Photo Flash: Company XIV's Baroque Burlesque Opera JUDGE ME PARIS Opens Tonight in Brooklyn
Company XIV, in association with Morningside Opera and SIREN Baroque, presents the World Premiere of Judge Me Paris, a Baroque Burlesque Opera, directed and choreographed by Austin McCormick. Judge Me Paris includes excerpts from John Eccles and John Weldon's Baroque opera The Judgment of Paris, sung by Morningside Opera, with a libretto by William Congreve, Baroque music performed by SIREN Baroque, and additional text by Jeff Takacs.
Check out photos from the production, opening tonight in Brooklyn, below!
Judge Me Paris runs from tonight, May 17 through May 27, 2012 in a limited engagement at the 303 Bond Street Theatre, located at 303 Bond Street, between Union & Sackett in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. The show officially opens on May 17. Performances are Thursdays – Sundays at 8pm. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006. The running time is 75 minutes. No one under 16 will be admitted. For more information visit http://www.CompanyXIV.com.
Judge Me Paris is a Baroque Burlesque Opera fusing live music, theatre, dance and projection to titillate and entertain. Watch as Pallas, Juno and Venus vie for the title of fairest in the first ever beauty contest…Who will win the Golden Prize?
The cast includes opera singer Brett Umlauf as Pallas, opera singer Amber Youell as Juno, opera singer Brittany Palmer as Venus, Sean Gannon as Paris, Jeff Takacs as Zeus, Marisol Cabrera, Laura Careless, Katrina Cunningham, Ashley Handel and Cailan Orn.
SIREN Baroque features Antonia Nelson on violin, Kelly Savage on harpsichord, Anneke Schaul-Yoder on cello and Claire Smith on violin.
Company XIV's work is a unique mash up of classical texts, Baroque choreography, eclectic music, pop culture, opera, burlesque, ballet, gender bending, high fashion, theatrical staging and sumptuous design that has wowed both audiences and critics. Company XIV shows are cutting-edge, yet extravagantly classical. Taking his cue from theatre/dance/opera under the reign of Louis XIV, Director/Choreographer Austin McCormick creates a compelling 360-degree experience for audiences. The Players of Company XIV are theatrical libertines, who tempt, delight and fully immerse their audiences in the experience of their performances, inviting them to be seduced and liberated!
Morningside Opera's mission is to challenge the boundaries and the conventions of the genre, and to spark dialogue about opera between new and traditional audiences. They are committed to inventive, experimental and multimedia performances. Their programming focuses on original productions of standard repertoire, new operas and revitalized, little-known works. For more information visit http://www.MorningsideOpera.com.
New York City based SIREN Baroque stages vibrant, thought-provoking programs of early chamber and vocal music. Bringing passionate and historically informed performances to concert halls, art galleries, and cafes throughout New York and overseas, the nine women of SIREN are committed to infusing passionate historical accuracy with a twinge of modern dynamism by commissioning new works for historical instruments. SIREN Baroque, founded by violinist Antonia Nelson, has been called "Secure and stylish" by The New York Times. For more information visit http://SirenBaroque.com.