‘The City’ dances through the Big Apple

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By Miryam Moutillet

An exciting show has taken shape in the Henle Dance Pavilion. The City promises to bring lively entertainment to the Union community. A large cast of 27 students will take you on a journey into one of the greatest metropolises of the world.

In New York City, all is possible. Surprises await its people at every street corner, stimulating endless inspiration and improbability.

This world’s liveliness brings forth smiles, actions and great feats. As Woody Allen once said, “The city is so full of chaos, and the chaos is, for many people, pleasurable.”

This year’s show will have no down time. Performers will take you from the city’s streets to the famous Broadway scene and, finally, to New York’s exhilarating nightlife. The dancing will highlight New York’s famous choreographers (Balanchine, Cunningham and Fosse), composers (Gershwin, Glass and Reich) and singers (Minnelli, Sinatra and Jay-Z). It will be an exciting mix of dance styles and music that will honor the city’s melting pot of artists.

Faculty choreographies by Marcus Rogers, Miryam Moutillet and Laurie Cawley, along with artistic collaborator Professor Charles Batson, will flick through like a flipbook. Creations by Mallory Bichunsky ’14, Keilah Creedon ’14, Jasmine Roth ’14 and Yuqiao Yuan ’14, as well as break-dancing by Alvin Andino ’16 and David Thai ’17, will propel moves to new heights. Live music directed by guest composer Andy Iorio will reveal New York’s street musicians, with singer Connor Barrett ’14 and guitarist Gerardo Reyes ’16.

The City reveals its powerful configuration under the New York skyline set, designed by Charles Steckler, with astounding theatrical lights by Robert Bovard. Contemporary costumes that range from New York streets to Broadway stages come to life through Brittney Belz’s expertise.

The show is created to pass like a flash. New York’s great vibrancy and multiplicity will keep you at the edge of your seat, wanting more.

Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. each evening from March 5 through March 8 with a 2 p.m. matinée on Saturday, March 8. Tickets will be on sale at the Yulman Theater Box Office. They cost $7 with a Union ID and $10 for the general public. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information or reservations, call (518) 388-6545.

 

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