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11/16/2011
New York Live Arts presents The Bang Group

NEW YORK LIVE ARTS
presents
The Bang Group
in the holiday favorite
Nut/Cracked
December 21-23 at 7:30pm
December 23 at 2:00pm

New York, NY, November 16, 2011 – New York Live Arts presents The Bang Group in Nut/Cracked – the contemporary dance world’s beloved version of The Nutcracker – on December 21-23 at 7:30pm and a matinee performance on December 23 at 2:00pm. Nut/Cracked is presented in New York Live Arts’ Replay Series.

Previously presented by Dance Theater Workshop, The Bang Group returns to New York Live Arts with Nut/Cracked, which The New York Times described as a “…a passionate declaration of naïveté in the best sense: innocence regained.” This comic, subversive, neo-vaudeville take on the traditional holiday classic takes us on a journey into innocence through sustained fantasy, incorporating an imaginative mix of tap, ballet, contemporary, disco and toe-tap. Its 22 sections begin with a mix of popular, jazz and novelty versions of the score and progress to the traditional orchestral suite. By the end of the show, the cast has danced its way to a new kind of childhood complete with a thumb-sucking fantasia as the Grand Pas de Deux. Each show features a different group of teenage guest artists from performing arts schools throughout New York City.

Performances will take place at New York Live Arts’ Bessie Schönberg Theater. Pre-show talk with Maura Donahue on December 21 at 6:30pm. Post show talk with Leigh Witchel on December 23. Tickets are $24 in advance and $30 day of performance. Tickets are available online at tickets.newyorklivearts.org, by phone at 212-924-0077, and in person at the box office. Box office hours are Monday to Friday from 1 to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 8pm. New York Live Arts is located at 219 West 19th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues) in New York City.

About David Parker and The Bang Group
David Parker and The Bang Group was founded in New York City in 1995. It has had eight full-evening productions presented by Dance Theater Workshop, two by Danspace Project, two by Symphony Space, three by DanceNow/NYC at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, and numerous appearances at venues throughout New York City. The company has toured widely throughout North America and Europe, appearing in 13 countries and 24 states. Parker has made more than 25 commissioned works for ballet and contemporary companies in the US and in Europe, as well as for university groups and festivals. He is one of the 2011-2012 choreographers commissioned by New York Live Arts for The Barnard Project, a university partnership that emphasizes shared process between curated artists and dance students. He was also one of the choreographers commissioned in the inaugural season of The Barnard Project at Dance Theater Workshop in 2005. Parker is best known for his comic, subversive version of The Nutcracker entitled Nut/Cracked, which has been touring continuously for the past nine seasons including four return-engagements at Dance Theater Workshop, and an upcoming performance at New York Live Arts in December 2011. His choreographic reinvention of Annie Get Your Gun, called ShowDown has also been touring for the past four seasons. He has made several pieces which explore the many facets of male intimacy, best known among them is his notorious Velcro duet called Slapstuck, which won a 2002 “Bessie” Award for design, and his duet for two prone men called Bang, which gave the company its name. His latest show, Misters and Sisters, is an all-dancing, all-singing cabaret show commissioned by DanceNow/NYC. Misters and Sisters opened in New York in June 2011 and will appear at Oberon in Boston in January 2012. www.thebanggroup.com

About New York Live Arts
New York Live Arts strives to create a robust framework in support of the nation’s dance and movement-based artists through new approaches to producing, presenting and educating. In addition to our deep commitment to individual artists at all stages of their careers, we strive to create rich, meaningful experiences for our audiences by engaging them in ways that are intimate and thought-provoking. With our audience, we seek to become a place for dance that is vital to the fabric of social and cultural life in New York, the United States and beyond.

Formed in February 2011 by a merger of Dance Theater Workshop and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, New York Live Arts is a re-imagining of the legacies of these two extraordinary organizations. New York Live Arts is located at 219 West 19th Street in New York City and is led by Bill T. Jones as Executive Artistic Director, Carla Peterson as Artistic Director, and Jean Davidson as Executive Director and CEO. www.newyorklivearts.org

Funding Support
Lead support for New York Live Arts is provided, in part, by Ford Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Open Society Foundations and the Fund for the City of New York, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and EmcArts Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Rockefeller Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, SeaChange Capital Partners, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The New York Community Trust, The Howard Gilman Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation and The Scherman Foundation.

The merger between the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Dance Theater Workshop to form New York Live Arts was supported, in part, by Ford Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and EmcArts Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, SeaChange Capital Partners, The New York Community Trust, Mertz Gilmore Foundation and the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation.

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