BONUS EVENT! Join us for a pre-show Shop Talk with David Gordon at 6:15pm on Friday, October 7th.
Whether it was his smash hit Shlemiel the First or his take on Brecht in UNCIVIL WARS, award-winning auteur, director and choreographer David Gordon has lived on the cutting edge of theater for the better part of 40 years. Now, Gordon returns with a re-construction of his DANCING HENRY FIVE, a twisted look at the trials and triumphs of Shakespeare’s ultimate warrior-king.
Winner of a National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces in Dance Award, this “post-modern strike and spin” is a fun and offbeat transformation of the play you thought you knew, featuring Karen Graham, Robert La Fosse (in the title role) and Valda Setterfield. Gordon blends performance, dance, William Walton’s soaring film scores and the voices of past Henrys such as Christopher Plummer and Laurence Olivier. The final product is an hour-long performance beyond definition or expectation, creating (in the words of Shakespeare himself) “the brightest heaven for invention”
A Pick Up Performance Co(s) production made possible in 2011 in part by the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces: Dance Program. Originally co-commissioned by Danspace Project. Photo by Paula Court.