Live Arts Plus
New York Live Arts’ Plus program is designed to allow mission-aligned performing arts organizations access to state-of-the-art facilities and support toward the growth of their work.
Over The Rainbow: The Rock Ballet 2.0 features an all youth multicultural LGBTQ+ and allies youth cast. Over The Rainbow dubbed OTR has cast young dancers from all over the country; New Jersey, New York, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida and Nebraska all of whom have a passion for dance. The 70 minute one act production presents the story of The Wizard of Oz through dance (Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz), 2K music (Hip Hop, Rock, Pop) and customized 3D technology. The rebranded Rock Ballet will premier January 29th with additional performances January 30th. Encore performances throughout 2022 include; Jersey City LGBTQ+ Pride Festival, and an east coast three city mid-summer tour with an end goal of attaining a Broadway Theater residency. Auditions, casting, rehearsals, and multiple storylines will be filmed and edited for a four episode Docuseries, to be released on a future date.
Over The Rainbow: The Rock Ballet debuted in New Jersey in the Fall of 2016 and continued its success in the Summer of 2019 in an Off Broadway venue, The Hudson Guild Theater, in which all shows sold out. The production won Most Creative Musical, Best Director, Best Lighting Design and Best Stage Manager in the NYC Theatre Festival, Summerfest, in the Fall of 2019. Over the Rainbow continued its momentum in early 2020 with a second sold out run on the Mainstage Theater at Playwrights Horizon, an Off Broadway venue on 42nd st. Now, Over the Rainbow: The Rock Ballet 2.0 is reinventing itself, bringing a fresh new approach to the Dance and Theatre industry with a diverse all youth cast supportive of and a part of the LGBTQ+ community.
70 minutes 1 Act
Lead Roles Featuring:
Simone Cooper, Luka Gabriel, Andrew Dyer, Jalen Lybbert
Punk Ballerina Karole Armitage presents A Pandemic Notebook, a collection of world premieres with her company Armitage Gone! Dance. An intimate look at Armitage’s creative, cinematically driven explorations over the past 18 months, A Pandemic Notebook is the company’s final season presenting new work by Armitage before it transitions to a new mission – with Armitage herself taking the stage with NYCB legend Jock Soto.
The opening diptych, Beautiful Monster and Louis, was inspired by Italian New Wave filmmakers and Trump’s presidency, revealing how celebrity and fashion can distract from the manipulation of power.
The second section of the program illuminates connections between film and live dance for the stage. Two world premieres, adapted from works originally created for the screen, are juxtaposed with two selections from Armitage’s screen series, Under the Dancer, which captures the body from extraordinary angles and perspectives, often with surreal distortions.
In Time/Times, an homage to slow cinema, Armitage performs for the first time since 1989, dancing with former New York City Ballet Principal Jock Soto in his first NYC appearance since 2005. They’ll present live excerpts from the film, framed by on-location stills from the remote wilderness.
A real-time experiment, 6 Ft. Apart rigs the dancers with visible wires and devices – iPhones and accelerometers, a type of on-body sensor – that trigger sound in relation to motion.
The program closes with Marc Jacobs, with the dancers in fantastical outfits from the eponymous designer’s Fall’21 collection. Set to Native American saxophonist and composer Jim Pepper’s Goin’ Down to Muskogee, it is a celebration of bouncing back and Armitage’s long-standing connections to the fashion world.
Run time: 75 minutes, no intermission