10 Hairy Legs to Perform at Crossroad Theatre, 5/4

10 Hairy Legs to Perform at Crossroad Theatre, 5/4

Randy James' all male dance company, 10 Hairy Legs, appears at Crossroads Theatre, New Brunswick on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm for its final New Jersey performance of its 2013-2014 season. The performance features all ten of the company members. The company is now double our size since our founding in 2012.

Continuing the company's aggressive repertory expansion that explores the range of today's male dancer, this program features a Company Premiere entitled "Friends of Dorothy." David Parker has reimagined the work for 10 Hairy Legs that was originally created in 2003 for Jeff Kazin and himself for their company The Bang Group. It features a musical score with selections from the Barn-Raising from "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (MGM 1954) by Gene de Paul; "Why Not Me" sung by Debbie Reynolds, music by Jay Livingston and lyrics by Ray Evans; and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" sung by Jane Powell music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harbur.

Parker stated, "Working with Randy James' excellent company, 10 Hairy Legs, has felt to me like coming home. Randy has cultivated a creative community that prizes generosity, virtuosity, wit, theatrical savvy and a sense of adventure. Over the past two years, Randy has allowed me to translate and reimagine two of my most cherished works. "Friends of Dorothy" is my second work for the company after my resetting of "Bang" last season. Both of these works were created for myself and my dance partner and muse, Jeffrey Kazin and have been defining works for my company, The Bang Group. I was immediately struck by the technical finesse, rhythmic acuity and comic timing of Alex (Biegelson) and Tyner (Dumortier) who are among the dancers performing the piece. Therefore, I created a new piece on the foundations of the old in order to highlight these dancers in the prime of their artistry. Unlike most dances for men, this one requires a kind of intimacy and detailed partnering that male dancers rarely use with one another. The men of 10 Hairy Legs have the skill and the chemistry to pull the whole thing off with aplomb."

Also on the program will be "The Blind Men and the Elephant" by Julie Bour, "Trouble Will Find Me" by Doug Elkins, James' poignant duet, "Closing the Glass Door," and Claire Porter's spoken word/movement piece "Interview." Bour's and Elkins' works had their world premiere at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on March 8 at part of its Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance. James' work will have live musical accompaniment.

'The Blind Men and the Elephant" features a newly composed score by Kyle Olson, a frequent collaborator of Bour's. Combining the exploration of her medium with theatrical collaborations Julie crafts her language over time by consistently working with a diverse group of celebrated dancers committed to dance invention. Scenic Design is by Benjamin Heller. The work was underwritten in part by a major grant from The O'Donnell Green Music & Dance Foundation.

"Trouble Will Find Me" features five company members in a rousing work set to the music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, an internationally acclaimed Pakistani musician, who was primarily a singer of Qawwali, the devotional music of the Sufis. The movement incorporates floreos (small, expressing hand movements used in Spanish dancing), floor work, Capoeira and Salsa. Elkins stated, "I am interested in conversations that deconstruct dance forms and in this work have indulged in the men's sensuality and funkiness while integrating the company members' individual corporeality to create a composite." Costumes are by Oana Botez.

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