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 Post subject: Kitty Lunn's Infinity Dance, May 28-31 at Joyce SoHo
PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 1:34 pm 

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Press Ticket Requests and Non-Ticket Press Inquiries:
Audrey Ross, Infinity Dance Theater Press Contact
(212) 877-3399 _audreyrosspub@aol.com_ (

Press Ticket Requests Only:
Cathy Eilers, Joyce SoHo Program Manager
(212) 334-9907 _ceilers@joyce.org_ (

May 28-31 at Joyce SoHo
Program features works by Peter Pucci, Heidi Latsky, Carla Vannucci,
Robert Koval, and Kitty Lunn

Thursday-Sunday, May 28-31 (Thurs-Sat at 8pm, Sun at 3pm)
Joyce Soho, 155 Mercer Street (Houston/Prince)
Tickets: $25, $15 students/seniors/people with disabilities, free for
personal care attendants
Purchase tickets in advance at _www.joyce.org_ ( or
(212) 352-3101 or onsite one half-hour before curtain

"...a marvelous creature, an exquisite dancer with an upper body of
seamless fluidity, a touching emotional tone in her movement quality,
and a complete mastery of her instrument. Did I mention that she
performs from a wheelchair? She has made a friend and partner of
her wheelchair, and the results are both creative and gratifying."
Phyllis Goldman, Backstage
"(Infinity Dance Theater) is the embodiment of Lunn's conviction that
the spirit of dance can be just as elegantly expressed in different forms"
Randy Blaun, WE Magazine

Kitty Lunn will present her Infinity Dance Theater, a non-traditional
company for dancers with and without disabilities, in new works by Peter Pucci,
Heidi Latsky, Carla Vannucci, and Ms. Lunn, along with an Infinity
favorite by Robert Koval from the company's first season in 1995. Performances
will be held May 28-31 at Joyce SoHo.

For Kitty Lunn, the season will be a celebration of 50 years in dance. The
New Orleans native started dance classes as a child and performed with
several companies, including the Washington Ballet, where she danced in Swan
Lake, Giselle, Les Sylphides, The Nutcracker, and the full company
repertory. Lunn moved to New York in 1967, and in 1987 while preparing for her
first Broadway show, she was injured in an accident which left her paraplegic.
Determined to show that dancers can move in a multitude of ways, Lunn
founded Infinity in 1995 to expand the boundaries of dance and change the world’
s perceptions of what a dancer is. In addition to regular New York
seasons, the company's schedule has included appearing at festivals in Italy, two
seasons at the Kennedy Center in D.C., and the 1996 Cultural Paralympiad in
Atlanta. Lunn is also active as an actress on stage and TV (including a
long stint on "As The World Turns"), a dance educator and an advocate for
people with disabilities.

For its Joyce SoHo season, Infinity has commissioned a work from brilliant
Italian choreographer Carla Vannucci, who has worked with the companies of
William Forsythe and Pina Bausch, and is a master teacher of Horton and
Graham techniques. For Ms. Lunn, she has created Portrait of Frida, which
explores the relationship of Frida Kahlo to her paintings. Set to music by
Carlos Chavez, the solo adds paint and canvas to the dance.

Acclaimed choreographer Peter Pucci returns to Infinity with Lead Me Home,
featuring Kitty Lunn and her husband, actor Andrew Macmillan. The concept
of this new work began as a tribute to Ms. Lunn's father, who passed away
just prior to the company’s 2006 season. As the piece developed, it began to
encompass the 50 years of her love affair with dance, as well as her
relationship with her husband and with her chair. The piece will feature live
Celtic harp and Gaelic vocal as a tribute to her father’s Scottish roots.

The program's third premiere is The Empty Tomb by Heidi Latsky in
collaboration with Kitty Lunn. Ms. Latsky, a former principal dancer with Bill T.
Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, was called a "choreographer and dancer of
uncommon intelligence and fluidity" by Jennifer Dunning (The New York Times).
Set to the Stabat Mater by Pergolesi and ancient Aramaic chant, the piece
focuses on Mary Magdalene's journey on Easter morning, depicting a woman of
great personal strength who mourns the incredible loss of a beloved one and
discovers faith, peace, and hope in the wake of extreme brutality.

A fourth premiere entitled Water/Fire, choreographed by Ms. Lunn features
an original score composed and performed live by the acclaimed
percussionist William Catanzaro, with additional percussion by Jerome Morris.
Water/Fire reflects the ways in which human bodies, some with and some without
disabilities, work with and amongst one another in and out of harmony and

To convey Infinity's diverse spectrum of dance, the company will revive
After All, founding member Robert Koval's stirring work about love, loss and
loyalty in relationships. After All was commissioned by and premiered at
the 1996 Cultural Paralympiad in Atlanta.
Infinity Dance Theater is supported by the New York City Department of
Cultural Affairs; The Shubert Foundation; the Fund for Creative
Communities/NYSCA, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; The Harkness
Foundation for Dance; and other generous contributors.

The creation of Joyce SoHo was made possible by the magnanimous support of
the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust. Joyce SoHo is supported by
private funds from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Doris Duke Charitable
Foundation, First Republic Bank, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, JPMorgan
Chase Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie
R. Samuels Foundation, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, The Shubert
Foundation and The Starr Foundation; and by public funds from the New York City
Council; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State
Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the National Endowment for the
Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Special support
for Joyce SoHo provided by the Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund established
in The New York Community Trust by the founders of the Reader’s Digest
Association, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

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