Next up in the Laboratory: Dancing Monkey has been invited to participate in Theatre Junction’s Lab sessions. A week long residency of exploration and continued workshopping of our original interdisciplinary dance piece WE MUST COLLIDE. From January 18th to the 22nd 2016 with a public outcome on Friday the 22nd at 8pm – then drinks….
The Art Site bohemianizm.com has featured images from Dancing Monkey’s video GOOD FORTUNE DRINKS TOO MUCH.
A new play in development by Mike Czuba, YOUNG RIDERS: In and Out of Consciousness tells the story of four young members of SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) who made the courageous (some say irresponsible) decision to continue the Freedom Rides after the original riders were brutally attacked in Alabama causing the organizers to cancel the remainder of the Ride.
As the play develops we descend into the nightmarish world of the Parchman Farm maximum security prison in Mississippi where many of the freedom riders were sent after being arrested for ‘Breach of Peace’. YOUNG RIDERS: In and Out of Consciousness shines a light on a moment in the Civil Rights movement that started as a simple idea but ignited a national debate and rose to the heights of the Federal Government. The play also makes it painfully clear that the struggle for equality is constant by exposing the overlaps between then and now.
“We no doubt have some jaded, irony fueled sorts in the audience tonight, so before you accuse us of preaching to the choir, let me remind you that all choirs need practice and sometimes we forget the words…”
Interested in a read? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
**Music: Trouble on the Bus (Freedom Rides) by the Marcus Shelby Orchestra from the album “Soul Of The Movement”.
The Monkey told me they wanted to direct and handed me a treatment written on a cocktail napkin and a track from 10 years ago. When the Monkey says dance, you don’t argue.
The two “OTIS” tracks used – ROPE and Wind Chimes – involve a bizarre mix of people from way back doing various things: Marcus Paquin, Fiona Coll, Sylvain Auclair, Sebastien Boisvert, Angela Desveaux and I can’t remember the drummer’s name…
It’s a great day in the Laboratory as The Dance Current has featured our latest video GOOD FORTUNE DRINKS TOO MUCH on their site. The Dance Current had previously featured our short film SATELLITES CAPTURED in conjunction with the presentation of our new work WE MUST COLLIDE in last years Springboard Fluid Festival of Dance.
Dancing Monkey Laboratories “…research, explore and deconstruct theatre, challenge aesthetics on a visceral scale, bridge artistic communities and create new works through interdisciplinary collaborations.” Jessica Alley.
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