Usdan Dance Chair's 'STORIES' to Premiere at NYU's Skirball Center, 3/16-17

Usdan Dance Chair's 'STORIES' to Premiere at NYU's Skirball Center, 3/16-17

The World Premiere of Stories From the Night Before, a new evening of dance theater created by Maurice Brandon Curry, Chair of the Dance Department of Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, will be presented on Sunday and Monday March 16 and 17 at 7 PM at New York University's Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place (just off Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village), New York, NY 10012. (Tickets:, or call 212.352.3101 (Theatermania) or 866.811.4111?(Ovation Tix).

Set to a variety of music ranging from Bach to Miles Davis, to film composer Dave Grusin, to The Rolling Stones, and using mixed media, the work contains several stories about aspects of relationships using a kaleidoscope of dance styles: classical, neo-classical, flamenco-inspired, jazz and Broadway theater.

Maurice Brandon Curry, who original works have been presented at Usdan Center and can be seen in video on Usdan's youtube site, has directed, choreographed, and produced events as diverse as the Michael Awards for the Fashion Industry, tours and videos for Diana Ross, Prince, and Al B. Sure, the kick-off of the Tour de France and the Queen's Trust Benefit for the charities of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II. He has choreographed ballets and theatre works in the active repertoires of numerous universities and companies around the world. Additionally, he has produced extensively in the fashion industry for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole, and Giorgio Armani. Mr. Curry has also directed and/or choreographed three critically acclaimed Off-Broadway shows and many shows regionally in both the United States and abroad including "West Side Story," "Nunsense," "Sweet Charity," "Oliver!" and "42nd Street." and several short films that have placed on the international film festival circuit.

The cast, many of them originally trained by Mr. Curry, features company members from American Ballet Theatre (Nicole Graniero, Sean Stewart, one of Dance Magazine's 2012 "25 to Watch" Katherine Williams, and one of Dance Magazine's 2014 "25 to Watch" Calvin Royal III), the New York City Ballet (Sara Mearns, Principal, and Savannah Lowery, Soloist), Momix (Todd Burnsed), current and former members of Parsons Dance Company, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens and the Joffrey Ballet, as well as cast members of four currently running Broadway shows (Motown the Musical, Cinderella, Wicked and After Midnight).

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