NYU Skirball Presents Two Premieres for Adult Audiences

NYU Skirball will welcome in the New Year with two international premieres for adult audiences: from Québec's Cirque Alfonse comes the New York premiere of BARBU ELECTRO TRAD on January 3 and 4, followed by the American premiere of Briefs: The Second Coming from Australia's Briefs Factory, on January 6 and 7.

Briefs: The Second Coming is the inaugural presentation of Stonewall 50, NYU Skirball's year-long commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the historic Stonewall Uprising, which took place only blocks from the NYU Campus. The celebration will feature special events, marches, panels and parties.


BARBU ELECTRO TRAD CABARET

Thursday, January 3 & Friday, January 4 at 7:30 pm

BARBU Electro Trad Cabaret, a New York premiere, is a bellyful of cheeky humor and brazen eccentricity. It's a circus of exceptionally strong men and women, delivering edge-of-your-seat adult entertainment set to a rollicking soundtrack from a frenetic live band. Direct from Canada, Cirque Alfonse is famed for shows that explore the edges of contemporary circus. Barbu creates a strange and wonderful world, straddling old traditions with a modern edge

Cirque Alfonse's blend of arts and circus techniques is rooted in the traditions of its Québec home. The company was founded in 2014 by the Carabinier Lepine family and acrobats who have performed with some of the world's renowned "nouveau cirque" companies, including Les 7 doigts de la main, Cirque du Soleil, Cirkus Cirkör and many others. The company has toured across the USA as well as to Europe, Australia and Asia. cirquealfonse.com


BRIEFS: THE SECOND COMING

Sunday, January 6 & Monday, January 7 at 7:30 pm

Briefs: The Second Coming, an American premiere, is a madcap, all-male, gender-bending cabaret - a heart-stopping blend of burlesque, Australian machismo and punkish swagger. Its cast of six Aussies and one New Yorker are powered by a fierce energy as they mix up a potent blend of drag, glamour and athleticism, infused with dancing, tumbling, juggling, acro-balancing, trapeze, hula hooping, lip syncing, sequins, feathers and frocks. Video Link: vimeo.com/68692361

Briefs Factory is an internationally recognized independent artist and producer's collective dedicated to developing and presenting bold, contemporary and inspiring collaborative work. The company established itself as a leader on the cabaret and circus world stage following the success of their flagship show Briefs, which took Edinburgh Fringe by storm in 2011. Their second show, Briefs: The Second Coming, won Best Circus at Perth Fringe in 2013 and 2014; and sold out consecutive runs in London, Perth, Adelaide and Edinburgh Festival. Briefs Factory's other award- winning works include Hot Brown Honey, Club Briefs and Briefs: Close Encounters. briefsfactory.com


Tickets for BARBU Electro Trad Cabaret begin at $40; Tickets for Briefs: The Second Coming begin at $45. There is a discount for ticket buyers who purchase one ticket to each production. Tickets can be purchased online at www.nyuskirball.org, by phone at 212.998.4941, or in person at the Box Office, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00-6:00 P.M. NYU Skirball is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, New York 10012. www.nyuskirball.org

NYU Skirball, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, is one of New York City's major presenters of international work, and has been the premier venue for cultural and performing arts events in lower Manhattan since 2003. The 800-seat theater, led by Director Jay Wegman, provides a home for internationally renowned artists, innovators and thinkers. NYU Skirball hosts over 300 events annually, from re-inventions of the classics to cutting-edge premieres, in genres ranging from dance, theater and performance arts to comedy, music and film.

NYU Skirball's unique partnership with New York University enables it to draw on the University's intellectual riches and resources to enhance its programming with dialogues, public forums and conversations with artists, philosophers, scientists, Nobel Laureates and journalists. www.nyuskirball.org.

Jay Wegman is the Director of NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Prior to Skirball, he served as Director of the Abrons Art Center for ten years. During his tenure, Abrons was awarded various honors, including a 2014 OBIE Award for Innovative Excellence and a 2015 Bessie Award for Best Production. He was also a Fellow at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and for over a decade served as the first Canon for Liturgy and the Arts at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. He is the recipient of the 2015 FRANKY award for "making a long-term, extraordinary impact on contemporary theatre and performance in New York City." While not a performer, he has appeared in Brian Roger's film "Screamers" (2018), Sibyl Kempson's "12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens" (2017), and "Romper Room" (1969). Jay is a graduate of Yale University. www.nyuskirball.org.

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