Excerpts from Broadway-Bound STANDARD TIME & More Set for 2014 Fire Island Dance Festival; Larry Keigwin and Jerry Mitchell Co-Host, Beg. Tonight
Critically acclaimed choreographers Larry Keigwin and Jerry Mitchell will host the 20th Anniversary of Fire Island Dance Festival (#fidance), the most anticipated cultural event of the season on Fire Island. Some of the most-talked-about dancers and dance companies will perform an exciting mix of Broadway, ballet, Hawaiian and modern dance today, July 18-20. Since its humble beginnings in 1995 with seven dancers on a makeshift stage, the festival has grown to become the charitable event of the summer in Fire Island Pines, raising more than $3.3 million. The festival is produced by and benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Keigwin and Mitchell will share their insider insights and backstage stories as they welcome more than 50 performers to the outdoor stage. Keigwin has danced his way from the Metropolitan Opera to downtown clubs to Broadway and Mitchell is a two-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer who has been involved with more than 50 Broadway, Off-Broadway, West End and touring productions.
Keigwin founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2003 and, as artistic director, has led the company in performances nationwide. His work in musical theatre includes choreography for the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and the recent Off-Broadway production of Rent, for which he received The Joe A. Callaway Award from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. This season, Keigwin choreographed the new Broadway hit musical If/Then, starring Idina Menzel.
Mitchell received the Tony Award for best choreography for the 2013 Tony-winning Best Musical Kinky Boots, for which he was also nominated as director. His Broadway debut as a choreographer, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, was soon followed by his first Tony Award for La Cage Aux Folles and Tony nominations for The Full Monty, Hairspray, Never Gonna Dance, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Legally Blonde, which he also directed. Last year, Mitchell received the Drama League's Founders' Award for Excellence in Directing and the George Abbott Lifetime Achievement Award from his peers. Mitchell also created and remains executive producer of Broadway Bares, a wildly successful modern-day burlesque show produced annually by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
This year's Fire Island Dance Festival will feature performances by:
< Ailey II, presenting the beloved "Wade in the Water" from Revelations, an exciting return after the piece was performed at Fire Island Dance Festival in 2003.
< BalletCollective, displaying the collaborative vision of artists from different genres in an intriguing new work choreographed by Troy Schumacher, a member of the corps de ballet for New York City Ballet.
< Complexions Contemporary Ballet, known for its aesthetically dynamic multicultural style, premiering a piece choreographed by Marcelo Gomes with an original score by Ian Ng.