(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- 10 Hairy Legs returns to New Brunswick for its fifth consecutive season at a new location. This time they will be performing at George Street Playhouse on April 13 at 7:30pm. The performance features the New Jersey Premieres of 10HL 2016 Commissions by Doug Varone and Megan Williams, a Preview of a new Commission by New Jersey native Al Blackstone, and a new work choreographed by Artistic Director Randy James. Tickets are $25 for general admission/students at the door and $20 for artists and students in advance.
Blackstone stated, “Working with 10 Hairy Legs is an opportunity to blur the line between dance and theater, comedy and drama, classic and cutting edge. The young men in the company differ from dancers in most other companies in that they themselves transcend labels. They are classically trained yet commercially viable, exquisitely sophisticated and somehow also scrappy and humorous. My work centers on storytelling and is usually inspired by the dancer/actors and the spirit that they bring into the space.” Al Blackstone
Commenting on Doug Varone’s premiere of mark in June 2016, Deborah Jowitt wrote in Arts Journal - “Varone’s ‘mark’ mates strongly designed movements with cool precision.” And about Williams’ Quadrivium, “…tricky individual paths come together in elaborate counterpoint.”
James’ work, entitled Moonlight, features 20 emerging professional NJ dancers who are alumni of 10HL Dance Education Programs. Our guest dancers are currently enrolled in the BFA program in Dance at Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers University. They hail from: Ballet Forte Studio (Chester), Morris County School of Technology, Union County Vocational and Technical Schools, Bayonne, New Brunswick, Ocean County, Somerset and Union City High Schools, where our Teaching Artists have taught and mentored them prior to their admission to Mason Gross. James noted, “I am thrilled to provide an opportunity for these students to appear with the professional dancers in our company, and to showcase the esthetic that we have helped them to realize in their emerging dance careers.”
New Jersey students featured in “Moonlight” Include: Erin Ambry (South Amboy), Bria Bacon (Rahway), Brittany Barthelmy (Lafayette), Jackie Carelli (Bridgewater), Kristen Fry (Howell), Karolina Holstrom (Mount Tabor), Lauren Karow (Hillsdale), Sara Martino (Edison), Kenneth Montes de Oca (Union City), Nayaa Opong-Nyantekyi (Cherry Hill), Rebecca Pavelko (Bayonne), Joseph PIccioto (West Orange), Francisca Quantanilla (North Bergen), Adrianna Santoro (Belle Mead), Claudia Soga (Milltown), Christina Trautwein (Kendall Park), Jose Vidal Mejias, (Union City), Micayla Wynn (Sussex), Abigail Wolski (Sayreville), Kerry Zak (Livingston).
A Silent Auction to benefit the company will take place that evening in the Café at George Street Playhouse.
Grant funding for this performance has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.
PHOTO: Company Members Alex Biegelson, Tony Bordonaro, William Tomaskovic and Derek Crescenti. Photo by Rachel Neville