John Kelly: Find My Way Home
Saturday, October 15, 2011, 8:00 pm
$15 / $10 student
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Performance artist John Kelly remounts his Bessie Award-winning dance/theater work based on the ancient Greek Myth of Orpheus & Eurydice. Originally commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop in 1988 (revised in 1998) and set in the Great Depression, the work recasts Orpheus as a famous 1930s radio crooner who makes a pact with the gods and descends into hell to bring his love Eurydice back to life. Created during the height of the AIDS epidemic, Find My Way Home deconstructs genres of opera, period dance, and cinematic acting, and includes scenes and arias from Gluck’s baroque opera Orfeo Ed Eurydice, (originally written for male castrato, and sung in Kelly’s countertenor voice), together with projected film sequences, extravagant costume and set design, and a company of seven dancers.
This work-in-progress production is made possible by an NEA American Masterpieces Dance Award; it is a reworking of the original 1988 & 1998 productions of this ensemble work, and will premiere at New York Live Arts this October.
“When Kelly sings, he brings the taste, attitude and highstyle of a great art-song interpreter to the stage along with a self-mocking sense of humor about his own high-flown estheticism.” --Stephen Holden, The New York Times
“I am a student of John Kelly's reverie of creative process, his tireless and fruitful search for the transcendental form. He is one of my heroes.” --Antony, of Antony and The Johnsons
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