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Alexandra Beller/Dances presents world premiere of "milkdreams" at La MaMa Theatre, June 11-21

by Katie Dean
June 5, 2015
La MaMa - Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 352-3101
Alexandra Beller/Dances' newest work "milkdreams" strips the performers of veneers of ego, agenda, and shame, and lays bare their need, their contentment, and the authenticity of their present moment. Both the process of creating the work, and the work itself, attempt to sift from the body the habits, inhibitions, and presentations of the trained dancer, and to recover a physicality motivated entirely by sensation, desire, joy, curiosity, and, ultimately, love. To mine this territory, the company has meticulously recreated the dances of a 14 month old and a 5 year old (Alexandra's children) as well as from the experience of watching a baby sleep/dream; to aid the process, the company has collaborated with Developmental Movement experts, including Martha Eddy (BMC, CMA), and have engaged in a creative process in which they use the baby material to create unique vocabulary that bypasses intellectual and neurological patterning and reveals a dimension to movement that is magical, unconscious and utterly personal.

The music is composed by Robert Poss and performed by Robert and Hideki Kato, and the work is performed by dancers Carly Berrett, Lea Fulton, Edward Rice, and Simon Thomas-Train.

ABOUT THE COMPANY: Alexandra Beller/Dances, now in its 14th year, is an ensemble of highly skilled dancer/actors working on the edge between dance and theater. The company seeks to intersect distinctions between races, nationalities, sexual orientations and political affiliations through a series of artistic collisions. Artistic Director Alexandra Beller was a member of Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company for six years, and studied with Ann Bogart, Bebe Miller, Ann Carlson, Janet Wong, RoseAnne Spradlin, and Janet Lilly.

Alexandra Beller/Dances
World Premiere
Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa
part of the La MaMa Moves! Festival
66 East 4th Street NYC
June 11-13, 18-20 at 8 pm
June 14 and 21 at 4 pm
Tickets: $10-25 and available at lamama.org and more information available at Tickets available at alexandrabellerdances.org

Photo © & courtesy of Ian Douglas

Photo © & courtesy of Ian Douglas

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