Thursday, February 13, 2014

Your Infant's First Theatre show. This [Baby] Life at the New Victory

The New Victory Theater, New York’s theater devoted to kids and families, has a show specifically designed for kids ages four to 18 months.
Bring your baby along for a fascinating first-time theater experience!
Hailing from Adelaide, Australia, and created by dance artist Sally Chance, this contemporary dance piece celebrates babies’ capacities to participate in the exciting world around them. Accompanied by melodies and rhythms both gentle and soaring, the performers of This [Baby] Life meet the children within the safe environment of a carefully created performance space and inspire awe and interaction from the very young audience through sound and movement. 
During a two-year fellowship from the Australia Council’s Dance Board, Sally Chance explored the cultural lives of babies and very young children through movement; as a result of this research, Ms. Chance developed This [Baby] Life, Australia’s first performance work for audiences in this age group. The performers of this production include composer and musician Heather Frahn and dancers Stephen Noonan and Felecia Hick. Learn more about This [Baby] Life  (and purchase tickets) on the New Victory website.HERE
I had organized an outing with my Dad's group to see this show, but sadly it was the same day that dumped over a foot of snow, and only one intrepid dad was able to make it to the show.  We are re-scheduling it for next week!

Performance Schedule: 18 performances 
Wednesday 2/12 10am
Thursday 2/13 10am
Friday 2/14 10am
Saturday 2/15 10am, 12pm, 2pm
Sunday 2/16 10am, 12pm, 2pm
Wednesday 2/19 11am
Thursday 2/20 11am
Friday 2/21 11am
Saturday 2/22 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Sunday 2/23 11am, 1pm, 3pm 
This [Baby] Life has a running time of 40 minutes with no intermission, and is created especially for ages 4-18 months. 
See a sample video of the show here 

About Sally Chance 
Sally Chance has been working in dance for over 20 years in Australia and the UK, and is recognized as a leader in the field of community-based arts practice. She trained at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London and joined UK Dance in Education company Ludus after her graduation; with Ludus, she toured to South Australia for the Come Out ’89 Festival where she organized a suite of community-based participatory dance activities. Many years later, Ms. Chance became the artistic director of three successive Come Out Festivals, strengthening the festival’s status as the most extensive arts event for children and young people in the southern hemisphere. Ms. Chance also founded Restless Dance Theatre – South Australia’s leading youth dance company for dancers with and without disabilities. As artistic director between 1991-2001, Ms. Chance was responsible for the artistic leadership to the company and choreographing works for its repertoire. 
About The New Victory Theater The New Victory Theater introduces extraordinary performing artists from around the world to extraordinary audiences in New York City, bringing kids to the arts and arts to kids. Created in 1995 for young New Yorkers, their families and schoolmates, The New Victory Theater presents a diverse season of international companies at low ticket prices year after year. Through the theater’s award-winning education programs, The New Victory continues to provide access to schools and communities of New York City who seek to experience and engage with the work on our stages, often for the very first time. The theater’s contributions to the cultural landscape of the city were celebrated by the prestigious New York critics’ organization, The Drama Desk, which presented The New Victory Theater with a 2012 Special Award for “providing enchanting, sophisticated children’s theater that appeals to the child in all of us, and for nurturing a love of theater in young people.” 
About The New 42nd Street Building on the foundation of seven historic theaters, The New 42nd Street leads the dynamic evolution of the reinvented 42nd Street, cultivating a unique New York City cultural and entertainment destination through its three projects: The New Victory Theater, a performing arts theater devoted to kids and families; the New 42nd Street Studios, a state-of-the-art, 10-story performing arts complex for rehearsal, performance and arts administration; and The Duke on 42nd Street, an intimate black-box theater. An independent, nonprofit organization, The New 42nd Street is committed to the transformational power of the arts

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