ADM21 Performs Workshop of Robbins, Stroman, Fosse and Pan Works Today, 11/14
American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21) will present a workshop presentation of four classic musical theater and film dance numbers today, November 14 at New York City Center, Studio 4 at 6 pm.
Each piece has been coached by artists intimately involved in their original productions; numbers from CONTACT, Jerome Robbins' BROADWAY, LOVELY TO LOOK AT and BIG DEAL will be presented. The evening will be directed by Artistic Director Margo Sappington and feature live music with musical direction by Eugene Gwozdz. ADM21 is a new not-for-profit dance company founded by Executive Director Nikki Feirt Atkins, dedicated to creating a living and vibrant archive of classic and current notable musical theater choreography.
Today's November 14 workshop presentation will feature:
“Mr. Monotony” from Jerome Robbins' BROADWAY, original choreography by Jerome Robbins, Staged by Robert La Fosse. Danced by Georgina Pazcoguin (NYCB), Amar Ramasar (NYCB), Daniel Ulbricht (NYCB) and featuring Amra-Faye Wright (currently starring as Velma in Chicago).
Nikki Feirt Atkins, Founder and Executive Director of ADM21 and Artistic Director, Margo Sappington, will continue the legacy of the late Lee Theodore, who established The American Dance Machine in 1976. Theodore created a “Living Archive” of Musical Theater Dance to address her belief that “many great choreographic works are lost with the musical they once embellished.” Of concern was that the artistry of each dance would vanish with the artists who created them. That was the impetus that drove The American Dance Machine from its pilot program in 1976 to its final days following the death of Lee Theodore in the late 1980’s.
“My goal is to continue Lee Theodore’s legacy by establishing American Dance Machine for the 21St Century as New York City’s leading center for musical theater dance,” said Atkins. “I believe that when a show closes and the script, songs and designs are preserved for posterity, so too should its dances.”
The ADM21 Dance Company will present workshop presentations and full-length productions and will demonstrate the value of theater dance choreography through careful research and reconstruction, respect for how the dance relates to the source of the choreographers inspiration and will do justice to those works that stand alone as outstanding entertainment. Currently plans are to maintain a core company of dancers joined by guest artists proficient in the style and technical requirements of each dance piece.
“The Broadway dance community is very excited and supportive of our current plans to revive The American Dance Machine,” says Ms. Atkins. “The current enthusiasm for musical theater and dance, as a result of television programs such as “Glee,” “Smash,” “So You Think You Can Dance?” and “Dancing with the Stars,” indicates a growing interest in this genre and ADM21 will be ready to share significant musical theater choreography and the techniques that propelled such works with this present generation of dancers, choreographers and theater dance enthusiasts.