MMDC and Project 44 to Debut World Premieres at Danspace in 2015

MMDC (Mari Meade Dance Collective), a dance theater company known for its quirky dissection of both human and animal relationships, and PROJECT 44, a troupe of male powerhouses known for virtuosic strength and grace, have joined forces to present two premieres. As part of Danspace Project's Dance:Access series, Mari Meade's Brood III and the Interloper and Gierre J. Godley's Black Dolphin will come to life in this unique pairing of wit and versatility. As both companies are young-MMDC was founded in 2009, PROJECT 44 in 2010-this three-night performance event will serve as their catalyst into the next echelon of New York modern dance companies.

Brood III and the Interloper is a new piece by choreographer Mari Meade that draws from sources as radically varied as cicada mating rituals, the art of Mark Rothko and the music of Dawn of Midi. In this loosely narrative-based work, an outsider discovers a strictly hierarchical, previously unknown world and must convince its inhabitants- alternately disinterested and combative-that her presence is more than a careless disruption of their fragile ecosystem. The work is performed by Allison Beler, Dia Dearstyne, Breanna Gribble, Misuzu Hara, Morgan Hurst, Isaac Owen, Or Reitman and Rachel Rizzuto. Costumes are by Marc Witmer and lighting design is by Rob Ross.

Black Dolphin, loosely inspired by the 2011 documentary Russia's Toughest Prisons, is a new creation by choreographer Gierre J. Godley that features an all-male cast with collaborations by composer Ben Kutner, poet JaKeith "JaPoet" Hairston, costume designer Lara de Bruijn, and lighting by Rob Ross. Centered around ideas of isolation, loss of dignity, and conformity, Black Dolphin explores a journey of hope and its use as a means of survival. The work is performed by Zachary Denison, Gierre J. Godley, Aaron McGloin, Collin Ranf, and Aaron R. White.

TICKETS and PERFORMANCE TIMES

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for Danspace members, and can be purchased online at danspaceproject.org. Group of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $15. Tickets can also be purchased online, by phone (866-811-4111), or at the box office.

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