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CHERI by Martha Clarkewith Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo


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#1 rg

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 12:54 PM

NB: if specific ticket selling releases belong elsewhere on the site, i trust the mods will feel free to move, etc. any of this info..

 

$25 TICKETS NOW ON SALE

FOR SIGNATURE THEATRE’S WORLD PREMIERE OF

CHÉRI

Conceived, Directed & Choreographed by MARTHA CLARKE

 

Academy Award Nominee AMY IRVING Joins Previously Announced HERMAN CORNEJO and ALESSANDRA FERRI in the Cast

 

PERFORMANCES BEGIN NOVEMBER 19; OPENING NIGHT IS DECEMBER 8

IN THE IRENE DIAMOND STAGE

AT THE PERSHING SQUARE SIGNATURE CENTER

 

TICKETS ON SALE AT WWW.SIGNATURETHEATRE.ORG

 

Signature Theatre (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director) is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the World Premiere of CHÉRI, conceived, directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke. All tickets for the initial run of the production are $25 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access. The production runs November 19 through December 22, 2013 with a December 8 opening night in The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues).

 

Inspired by the classic 1920 novella by controversial French author Colette, CHÉRI is Martha Clarke’s newest interdisciplinary work, an exciting fusion of theatre, live music, and dance featuring American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Herman Cornejo, prima ballerina assoluta Alessandra Ferri, Academy & Golden Globe Award nominee and Obie Award winner Amy Irving, pianist Sarah Rothenberg, and text by Tina Howe. This tragic story of forbidden love between a young man and an older woman in Belle Époque Paris is a timeless, powerful exploration of sensuality, love, and our preoccupations with youth and age.

 

The creative team includes David Zinn (Scenic & Costume Design), Christopher Akerlind (Lighting Design), Arthur Solari and Samuel Crawford (Sound Design) and Sarah Rothenberg (Music Supervision). Terri K. Kohler is the Production Stage Manager. Casting by Telsey + Company. Piano by Steinway & Sons.

 

To purchase tickets for all Signature productions, call the Signature Theatre Box Office (212-244-7529) or visit signaturetheatre.org.



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 01:19 PM

I know from prior purchasing history with the Signature that the $25 tickets sell VERY quickly, no matter what the play or who is starring in the production.  If it sells well, they extend the production by adding additonal performance weeks, but the tickets for the extension period are NEVER $25.  The extension tickets are usually $75 or $80.  So buy now or pay three times the price later. (This is not a "dynamic pricing" issue. It has to do with the fact that corporate sponsors provide a subsidy to the Signature for the initial period of the run, so that they can offer cheap tickets to the public. However, the corporate sponsorship money is not available for any extension periods.)



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 04:12 PM

I know from prior purchasing history with the Signature that the $25 tickets sell VERY quickly, no matter what the play or who is starring in the production.  If it sells well, they extend the production by adding additonal performance weeks, but the tickets for the extension period are NEVER $25.  The extension tickets are usually $75 or $80.  So buy now or pay three times the price later. (This is not a "dynamic pricing" issue. It has to do with the fact that corporate sponsors provide a subsidy to the Signature for the initial period of the run, so that they can offer cheap tickets to the public. However, the corporate sponsorship money is not available for any extension periods.)

 Great point abatt, thank you for the advise.  I just bought tickets for a Nov. 23 matinee.  There were still some tickets available for all performances that weekend but few - maybe anywhere from 6 to 20 per performance.  It's a great deal, but you're right - don't wait.



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Posted 21 November 2013 - 07:58 AM

Cheri has extended for one additional week, until Dec 29.  However, the tickets for the extension period are priced at $75.



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Posted 22 November 2013 - 10:25 AM

Abatt, have you seen it? Worth trying to fit into a busy December calendar? I'm tempted since I never managed to see Ferri dance live (I know, crazy!). The one time I was in the audience, can't remember if it was to be her final performance or an anniversary performance, she was injured but did come onstage after the performance to massive applause. I know this won't be Giselle but still.... And then of course, there's Herman!



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Posted 22 November 2013 - 10:47 AM

I have not seen it yet.  I'll be going in mid-December.  Has anyone seen Cheri yet?  It started previews this week.



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Posted 23 November 2013 - 05:51 AM

I saw it on Thursday and I'm sad to report that, as a theater or dance piece I found it really boring. It didn't move me at all. Its only an hour long (which in this case is a blessing). Ferri is not on pointe and Cornejo mostly dances in shoes and a suit. He has one solo at the very end where he really dances but the rest is a series of pas de deux that, to me, seemed very repetitive.

 

Fortunately, I could spend an hour in rapt fascination watching Ferri point her toes (those arches!) so all was not lost. Also I was happy to see how well they both acted (silently), as I have never found Cornejo to be a convincing actor. And although there were really no overhead lifts he partnered her very well and they had great chemistry. So hopefully this experience will contribute to his growth and it will make him a better ballet dancer.

 

There was one speaking actor, Amy Irving, who was very good.  I'm not sorry I went as there are so few opportunities to see Ferri these days, but I don't know that I'd pay $75 to see it...



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Posted 23 November 2013 - 10:06 AM

No, not $75. Thanks, nysusan.



