HAMILTON – The Palace Theater is proud to present the Amber and Mike Perkins production of The Phoenix Project Dance Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. The Phoenix Project Dance has performed with great success in Europe and America, rehearsing with the Munich State Ballet, and as part of the Thang Dao Contemporary Dance Festival at the Ailey Citi Group Theater in Manhatten.
“This was an exciting show to put together, almost entirely new choreography. We are beginning a new era of dance in Upstate New York, and are excited to be performing so close to where we are based,” said Mike Perkins.
The troupe will debut three new signature pieces that highlight the essence of the dancers’ effortless strength, ability, and powerful elegance of movement. Animal Farm is an adaptation of George Orwell’s classic exploring the themes of dominance and oppression through movement. The large windmill as a visual set, and musical soundtrack of a female Bulgarian choir and many Eastern European themes set the tone of Manor Farm. Liquid Matter will be a splash with the audience as the dancers perform around the stage using a sliding motif both within the movement and with water on the floor. The music of John Adams magnifies the athletic style of Phoenix Project Dance. Brutte Force is an exploration of the release of power; the subtle elegance and purity of women in beautiful white dresses lifted through the air with ease. The dance focuses on the delicate physical relationship between dancers, relying on balance and counter balance, which explodes on stage. A new work entitled My Body is a duet between principal dancer Travis St. Denny and new member Katie Ann Martinez. This piece explores the interaction between a man and the woman he loves, and how he is trapped within her cage! Phoenix Project Dance called upon master metal smith Harry Wenzel to create a costume made of metal which is the backdrop to this tragic story of love, fear and self doubt.