Current Harbor and Brooklyn Studios for Dance Present '59RPM
'59RPM, A dance theater whirlwind playfully puncturing the bubble gum veneer of nostalgic American Pop madness, vividly illuminating and dissecting the violent and dark currents beneath the seemingly sugary tunes of 1959. Presented by Current Harbor and Brooklyn Studios for Dance.
October 22nd; 8:00 pm, October 23rd; 6:00pm at Brooklyn Studios for Dance 210 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Tickets $20 at the door and at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/10100
'59RPM: A dance theater whirlwind that playfully punctures the bubble gum veneer of nostalgic American Pop madness, vividly dissecting the dark currents beneath the seemingly sugary tunes of 1959. Through intricate sound design and theatrical exposés, '59RPM explores the intimate bond between violence and civil rights. These catchy tunes may lure us into initial enjoyment, but by illuminating the darkness lingering beneath nostalgia, an unsettling and absurd story rises to the surface. With original text by Julia Blauvelt, Matt Herzfeld and Lori Parquet, sound design by Mark Van Hare and Gavin Price, lights by Sarah Abigail Hoke-Brady, sets and costumes by Michael Minahan and Preesa Bullington.
ANNALISA LEDSON is a choreographer and performer based in Brooklyn. She has created and performed in new works at BAM Fischer Hall, The 14th Street Y, Joe's Pub, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Actors Fund Arts Center, Triskelion, The Clurman, Dixon Place, The WorkShop Theatre, and HERE among others. Regional work in Maine, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Graduate of Drew University with awards in excellence for Choreography and Acting. She is a co-producer for National Choreography Month (NACHMO), the producer of xyz, nyc at The Tank and co-artistic director of Current Harbor. www.annalisaledson.com
JAMIE WATKINS is a freelance theatre director, teaching artist, and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been produced by HERE, Dixon Place, the Tank, The Brick, Fresh Ground Pepper, Emerging Artists Theater, Epic Theatre Ensemble, FoxWolf Productions, and Opera House Arts in Stonington, Maine. He is a graduate of Vassar College and LAMDA, and the recipient of the Kazan Prize for Distinction in the Dramatic Arts. He is a 2016-17 Directing Fellow at Playwrights Horizons. He is also a founding member and co-director of Current Harbor, a Brooklyn-based company producing theater, dance, and original music.
CURRENT HARBOR is a Brooklyn-based company creating theater, dance, and original music. Current Harbor's work provides contemporary storytelling driven by the architecture of the human body and the power of sound. Striving to tell stories that foster conversations about the society in which we live. Creating live performances steeped in a love of theatricality, an appreciation of the profound beauty and humor of the human body, and a brashly optimistic search for truth. In our increasingly digital & solitary existence, the performing arts provide a miraculous land bridge between the community and the individual. Current Harbor uses theatrical storytelling using movement and sound to engender a continued celebration of beauty, humor, history, empathy, and truth. www.currentharbor.com
Launched in May 2015, Brooklyn Studios for Dance is a newly renovated space inside the historic Cadman Congregational Church in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Inspired by a shared reverence for gathering space, the church congregation and the dance community entered a partnership to share a facility. The mission of BkSD is to serve the professional art community while at the same time building a culture of local engagement that responds to the interests of both communities. The studio is located on the second floor accessible via stairs, the audience will be asked to remove their shoes to protect the dance floor.
'59RPM A dance theater whirlwind playfully puncturing the bubble gum veneer of nostalgic American Pop madness, vividly illuminating and dissecting the violent and dark currents beneath the seemingly sugary tunes of 1959. Presented by Current Harbor and Brooklyn Studios for Dance. Choreographed and Directed by Annalisa Ledson, Co-Directed by Jamie Watkins.