Roulette presents the radical (& iconoclassical) choreographer Sally Silvers' first large group piece since 2009. After decades of her wild, post-Judson experimentation (& after 5 years dancing for Yvonne Rainer), award-winning 'downtown' choreography springboards into the witty, wistful sophistication of the Broadway stage. In an extreme mash-up, Silvers puts synchronized swimming, martial arts, roller derby, children's games, billiards, ice dancing & other instructional material into the mix at Roulette's gorgeous new Brooklyn space. With a half-dozen Stephen Sondheim musicals as a focus for her madcap lens of off-kilter, playful, inventive dance, BONOBO MILKSHAKE makes for a sexy fresh species of movement art.
Starring an ensemble of 7 dancers (Aaron Draper, Elisa Osborn, Miriam Parker, Jeremy Pheiffer, Veraalba Santa, Christopher Williams & Silvers) joined by "swing cast" dancers Edisa Weeks, Jonathan Kinzel, Carolyn Hall, Rebekah Windmiller, Dylan Crossman, and Daniel Madoff and the beguiling Obie winning actor, David Greenspan. Original soundscape & text by Bruce Andrews, paired with experimental composer, Michael Schumacher. Costumes by Elizabeth Hope Clancy and lighting by Kathy Kaufmann.
The show will take place at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, corner of 3rd ave, Brooklyn (2,3,Q,B,R,D Atlantic/Pacific) tonight, November 28, November 29 and 30 & December 1 at 8pm. General admission $15, Students/Seniors $10. For more information, visit www.roulette.org.
Sally Silvers has been making dances for 30 years & her association with Roulette goes back almost as far. She has performed and taught (improvisation, composition, repertory) nationally & internationally. Her theoretical writing, scores, and poetry have appeared in several journals including The Drama Review, an anthology of new writings by women published by Illinois University Press, and many poetry magazines. Silvers has received support for her choreography from the National Endowment for the Arts six times, twice from Meet the Composer/Choreographer Project for collaborations with John Zorn and Bruce Andrews, from the NY Foundation for the Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, and from a Guggenheim Fellowship. Silvers is a New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" winner, has co-directed 2 dance films, Little Lieutenant and Mechanics of the Brain, and choreographed 3 musicals for the Sundance Theater Festival in Utah. She developed her concept of "live choreography" (making work live in front of an audience) in the mid-90's. From 2006 to 2011, she danced in the recent new works of Yvonne Rainer.
Roulette – one of New York City's premiere venues for experimental music for over 33 years - has reopened bigger and better than ever. Located in a newly renovated 1920s Art Deco concert hall in Downtown Brooklyn, the new Roulette features two levels of seating for up to 400 people (600 standing), an expanded multi-channel sound system, projection screen for film and multi-media events, state-of-the-art lighting system, modular stage, and a specially designed floor to accommodate dance. Teamed with bold new programming, the new Roulette promises to be one of the most exciting places in New York City - if not the country - to experience adventurous music and art.