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New Play THREE MOVEMENTS to PremiereNYC 10/17-26/2008 "Based on" Balanchine's life


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#1 carbro

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 11:22 AM

From the publicist:

[size=3]Heiress Productions presents
the New York Premiere of
Martin Zimmerman's
[size=4]THREE MOVEMENTS[/size]

October 17 – 26, 2008 at Theatre Row[/size]



Heiress Productions presents the New York premiere of THREE MOVEMENTS by Martin Zimmerman from October 17 – 26 at the Studio Theatre, Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd Street, NYC). Tickets are $18 and are available at http://www.ticketcentral.com or by phone at 212-279-4200.

Based on the life of ballet legend George Balanchine, THREE MOVEMENTS follows a fictional choreographer, Alex, as he nurses polio-stricken Sonia, his wife and his greatest dancer. Unable to face the reality that she will never dance again, he convinces himself that he can save his muse. When he becomes frustrated with her lack of progress, though, he leaves her to pursue a promising young dancer, Lindsay. The play examines the complex relationship between choreographer and dancer, the power of eroticism in art, and how people choose (or refuse) to confront illness and the aging process.

THREE MOVEMENTS is directed by Maura Farver and choreographed by Avichai Scher. Set design is by Josh Zangen, costume design is by Melinda C. Basaca, lighting design is by Joel E. Silver and sound design is by Sharath Patel. Featuring Erin Fogarty, Maria Portman Kelly and Mike Timoney.


Heiress Productions is a not-for-profit organization committed to raising cancer awareness and funds through entertaining and inspirational professional theatre productions. The company produced Lunch Hour by Jean Kerr in May 2007 and James Sherman's farce Affluenza! in March 2008.

Proceeds from THREE MOVEMENTS will benefit Us TOO, a grassroots organization started in 1990 by prostate cancer survivors to serve prostate cancer survivors, their spouses/partners and families.


THREE MOVEMENTS will be performed from October 17 – 26, 2008 at the Studio Theatre, Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd Street, NYC) with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm, Monday and Tuesday at 7pm. Additional performance Saturday, October 18 at 2pm. Tickets are $18 and are available at http://www.ticketcentral.com or by phone at 212-279-4200.



For more information, visit http://www.heiressproductions.org.

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#2 Helene

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 11:31 AM

Good cause, but Help. Me. Now.

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 12:31 PM

I was curious about the playwright and found that he's a recent graduate of Duke with degrees in Theater Studies and Economics. This is his thesis play.

The economics connection is interesting. On some levels, the Balanchine character, as a choreographer, has to make an economic decision shared by many employers and entrepreneurs. When it comes to choosing between a great dancer who can no longer dance, and a young talent who can, self-interest dictates selecting the latter. :dry:

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 01:50 PM

The economics connection is interesting. On some levels, the Balanchine character, as a choreographer, has to make an economic decision shared by many employers and entrepreneurs. When it comes to choosing between a great dancer who can no longer dance, and a young talent who can, self-interest dictates selecting the latter. :dry:


If you're playing a zero-sum game, that is, in which there can only be one "winner." Not B's finest moment, to my mind.

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 02:15 PM

Young Mr. Scher is a very talented choreographer, to judge from the few pieces of his I've seen.

Even if this does turn out to be the dramatic equivalent of that awful Eifman "tribute", some interesting dancing might come from it. Hard to tell from the press release just how much dancing is in the staging.

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 01:48 PM

Young Mr. Scher is a very talented choreographer, to judge from the few pieces of his I've seen.

Even if this does turn out to be the dramatic equivalent of that awful Eifman "tribute", some interesting dancing might come from it. Hard to tell from the press release just how much dancing is in the staging.


Thanks for the compliment! The play has about 7 minutes of total dancing with music, and more scenes where the "Alexei" character is coaching Lindsay and Sonia without music. The play is NOTHING like Musagete for better or worse. I hope you'll check it out! The opening last night went very well and tonight is sold out.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 05:48 AM

I agree about Scher. I saw a few years ago a piece he did for the ABT Studio Company, which I enjoyed very much. It was musical, classical, had real structure. I have been hoping to see more from him.


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