Awesome Person Thursday: The Indomitable Rachel Klein
This week's A.P.T. goes out to Rachel Klein.
Not only is Rachel an amazing choreographer and visionary whose work I suggest you see, she is also a tenacious producer. Ms. Klein has been self-producing, finding partners, and making magic out of very little money for years and no matter the challenge, she always rises to it. For those of you who are aspiring producers, you want to take the time to meet Rachel and see her work, because she is going places and has a producing savvy that many lack.
Her show is filled with comedy, aerial, fantastic costumes, original music, and some of the most talented and versatile performers I have seen. From mind bending contortions to glittery explosions, this is something you will be sad to miss.
All the info is below and if you do decide to check it out, I encourage you to find Rachel afterward and say hello. It's only a matter of time before she soars even higher.
Enjoy the ride.
SYMPHONY OF SHADOWS:
A tale from the land beyond the veil
Created, Choreographed & Designed by RACHEL KLEIN
Thursdays - Saturdays, June 7 – 23 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $15 (advance), $18 / $12 stu/sen or TDF (door)
A macabre aerial spectacle in expressionistic dance theater, Klein’s choreography evokes 1920s Max Fleisher cartoons and silent film a la Phantom of the Opera. 20 dancers, aerialists, contortionists and musicians embody a ghoulish interpretation of a chorus line that depicts the plot of the interior ballet.Symphony of Shadows offers windows into the nightmare-scape of a tortured imagination.
Here's just a glimpse of what's in store for you....
Rachel Klein, choreographer, director, producer, and costume/production designer, established the dance/movement company the RKP Ensemble, which has been presented all over the City at several venues, festivals, art galleries, and nightlife events including the Kitchen, Theater for the New City, DUMBO Dance Festival, Night of 1000 Stevies, Highline Ballroom, La MaMa Moves! at La MaMa E.T.C. in 2009 and 2010, Banzai! at the Red Lotus Room, legendary rock ‘n roll club Don Hill's, the Hiro Ballroom, the Bushwick Site Fest, Bushwick Open Studios Festival, the World Famous Bob’s Give Thanks!, Galapagos Art Space, the House of Yes, HOWL Festival, and Off-Broadway at the Bleecker Street Theater. Collaborating with Junta Juleil Theatricals, the Jackie Factory, Disgraced Productions, HQ Rep, the House of Yes, Bluebox Productions, and Razors Edge Productions, Klein built and developed the full length productions The Tragedy of Maria Macabre, Metro, All Kinds of Shifty Villains, Sir Sheever, Aenigma, Go-Go Killers!, Hound, Princes of Darkness, Circus of Circus, and Lizardman, a Musical. Shorter performance works and dance pieces include: Our Prison, La Enferma, Medusa, Sisters of the Moon, Sweeter Than Wine, Killer Workout, Beat Girl, The Fairy Tail Chain, Act Up! Ballet,and Noche de las Munecas. Miss Klein was a 2010 recipient of the Emerging Artists’ Residency Grant from the Field in Association with the Tides Foundation; currently curates a monthly performance art review at Bowery Poetry Club; and will make her Off Broadway directorial debut with Gay Bride of Frankensteinthis coming season.
Symphony of Shadows is commissioned and first presented by Dixon Place with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs and with private funds from the Jerome Foundation and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.