This upcoming week we are excited to have with us The Men Dancers: From the Horses Mouth. After a sold-out run last summer at Jacob’s Pillow, 30 male dancers will perform for us here at the Theater at the 14th Street Y. One of the directors and creators, Jamie Cunningham, has shared with us some interesting information about this remarkable program.
Tell us a little about From the Horse’s Mouth, specifically what motivated you to start the company?
We wanted to do a piece that celebrates the whole dance field and that includes dancers, choreographers designers and critics of all ages sexes races and cultures.
At the heart of the piece are the stories that each performer tells about their work, life or conflicts that they have encountered. We see them dancing in their own style as well as interacting with dancers in quite different styles. For example, a ballet dancer collaborating with a hip hop dancer or a spanish Flamenco dancer working with an Indian classical dancer.
The Men Dancers was developed at Jacobs Pillow. Why did you want to bring it to NYC?
This was the first time we have done an all male version of the piece. It was so well received that we wanted to bring it to NYC where it could also include some notable dancers such as Frederic Franklin, Don Redlich, and Jock Soto who were unavailable to do the Pillow performances.
The Theater at the 14th Street Y just started presenting dance shows like this one. What brought you to our space?
We think the renovation is excellent and appreciate all the help we have received from the staff here.
What is your favorite moment of the show?
The parade at the very end when we see all the dancers from different cultures and epochs as though in the long river of time.
How can Y members learn more?
Go to our website www.horsesmouth.org for more information.
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