject to change. For a list of each nights dancers, go to www.horsesmouth.org
___ABOUT FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH__________________________________
"From the Horse's Mouth" is a celebratory dance/theater production that has received standing ovations for its captivating story-telling and exceptional dancing, with rave reviews from critics around the United States. The 20 performers outstanding dancers and choreographers of all ages and dance traditions tell personal stories from their lives, then perform movement of their own choosing, sometimes interacting with another dancer. The stories range from humorous to poignant revealing personal moments of loss, joy, frustration, and triumph.
More than 1,000 dancers across all ages and dance styles have performed variations of "From the Horse's Mouth" over the past 14 years, from ages 13 to 94. Productions have featured dancers with backgrounds in African, Flamenco, East Indian, Irish, Japanese, clogging, hip-hop, tango, jazz, tap, ballet and Broadway, to name a few. Past participants include Mary Anthony, Brenda Bufalino, Roxane Butterfly, Jane Comfort, Grover Dale, Gemze de Lappe, Carmen de Lavallade, David Dorfman, Viola Farber, John Jaspers, Kwikstep & Rokafella, Carol Lawrence, Yvonne Rainer, Gus Solomons jr, Martine Van Hamel and hundreds of other amazing artists.
___ABOUT THE FOUNDERS_____________________________________________
TINA CROLL (co-director), BA Bennington College. Founding member of Dance Theater Workshop. Studied with Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins, Louis Horst, Anna Sokolow. Performed with Jeff Duncan, Jack Moore, Jamie Cunningham, Judith Dunn. Established Tina Croll + Company, performing at Judson Church, DTW and other venues in NY and around the U.S. After a period spent exploring the spiritual aspect of dance, a quest that took her to India and Europe, she moved to the West Coast where, in 1982, she formed a new company. Returning to NY in 1993, she has been performing her work widely around the city. Recent projects at Danspace Project include Ancient Springs with a cast of 20; and Balkan Dreams, a collaboration with Zlatne Uste, a 12-piece Balkan brass band. Other collaborations include an improvisation group, "The Gang of Four," with Wendy Perron, Douglas Dunn, and Kenneth King; and Fringe production: Face the Musicand Dance. Grants: NEA, NYSCA, Bennington College, DTW, Gutman Foundation and others. Board of Directors: American Dance Guild.
JAMIE CUNNINGHAM (co-director), actor, dancer, director, choreographer, writer. Native of Toronto; honors degrees (BA, MA) in English Literature and Drama at Univesity of Toronto. Studied acting, voice (under Iris Warren and Kristin Linklater), dance, and directing at the London Academy of Dramatic Arts. Choreography includes Twelfth Night and Don Giovanni at the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival, Lorca's Yerma for Canadian television, and over two dozen works for his own Acme Dance Co. He has created pieces for performance spaces ranging from proscenium theaters to swimming pools to the Mall in Washington, D.C. Directed productions of As You Like It, Private Lives, The 3 Penny Opera and The Harlot's Curse. Grants: NEA, NYSCA, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, American Dance Festival. Currently teaches acting, directing, voice, and movement as a tenured faculty member at the University of Delaware.
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