New York Debut

10 Hairy Legs is a repertory company–comprised entirely of men–of Randy James’ work as well as existing and new works by today’s most significant modern dance choreographers. Their New York debut features work by Founding Artistic Director Randy James, as well as David Parker, Claire Porter and Manuel Vignoulle.

The program at Live Arts includes: Bang by David Parker, founder of The Bang Group and a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow. This rhythmic duet reflects its two bodies as tap shoes – and has never been performed by anyone other than Parker’s company members.

Interview by Claire Porter (a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow), with Guest Artist Tony Bordonaro, who currently appears in the hit Off-Broadway show Sleep No More.

Together We Stand by Manuel Vignoulle, formerly a member of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Geneva Ballet.  Together We Stand was created for the World Debut of 10 Hairy Legs in November 2012, and explores the warrior ethic. It features an original score entitled “Together” by Vignoulle and “Al Maghfera” by Hugues De Courson with sound designed by Dan Agosto & Johnny Nevin. 

Pillar of Salt – This New York Premiere by Randy James reveals the complex inter-relationships among five men – from vulnerability to inter-dependence to surrender with poignancy.

Rook – A New York Premiere by James for company member Nick Sciscione, who also appears with Stephen Petronio Company.  Rook features live music composed by Robert Maggio and performed by a quartet. 


Post-performance events (free to ticket holders) 

Friday, May 31, 2013
Shimmer/Glimmer: Re-gendering Works of Dance Toward Discursive Exposure

The lecture will look at examples of dance works, including those of Isadora Duncan, Mary Wigman and more contemporary works, in which recasting dancers of a different gender suggest opportunities to bring a glimmer of the seemingly–invisible discourses of gender and sexuality within performance into view. Jeff Friedman is Associate Professor of Dance Studies at the Dance Department, Mason Gross School of the Arts, at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Saturday, June 1, 2013
A Conversation with 10 Hairy Legs World Debut Season Artistic Choreographers

Founding Artistic Director Randy James is joined by David Parker, Claire Porter and Manuel Vignoulle to discuss their art, how it is created and their experience working with 10 Hairy Legs.

Leadership funding for the company has been provided by The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, with assistance provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State and New Music USA's 2013 Live Music for Dance Program, with generous support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

10 Hairy Legs' presentation of New York Debut at New York Live Arts is made possible through New York Live Arts' Theater Access Program. The Theater Access program is a comprehensive subsidized rental program benefiting a diverse group of dance and theater companies and producing organizations.