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The Snow Queen
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Author:  Watercolour Management [ Thu Dec 30, 1999 4:28 pm ]
Post subject:  The Snow Queen

<P>For Immediate Release<P>MacDuffie/Jones and Watercolour Management<P>present <P>The Snow Queen<P> <P>January 14-17, 2000<P>Friday and Saturday at 8 pm<P>Sunday and Monday at 7 pm<P>Cornelia Connelly Center Theater<P>220 East 4th Street NYC, 10009 between Avenue A and B<P>Tickets $15/$12 Advance Reservations<P>Reservations/Press comps - (718) 630-5664<BR> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A> <P>"MacDuffie/Jones’ choreography is by turns jolting, playful, sinister, and heartbreaking, and always, always pulsing with the sensual energy that is the driving force behind their interpretation"- OFF-OFF Broadway Review<P>"...the creators have cut to the very soul of Andersen’s work, rediscovering and reinventing this classic fairy tale with a shimmering theatricality that is illuminating, exciting, and finally touching with its belief in its own self-knowing power." - OFF-OFF Broadway Review<P> <P>Vibrant dance theater that pierces this fairytale's erotic and emotional subtext. A young woman must search for her friend after the Snow Queen descends from her floating cocoon and seduces him away. She encounters venomous flowers, treacherous royalty, and a ruthlessly sexy criminal while he revels in the Snow Queen's icy embrace. Her quest inflames each person’s conflicting desires that finally subside into a delicately beautiful thaw of emotions, expectations, and bodies. This non-verbal interpretation of Andersen's story transforms the characters' vulnerability and passion into a visceral theatrical experience.<P><BR>Choreography: Angela Jones and Noel MacDuffie Composer: John LaSala Lighting Design: Noel MacDuffie Costume Design: Lisa Clark Performers: Erika Lachenmeier, Sara Baird, Antonia Ferrara, Catey Ott, Osamu Uehara, Angela Jones, Noel MacDuffie, and Vanessa Paige.<P>Angela Jones has rapidly become known for her "powerful stage presence"- NY Times and "compelling images" - Backstage. She has received grants from the Peninsula Community Foundation and twice from both the Manhattan Community Arts Fund and the Meet the Composer Fund. She has shown her work in such venues as HERE, the Joyce SoHo, City Center Studios, Cunningham Studio, Connelly Center, Context Studios among others. Recently, she was also invited to show work at the National Theater of Guatemala. Regionally, Jones has created work for Hamilton College, the University of Pennsylvania Museum, Composer’s Guild of New Jersey, Mayfair in Allentown Pennsylvania, and Terpsichore SAND in New Jersey. She has enjoyed collaborating with various artists (composers, set designers, and writers) to create work that is cross-disciplinary, theatrical and original in almost every aspect. She holds a degree in Sociology from Stanford University. She is also co-artistic director of MacDuffie/Jones Dance.<P>Noel MacDuffie started choreographing and dancing in college, and then moved to Minneapolis a year after graduation to further pursue his career. After four years with the Nancy Hauser Dance Company and one with Kusanovich Dance Theater, he moved to New York where he is currently in his second year dancing with the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company. Noel has also danced with other New York choreographers: Mark DeGarmo & Dancers, Suki John, Joanna Shaw, Eva Dean and Dancers, Hikari Baba, Angels in Shadows, and Risa Jaroslow. He is co-artistic director of MacDuffie /Jones Dance and has shown the Snow Queen twice at HERE as well as at Hamilton College. Previous solo choreography include nearly fifteen works performed in Minneapolis and New York. Noel is the lighting designer for MacDuffie/Jones Dance and has designed lights for many dances in Maine, Minnesota, New York, and Ljubljana, Slovenia. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1990 with a degree in Theater. <P>John LaSala is an up and coming New York-based composer and an active member of the New York chapter of the Composers Forum. He graduated from SUNY Stony Brook, where he studied composition and electronic/computer music and premiered his first significant composition, "Tales of A Synthetic Winter." Before leaving Stony Brook, John collaborated on a large-scale, multimedia, musical theater piece, "Dimensional Rift," which was the feature presentation at the school's First Annual Campus Arts Festival. In addition to composing Music for "The Snow Queen", John just completed a chamber orchestra piece for a non-standard woodwind and cello quintet. And, most recently, his music was featured on the popular music site,<P> <BR>

Author:  Azlan [ Fri Dec 31, 1999 2:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The Snow Queen

Wow, this sounds really intriguing, especially the bit about "a ruthlessly sexy criminal." Thanks for the post.

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