Sunday, June 10, 2012

Symphony of Shadows, A Morbid Fantasia

dixon place

symphony of shadows
I had the supreme pleasure of attending the first performance of this sexy and macabre show.  The production is an extravaganza of ballet, aerialists, musicians, surreal costumes, acrobats, burlesque and dancers telling a dark, but beautiful story.

Nightmares plague the central heroine every night and her corporate day job is a bigger horror still.  The heroine is haunted by everything from a sequin tossing demon, trapeze black widow, menacing hunky rats, shimmering snake contortionist, flaming fan dancer, lingerie-clad ghosts to name a few.  The eerie violin concerto is a sensuous score to this seamless, elaborate production.

Creator Rachel Klein started with a concept of the horrors of sleep paralysis.  She worked with co-story writer Sean Gill on how to portray the different nightmares.  Visual inspirations included silent films and the paintings of Henry Fusili.  Performers from her own theater company, as well as dancers from Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey and circus performers from House of Yes, Circus Warehouse, Muse and Skybox collaborated with  her to create the character movements of the horrors.  Composer Sean Hagerty produced the eerie music that set the mood.

If you are in NYC the next few weeks, definitely make the time to enjoy this show!

Thursdays - Saturdays,
June 7 – 23 at 7:30pm
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, (between Rivington & Delancey)
Photos by Mariana Leung & Michael Blase

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