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UP FROM THE WASTE by Antonia Franceschi
X-rated ballet, rap and music combine with a savage yet poetic text
– all inspired by the energy of New York
in association with The National Theatre Studio & Art of Regeneration
Dramaturg: Martin Sherman; Director: Cecil O’Neal;
Original Music: Gary Yershon; Lighting: Mark Jonathan
with Antonia Franceschi, Clare Holman, David Justin, Alexandre Proia and Will
Albany STAGE, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
Tuesday, December 3 – Saturday December 7 at 8pm;
Sunday, December 8 at 5pm
Press Night: Wednesday, December 4 at 8pm
Up From the Waste is the compelling story of one young woman’s survival –
and the power of dance to transform a life.
Former New York City Ballet dancer - who also featured in the movie Fame -
Antonia Franceschi is one of the hottest properties in dance, and she’s
joined forces with the National Theatre Studio & AOR to present a white hot
show that combines X-rated ballet, rap and original music. Playwright Martin
Sherman has lent a critical eye as Dramaturg
Up from the Waste tells the story of an extraordinary life – a life that
begins on the streets of Manhattan running with teen gangs, goes to Hollywood
with Travolta via the real life "Fame’ school, and culminates with acceptance
into one of the World’s most dynamic ballet companies.
The show has six performances at the newly-restored Albany in Deptford
(December 3 –8) as part of the National Theatre’s imaginative Art of
Regeneration – a unique partnership between artists and young people in south
Up from the Waste will tour nationally in the Spring of 2003.
Up From the Waste, which has been developed in association with the National
Theatre Studio & AOR, is written and choreographed by Antonia Franceschi.
She’s brought together a crack team from both sides of the Atlantic to
translate her extraordinary vision into theatrical reality . She’s asked
three virtuosic American male dancers - Alexandre Proia (ex NYCB) , Will
Smith (Dance Theatre of Harlem) and David Justin (ex BRB) - and a classical
actress – Clare Holman - to join her on stage.
Playwright Martin Sherman (author of Bent) has lent a critical eye as
Dramaturg. Award-winning director/producer Cecil O’Neal directs, Gary Yershon
, one of the UK’s busiest theatre composers, is responsible for the original
score and lighting is by Mark Jonathan, whose lighting designs for ballet,
drama, musicals and opera have been seen world wide.
Box Office information: 0208 692 4446
Tickets: £10 (concessions: £5)
ANTONIA FRANCESCHI (writer/choreographer/performer) was for many years a
leading dancer with New York City Ballet. She made her professional debut on
Broadway with Makarova and Company and performed alongside Anthony Dowell in
Maurice Bejart’s pas de deux Bach Sonata. Following this she was invited by
George Balanchine to join New York City Ballet, where she had roles created
for her by Balanchine, Robbins, Martins, Bonnefous, Lar Lubovitch, Dean, and
LaFosse, as well as performing most of the Balanchine repertoire. After NYCB
Antonia featured in the musicals The Red Shoes and as Bonnie Jean in Brigadoon
. As an actress Franceschi starred in the major motion picture Fame and
appeared in Grease.
Since moving to London in 1995, Franceschi has performed works made for her
by choreographers Mark Baldwin,Wayne McGregor, Michael Clark, Matthew Hart,
Arlene Phillips, and Karole Armitage. When Franceschi returned to New York to
perform with O’Day Dance, her "sunlit clarity made her return to the New York
dance scene a welcome one" (New York Times).
Franceschi has produced two evenings of New York Ballet Stars in London’s
Queen Elizabeth Hall (1998) and The Royal Festival Hall (1999) . Her films
for television include Pointe Blank for Channel 4, Ecco and Live and Kicking
for the BBC. She is featured in the Merchant Ivory film The Golden Bowl .
Antonia performed The Vagina Monologues at The New Ambassadors Theatre.
Antonia is the 1999 Time Out Award winner for "Outstanding Achievement in
An earlier version of Antonia’s work in progress Up From The Waste was
performed and comissioned by The Gantry, Southampton, supported by The
London Arts Board and The Royal National Theatre Studio.
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