April 26, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Triskelion Arts PRESENTS
Abby Bender Schmantze Theatre’s
Turkey (a dramatization)
A dance-theatre work-in-progress about the strange days of going without
at Triskelion Arts
118 North 11th Street (between Berry and Wythe)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
L train to Bedford Ave
May 7th,8th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 15th, and 16th at 8 PM
Come enjoy the quirkiest show about “the hardest thing you’ll ever do.” Abby Bender’s Turkey (a dramatization) is a playful and powerful performance about the agony, monotony and unintended comedy that accompanied her process to quit smoking. Featuring choreography with a cast of fifteen as well as video, music, and theatre, Turkey (a dramatization) locks horns with the demons of nicotine addiction, those self-proclaimed experts with all the answers on fighting it and the emotional rollercoaster that becomes the path to giving up that bad thing you love to death.
This farcical dance-theatre uses the metaphors of space travel and the hyper-empowered vocabulary of self-help to usher the audience through conflicted feelings of rootlessness and self-determination. The piece is brought to pitch-perfect life through subdued color, a smoke-filled stage, ashen costumes and a sparse but symbolic set of ladders and ropes.
The dancers wear many different hats in their journey to smoke-free living: aerobicizers, members of a support group, junk food junkies, even spacemen who have their say on how to cure and be cured. The tone of the performance rocks one way then another, like a hypnotist’s pendulum. Larger than life cigarettes brighten the stage in a Busby Berkeley-inspired dream sequence to a pop music sing-a-long. Turkey (a dramatization) is a painstakingly crafted post-modern piece of dance theatre filled with humor, anxiety, and a strong sense of loneliness. This tongue-in-cheek memoir of Bender’s recent experience explores the absurd powers that hook us and the ongoing process of reinventing oneself.
The piece was created in part with each performer, and features lighting design by Andrew Dickerson, music by Eli Orling, costumes and sets by Abby Bender, script by Bender, Michael Fritz and Jeremy Wilson with video by Will Carlough and Rebecca Frank. Anne Harris of The Hazzards stars as Dr. Sheila Toms, creator of the “You can quit smoking. It’s easy. Here’s how” method.
Bender has been presenting similar large-scale evening length work on casts of unlikely performers in New York City since 1999, and on Martha’s Vineyard since 1997 as the founder and director of the Built on Stilts Dance Festival. She coins her work “Schmantze Theatre” because it reflects her particular satirical streak. Turkey (a dramatization) is her 12th New York City premiere.
Bender’s mission is to attract all sorts of adventurous audiences and participants.
The performance schedule is as follows:
Thursday-Sunday May 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and Thursday-Saturday May 14th, 15th, and 16th
All shows begin at 8 PM.
General admission is $15.00. Student/Senior rate is $12.
Reservations are strongly recommended at 718-599-3577 or firstname.lastname@example.org