Company XIV presents the World Premiere of La Fête, directed and choreographed by Austin McCormick, with text written by Jeff Takacs. La Fête runs from tonight, October 31 to December 9, 2012 in a limited six-week engagement at the 303 Bond Street Theatre, located at 303 Bond Street, between Union & Sackett in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Previews begin tonight, October 31 for a November 4 opening.
Performances are Thursdays – Sundays at 8pm with an added Halloween show tonight, October 31 at 8pm. There is no performance on Thursday, November 22. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online at CompanyXIVLaFete.Eventbrite.com. Due to the adult nature of the show no one under 16 will be admitted. The running time is 90 minutes. The space is accessible from the F or G train to Carroll Street or the R to Union Street. For more information visit www.CompanyXIV.com.
If Clue was set in a Brooklyn loft space inhabited by beings caught between the court of Louis XIV and the runways of New York Fashion Week, you might just begin to get a taste of what is to come in Company XIV’s newest theatrical/dance event La Fête. Directed and choreographed by Austin McCormick, La Fête is a deliciously decadent murderous masquerade where the audience becomes the privileged guests at a depraved and debaucherous fête, where intrigue lies around every twist and turn, and no one is who they really seem.
This neo-Baroque entertainment features live music by Beatbox Guitar, opera singer Brett Umlauf, accordionist Raphael Fusco and torch singer Shien Lee. The performers include Marisol Cabrera, Laura Careless, Raphael Fusco, Sean Gannon, Steven Trumon Gray, Lea Helle, Shien Lee, Pete List, Rob Mastriani, Lauren Muraski, Cailan Orn, Jeff Sykes, Jeff Takacs and Austin Tyson.
The design team includes Zane Pihlstrom (Set & Costume Design), Jeanette Yew (Lighting Design) and Corey Tatarczuk (Projection Design).
Company XIV’s work is a unique mash up of classical texts, Baroque choreography, eclectic music, pop culture, opera, burlesque, ballet, gender bending, high fashion, theatrical staging and sumptuous design that has wowed both audiences and critics. Company XIV shows are cutting-edge, yet extravagantly classical. Taking his cue from theatre/dance/opera under the reign of Louis XIV, Director/Choreographer Austin McCormick creates a compelling 360-degree experience for audiences. The Players of Company XIV are theatrical libertines, who tempt, delight and fully immerse their audiences in the experience of their performances, inviting them to be seduced and liberated!
Austin McCormick holds a BFA from the Juilliard School and is a graduate of The Conservatory of Baroque Dance. He is an alumnus of the Harid Conservatory and North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2006, he founded Company XIV, a dance/theatre troupe based in Brooklyn, hailed by Black Book Magazine as an ‘Icon Of The Future.’ The company works in the mediums of live dance/theater and film. The work is contemporary, yet Baroque inspired. In 2009, McCormick won a New York Innovative Theater Award for Best Choreography for The Judgment of Paris. Company XIV was nominated for a 2012 Bessie Award for Outstanding Visual Design for Snow White and was nominated for five 2010 New York Innovative Theater Awards for Le Serpent Rouge and Snow White.
In addition to performing in his own choreographed works, McCormick has worked professionally with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet of New York and has taught and lectured on Baroque dance as a guest of the Korean Government in Seoul. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in directing and dance history at NYU. McCormick’s work has been performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Alice Tully Hall, Clark Studio Theater, Symphony Space, The Flea, Alvin Ailey Theater, Walter Reade Theater, Mark Morris Dance Center, and internationally at the Biblioteca Palafoxiana in Puebla, Mexico, the Roxy Art House in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Usine C in Montreal. His work has been seen at the TED Conference, on Logo’s New Now Next Awards and TLC’s The Cake Boss.