Friday, October 10, 2008

How Many Licks?

I'm posting this as I am a big fan of Racoco Productions and love this particular show. How Many Licks? is a truly inspired piece of dance, clown and mask, and theater. Probably unlike anything you've seen in this town. Last night's performance just knocked me out and I want people to know about choreographer Rachel Cohen and her incredible team of performers.

Full disclosure - I contributed music to a piece called "Looks Good On Paper" that is presented in the first part of the evening. You'll also see a wild and hilarious ensemble work called "Of My Eye" on this program.

If you're wondering what is going on in contemporary dance performance these days - DO NOT SLEEP ON THIS. This is the sh-t. And it's fun.

Take care,


Racoco Productions reprises its first NYC season of uniquely theatrical dance, How Many Licks? Piñata masks, an upside-down ballet and divas playing a game of Twister comprise a twisted suite that chronicles the exhilaration and desperation inherent in Birthdays. This cheerfully demented event rollicks to music from a $1 cassette of the Yorkshire Classic Brass, featuring British composer Barry Russell.

Director Rachel Cohen explores the darker side of parlor games with other performers Joelle Arnusch, Juan Carlos Gonzales, Adrian Jevicki, and Kelly Kocinski, with Rebecca Ketchum, Cary McWilliam, Merrin Trombka, Star Herman, Max Olivier, Hannah Reilly, and Chris Roberti. Fantastical costumes are created by Olek, piñata masks by La Guardia Community College art students, and lighting design by Sarah Sidman.

The evening also includes two of Racoco's first works incorporating signature unusual materials. Of My Eye is a syncopated, off-kilter quintet for people fumbling to connect by means of that time-honored offering - the apple, and Looks Good On Paper is a solo commissioned by Christine Jowers/Moving Arts projects featuring a woman trapped in a giant paper gown. Fun for all ages!

Friday, October 10, and Saturday, October 11 at 8pm
The 14th Street Theater
344 E 14th Street, Manhattan (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
$20/$15 students/seniors/Y members; free with military i.d.! TDF vouchers accepted
To purchase tickets call 212-352-3101/866-811-4111

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