Taram Rogoff's GRAND ROUNDS Comes to La MaMa This Spring
La MaMa, in association with Tamar Rogo Performance Projects, presents the world premiere of GRAND ROUNDS at the Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 E 4th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY, running April 27 - May 14, 2017.
In the 1950s world of Grand Rounds, a 10-year-old inspired by the adventures of Cherry Ames, nurse and amateur sleuth, turns her perceptive gaze on the rituals of family life. What goes on behind closed doors and on the radio is fodder for her scienti c reckonings. e action takes place in and around six beds, on a hospital oor, in a graveyard, and in the imagination of this curious child.
In Grand Rounds, Tamar Rogo casts an ensemble of di erently-abled performers with disparate bodies to represent "family" e grandmother is a dancer with Parkinson's for whom neutral is a "shake" and intense concentration is born of necessity. e grandfa- ther, a 250-pound clown from the Big Apple Circus, has eclectic performance skills which include having studied ballet. e brother is a trans actor, who is discovering a new physical reality now that his body aligns with his trans gender male identity. A renowned palliative care doctor is performing with his actual patient. ere are twelve performers, some of whom are well known in the dance world. Each member was cast because of their particular body story.
The Grand Rounds audience has permission to stare, to take in difference, openly without censorship. Seating the audience around three beds, Tamar Rogo looks for a proximity that will encourage body empathy wordlessly - body to body. She continues her interest in the medical world and how we allow it to de ne our deaths. It is the ten-year-old, teetering between childhood and ado- lescence, who via the last act of Giselle, nds a road map towards life's end.
Tamar Rogo Performance Projects produces dance/theater and documentary lms. e latest, Enter e Faun, will air on PBS on America Reframed on March 28th. Rogo is also a movement coach for actors, most notably for Claire Danes in her Emmy award-winning role as Temple Grandin. Rogo is a six-time recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and has been funded by The Sundance Institute, Dancing in the Streets, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Rockefeller MAP Grant, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Harkness Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Grand Rounds lighting design is by Joe Levasseur, sound design by Steven Brush, dramaturgy by Janice Paran, and the set and costume design by Joanne Howard. e cast includes Cynthia Gilbertson, Glen Heroy, Nitzan Mager, Emily Pope, Cadence Rotarius, Peter Selwyn, Aurelia Suchilt, Berenice Suchilt, Morgan Sullivan, and Jake Szczypek.
Performances run Wednesday to Saturday @ 7PM • Sunday @ 4PM. Tickets: $25 Adults • $20 Students/Seniors • Limited $10 Tickets. Tickets available online at lamama.org
at the La MaMa Box Office, or by calling (212) 352-3101.
Watch a preview for the show below!