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Company XIV Presents World Premiere of LOVER. MUSE. MOCKINGBIRD. WHORE., 4/17

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Company XIV proudly presents the World Premiere of Lover. Muse. Mockingbird. Whore., a dance-theatre meditation on Charles Bukowski's women, choreographed and directed by Austin McCormick, with text by Charles Bukowski. Lover. Muse. Mockingbird. Whore. stars Laura Careless, and runs from April 15 - May 8, 2011 in a limited engagement at the 303 Bond Street Theatre, located at 303 Bond Street, between Union & Sackett in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Previews begin April 15 for an April 17 opening.

Performances are Fridays - Sundays at 8pm. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006. The show contains partial nudity - no one under 16 will be admitted. Train access via the F or G to Carroll Street or the R to Union Street. For more information visit http://www.CompanyXIV.com.

Drawing inspiration from the female characters present in the works of poet Charles Bukowski, Austin McCormick seeks to both examine and humanize these women, utilizing film, movement and text. The one-woman show stars Laura Careless, who inhabits these archetypes, 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 meditation on love and objectification, revealing what it means to be a woman in Buk's world.

Company XIV and Artistic Director Austin McCormick continue to garner critical acclaim. The New York Times calls Austin McCormick's work "inventive and brainy, a high-entertainment mix of music-hall, cabaret, theater and dance" and they praised Le Serpent Rouge as a "sensuous marvel." Paper Magazine's Tom Murrin called Nutcracker Rouge the "sexiest dance performance" of 2010. Flavorpill hailed Le Serpent Rouge a "glittery triumph." The Judgment of Paris was "deliciously excessive" declared Back Stage and Metro NY called Le Cirque Feerique "an appealing fantasia" with a cast "displaying world-class talent." "McCormick has a gift for understanding what captivates an audience," says Dance Magazine and The British Theatre Guide proclaimed, "Here is a company with something to say and the brains, eloquence, and goddamn balls with which to say it."

Laura Careless has been called "a deliciously frank and buoyant performer" by The Village Voice and "mesmerizing" by The Brooklyn Paper. Careless 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 Nutcracker Rouge. Careless teaches dance at Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech School and assists Austin McCormick in the creation of new Company XIV productions and commissions. She is the recipient of a Lynn Seymour Award for expressive dance. Upon graduation from The Juilliard School Dance Division in 2007, she was awarded the John Erskine prize for academic/artistic achievement and the Inter-Arts prize for initiating art outreach projects.


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