Stam-Pede Percussive Dance Performance Set for Symphony Space, 1/11
Symphony Space presents Stam-Pede, an afternoon of the very best in percussive dance by five celebrated companies. >From lively Irish dance to innovative body percussion and exhilarating tap dance, this impressive collection of companies offers something for everyone who loves the power and precision of percussive dance. Stam-Pede will be presented on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 3pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.symphonyspace.org or by phone at 212-864-5400. Appropriate for ages 5 and up.
Participating companies include: Atlantic Steps; Darrah Carr Dance; Germaine Salsberg's Les Femmes; Ryan Casey; and The Bang Group. Prepare to be amazed by their virtuosic displays of lightning fast footwork, intoxicating rhythms, and high-energy musical accompaniment. Expect a rollicking good time as the audience is treated to a sensory feast for sight and sound!
Atlantic Steps is the inspiring epic story of Ireland's oldest dance style, sean-nós. Centered on the extraordinary stage presence of Irish dancer Brian Cunningham, the show turns the focus back to an ancient dance style, revitalizing steps originating from Ireland's West Coast on a journey inspired by new styles across the Atlantic. The show, produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada and choreographed by Kieran Jordan, comprises an exceptional cast of dancers and musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, with specially-commissioned backdrop visuals from leading Irish artist Vincent Crotty, lighting design from Stephen Petrilli and projection design from Joey Frangieh. Unique within the genre of post-Riverdance Irish dance shows, Atlantic Steps continues to move festival and theatre audiences to their feet, playing an important role in the renaissance of sean-nós dance far beyond its Irish origins. Following an exciting Summer 2012 festival debut at Dublin Irish Festival OH, Irishfest La Crosse WI, and Irish Fair of Minnesota MN, the show went on to complete a highly successful 2013 run at PACs throughout Arizona, California, Kansas and Massachusetts. 2014 brought further PAC engagements in California, Wisconsin, Texas, Michigan, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, while 2015 will bring the show to new cities in Arizona, Florida and beyond.
During Stam-pede, Atlantic Steps will present "An Irish House Party." The energy and rhythm of the Atlantic Ocean propels the rhythm of life in the West of Ireland. In the lively house party setting, we experience the flavor of village social life in Ireland long ago - built around the exhilarating and timeless combination of music and dance. New influences, challenges and encounters bring new life to the old-style dance as it follows the emigrant's path across the Atlantic to America.