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Posted 23 November 2013 - 11:56 AM

I went last evening and also spent an hour in rapt fascination watching Ferri, her toes, her bare legs showing through the slits in her nightgown, her extraordinary ability to convey emotion while standing in absolute stillness. I found Cornejo a less credible actor, but then I would pay to see him walk down the street. There is a moment when he is rolling on the floor downstage really fast, and I was sure he was going to roll right off the stage into my arms in Row A (I suggest seats further back for a more panoramic view), but he came to a dead stop with only a coattail draping off the edge. They are both extraordinary artists, performing in an intense "theater piece," neither a ballet nor a play, and I'm very glad to have seen it, but I can't recommend it unless you're someone who takes pleasure in seeing the details of dancers performing out of their natural milieu, not to mention their gorgeous bodies in underwear.



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Posted 23 November 2013 - 01:44 PM

I too saw it.  I went this afternoon.  I agree with Angelica that Ferri is amazing in her ability to convey emotion in stillness, as well as in motion.  Expression pours from her face and every part of her body, every moment she is on stage.  The character's inner life is fully revealed to us.  Cornejo was credible, but his was more  "ballet acting"  than the natural fullness brought to us by Ferri.  I'd recommend it, particularly for Ferri.  Also, on the whole I felt the drama of the story is well presented.  $25 dollars and an hour of my time to see great artistry, to my way of thinking is quite a deal.



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Posted 24 November 2013 - 03:16 PM

I too saw it.  I went this afternoon.  I agree with Angelica that Ferri is amazing in her ability to convey emotion in stillness, as well as in motion.  Expression pours from her face and every part of her body, every moment she is on stage.  The character's inner life is fully revealed to us.  Cornejo was credible, but his was more  "ballet acting"  than the natural fullness brought to us by Ferri.  I'd recommend it, particularly for Ferri.  Also, on the whole I felt the drama of the story is well presented.  $25 dollars and an hour of my time to see great artistry, to my way of thinking is quite a deal.

I found "Cheri" to be beautifully conceived and executed by everyone involved.  I can only add that the raw emotions displayed by both Ferri and Cornejo were deep and affecting.  The choreography was quite complimentary to these emotions and was gorgeously performed by both dancers.  For me it was interesting to see these two "classical" dancers expanding their repertoire with no trace of falseness or pretense.   Story telling at it's best and most creative.   My only wish was that the program could have listed the various works performed by the elegant pianist, Sarah Rothenberg.  I recognized a few works of Ravel and Poulenc, but wished for a more complete listing.   But kudos to all!



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 06:20 AM


I too saw it.  I went this afternoon.  I agree with Angelica that Ferri is amazing in her ability to convey emotion in stillness, as well as in motion.  Expression pours from her face and every part of her body, every moment she is on stage.  The character's inner life is fully revealed to us.  Cornejo was credible, but his was more  "ballet acting"  than the natural fullness brought to us by Ferri.  I'd recommend it, particularly for Ferri.  Also, on the whole I felt the drama of the story is well presented.  $25 dollars and an hour of my time to see great artistry, to my way of thinking is quite a deal.

I found "Cheri" to be beautifully conceived and executed by everyone involved.  I can only add that the raw emotions displayed by both Ferri and Cornejo were deep and affecting.  The choreography was quite complimentary to these emotions and was gorgeously performed by both dancers.  For me it was interesting to see these two "classical" dancers expanding their repertoire with no trace of falseness or pretense.   Story telling at it's best and most creative.   My only wish was that the program could have listed the various works performed by the elegant pianist, Sarah Rothenberg.  I recognized a few works of Ravel and Poulenc, but wished for a more complete listing.   But kudos to all!


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Posted 09 December 2013 - 11:53 AM

Here are a few minutes of video footage.

http://www.broadwayw...p?colid=638760#



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 09:45 AM

I saw Cheri last night.  Although the choreography was repetitive and often felt derivative, I thought it was a cohesive and interesting dance drama. Ferri still moves those gorgeous limbs exquisitely, although as noted above there is no pointe work in this production.  I have never fully accepted Cornejo as a "romantic" lead, and have always found his acting somewhat wooden.  Last night convinced me that he has more acting ability than I have ever given him credit for, but perhaps the gigantic Met is too large a venue for his acting to register to the audience. He  was much more impressive in this intimate space.  Amy Irving provided important narration.  The piano accompanyment was lovely.  (Our programs had an insert with a complete list of the piano works that were played.)  I felt it was certainly worth an hour of my time, and at $25 it was a major bargain.  



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 01:30 PM

I went to this Saturday night (in a blizzard) and as others have said, $25 is pennies to spend to see Ferri and Cornejo.  Granted they didn't "dance" much but their acting was superb.  Cornejo, in what I'd call "the second half" of the show, nearly broke my heart; I felt he beautifully showed his torment between duty and love and the emotional aftereffects of war.  I've always felt he was a good actor, but as abatt mentioned above his portrayals sometimes get lost on the huge Met stage.  I was sitting in the 2nd row and could see every nuance.  The choreography was not always impressive though (too many embraces and vertical lifts).  Amy Irving was lovely.  The scenery was impressive including the effect with the mirror.

 

One embarrassing note: I got to meet Cornejo after the show (very briefly) and gushed like a giggly teenager.  But, totally worth it!




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