General Mischief Dance Theatre

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General Mischief Dance Theatre is dedicated to reinforcing the power of joy and laughter to communicate ideas, as well encouraging the natural human desire to express oneself through movement.  The company was created to present theatrical dance works that engage audiences emotionally, socially, and kinesthetically.  Their work includes both narrative stories and interactive dances, using aerial dance in combination with contemporary movement, Body Music, and Lindy Hop.  This approach makes their choreography both unique and accessible to audiences of all ages and all levels of dance knowledge.  The company has presented work in New York City at The Connelly Theater, Theater for the New City, MMAC, the JCC, Medicine Show Theater, and Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, as well as the Freud Playhouse and Morgan-Wixon Theater in Los Angeles.  General Mischief is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit company.

 


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Production History

Rascals Cavorting  | Open: 09/07/12 Close: 09/16/12
Rascals Cavorting is exactly what it sounds like - a 90-minute show featuring world-class, mischievous dancers in an airborne and earthbound spectacle that will blow you away. Using movement to express powerful, radiant emotion, these dancers - who have performed around the globe - will take you on an epic journey through life and love.

The first act centers on the company's head Rascal, internationally renowned dancer and musician Dawn Hampton (recently featured in a PBS documentary).  Ms. Hampton instigates all manner of games and mischief, bringing dancers together in a changing spatial universe where they interact side by side both on the ground and in the air.  The second act is a modern love story, where trust is put to the test as dancers hurl themselves off ledges and into open space, depending on one another for safe landings. The tale is set to the music of L.A.-based Ozomatli, whose songs are a collision of myriad forms including East L.A. R&B, salsa, dancehall, Indian raga, and New Orleans brass.  Other featured musicians include Paul Tillotson and his Love Trio, and live performances by John Kruth of Tribecastan and banjo player Eli Spivak. 

General Mischief's work includes both narrative stories and interactive dances. Audience members may be called upon to play Three-card Monte and “Follow the red hat,” or do The Wave and throw balls at the performers on cue.  After the evening performances, the audience is invited to take the stage and enjoy their own natural inclination to dance.  Musical guests incluse the Gordon Webster Trio on Friday, September 7 and the George Gee Swing Orchestra on Friday, September 14.  

The fantastic cast of dancers includes Troy Barnes, Curtis Howard, Gia Lisa Krahne, Satomi Makida, Lisa Natoli, Andrea Skurr, Andrea Steiner, Carlos Taylor Jr., and Emily Smyth Vartanian.

For more information please visit www.GeneralMischief.com.

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Rascals With Altitude  | Open: 04/25/14 Close: 05/04/14
General Mischief Dance Theatre presents its spring performance, Rascals with Altitude.  Performances will take place from April 25 – May 4 at The Connelly Theatre, 220 East 4th Street, NYC.  Tickets are $20 in advance for general admission ($25 at the door, $15 for students and seniors, $10 to children ten and under) and are available at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/2754 or by calling (212) 714-4694.  Performances: Friday, April 25 at 8pm; Saturday, April 26 at 8pm; Sunday, April 27 at 5pm; Friday, May 2 at 8pm; Saturday, May 3 at 3pm and 8pm; Sunday, May 4 at 3pm.  Appropriate for ages 4 and up.

 

General Mischief Dance Theatre is dedicated to reinforcing the power that joy and laughter have in communicating ideas.  The company's mission is to create and present theatrical dance works that engage audiences emotionally, socially, and kinesthetically.  Combining aerial work with more earthbound forms of movement, the company removes spatial and physical limits from theatrical dance.

 

The program includes:

 

Suite Shel, a one-act suite of dances inspired by the poems of Shel Silverstein, choreographed by Celine Rosenthal, Pushpanjali Sharma, and Emily Smyth Vartanian

 

Duel, an interactive bungee duet, choreographed by Emily Smyth Vartanian

Duel is a face-off between rival baseball fans (Yankees v. Red Sox).  They appear to have made peace by the time flying balls are added to the equation, but the very end of the dance calls that notion into question.

 

Buzz, choreographed by Emily Smyth Vartanian

Buzz is a multi-part, caffeinated cityscape of a dance.  It shows the dancers slowly waking up in the morning, then features them interacting with various objects typical to the morning commute - coffee cups, books, and cell phones - as well as each other.  The majority of the time, they pass each other by, unnoticed, but as the piece goes on they begin to connect with each other.  The next section, lit only by the dancers’ cell phones, takes place late at night and shows the dancers "connected" electronically, but not connected to the individuals they are supposedly spending time with.  

 

This production will feature performers Jane Abbott, Dare Harlow, Gautam Nima, Pushpanjali Sharma, Andrea Steiner, and Emily Smyth Vartanian, with direction by Celine Rosenthal, and music from Grammy® winning Ozomatli, Led Zepagain, and composer Lizzie Hagstedt. 

 

“Question: What’s the difference between a performance by General Mischief Dance Theatre and entertainment at a child’s birthday party? Answer: Nothing. Except that the party isn’t just for children, the performers are highly competent dancers, and you go to see them at a theater. And it’s much better… Intelligent silliness….entertainingly performed.” – Ballet-Dance


About the Company: General Mischief Dance Theatre

General Mischief Dance Theatre is dedicated to reinforcing the power of joy and laughter to communicate ideas, as well encouraging the natural human desire to express oneself through movement.  The company was created to present theatrical dance works that engage audiences emotionally, socially, and kinesthetically.  Their work includes both narrative stories and interactive dances, using aerial dance in combination with contemporary movement, Body Music, and Lindy Hop.  This approach makes their choreography both unique and accessible to audiences of all ages and all levels of dance knowledge.  The company has presented work in New York City at The Connelly Theater, Theater for the New City, MMAC, the JCC, Medicine Show Theater, and Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, as well as the Freud Playhouse and Morgan-Wixon Theater in Los Angeles.  General Mischief is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit company.

 

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