HAPPY WE'LL BE, a dance narrative by Al Blackstone, will take place on July 26, 27, 29 & 30 at Roseland Ballroom at 239 West 52nd Street, New York, NY. Tickets are $20 (plus processing fee) and available at ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit happywellbe.com.
Winner of the 2011 Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreographic Excellence, Al Blackstone has created what he calls a dance narrative, a full-length work of dance theatre that uses the body and music alone to tell a complete story. There is no dialogue in the 90-minute piece, but plenty of communication. The choreography is technically demanding but always story driven and character based. The styles range from classic theatre dance to street jazz to contemporary as the characters each pursue their own version of happiness.
In order to tell this story a group of some of the most elite, unique and compelling performers in New York City has been assembled. The dynamic cast includes Olivia Alboher (Billy Elliot), Nova Bergeron (Wicked), Ashley Budinick, Albert Cattafi (Shaping Sound Dance Co.), Robbie Saenz De Veteri, Katie Drablos, Rosie Lani Fiedelman (In The Heights), Ryan Kasprzak (Billy Elliot), Heather Lang (Wicked), Marty Lawson (How To Succeed..), Nathan Lucrezio (A Chorus Line), Joseph Medeiros (Guys and Dolls), Ida Saki (Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet), Marcos Santana (In The Heights), Steve Schepis (Priscilla), Jessica Walker (Movin' Out) and Sam Zack (How To Succeed..). Rounding out the creative team are scenic and costume designer Robert Eggers and lighting designer Cory Pattak. The evening is produced by Break The Floor Productions in association with N+N Productions.
Gil Stroming of Break The Floor Productions states "We are committed to promoting emerging choreographers who further the art of dance. The Capezio A.C.E. Award Competition is a great opportunity for choreographers to expose their work to one of the most influential audiences in dance.". "N+N Productions is thrilled to team up with Break The Floor Production to present a truly unique work of art that exemplifies uniting a community through dance," said Nikole Vallins and Natalie Malotke, Producers.
Reservations recommended, running time is 90 minutes.