Infinity Dance Theater & Pi Dance Theater Present Productions Featuring Dancers With and Without Disabilities, 11/15-11/18

Infinity Dance Theater and Pi Dance Theatre present two richly diverse productions, "The Women's Stories Project" and "Elements" featuring dancers with and without disabilities performing at Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village this weekend, from November 15 through November 18.

First, Infinity Dance Theater presents the premiere of The Women's Stories Project. Conceived and created by Kitty Lunn, The Women’s Stories Project features five amazing women, with courage and resourcefulness to spare, who tell their stories of love, loss, illness, and aging. Depressing? Not at all. The 75-minute work is just the opposite - it's funny, sad, ironic, and unexpected.

Kitty Lunn, who also narrates, begins with her solo "In Time Like Air," created for her by Peter Pucci to a haunting saxophone solo by Don Cherry.

Lunn is followed by longtime dancer Lynn Barr, dealing with the loss of her husband of 50 years.

Sister Margaret, an outspoken Catholic nun for nearly 60 years, speaks about the trials of her life, vocation, and mission.

Lucy lost her mother to breast cancer and, after burying her mother in Puerto Rico, discovered she had the same cancer. She underwent difficult treatment and discovered her own strength through art, music, and dance. Lucy took up belly dancing and Puerto Rican Bomba dancing, which she will demonstrate on the program.

The company's scholar is Alice, a native of England, a professor of Medieval Literature, and proficient in 14 medieval languages. She became a wheelchair user as a result of an acquired spinal disease.

Marcia Bernstein adds a haunting vocal as the women weave The Common threads of their lives. Though these endearing women represent different ages, races, and walks of life, they represent all of us, connected through common threads of humanity, in this celebration of the triumph of the human spirit. Performances of The Women’s Stories Project will be sign language interpreted.

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