Sky-Pony Partners With Dance Company Fpr BAM World Premiere
Cult-hit Brooklyn rockers Sky-Pony have been called "indie-pop aces" (New York Times) and "a beautiful mash-up of music, choreography, costumes, projections and drama" (Village Voice). They're known for collaborations that blur the lines between rock concert and performance art - in the past they've collaborated with circus artists, burlesque performers, monologists, even a fortune teller - as well as creating the original theater piece The Wildness at Ars Nova in 2016 (nominated for a Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical).
Now Sky-Pony is premiering their latest collaboration, Esther, with dance company Nimbus Dance Works. Esther is choreographer Samuel Potts' edgy interpretation of the complex First Testament heroine whose rise to power entangles themes of feminism, tribalism, and seduction. The original score is by Sky-Pony and Kevin Wunderlich, and will be performed live by the band.
Dates: April 21 at 8pm and April 22 at 2pm
Location: BAM Fisher: 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Running time: 1.5 hours with intermission
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Sky-Pony is led by the husband-and-wife team of Obie winning writer Kyle Jarrow (also creator of the new CW television series Valor as well as the bookwriter of the Broadway musical SpongeBob SquarePants) and Tony nominated actress-singer Lauren Worsham (Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder). Those dramatic roots show through in the music, and the band has earned a cult following for its unique mix of lush, cheeky indie-pop with highly-theatrical performance. In 2016, the band released their debut LP Beautiful Monster on Knitting Factory Records, to strong reviews. That same year they also premiered their rock-theater hybrid piece The Wildness, presented by Ars Nova in collaboration with The Play Company. That too received strong reviews, and the show was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical. Alongside Worsham and Jarrow, the Sky-Pony lineup also features David Blasher (cello), Eric Day (bass), Kevin Wunderlich (guitar), Perry Silver (drums) plus Katie Lee Hill & Kristin Piacentile (backup vocals). More at http://www.sky-pony.com.
Nimbus Dance Works focuses its work on the intersection between high-level dance and innovative ways of involving communities and audiences. Through critically acclaimed performances and collaborations with notable composers and visual artists, Nimbus weaves together artistic excellence and community engagement. Performers with Nimbus Dance Works are top-tier dance artists drawn from renowned companies worldwide. Company repertory features work by Artistic Director Samuel Pott, and by commissioned choreographers such as Pedro Ruiz (Cuba/USA), Huang Yi (Taiwan), Korhan Basaran (Turkey), and Darshan Singh Bhuller (United Kingdom). http://www.nimbusdanceworks.org.