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General Mischief Dance Theatre Presents RASCALS WITH ALTITUDE This Weekend

General Mischief Dance Theatre Presents RASCALS WITH ALTITUDE This Weekend

General Mischief Dance Theatre presents its spring performance, Rascals with Altitude. Performances will take place from today, April 25 - May 4 at The Connelly Theatre, 220 East 4th Street, NYC.

Tickets are $20 in advance for general admission ($25 at the door, $15 for students and seniors, $10 for children ten and under) and are available at or by calling (212) 714-4694. Performances are Friday, April 25 at 8pm; Saturday, April 26 at 8pm; Sunday, April 27 at 5pm; Friday, May 2 at 8pm; Saturday, May 3 at 3pm and 8pm; and Sunday, May 4 at 3pm. The performance is appropriate for ages 4 and up.

General Mischief Dance Theatre is dedicated to reinforcing the power that joy and laughter have in communicating ideas. The company's mission is to create and present theatrical dance works that engage audiences emotionally, socially, and kinesthetically. Combining aerial work with more earthbound forms of movement, the company removes spatial and physical limits from theatrical dance.

The program includes:

Suite Shel, a one-act suite of dances inspired by the poems of Shel Silverstein, choreographed by Celine Rosenthal, Pushpanjali Sharma, and Emily Smyth Vartanian

Featuring Madeline Hoak of Upsidown Productions (May 2-4) in an aerial solo on rope.

Duel, an interactive bungee duet, choreographed by Emily Smyth Vartanian

Duel is a face-off between rival baseball fans (Yankees v. Red Sox). They appear to have made peace by the time flying balls are added to the equation, but the very end of the dance calls that notion into question.

Buzz, choreographed by Emily Smyth Vartanian

Buzz is a multi-part, caffeinated cityscape of a dance. It shows the dancers slowly waking up in the morning, then features them interacting with various objects typical to the morning commute - coffee cups, books, and cell phones - as well as each other. The majority of the time, they pass each other by, unnoticed, but as the piece goes on they begin to connect with each other. The next section, lit only by the dancers' cell phones, takes place late at night and shows the dancers "connected" electronically, but not connected to the individuals they are supposedly spending time with.

Excerpt from Pressing Empty, performed by the Kinesis Project (May 2-4)

Pressing Empty is a character based, physical, contemporary dance theatre work that uses marriage to examine choice and emptiness. The work follows five brides through a beautifully crafted, fierce evening of playful dresses and real panic. Ms. Riker continues her fascination with moments in time and decision in an edgy, riveting, and accessible evening of wedding gowns, tuxedos, and blue feathers.

Untitled from Q&A Productions (April 25-27), choreographed and performed by Dare Harlow and Quincy Hydock

Originally performed at The Green Space in Brooklyn, this hilarious piece provides clever commentary on the different roles women are asked to play as adults.

This production will feature performers Jane Abbott, Dare Harlow, Gautam Nima, Pushpanjali Sharma, Andrea Steiner, and Emily Smyth Vartanian, with direction by Celine Rosenthal, andmusic from Grammy® winning Ozomatli, Led Zepagain, and composer Lizzie Hagstedt.

Guest artists include Kinesis Project, Q&A Productions, and Madeline Hoak.

Celine Rosenthal is an alumae of NYU Tisch and Founder of the Neela Theatre Project in Mumbai. She is currently an MFA Directing Candidate at the New School for Drama. Selected Credits - Director: Rose Petals (NYMF), The Post Office (Bank St), Hitgirls: The Musical(Manhattan Theater Source), The Weird (Manhattan Theater Source), Hapless Romance (Wings Theater). Producer: The Glass Menagerie (Booth), Seminar (John Golden), Leap of Faith* (St. James), The Spitfire Grill (The Sage), Turn of the Screw (Bank St). *Tony-nominated

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